L & S in Richmond Illinois

December 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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I first met Leah and Susan when I photographed their BFF's Jack & Jim's gay wedding 2 years ago. Back then, the ladies stood up as the matrons of honor and this time, the shoe was on the other foot, as it was the guy's turn as the best men! Both couples were wed in the Jack & Jim's back yard in Richmond Illinois, just north of Chicago. Illinois, LGBT, Richmond, Wedding, backyard, "black and white", brides, gay, lesbian, outdoor, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,"cowboy boots"Susan & Leah’s outdoor wedding in Richmond IllinoisSusan & Leah get ready for their outdoor wedding in Richmond, Illinois, near Chicago. 1/125 f2.8 ISO 400 24mm

Jack & Jim, who love cars, acquired two matching blue Ford Thunderbird convertibles for the ladies to ride in during a procession around the block to their wedding ceremony.

Illinois, LGBT, Richmond, Wedding, backyard, brides, gay, lesbian, outdoor, photographer, photography, portrait, tent, thunderbirdsSusan & Leah’s outdoor wedding in Richmond IllinoisSusan & Leah pose for a photo together in two Ford Thunderbirds before their outdoor wedding in Richmond, Illinois, near Chicago. 1/400 f4 ISO 100 100mm

Illinois, LGBT, Richmond, Wedding, backyard, brides, gay, lesbian, outdoor, photographer, photography, portrait, Susan & Leah’s outdoor wedding in Richmond IllinoisSusan & Leah are married in an outdoor lesbian wedding in Richmond, Illinois, near Chicago. 1/125 f8 ISO 100 24mm

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Illinois, LGBT, Richmond, Wedding, backyard brides, gay, lesbian, outdoor, photographer, photography, portraitSusan & Leah’s outdoor wedding in Richmond IllinoisLeah and her bridal party strike a Charlie's Angels pose during her lesbian wedding to Susan in Richmond, Illinois, near Chicago. 1/100 f6.3 ISO 200 50mm

I found that it's best to use one light at low power to light the interior of white tents that way the foreground will be illuminated and the lights in the background will still be visible. For the shot below I bounced a battery powered Profoto D1 Air 500 off the roof of the rent.

Illinois, LGBT, Richmond, Wedding, backyard, brides, gay, lesbian, outdoor, photographer, photography, portrait, tentSusan & Leah’s outdoor wedding in Richmond IllinoisSusan & Leah are announced during their wedding in Richmond, Illinois, near Chicago. 1/200 f3.2 ISO 1600 28mm

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Illinois, LGBT, Richmond, Wedding, backyard, brides, gay, lesbian, outdoor, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,toast,speech,laugh,receptionSusan & Leah’s outdoor wedding in Richmond IllinoisSusan & Leah laugh during a toast their outdoor wedding in Richmond, Illinois, near Chicago. 1/125 f2.8 ISO 1250 50mm

I think I might be one of the few wedding photographers who loves shooting available light candids of guest, just based on the photo galleries I usually see online.

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Illinois, LGBT, Richmond, Wedding, backyard, brides, gay, lesbian, outdoor, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,candid,smileCandid photo of guests at Susan & Leah’s outdoor wedding in Richmond IllinoisGuests laugh during Susan & Leah's outdoor wedding in Richmond, Illinois, near Chicago. 1/125 f1.2 ISO 5000 85mm

Illinois, LGBT, Richmond, Wedding, backyard, brides, gay, lesbian, outdoor, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,symbolic,"wedding cake"Susan & Leah’s outdoor wedding in Richmond IllinoisSusan & Leah's wedding cake is decorated with two pink flamingos during their outdoor wedding in Richmond, Illinois, near Chicago. 1/60 f2.8 ISO 2000 85mm

Because of where the tent was located near the trees, I couldn't see the setting sun. But thankfully while I was making my rounds photographing candid photos of wedding guest, I saw the sky start to turn colors. After five minutes of waiting for the right moment, the clouds turned this brilliant hue of amber and magenta as Leah & Susan's special day came to a close.

Illinois, LGBT, Richmond, Wedding, backyard, brides, gay, lesbian, outdoor, photographer, photography, portrait, tentSusan & Leah’s outdoor wedding in Richmond IllinoisSusan & Leah kiss as they get ready for their outdoor wedding in Richmond, Illinois, near Chicago. 1/30 f2.8 ISO 3200 24mm

To book me to be your Chicago lesbian wedding photographer or for an engagement photoshoot, please check out my rates page and email me at john@johngress.com


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