Edyta Szyszlo Photography

May 1, 2008

Baby Portraits! Ayla!

Edyta's Real Portraits — Edyta @ 3:19 PM

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Ayla is a bit bigger these days as these baby portraits where taken a couple years ago in Missouri. (check out my portfolio, click portraits & 2) I am headed to Missouri for a friend’s wedding (not working!) in the beginning of June and will have another photo session with Ayla and her new sis, Adalyn who will be turning 1 in July! Wow does the time fly! I wanted to share these photos so you could see her ‘then’ and her ‘now’ soon! Can’t wait to see the Quadruplet A’s, as I like to call them (Amos, Ashley, Ayla & Adalyn)! More photos…. (more…)

Music to my ears! Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

Chicago,Misc,Photography — Edyta @ 1:33 PM

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Tuesday was the 3rd time that I’ve photographed the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra! And you thought I just photographed weddings huh? This time was super special because they played for an audience of children from the surrounding Chicago public schools at the South Shore Cultural Center. It was an interactive experience with the conductor asking questions and the kids responding, with a few pieces played in between. Reminded me of my 6 years of playing violin as a child :) It’s sad to hear about schools eliminating or cutting budgets for the arts in schools, I feel it’s incredibly important to involve kids in the arts and humanities. So I was honored to be a part of it. And let me tell you the youth involved in CYSO, sound amazing, extremely talented!! (more…)

April 30, 2008

Trends of 2008 – Creative Wedding Lighting

Photos courtesy of Cultural Intrigue

If you’ve been turning pages in bridal magazines lately or have gone to a friends wedding, you’ve probably seen candles, string lights or paper laterns! (Check out my image in The Knot) Lighting at your ceremony or reception adds a romantic, sensual and fun twist. Wedding photographers love having extra lighting during a dark reception to help give the room a glow without using the harsh overhead lights. These aren’t the easiest products to find and wedding coordinators usually have there sources and buy in bulk. Cultural Intrigue seems to have the best selection, however, it’s wholesale only (sold to licensed retailers only) – see if your wedding coordinator can buy from them. At least you’ll get an idea of what’s out there and what to look for! If you’re not using a wedding coordinator, consult with your venue coordinator about ways to incorporate these types of lights before you purchase.

Designer Bridal Gift Registries!

Misc,Planning,Wedding Advice — Edyta @ 9:45 AM

Photos courtesy of Velocity Art & Design

With the wedding season upon us and invitations being sent (just got one in the mail!), I thought it would be good to chat about unique online gift registries (check out my Sprout Home post). It’s always best to register in a few different places so that you’re guests can access one easily, however, some of the more unique registries are online and the gifts are shipped right to you! Plus, it’s a matter of sitting down in front of the computer clicking away, super convenient (sorry, you might miss out on the registry guns!). Velocity Art & Design provides all areas of the home and pets for a descent price. I especially love their organic bedding and outdoor accessories. Don’t forget to include your gift registry info in your invitations! (more…)

April 29, 2008

Trends of 2008 – Whimsical & Fun Flower Girls!

Photos courtesy of TutuCuteBaby, Ribbonwands, PrettyMe on Etsy

I’m all about thinking out of the box when it comes to weddings! The kids involved in your wedding add a special, whimsical, and fairytale-like feeling to the day. Let your flower girls shine with vibrant colors, patterns, and designs. Find a great fabric and pattern then have a dress sewn. Not only will it save on budget but adds such charm to the overall day. Plus – they can wear it again! Check out TutuCuteBaby for more tutu ideas and PrettyMe for the cutest skirts and dresses. From a photo standpoint, adding ‘props’ to the event adds greater dimension and personality to your wedding. These RibbonWands do just that! Boys and girls would go crazy running around your outdoor space with these – what incredible colors!

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April 25, 2008

Parasols!

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Spring weddings are under way and so is the heat and sun! Planning an outdoor wedding? A romantic way to beat the sun and help your guests stay cool is a parasol! Have a basket or container hold the parasols near the ceremony seats where guests can help themselves. Plus, if you want they make cute favors! I love how adding an accessory to your wedding day provides an extra touch of personality in the photographs. My favs can be found at The Asian Import, but they can be a little pricey. The cheapest I’ve seen are at Oriental Trading. For a personal touch, monogram your parasol.

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April 24, 2008

Decorating with Photos – gifts, favors, home

Photos courtesy of Martha Stewart

Originally, I was on the hunt for Mother’s Day (May 11th) craft ideas because nothing says ‘I love you’ like a thoughtful gift. I found these 4 outstanding, diy projects that you could incorporate pet photos, wedding photos, baby photos or any photo for that matter! I think it’s important to give life to the images on cd and show them off. With everything being digital these days, seems that people forget to print photos! A reason why I offer an album and many other print materials with every wedding I book! I love the bottle-cap idea for napkins or place settings for a guest table. The tin cans would make personal wedding favors. Click for instructions: Personalized Magnets & Tins, Bottle-cap Magnets & Thumbtacks, Accordion Gallery, Pet Photo.

On the count of 3…say cheese!

Photos courtesy of Thayer Allyson Gowdy & Lena Corwin (bride)

Aren’t these wedding photos incredible?! I have wanted to try various fabric back drops in my own wedding photography and while doing some research, I came across Lena Corwin’s Flickr page – incredibly excited! This is a great way to incorporate your guests in your wedding and it allows them to have some fun and quirky photos of themselves from your special day. Thayer’s work is featured in Martha Stewart all the time, and if I’m remembering correctly it was this wedding or another similar concept featured in Martha a while back. The creative combination of Thayer and her client, Lena is one to strive for when giving your wedding a memorable flare. Lena is a textile designer and illustrator, check out her adorable men’s ties!

April 23, 2008

Food Network – Week of Weddings

Misc — Edyta @ 9:26 PM

Photo courtesy of Food Network

Guilty pleasure = food network! I have to say my favorite shows are Barefoot Contessa and Everyday Italian…love the recipes, lighting, and the way the shows are captured. But even better, the Food Network is hosting a week of weddings starting April 28th. So plan to dine in with your notepad! In the meantime, check out the site for information!

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Nettleton Hollow – dried branches, flowers and more!

Decor,Flowers,Misc — Edyta @ 8:33 PM

Photo courtesy of Nettleton Hollow

I’m super excited that I just happen to be organizing my bookmarks tab and found this site! I was looking for decorative materials such as wheat grass and dried fruits to decorate my apartment with when I first moved to Chicago. Not only is this a great site for home decor but think of all the possibilities of floral design for your wedding! Many centerpieces and escort card tables incorporate these organic sculptures for added height and dimension. The site includes branches, fruits/pods, foliage, flowers and grasses – Nettleton Hollow.