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Wedding photographer of the year.



On February 19th, 2017,  for the second time I was honored to be named the Professional Photographers of Nebraska – Wedding Photographer of the Year at the State Competition in Grand Island, Nebraska. For this competition, I entered an Fine Art Heirloom Album from Alonzo & Chelsea’s wedding. The book featured amazing shots in downtown Lincoln NE from their wedding day.  This year’s judging committee consisted of a panel of locally and nationally known professional photographers specifically trained for judging fine art photography.  I am deeply humbled to have been chosen for this award and recognition.

Some of my favorite images from Alonzo & Chelsea’s wedding were at the State Capital building and also on the University of Nebraska Campus. A memorable part of the day for me was when the weather changed from nice and sunny to flurries. From the ceremony to the reception, there were so many opportunities to get amazing shots of this gorgeous couple and document the celebration of marriage.

This whole experience has been an amazing and rewarding process and I’m truly thankful to be part of a profession that has such timeless impact and also such an wonderful group of supportive professionals.

Check out the award winning album below!

Wedding details from rings to shoes

bride primping

bride getting ready before her wedding day.

bride and father

Images of a bride seeing her father on her wedding day

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bride and groom

Bride and groom intimate images

Wedding party

Wedding party images out side the Nebraska state capital.

Contemporary Black & White images of a bride.

Contemporary Black & White images of a bride.

Bride and groom images at the Nebraska state capital.

Black & white images of the groom.

Black & white images of the groom.

wedding party images

Wedding party images at the Nebraska state Capital.

Bride and groom

Bride and groom sitting in front of a large window kissing.

ceremony images

Images during a ceremony

Wedding Party in front of Memorial stadium having fun.

Wedding Party in front of Memorial stadium having fun.

Groomsmen in front of Memorial stadium

Groomsmen in front of Memorial stadium.

Wedding party images

Wedding party images outside of UNL stadium

bride and groom kissing

Bride and groom kissing in the snow

Bride and groom at the cake table

Bride and groom with a series of images in front of the cake table.

Wedding party dancing

Wedding parting dancing at the reception

Bride and groom dancing

bride and groom dancing at the reception

Pan Dulce Lincoln Bakery

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph Pan Dulce a Mexican bakery in Lincoln, Nebraska.  This was a great experience for me not only personally but professionally.  When I think of a bakery I envision Martha Stewart in a beautiful well lit kitchen.  Pan Dulce’s staff was so fluid in the day to day processes of a bakery.  It’s like a choreographed dance where each member of the team is a vital part of the mix.  I got to see first hand the hustle and hard work of a sweet bread bakery. I may have even sampled a few things!  If you ever wonder how that croissant or conchas are made take a look!

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Mikaela & Zach

A couple weeks ago I had the honor of photographing another memorable wedding.  Mikaela & Zach had their ceremony at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus.  St. Thomas Aquinas is very meaningful to them due to their  involvement with the Neman center while in college.  It misted off and on through the day, but that didn’t stop us from going out and doing some fun and creative images at the Capital and UNL campus. The feel of the wedding was simple, elegant and classy.  One of my favorite moments was when they saw each other for the first time and after a hug Zach pulled out one of Mikaela’s flowers from her bouquet.  Some people might lose it, but not Mikaela.  She just smiled.  Many thanks to Melissa at Blooms & Bouquets, who met us on location and fixed the bouquet.  I had such a great time photographing the wedding party everyone had was energetic and photogenic.  Another moment that stuck out to me and the couple was when they got to the Country Club for the reception.  We had about 5 minutes of sunset.  It was gorgeous,  I remember asking for one more shot.  Mikaela and Zach were so gracious in giving me that opportunity.  Here are some images enjoy!

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fall creative shoot

Over the past year or so,  I’ve been talking to Melissa at Blooms & Bouquets about doing a creative shoot closer to Halloween.  Blooms & Bouquets not only does great floral arrangements, but their displays are at another level altogether.  I went into the shoot with a vision of how to light the subject and the composition, but quickly changed my mind set, which I’m completely okay with.  The images we created had a different mood and look from other creative shoots in the past.  When initially planning the shoot, I remember talking with Dani and Melissa at Blooms & Bouquets and a non wedding shoot kept coming up.  The only thing remotely resembling a wedding shoot was the flowers, our wonderful model Claire, used as a prop.   antler floral hybrid pieces could be the  trend for next year lol..  I might be the one behind the camera, but there were so many people that contributed. Claire’s hair & makeup was done by Alicia’s Makeup Artistry.   Ellyne Bridal provided the dress, and Blooms & Bouquets provided the floral arrangements and display piece.  One last person to mention is Jeremy Allen Wieczorek a good photography friend who also collaborated and photographed.
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Ciara & Seth

Ciara & Seth married on August 27 of this year.  I started off early creating some cool images of the groom and his groomsmen on the street he and a few of them grew up on.  The ceremony was at Eastridge Presbyterian.  This day was full of surprises!  The bride and groom had their dog walk down the aisle with the rings.  I know you’re thinking this happens a lot.  And, yes, it does but this dog did it perfectly.  After being pronounced married, the couple had a band pop up in the audience to play “All you need is love” like in the movie Love Actually.  One of the best surprises Ciara could give her husband was to walk on the field at Memorial Stadium.  Once we got the emotions in check, the reception was just around the corner at the Johnny Carson Theatre.  The wedding in itself had a Hollywood theme.  Much thanks to Conrad at the Stem Gallery for the beautiful displays.  013 029 036 058 065 076 080 086 110 111 120 128 137 139 150 153 172 173 174 184 193 220 232 242 248 299 313 329 354 360 384 385 390
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Becky & Chris

What can I say about this couple’s wedding but “what a great day!”? Becky and Chris were married at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Lincoln NE.  I’m always drawn to old churches as they have such great character.  We had plenty of time after the wedding to do some creative photographs at Sunken Gardens and Pioneers Park.  It started raining when we arrived to Pioneers Park but we just embraced it to capture some memorable images.  Becky & Chris chose The Gala for their reception.  If you’re planning a wedding on a Husker football game day talk to Becky!  She planned this perfectly.  Their grand entrance was immediately followed by their first dance and then dinner.  Take a look at a few of their fun images.

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