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Lake Geneva a wonderful place to live…especially in the summer

June 13th, 2014

The sun has come out and the seasons have finally changed.  Summer is here.  Memorial Day weekend always amazes me.  My 6-mile “commute” over to the studio increases a good 40% in time (not distance) from this holiday until Labor Day.  People start showing up–everywhere.  It all becomes a bit more touristy but it’s summer and I love it.  I, Jake Schnake, was born and raised around the lake and have spent every summer of my life enjoying its beauty.  It amazes me it never gets old.  There are certainly days I would love to move out west to some majestic backdrop for life and photography but there is always the raw beauty found along the shores of Geneva Lake.

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Best of 2013– The Reception

March 27th, 2014

I look over and my assistant is crying during the father/daughter dance. She had never even met this couple and the love dad had for her daughter moved her into tears. And it would be a lie to say I’ve been tear free from every reception.

It is such a wonderful time to share in the ‘once here, quickly gone’ moments. Brief moments. We have the honor of capturing these memories and moments that quickly fade into history without the photographic reminder. We are so thankful for the privilege of preserving such important moments and cannot wait to be a part of many special more this coming season.

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Slo-Mo Video Booth

March 25th, 2014

There are so many important details to your wedding day.  Most couples want to have products and services that are fun and unique.  We are excited to announce the release of a new product that you are going to love.   The Slo-Mo Video Booth.

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“Best Of” 2013 — The Ceremony

February 27th, 2014

It amazes me how few ceremony photos you’ll find when looking through the internet for wedding photos. What would a wedding day be without a…wedding? In the “marketing world” of wedding photography, ceremony photos are usually used the least–and it really is a shame. We love the details, the first look, the romantics, the fun bridal party photos, but there is something so special about the ceremony that captures the raw emotions of the day. Mom and Dad are so proud of their daughter or son. Grandma is cuter and older than ever. The flower girls drops the pedals with such precision (well…sometimes). Dating stories are recalled. Rings are exchanged. Hearts are hopeful. And these moments aren’t incredible opportunities for amazing photographs? We think not.

We are always blessed to take such a key role in this special moment. The tears, laughs, and promises shared in these few minutes are what the bride and groom will have to look back on this day. Thank you to all the individuals who invited us to their ceremony to share in these memories and we hope we can see you again soon with you in the bridal party this time!

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Best of 2013– The First Look

February 25th, 2014

The first time we mention a “first look” to a bride and groom in our planning session they often respond with concern and hesitation. Isn’t this supposed to happen at the ceremony site?

There are a number of reasons why we encourage a “first look” experience prior to the ceremony for the bride and groom, but I’m certain a quick flip through these images will convince you much quicker.  To read more reasons to consider doing a first look take a look at this link.

We love capturing those timeless moments in your life that you, your family and friends can forever cherish. And on a wedding day, the first look is a beautiful opportunity for us to do that. Both have been imaging this moment his whole life. All the winding roads have brought them to this moment where they begin walking together through life hand in hand. And we’re there to place you in a quiet, secluded area where you can live out that romantic moment and then re-live it again and again through the photos and videos.

We hope you can share in the joy of these couples and we hope we can share in the joy of capturing the most important moments of your life.

Here’s to love and the joy received through it.

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Best of 2013 — The Bridesmaids

February 20th, 2014

I’m amazed we don’t have more broken ankles on a wedding day. I mean, come on. I’m thinking to myself, “Ok, these ladies just spent four hours getting ready. They’re in heals. They’re wearing a dress. They’re freezing. Nah, they wouldn’t want to risk it all for this crazy shot.” And, to my constant surprise–I’m wrong. These girls will do anything for a fun photo and are always the life of the party.
We love meeting with the bride and groom before the wedding and hearing how fun their bridal party is going to be. And the ladies always prove themselves to be a fun bunch to work with. As photographers, we love nothing more than people who love being in photos and making them fun and memorable (except, perhaps, that occasionaly bridesmaid who maybe wants to be in a few too many photos).
We’re always looking for fun new poses and always know we can count on these ladies to make it happen. If you’re a bridesmaid for 2014, get those ideas cooking so you can be in the best of for this year!

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Best Of 2013: Getting Ready

February 11th, 2014

Thank you for joining us in our “BEST OF 2013″ Series.  From here on, we will progress through a  wedding day in a mostly chronological way.  So this week we start off with the getting ready photos.

Wedding days are full of emotions, personalities, colors, temperatures, decorations, guests, families, and all the other  dynamics that you can imagine.  And it all starts in the morning.  The dress is revealed.  The suit is put on.  Flowers arrive.  Bridesmaids crying.  Mascara running.  Groomsmen drinking.  Mom processing.  Photographer capturing.

We spend a lot of time getting to know the bride and groom through our initial meetings, to the engagement photos, sometimes occasional dinners and drinks, and multiple e-mails and phone calls preparing for one day.  When we arrive to the church, salon, or home, it all comes together.  Friends and family start gathering around the bride and groom giving them their love and support as they prepare for the special moments before them.

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Best of 2013: The Rings

January 30th, 2014

Every year we create a best of series for several categories.  The Girls, The Guys, Wedding Parties, Reception, details, etc.  With all the extreme cold we thought this was the perfect time to share the warmth that we all feel when celebrating a wedding with family or friends.

When looking through thousands (and we mean thousands) of wedding pictures admittedly had its “carpal tunnel” moments but the memories were far too enjoyable to ever call it quits.

It didn’t take us long to decide which series we should start off with.  Because there is one part of the day that the wedding day is ultimately dependent on–the ring.  Well maybe not dependent upon the ring, but its often the symbol that signifies the beginning commitment to the marriage process, the promise to keep it together, and a keepsake for future generations to exhibit the love that existed between two people.

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Shelly & Brian Brave the Cold

January 27th, 2014

The first time we met Shelly and Brian it was obvious how much fun we were going to have on their wedding day.  And they didn’t disappoint.  They chose Grand Geneva–specifically, the Evergreen ballroom–as their reception venue for a very special reason: it was there at a friend’s wedding  they had met years previous.

The road conditions made for an interesting drive over to Chapel on the Hill for the ceremony in a trolley bus, but thankfully we made it around Lake Geneva safely.  We had taken their engagement photos at the stables of Grand Geneva on a different freezing cold day, so we figured why not this day?

The bridesmaids ran in and out of the bus to keep warm, stealing a groomsman jacket whenever possible.  The falling snow made for the perfect backdrop for all of the photos throughout the day.  While summer is always a fun time of year to be shooting, there is a beauty and purity to winter that surpasses all seasons–but the warmth and love that  Shelly & Brian share couldn’t have been a more perfect couple to put in that backdrop.

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Rebecca & Jed Tie the Knot

January 17th, 2014

Rebecca and Jed were the perfect couple to help us start off 2014.  We’re off to a great year with weddings.  The day began with the girls getting ready at their family apple orchard just north of Elkhorn, WI.  Having a unique, fun environment to take getting ready photos is always the way to go!  Beautifully arranged photos were made by Crazy for You, and Rebecca wore a dress made by Casablanca and Betsy Johnson shoes.  The ceremony took place at a country church practically across the street called Sugar Creek Lutheran Church.  Everyone had to pack in, but with the cold winter air outside, I don’t think anyone minded at all!

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