Hannah & Jon

It’s about 3 o’clock in the morning right now and I’m having trouble sleeping. Some days it’s just hard to unwind, I guess. I figured this was as good a time as any to blog about my friends Hannah & Jon and their wedding day, which I was fortunate enough to photograph on September 7th, 2019. The wedding was in Madison, Wisconsin on what had to be the most beautiful day of the year so far. They stayed at the Canterbury Inn (a straight-up Chaucer themed hotel), and they were married a block away in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

I haven’t known Hannah or Jon very long— about two years, I think. They’re both graduates from PhD programs at the University of Iowa, where my husband goes to school, and when I met each of them for the first time they were very generous and kind to me. They each made gestures of kindness which made a world of difference and have had a lasting impression on me. Small gestures, like including in me conversations when I felt excluded and giving me a bottle of their excellent and weird beer. I liked them right away!

They hired me to photograph their wedding when I only had one second shooting experience under my belt, which was, again, very generous. Like I told Hannah, I’m so glad I got to be there— for one, because their wedding was personal and lovely (the vows had pretty much everyone tearing up), and for two, because DAMN! It’s exactly the kind of wedding I want to show off in my portfolio! A beautiful couple, very much in love, with their dog, in an art museum, with photos taken on the sidewalk of downtown Madison. WOW. What else could a photographer ask for?

Thank you to Hannah & Jon for letting me be a part of your day and trusting me with your wedding photos. Thank you for your unending kindness to me and Brandon. Thank you for having a cool dog. Thank you for helping me direct the posed family portraits, which remains the hardest part of the job for me. And most of all, thank you for your continued friendship, which I really value, even though I’m a very hands-off friend.