CHICAGO, Illinois — Christina (Tina), the bride, is an old friend of mine from way back. I met her through my friend Aine when I was interning in 1997 at Argonne National Laboratory. Tina called me late last year to see if I would cover her wedding. How could I say no. Tina is a great and generous friend! My brother Paul and I stayed at her house in Kauai! As a matter of fact, her house is on the mountain where Spielberg filmed the “flocking” scene in Jurassic Park. Did I mention that she killed the monstrous cockroaches that I was too petrified to exterminate myself?!
Come to think of it, Christian, the groom, was the first ask me to shoot his wedding while I was shooting the Valdez-Dungca wedding last June. I’ve known Christian for a few years as well, but wasn’t sure if he was serious about the coverage. I guess he was!
Upon arriving in the Windy City, I was greeted by my luggage at baggage claim (fast service if must say so) and a black limo and driver; well not really, the limo was actually a black Honda Accord and the limo driver was Christian. It was no doubt an errand and tie-up-loose-ends kind of day. At the time, I thought I was shooting solo, so I decided to cover Chris at the barber shop. His barber is amazing! He used a razor blade to cut’em up. I was impressed by his control and skill.
I was blessed by the Almighty and had two excellent shooters on-hand: Kuya JoJo and Conrad. Man, these guys have the gear and skills to cover. Awesome. Conrad had two 46″ Photek umbrellas that improved our group portraits big time. I actually ended up ordering one because of the quality it bought us at the chapel and the Hyatt Regency (O’hare). Check out our work. This is the Castelo-David Photography Collabo, foreal!
CHICAGO, Illinois — With around 70 million people using O’hare International in 2008 (Wiki), it’s one of the worlds busiest airports and is also the main hub for United Airlines. And we can all remember the scene in Diddy’s “I’ll Be Missing You” video in which he uses the moving walkway between Terminals B and C to showcase the amazing light show. I mean, this airport has it going on. Ha… not so fast. Can we say Delay City? The last few times I’ve flown out of O’hare I’ve experienced delays. And from what I gathered from other frequent patrons of the airport, I wasn’t alone.
O’hare baggage claim is excellent, however! After I deplaned last Thursday AM, I have to say that I didn’t wait one second for my baggage. Honestly, I think my baggage was getting worried that I wasn’t going to pick it up. All gripes aside, the architecture in O’hare is beautiful. I love the lines and use of available light, glass and aircraft-themed metal across the various terminals. Couple that with the hustle of the jaded, yet hopeful travelers, it makes for interesting photos. The layover bought me some time to take some [pictures], so I ditched the strobes and used my Pelican 1510 to brace me as I handheld my shots on a 2 second shutter. I’m pleased with the results. 😀