Sometime after photographing my 300th wedding, I became far more interested in portrait/commercial photography. If one could compare photography to surgery, then wedding photography would be the equivalent of operating in a MASH unit. From 1985 to 1998 I dressed up like a penguin every weekend photographing some of Chicago’s most exclusive weddings. It was all film back then. Digital imaging was a distant dream we heard about every now and again in the circle of our peers.
Back then, we would shoot somewhere around 30-40 rolls of film. Every roll had to be processed and proofed. Then when it came to retouching, every negative had to go to a retouch artist to have bags under eyes removed and lines softened. I believe Barney Rubble was my personal artist’s name.
Since my move to portrait/commercial photography I have found my niche and never looked back. Recently, however, I received a telephone call from a man who said he loved my work but knew I did not photograph weddings anymore. He asked me if I would still consider creating a beautiful image of his baby sister who was to be married 3-months later. I was thrilled with the opportunity to produced this piece of art for him in my Boca Raton Studio and my client and his beautiful sister could not have been happier.