Ansel Adams observed, "Photography is an investigation of the outer and the inner worlds. The terms “shoot” and “take” are not accidental. They represent an attitude of conquest and appropriation. Only when the photographer grows in perception and creative impulse does the term “make" define a condition of empathy and understanding."
Over the last few years, couples have stepped up their wedding day fashion. We have seen more customization, attention to detail, and personality. The grooms' style decisions are no longer an after-thought. Instead, couples are being more thoughtful about dressing together. Our couples have never looked better!
The woman on the phone didn’t know how to begin. She was excited that I answered and was trying to find the right words. “While waiting for my flight at Dulles International Airport, I found this extraordinary wedding album! Someone is REALLY going to want this back,” she exclaimed. She told me that she looked at every page and felt like she had been a guest at the wedding. On the last page she saw “KingenSmith” and gave us a ring
On our new website, under Inspiration, we have tucked away a secret little section. If you click on “we believe…” you will see a bunch of red boxes. These boxes contain words that are meaningful to us. When you click on a box, you will get a glimpse of what moves us, inspires us, and brings joy to our lives.
"We Believe... in the simple pleasures of life, the kindness of a genuine smile, and karma."
The most important thing you can do to help create meaningful photographs on your wedding day is to let go of the details and be present in the moment. Don’t get distracted by a needy relative or a detail you expected to be different. None of that matters. The couple dictates the tone of the day; if you are joyful and carefree, your guests will follow your lead and it will be a very magical experience.
We feel fortunate to live and work in the beautiful, Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square, among many talented artists and entrepreneurs. We believe in the beauty of blending historic with modern. Built in 1916, our European style live-work building, is land-marked by the city of Chicago, full of character and modern style. It is a dream come true to have a charming studio, surrounded by beautiful boulevards, as the foundation of our creative endeavors.
"It is a pleasure to get to know our couples, become part of their inner circle, understand their connections, and hone in on what matters most. Every celebration has its own personality, vibe and feeling. To interpret and translate the feeling, love and joy, we look for the split-second glances, tender touches, belly laughs and genuine smiles. Emotionally connected, we sense magical moments; one must first feel, and then see to be able to interpret. This is the foundation of our creative process."
"Inspired by all art forms: paintings, architecture, fashion, cinema, music and food, we incorporate our sensibilities into everything we do. Blending emotional imagery with a modern and elegant viewpoint is how we tell very personal stories in a nuanced way. We do this so that you may savor your celebration, long after it ends, and remember those feelings forever. It would be our privilege to interpret your unique story."Heather KingenSmith ×