Updates! I Know I’ve Been MIA…

It’s been a while!  Life gets in the way sometimes, and despite my best intentions, my blog gets neglected.  That is going to change, though.  One of the hardest things for me when it comes to blogging is taking the time to select images and resize them and watermark them and upload them and then create the post.  It is quite time-consuming!  After a long discussion with my mentor Natalie Bradley, I’ve decided to change up how my blog works.

If someone wants to see my work, my website is the absolute best place to go.  If someone wants to get to know me, my blog is where they should come.  I used to use my blog for session sneak peaks and to share everything I have been up to.  Unfortunately, when I get busy, I don’t have time to do this, and most of my clients are on Facebook and prefer to have their sessions shared there.  It’s hard for me, too, to choose my favorite images from a session and especially a wedding, so I put it off, because I don’t want to post 20 or 30 images at a time!

So, from here on out, my blog is about me, my life, and my passion for photography, but from a different angle.  Instead of regular sneak peaks and shares, I am going to talk about what is interesting to me at that moment.  I will still post sessions and weddings, but instead of a huge image share, I am going to post the images that really speak to me, and I am going to tell the story behind them.

I am also going to start featuring other wedding and life professionals, and have a wonderful list of guest bloggers lined up.  The first post will go up later this week.  I hope to have one guest blogger a week from here on out, talking about weddings, pets, babies, and other relevant stuff!  I want to provide resources to brides, pet-owners, and families, particularly local resources that may be virtually unknown otherwise.

So, I hope you will stick with me on this crazy journey, and that you enjoy the changes!  Be sure to comment and let us know what you think, and always feel free to make suggestions for topics and guest bloggers!

Before I sign off, here is a shot of my inspiration and reason for, well, everything!  I can hardly believe it has been two years since he entered our lives, and I can’t imagine life without him!

   

Riding the El – Our Chicago Adventure – Part IV

Who knew that I could turn a 4 hour trip to downtown Chicago into a 4 day blog-fest?:)

I’ve ridden on subways and trains all over – St. Louis, LA, Phoenix, Dallas, London, Paris, Germany – but there is nothing quite as fun as the El in Chicago. Why? Just because.:)

Following our tour guide, Patrick. I was pretty sure I was going to fall off the edge!

This guy had some serious talent. I’m not even kidding, it was fascinating listening to him play while we waited.

Standing

And sleeping

And praying (she sat holding a pink rosary, mumbling prayers for the majority of the 40 minutes she was on the train)

This woman was one of the prettiest people I have ever seen in my life. If it hadn’t been so busy, and she hadn’t been so sleepy, I might have asked her if I could photograph her. Well, I did photograph her, covertly. I kind of felt like a spy.

And one last guy, waiting for the shuttle back to our airport. He had on a funky outfit that I loved, but it was his mohawk, discreetly hidden under his hat, that caught my eye.

That’s all for now, folks! My next adventure will be to Kewanee in two weeks. In three weeks, my toddler turns two. In four weeks, I run my first 5K. And then my life gets busy again!:)

Natalie Bradley | Bride Attraction Expert - You are so FREAKING talented!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Natalie Bradley | Bride Attraction Expert - You are so, so, so talented!!!!!

   

Chicago – Part 3 – Cloud Gate – Aka The Silver Bean

The last time I was in Chicago for any length of time was 2003. The next year, Cloud Gate, also know as the Silver Bean, was unveiled. I’ve always wanted to see it, and I finally got a chance Sunday night! It wasn’t nearly as big as I expected, but it was still pretty darn cool!

The bean – I mean, Cloud Gate:)




I’m getting pretty good at this self-portrait thing. It’s easy with a tiny little point-and-shoot, not so easy with a gripped-Canon 5DMkII and a 24-70 2.8L. Ten pounds of camera weight held out in front of you backwards with the button in an ergonomically-correct position for a camera facing the opposite direction tends to be quite difficult to hold and shoot with! But, I manage.:)

See that tiny little dot dead-center of the bean? That’s me. Laying down. Under the bean. Trying to avoid being stepped on by dozens of passerbys that are looking up and not down at their feet, where I happened to be laying. Cool shot, though.

The pigeons looked pretty content up there. I wish I’d brought my big lens to get closer to them, but I only took my 24-70 2.8L with me. Oh well!

Hi Patrick! I think he was laughing at my pigeon amusement.


After that we walked over to a lawn where a concert was getting ready to start. Very cool architecture!

I love people-watching. This group of friends looked totally content as they waited!

We had a delicious dinner after that, and were forced to eat dessert when we got stuck under our umbrella in a downpour. The rain made for a pretty shot as we walked behind this unsuspecting couple back to the El!

Tomorrow? People watching on the El. Keep an eye out for my last Chicago post!

Jen Creed - Love it! Millenium Park is so cool.

Nikki - Love the under the bean picture!

   

Wendi in the Windy City – Chicago, Part 2

A few from our walk to Millennium Park. I love Chicago!

I love skyscrapers!

Every time I turned around, I was being shot!







The kids were so cute splashing around! I did splash around a bit myself, too!

   

Chicago – The Windy City from Wendi’s Point of View

Last Sunday, my mom and I went to Chicago and met up with my friend and fellow photographer Patrick Warnecka, creator of the ShootKit. It was so much fun, exploring downtown and seeing some of the artwork. I love sculptures and the Art Institute is one of my favorite Chicago destinations, but I’ve never gotten a chance to explore the areas around it before. I have loads of images, so will probably break this up into a couple of posts!

Well, we changed that! Mom and I hopped on the El and came out right at State and VanBuren, and found ourselves eye-to-eye with Tony Tasset’s incredible new sculpture Eye. We met up with Patrick and had a lot of fun shooting around it!

Me!
Wendi Riggens

My mom and Patrick and Eye
Mom, Patrick Warnecka, Chicago, Eye

Eye by Tony Tasset

I couldn’t resist!
Eye, Chicago, Tony Tasset
Eye, Chicago, Tony Tasset, Mom

Chicago, Eye, Tony Tasset

Mom and Me
Mom, Chicago, Wendi, Eye

Check back tomorrow for more images from downtown Chicago!

   
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