Edyta Szyszlo Photography

April 23, 2008

A Cat Moment…Part 2.

Edyta's Real Portraits,Misc — Edyta @ 7:27 PM

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

I know you’ve been wondering what the kitties have been up to since spring arrived!? Ha! Our building hasn’t converted to air conditioning yet, and it’s been toasty these past few days. Boris has two coats of hair so we haven’t seen him around much because he cools in the shadows. He occasionally comes out of hiding to play with his favorite new toy, the gold bell! I accidentally stepped on one of the balls and broke the plastic around the bell. Best discovery ever! Desher lounges…she loves the heat! Such a cleaning diva. I love photographing animals when their most comfortable. So here are some more cat photos for your viewing pleasure.

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

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April 22, 2008

Trends of 2008 – Cocktail Hour – guests will wish it was longer!

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

It finally feels like spring here in Chicago!! And what could be better then sipping on a fresh cocktail in the mid afternoon…oh wait, I know cocktail hour! Your wedding’s cocktail hour sets the stage for a night of celebration. You want to impress while still keeping it simple and elegant. Tips, ideas, and you guessed it….drink recipes! (more…)

Trends of 2008 – Groom’s Boutonniere

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Did you know that the word ’boutonniere’ comes from the word ‘button’ in French? Little tid bit for ya! Ode to the bout…I’m not sure if trends have really come on gone with boutonnieres (well ok, baby’s breath is pretty scarce these days), however, the past couple years these mini bouquets have gotten pretty creative! Choose the boutonniere in the same fashion as you would the bouquet, but allow your groom to be involved in the process. Think about your wedding theme, colors, decor, color of his tux or suit and functionality. Boutonnieres tend to take more of a beating throughout the wedding day so be sure to consult with your florist when picking a style. Don’t forget the bout is worn on the left jacket lapel. Also, I highly recommend having your florist show you how to put one on in case there’s a time crunch on the wedding day. Two florists worth checking out for unique designs: Bay Area – Passiflora Designs & Chicago – Hello Darling. Check out more creative bouts! (more…)

April 18, 2008

Charming, Earthy Florals

Flowers,Misc,Wedding Photography — Edyta @ 3:30 PM

Photos courtesy of Thayer Allyson Gowdy from Nicolette Camille Floral Design

While checking out one of my favorite design blogs (Design Sponge), I came across a mentioning of a wonderful florist in the NYC area named Nicolette Camille. I believe she’s located around the Brooklyn area but from some of the comments on Design Sponge, she works in the tri-state area. If you are planning a wedding in the northeast and love whimsical, organic arrangements – check her out! Her use of color and unique flowers is absolutely perfect! I love it! Did I mention I adore Thayer’s work as well….

April 17, 2008

Eco-friendly Ways to Go Green on Your Wedding Day!

Photos courtesy of Martha Stewart

April 22 is Earth Day! I thought it would be informative to share some eco-friendly ideas to help make your wedding day as green as can be! Many articles are saying that this is a trend, but I hope that these pointers can become a permanent choice in helping our environment – wedding or not. In my own digital photography workflow, I try to minimize as much paper as possible by communicating through email. My proofs are viewed only online, as well as the album proofs. All my ink cartridges are recycled, and I try to use reusable/recyclable papers and packing materials. Any bit helps! Check out ways you can help! (more…)

April 11, 2008

Trends of 2008 – Wedding Hairstyles

Photos courtesy of InStyle Weddings

Time to plan some hair dos! Wedding hairstyles should be classic, playful, sexy, timeless and MOST importantly….comfortable! The more comfortable you are with your appearance the better the photographs turn out! Guaranteed! It’s important to plan a hair strategy when organizing your wedding plans. Check out all the pictures of hairstyles you can (until it makes you sick) because as for many – the hair sets the mood. And most importantly – check with your hair stylist to see if it works for you – always leave it to the pros. If you plan on doing it yourself – practice, practice, practice…can’t say that enough. I’ve included several of my fav hairstyles within this posting along with some of the runway trends this year. Check it out! (more…)

April 7, 2008

Cat Portraits – Meet Ebi!

Chicago,Edyta's Real Portraits — Edyta @ 5:57 PM

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Meet Ebi! For the past few days I was kitty-sitting Ebi for a good friend and neighbor. I noticed that they didn’t have any photos of Ebi around so I decided to have a photo shoot and surprise them with photos around the apartment! I think it’s essential to document loved ones in your life, including your pets. Professional pet photography has really come far and is a huge trend right now. Many (like myself) consider their pets as their own children so every moment is precious. Check out “I love Bostons” for some of my dog photos! I highly recommend having professional photos taken…this way you can be included in them as well! (more…)

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March 31, 2008

The Knot Best of Weddings 2008

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Great news! After a phone call from a friend, I found out that one of my images is published in the newest issue of The Knot magazine. This is a special issue as it’s the ‘best of 2008′, where it sums up the best wedding vendors around the country. They also include the ‘best of your local area’ voted by real brides so you can see the ratings for vendors in your area. My image is featured as a ‘trend alert’ for art gallery reception venues located in the midwest; The Randall Gallery in St. Louis. The particular wedding that the image came from is Tom and Sam’s wedding, which was also published in The Knot Missouri/Kansas 2007 issue. I have only done 2 weddings in the St. Louis area (Stephanie & Jim) but they seem to be a huge success!

The issue is on stands now until October!

March 27, 2008

Accessories, Art & Apparel – What could be better?

Fashion,Misc,Wedding Advice — Edyta @ 10:42 AM

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

A little tap on my front door became the best part of my yesterday! My new inexpensive purse from Esty arrived! I was so impressed with how the seller packaged her product that I have to share my incredible experience with you. Etsy is a community site where artists all of kinds can display their accessories, art and apparel for buyers. I’ve been hunting for a new purse in the stores for weeks so I decided to go online and support other artists. You can’t go wrong with one of a kind pieces! This yellow mustard purse was purchased from Stephanie Bracciano – the person behind Mid West Vintage. “One of a kind finds for wasteless living – shop for vintage dresses, shoes, accessories, jewelry”. The best part is how much thought was put into my shipment (received just days after the purchase). Not only did I receive the purse but a hand-written note and 2 original photographs of hers that are incredible (birds above). What a bonus!! I love chatting about other artists so please be sure to check out her stuff Mid West Vintage on Etsy.

Brides – check out Etsy for unique wedding accessories or gifts. They even have a wedding section where you can find jewelry, ring-bearer/flower girl accessories and blushers! Guys stuff too!

March 25, 2008

Spring Fever – Garden & Home Accessories!

Decor,Favors,Misc — Edyta @ 4:08 PM

Photos courtesy of Sprout Home

I am VERY ready for spring to finally come around in Chicago! I was headed out to the grocery store a couple days back and passed a store called Sprout Home (located just off of Chicago & Damen intersection in Chicago). I’ve seen it a few times but never went in. It was a ‘fake’ spring day – the kind that is warm enough to not wear your winter coat and then it snows the next day. I decided to check it out! I love home accessory stores because I find lots of inspirations for art, photos and design. Greeted by the cutest dog in the world (a Vizsla – my fav!), I made my way around this very inviting store. Lots of home accessories such as plates, wrapping papers, ceramics and the cutest photo frames – which make great gifts for your wedding party!! Not to mention, plants galore! Sprout Home carries plant species of all types – indoor, outdoor, even little cacti. Check out their outdoor furniture! Can’t even begin to pick out a favorite product, but I have to say the photo frames and the modern bird feeders were top on my list! Brides and grooms – they even have gift registry!!

I highly recommend stopping in – especially if you have spring fever – or checking out their website link above because they have many more products then mentioned above.

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