Monday, June 29, 2009

Erin & Dustin's Wedding

These are called "Jazz Hands"... you'll have to check out the slideshow below if you want to be lucky enough to see the "BLADES"!!!

Erin and Dustin have a very special place in my heart! Erin, because she worked at Cafe Patachou (love that place so much I even went there today to work on their slideshow!) and Dustin, because he's a Chicago Bears fan!!! Those two things right there automatically make them some of my favorite people in the world! (Far, far from my wife of course! Are you reading this honey?) Now, if I can just convince Dustin to invite me over to watch a Bears game and have Erin bringing me a yummy Chicken Salad on Croissant...

Anyway, I'm stoked because I get to see Erin and Dustin again when I shoot her sister's wedding in September (this has been the summer of siblings). Here are a few of my favorite shots of Erin and Dustin along with the slideshow below that you won't want to miss! Check it out and enjoy! P.S. Don't forget to look for the "BLADES"!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Brittany and Michael's Slideshow

This past month I've had the pleasure of shooting the weddings of two brothers, John and Michael Hart. This is what I love about photography... RELATIONSHIPS! Having the opportunity to be a part of such a special day for a family, not just once, but TWICE has allowed me to truly get to know the Hart family and be more than just their "photographer". To me, photography isn't just showing up and taking a few pictures and then moving on. It's getting to know them. Building a relationship.  

The more comfortable a couple can be with me the more inconspicuous I am able to be during the many personal moments and the more we are able to enjoy the formal shots with family, which I believe was especially evident in both weddings.  Brittany and Michael's wedding gave me a great excuse to visit with Johnny and Falan... still in their honeymoon period!  

It feels like forever ago that I met Brittany and Michael and we shot their engagement pictures.  And now the wedding is already over!  At least I've got these great memories below to allow me to reflect back on the day too.  Click below and enjoy the slideshow! 

Monday, June 22, 2009

Brittany & Michael -- Sneak Peek!

Here's a sneak peek into Brittany & Michael's wedding!  Check back soon for more shots in their slideshow!

Friday, June 19, 2009


One of my deepest disappointments has come from one of my greatest joys.  The birth of my third child, A.J., marked a painful first.  My own father would never know him.  This matters more to me because of the father he was, and the grandfather my children will never have.  Jack McGuckin most notably shaped me through not just a personal invested interest in my passions (i.e. my football games and proudly sporting my pic -- even with a mullet -- on a button) but more consistently through something that is still lacking in father-son relationships. He never wavered in showing me affection.  The consistent hugs and “I love you”s have made for my family a legacy greater than that of the largest trust fund.  My boys are still young, yet I know that they too may someday miss the great hugs (ie. tackles) we greet one another with, as I know I will continue to insist upon them through what tends to be the more awkward teen years and well-past into my visits with their own families.

As I still have to remind myself he is actually gone from the earth every time this holiday unexpectedly arrives, I hang onto the hope that I have that one day not only will I embrace him again in heaven, but I too will have the joy of seeing him do the same in greeting my children, and the one he never met, A.J. 

If I could have one moment captured today in a picture with him, it would be this great embrace.  In honor of my father, I want to extend a chance for you to choose something so precious to hold onto as well, be it with a dad, husband, or grandfather.  Here is what you do…


1)    Subscribe to my blog ( by visiting it and clicking on the “POST” link under “Subscribe To My Blog” on the top left of the page.  You simply pick the page that fits what you typically use (i.e yahoo) and it should automatically subscribe you if you are logged into your account.  This means when you go into your (yahoo) homepage, you will see a feed of text from my blog. OR Subscribe by entering your email under the box also to the top left.  

2)    AFTER SUBSCRIBING, send me an email (however long or short you need it to be) at explaining a treasured difference about your father or grandfather that builds a great legacy into your own life.

3)    Give me a sense of the vision of the photoshoot you would arrange with your father/husband or grandfather (i.e. would want to capture him on the fishing boat with the six grandkids).

The winner will receive a Free One Hour Photo Shoot w/ one Free 8X10 

Read this part of the “small print” as fast as you can to get the full effect… “All entries are due by midnight Saturday, June 27th!  I will joyfully deliberate over the entries with my wife and post the winner on my blog by midnight Sunday the 28th!  Travel expenses not included outside 20 minutes of Indianapolis area.” 

(Note: I extended the deadline due to some questions I received regarding subscribing to the blog, so please feel free to email me if you have any additional trouble with #1)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Father/Daughter Getaway!

This past weekend my daughter and I went away on our annual father/daughter getaway with a bunch of other dads and daughters.  We love this time cause it allows us to get away from the craziness of our lives and the many distractions that keep us from enjoying each other's love!  I miss my little baby girl who has grown up TOOO fast before my eyes.  I've always been intentional with my time with my children and these little getaways are always a special bonus!  Here's a slideshow of our time with the other dads/daughters/(all the frogs that stole our daughters' attention from us!!!).  And a special thanks to Northview Christian Life Church for helping create these memories for the dads and daughters!