It’s -4 degrees with a windchill of 30 below on a blustery Monday night. While most of Chicago hunkered down in front of their fireplaces with a bowl of soup, sitting in their own homes with long underwear, scarves, and gloves on, 30 wedding industry friends gathered to bid adieu to a close friend, mentor, and icon of Chicago wedding photography, Kevin Weinstein.
Kevin began his photo career in newspaper and magazine photojournalism, honing his skills as an observer of personal interaction while building his artistic point-of-view. He began filming weddings in 2001 and the rest as they say, is history.
Kevin quickly emerged as one of the city’s (and country’s) best photographers, building personal relationships not only with his clients (with whom he keeps in touch long after the wedding), but with the entire wedding industry. From fellow photographers to planners to musicians, Kevin was a friend, inspiration, and mentor to everyone who he met.
After 14 years in the “Windy City,” Kevin is moving on to greener pastures. Literally. Later this week, he will embark on a cross-country trip, making his way to his new home in Los Angeles, California. He has already made a name for himself there, photographing a high-profile celebrity wedding, and will surely take the city of angels by storm.
He’ll be back of course (very thankful that I have two weddings booked with him this year and my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah next March), but Chicago will miss him dearly.
Take care of him, L.A. Or we’ll cut you.
We love you, Kevin, and wish you and Ryan all of the success and happiness you deserve.