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    xo
    Tennile

I’ve never been one to put my wishes out to the universe but, I realize that friends/clients — you wonderful people who are the foundation of my business — need to truly know me to fully support, and get the most from me.

Therefore, I want to tell you all the places that I would like to take my wedding photography business!

Before I start, I feel the need to say that although I have gone to plenty of cool locations for weddings, I don’t view weddings as my passport to the world.

In fact, I’ve already been to many of the places on my wedding wish list, and I’ve been deeply inspired by them, and that’s why I want to shoot your wedding at any of these fantastic locations — because I believe inspiration, and vision are key to good photography, and I want to share mine with you.

Now for the lists!

Places that I have shot weddings:

Vermont
Portsmouth, NH
Maine
Boston
Chicago
Winnetka, IL
Lake Geneva, WI

Places where I would like to shoot weddings (this list is by no means conclusive):

Canada

  • Toronto
  • Ontario — At a vineyard, in your backyard, in the woods, wherever!
  • Anywhere on Georgian Bay (childhood memories!)
  • Quebec
  • Canmore and Banff, Alberta/anywhere in the rockies
  • Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Tofino
  • Squamish and Whistler
  • Nova Scotia
  • Anywhere you want to get married! Canada is a beautiful country, and let’s be honest, I will not pass up an opportunity to come back to the motherland.

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USA

  • Chicago, of course
  • More in Vermont, NH, and Maine! Especially mountainside, or oceanside.
  • Colorado
  • Anywhere with mountains
  • On a beach
  • Hawaii
  • Painted Desert (Arizona), or any desert for that matter!
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • New Orleans
  • Louisiana

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  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama
  • Brazil
  • Cuba (bonus points for a shoot in Old Havana)
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Wherever you are getting married!

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Dream locations

  • Ireland — All I could think of when I was in Ireland was how great it would be to shoot a wedding there. So fresh. So many shades of green!
  • Iceland
  • Portugal — extra love if it’s in a tiny town where pastries and coffee are a local priority
  • France
  • Italy

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Thank you for checking out my long list. If you, or anyone you know is planning a wedding at my any of my wish list locations, I would absolutely love to hear from you! And, of course, keep in mind that special rates and custom collections are available for all destination weddings. :D

xo

Tennile

Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in a phenomenal art project put together by Mental Health America of Illinois.

I feel so honored to have had my work exhibited with the creations of so many other talented artists, and I wanted to make a post to highlight some of the pieces that displayed at the Gold Bell Gala, and to say a very emphatic thank you to everyone who contributed.

I have met so many big-hearted and compassionate artists, authors, mental health workers, and even city representatives while working on this project. The Manifesting Healthy Futures project managed to bring people together who otherwise may never have had a reason to meet, and share their stories.

It renewed my hope. It showed me that people care. It provided me with a real way to honor my brother Shelby’s memory. It accepted my ongoing grief, and gave me a positive outlet for it. I’m so grateful.

I am in awe of the amazing Mary Ruth Coffey, Brooks, Dave, and all the people at MHAI for bringing this project into the world and giving us all a place to put our massive amounts of feelings and creations.

Thank you also, to Senator Michael Hastings, Representative Greg Harris, and Alderman Matthew O’Shea for their continued commitment.

Everyone involved has inspired me in some way — thank you for your work, and your dedication to promoting mental health awareness, and suicide prevention.

One of my photos, “Light.”

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To the woman in this photo: Thank you for bidding on my piece! I was happy to hear you say you intended to put it in a white frame — that is exactly what I would have suggested.

A live painting.

The amazing Mary Ruth:

 

And, here are the .jpg versions of both of my pieces, for anyone who hasn’t already seen them.

“Light”
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“Escape”

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A big thank you to the authors whose stories inspired my photos, Shasha Porter, and Sue Barizon.

You can check out all of the artworks and short stories here, and you can also preorder the book that the fine folks at MHAI are currently in the process of publishing.

xo

Tennile

 

When you’re in love, it doesn’t matter where in the world you are; as long as you’re with that special someone, you’re home. Lindsey and Chris, you two have definitely found your homes in each other — that’s how I know your upcoming relocation is going to be great!

Thank you so much for a wonderful session! I loved laughing with you, and watching you slowly turn blue from hypothermia. ;)

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Oops! How did this hilarious gif get in here?

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xo

Tennile

Location: Loyola University, Roger’s Park Chicago

These two. Oh, these two! (You may remember them from their Chicago-chic engagement session a while back.)

I’m not sure I’ve ever met two people who laugh as much as Erica and Terry do when they’re together. All the little details of this wedding were lovely, but what really stands out in my memory is how everyone bubbled with emotion. Color schemes, flowers, and decor are all fun and pretty, and certainly make for great photos, but I think, in the end, what people remember most is how they felt, and what moved them.

Erica summed up their relationship so well in her vows, when she said, “…with [Terry], I will laugh until the day I die.”

I also thought it was fantastic that they incorporated traditions from both of their backgrounds into the ceremony, and reception. The Irish hand fasting ceremony, combined with the breaking of glass was so unique, and a great way to celebrate the bonding of their families.

To my incredibly gifted associate photographer for the day, Jeff Johnson, of Rebirth Photo: Thank you! You captured so many great moments. I just wish we would have gotten a shot of us together, in our unintentionally matching outfits. ;)

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A precious little outtake:

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Credits:

Hotel: The Godfrey Hotel
Wedding Venue: Pops for Champagne
Reception Venue: BellyQ
Associate Photographer: Rebirth Photo
Videographers: Leap Weddings
Hairstylist: Hans Van Doornik (Maxine Salon)
Dress: BHLDN
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Cake: Hot Chocolate
Wedding Planner: Debi Lilly – A Perfect Event
Earrings: Something borrowed (a family heirloom from a friend)
Clutch: Something old (vintage from Erica’s grandma)
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