Photographing my first Ed Libby & Co event leaves me grappling for words. I hope my story further into this post will clarify why I have such inarticulate thoughts. For those who do not know Ed Libby and his crazy talent, you will find him based in New York City working as a florist and event designer creating parties that are the definition of luxury all over the world.
In less than a week, we will be shooting the traditional Chinese wedding of Shidi and Feng in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood. Shidi was the bridesmaid to a former client we photographed several years ago.
This past April I had the pleasure of shooting a surprise engagement party at the Hotel Bel-Air for my close friend Stephanie Snow. The original purpose of the engagement wedding party at the Hotel Bel-Air was for Ellen Black of Lehr and Black Custom Invitation’s birthday.
It is finally nice in Chicago, and during my most recent visit I found myself pushing through about 5 destination engagement sessions during my month-long visit.
We are rolling out another fantastic same-sex, gay engagement session but this time it is with my close friends Michael (on the left) and James!
I have known Michael for 12 years, and James for a little under 5 years. Before the two were engaged, Michael mentioned he wanted me to be their photographer. I kept my mouth shut because I stopped doing work for close friends and family a long time ago due to overactive nerves. The day arrived and Michael proposed and, of course, Mr. James said yes.