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St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Hailey & Joe Engaged

I had such a good time with these two. Hailey and Joe have been together for 4 years and are getting ready to experience what the Navy military life has in store. Hopefully he will be done with basic in time for the April wedding! Joe is a more quiet person so I was nervous at first, but then as soon as he started to interact with Hailey, he loosened up and they connect so good. I do believe that Joe's quiet jokes is what keeps Hailey around. Joe is a volunteer firefighter for Dupo IL and when Hailey said she wanted some pictures with the fire trucks I was ready! I love that they added a special touch to their session.

Hailey & Joe's April Wedding is going to be an awesome start to the Jheart 2018 wedding season. Both of them are so sweet that it does not surprise me that they found each other and fell in love. 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/My first few rolls of film

I have embarked on a new adventure to add to my business...shooting film. Yes, real load your camera 35mm film. So I went online, bought a Nikon F100, scooped up some cheap FUJI film from Wal-Mart to mess with at a lower expense because let's face it....I figured it wasn't going to really turn out. As well as ordered from Amazon 5 rolls Kodak Porta 400 from online for the good shots while in Portland. 

I got it in the mail. I loaded the film. I loaded the batteries. I snapped they shutter. I simply just fell in love....one snap after the other. I really think the best part was not knowing if they turned out! I had to trust my skills and the film. It was so beyond my normal adventurous stuff!

It's not easy...here is my first shot...my beautiful Gabrielle.

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Horrible right??? HA! But take a peek in to what I see....See that grain? That beautiful old school grain. It took me back to when I used to arrange my stuffed animals in my room with random objects and take their pictures with my old point at shoot 35mm....I am sure if I looked hard enough at my Mother's house I could find some of these pictures. This look and image...well it fuels my soul. Oh it fuels my soul, more than I ever thought possible. 

So next up I headed out to Portland...remember that blog post? If not view it HERE. You really should because it's beautiful. That post was all digital images that I just couldn't wait to share. But below is what film can do...what it does...oh it's beautiful...the grain, the color, barely touched by editing. 

Are they perfect? Nope. But they are a wonderful and perfect start to something will be so much fun.

I am beyond grateful that a good friend (and my wedding photographer) shoots film and brought it to me to try because she knew I would love it, and boy was she correct. You can take a peek at her beautiful work HERE. She has really become amazing at her film work! Take a peek at this beautiful film shot of my friend and follow photographer. 

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While shooting in Portland I found out I even LOVE the sound of shooting film. When I came home I naturally shot a whole roll of just my dog Rue...ridiculous I know, but oh it turned out so much better than the first roll! These are just a few of my favorites. Rue is a pretty amazing model. I know you all have seen her before!

I do hope you stick around to see how this new aspect of Jheart Photography grows. I feel like this fits my heart and soul so much which usually is the main key to success. 

So cheers to film & my Nikon F100. Can't wait to share more with you!

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Claire & Michael Cannon Beach

I recently spent a weekend in the mountains of Portland Oregon & one beautiful day at Cannon Beach with Claire & Michael. I know I usually am a St. Charles Wedding photographer, but when and friend of mine, Cieara with Cieara Ruess Photography went on a luxury trip we knew we had to find someone to shoot and we were so blessed with Claire & Michael. 

Claire and Michael met when her Dad invited him to their church's swing dancing club because he knew Claire & Michael would hit it off. Now, two and half year later they are still dancing together in the kitchens of their parents home. I don't know about you, but that is the most romantic thing EVER. They even showed off some of their moves for us!It is always pure joy when I get to shoot couples that have bursting love like these two. 

I do hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed shooting them.