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Posted by Dawn

07.22.09  -  Engagements

Naperville Engagement Photography Session | Crystal & Ron

We met Crystal and Ron for the very first time in Starbucks the day of their engagement session. They were referred to us by our dear friends and past clients, Rebecca and Kenny. Thank you R&K... we love you so much!

I talked to Crystal over the phone and she booked us for their upcoming wedding at the Westin in Maui, Hawaii in August. They are one of the sweetest, most fun couples on earth! Look at them. They were just a blast to spend the afternoon with. Crystal was up for anything and wanted some fun and crazy photos. And Ron, well you can just see how much he loves her. You just know he would follow her anywhere! I fell in love with you both this day and I can't wait for Bob to photograph your wedding so that I can design a fine art book that you can treasure a lifetime!!!

To see their wedding photography at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Hawaii, click here.

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Posted by Dawn  -  07.21.09

Photographers, Workshops

Davis Love Story Photography Workshop | We're At It Again



Yes, we are at it again. Or should I say Bob is at it again? I said "no workshop". He said "OK, no workshop". Phewwwww... they are a lot of work! Then we had a tremendous response to our last workshop and all kinds of love spilling all over the place. Next, a dear friend of ours, Kristie Hancock, called Bob and together they collaborated and said "yes to a workshop... and Dawn won't have to do a thing. We'll do it all." Dawn happily agreed and violĂ ... we're having a workshop. Except how could I not be involved. I love meeting new people, I love sharing our knowledge and passion for photography and design, I love being inspired by others... I love when we have workshops!

We're headed to the Baltimore area, to be exact... Bel Air, MD, close to DC, NYC, Philly, conveniently located off the corridor of Interstate 95.

July 29-30, 2009 with a meet and greet on the 28th. Only a few seats left! Don't wait too long to sign up!


~ Dawn

To find out more about our workshop, click HERE

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Posted by Dawn

07.19.09  -  News / Press

Inspired By This | Leila Khalil

Bob and I have so many dreams and aspirations for ourselves and we're so busy with family life, work, home, our kiddos and their sports activities, etc... there is not enough time in the day to devote to it all. This year, Bob and I thought it would be a good idea to look into working with a publicist.

There is only so much in a day we can accomplish on our own so we hired, who we feel is one of the best Wedding PR girls in the industry, Leila Khalil. She has an amazing spirit and is well connected in the industry and we love her energy! She is sweet and lovable and she just started a new blog, which you have to check out, Inspired By This. She did a fabulous write up about us and we are so thankful to her. You can also Follow Leila on Twitter. We gave her a long list of what we want to accomplish. If anyone can do it, she can! Leila, you inspire us. LET'S DO THIS!

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Posted by Dawn  -  07.18.09

Photographers, Workshops

Davis Love Story Photography Workshop | The Promo Video

To quote one of our upcoming workshop attendees, Fola Adewole, we are "superdeliciously awesomely, amazingly excited" to share a glimpse of our last DAVIS LOVE STORY WORKSHOP with this AMAZING, beyond words, promo video created by the talented Anton Lorimer of Lorimer Works. Thank you Anton, you never cease to amaze us! And thank you to all of our fabulous new friends who attended our last workshop and for the love you gave to us in this video! You guys rock!

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Posted by Dawn

07.12.09  -  Personal

The Ones We Love The Most | Family

Over the Fourth of July holiday my Mom and Dad, well really my Step Dad, but he's like a real Dad to me, flew in from Florida to spend the week with us. We had such a blast with them! And we are always so sad to see them leave. Sometimes I wish I could could freeze time and live hopelessly in love and happiness forever... I'm a sucker for a fairytale! While they were in town, Bob decided we needed a family portrait at the last minute. He comes rushing through the door saying, we have to leave right now... right now! The sun is going down and I want to get a photo all of us. Follow me! We rushed to a nearby wheat field, Bob set up a huge Bruce Dorn Select 54x72 Wescott softbox with a Quantum Qflash triggered it with a Canon 580EXII strobe as the master, ETTL. Well, the wind took a great big hold of his set up and there went the family photo with all of us in it. But we did get a few good ones! Here are some of my favorites!

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Posted by Dawn

07.11.09  -  Engagements

Chicago Engagement Photography Session | Kim and Greg

Since I've already blogged Kim and Greg's Wedding, I thought I would share some images Bob took from their engagement session and a few from Kim's final dress fitting! I just adore these guys as they are so fun and so photogenic.

Kim, thank you so much for your beautiful phone call yesterday. Every word, every laugh, brought such a great big smile to my face. You are so sweet and I'm so glad that you love the photos from your magical day. And knowing that your Mom is so excited makes me even more happy!!! You are a breath of fresh air and I'm so glad to know you!

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Posted by Dawn  -  07.11.09

Photographers, Workshops

Davis Love Story Photography Workshop | The Results

So, since we've launched our new blog, I've been obsessed with............ ha! I bet you were thinking I was going to say... filling it up with content... right? Not true, I've been obsessed with life... in general. Yes, just when I thought baseball season was over, our son Bobby made the All Stars team. Way to go Bobby!!!! Now, I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that I was a little, ohhhh, what's the right word, ummmm, sighful... I know, that's not even a word. I asked how many more games? Seriously? Okay, okay... I'm super proud of Bobby. He's a great lil baseball player and I know one day he's going to be big time!

Okay, how about this one. Someone please tell me that I'm not the only one who feels this way! I know there has to be hundreds, maybe even thousands of business owners out there that just can't seem to find the time to get it all done. And those who blog daily, sometimes multiple times a day, make me crazy! I wake up and turn on email and see my RSS feed boasting about all kinds of blog updates, I just want to scream..... ugh! It makes me feel inadequate... and that's an understatement. HA! I secretly wish that all those bloggers, you know who you are (Kenny Kim, J*, etc.) would either get married OR have children. Then maybe my RSS feed won't be laughing at me every morning. I mean this in the NICEST of ways! Come on... tell me I'm not alone! ; )

Next up and the reason for this entry, the DAVIS LOVE STORY WORKSHOP. What an awesome 3 days it was!!! Every time Bob and I have a workshop, we pray to God that He will bless us with an amazing group of attendees... and that He did. They were all so much fun... THANK YOU to everyone who came! Bob spent the first 2 days showing everyone how to use small dedicated strobes to create the light they want in any environment and how to master their flash and camera settings. Then on day 3, Bob and I spent the day talking about the ins and outs of how to make your business thrive, and be better, faster and more efficient. I shared my Photoshop and book design knowledge. We talked about marketing and sales, and most importantly how to sell yourself and not your photography. We learned a lot in return from everyone as well. There is not one perfect way to do anything, just finding what works perfectly for you is the key!

So many people to thank! Our dear friend, Ed Weiland, I can't thank you enough for all the help you generously gave to us to make this workshop a success. Ed rounded up the models for us, and they were PERFECT! He also found a make up artist to come in, thank you, Jaycie Kurfess. Ed did so much more, I can't even begin to list it all. Thank you so much my sweet friend, you know we love you! Then there is Kenny Kim who blogged our entire workshop! He had a brilliant idea to blog the workshop from the perspective of Walter The Duck. He was hilarious!!! You can read all about our workshop on our old blog. I'm sure you will get a laugh or two from it! Then there is Roxanne Benton from Pixel2Canvas who flew all the way out from California to sponsor our workshop. Roxie, you are the bomb girl...!!!! Many thanks to GraphiStudio, FJ Westcott, and Pictage who also sponsored our workshop. We couldn't have done this without you all...!!! We thank you with every ounce of heartfelt gratitude we have!

I can't forget to thank John Rippinger who allowed us the fantastic opportunity to bring our workshop to the Schaumburg Airport. What an honor it was for all of us to be there! It was an experience that will not soon be forgotten. I also want to thank Thomas for letting us photograph our models with his beautiful 1959 Cadillac convertible. He has a slew of gorgeous antique cars and he let us chose which one we wanted. Thank you so much!

And lastly, a shout out to all of our attendees! THANK YOU SO MUCH for coming to our workshop and investing in us. We are so honored and blessed to have met you all. We know you will all thrive in the photography industry and we can't wait to see what's in store for you.

Be blessed...

xoxoxox ~ Dawn and Bob


Here are some images from the workshop, sit back and enjoy!

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Posted by Dawn

07.09.09  -  Weddings

Chicago Four Seasons Wedding Photography | Kim and Greg

I sit with a cup of coffee in hand, thinking about how excited I am to share our new blog with the world. I want so much to be a star studded writer like many of the other fantastic bloggers out there. It feels like forever since I've blogged and now I'm at a loss for words. Haha... go figure!

Well, I could not be happier to begin this journey with a recent wedding Bob photographed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Amazing... to say the least!

I'll never forget our first meeting with Kim at a Starbucks, one of my favorite places on Earth, in Chicago 10 months ago. Was it really 10 months ago? Wow... {{ big sigh }} When we met with Kim and she shared with us her wedding day plans, I could feel her excitement.... I was excited. I asked her how she felt about having her picture taken and she said she was okay with it but her fiancé, Greg, was the one who loved to be in front of the camera. She wasn't kidding! Greg is hilarious.... I mean hilarious! I belly-gut laughed when I was editing their wedding for the slideshow. They are such a fun couple and their is no doubt that they are truly, madly, deeply in love!

And now for the thank you! Kim is a good friend of Allison's, a former bride of ours. Thank you Allison for referring us... it's the best compliment we could ever receive! Thank you Kenny Kim for 2nd shooting this wedding with Bob. You are so talented and I love every photo you took! Thank you Nathan Holritz at Photographer's Edit. You did a fantastic job editing this wedding for us! If you are a photographer reading this, I highly recommend their services... you won't be disappointed. Thank you to Lisa at Lisa Zimbler Events for creating a beautiful wedding that will be remembered a lifetime!

And a HUGE THANK YOU to Kim and Greg for allowing us the fabulous honor to be part of their magical day! Their wedding could not have been more spectacular!!!

With love...

Dawn and Bob

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