Category Archives: Photography

friday faces . papua

I have so many portrait shots from my travels, so I thought that I would put a few of them out on the blog for the next few weeks! These two portraits are from Merauke, Papua, Indonesia. It is hard to believe that this trip was almost three years ago. I had just landed halfway around the world when I found out that Cheyenne’s dad had passed away. I had one day in the country, and then I caught the one flight back out of Merauke heading back to the US. These two portraits were captured during those few hours that I was there. The man on the left was taking a break from his construction work on a large mosque, and the lady was simply taking a break from house work and enjoying a walk in the yard.

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Gina + Jordan . Love Never Fails Giveaway Winners

I just wanted to show you some images from Gina and Jordan’s big day in Modesto, CA. I was really looking forward to this wedding since they were the winners of the first “Love Never Fails” Giveaway. It was such a pleasure to be a part of this day, celebrating their love that truly “never failed”. Even though it rained all day, many friends and family gathered around this couple and celebrated the start of their marriage. I know that many of you have read the story of Gina and Jordan, but if not, you should. Thanks for having a look at their images! I am look forward to the winners of the 2012 giveaway! (more information coming soon…)

maggie fortson - January 2, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Turned out beautifully!

David Sowers - January 2, 2012 - 7:03 pm

turned out great Robert, did you end up shooting alone?

admin - January 6, 2012 - 8:45 am

i actually met the lady who did their engagement shots, and she has been working her way into more wedding photography. so i asked her if she wanted to bring her camera along! it worked out great! …but it would have been great to get to reconnect. hopefully it can happen somewhere, sometime soon.

Nicole Evans - January 15, 2012 - 3:59 pm

It was nice to meet you, and I would TOTALLY love to reconnect! Thanks so much for allowing me to tag along with you! I had a great time and learned a few things in the process (by the way, I can’t stop using ellipses…go figure). You couldn’t have picked a better couple for your giveaway.

Your photos are amazing!

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Gabe and Brad Wedding . Glen Ellyn

This wedding was special in a number of ways, but there is one thing that I will always remember about this day. Gabe and Brad heard me mention in our meetings that my wife is starting her photography classes in January. While sharing that with them, I also mentioned that we would love to be a husband/wife team one day. When they called me back, they mentioned that one condition on me photographing their wedding would be that I bring my wife along and let her shoot with me. “Even if nothing turns out,” they said! We were both so excited! So, this wedding will go down in the rojo history books as our first husband/wife wedding! I came to find out that Gabe and Brad both love to be a catalyst to help people reach their goals/dreams. A very SPECIAL thanks to you guys…I can’t wait to look back and say that this day was the day it all began!

But it wasn’t about us…it was about Gabe and Brad! They we so fun to work with, so laid back, and very crazy! I knew immediately, from their engagement session (trampoline, foot races…etc!), that they would have an awesome wedding day. I am so glad that I got to be a part of that. It was also very evident that these two are really loved by all the people around them. So, for their guests (many of them from out of town), they wanted to give them a true “Chicago” experience. There was Lou Malnati’s pizza, Garrett’s popcorn (the Chicago mix, of course), and Portillo’s chocolate cake! Now that’s my kind of reception! Anyways, enjoy the look at this wonderful day, and this beautiful couple!

maggie fortson - December 28, 2011 - 8:34 am

Fantastic!! Love the ring shot!

Whitney and RW . Part Two

I know that I waited too long to get this second part on the blog, but it is still worth a look! I said it in the first post, but Whitney and RW had so many details in their wedding, with many great DIY aspects as well. It was great to see Whitney and RW’s lives (Whitney was an art major and RW works at a Library) intertwined into this special day. I loved the combination of  cotton and ginkgo leaves into the florals, all of the books (the Wilder Mansion was at one point a library) with the chalkboard paint and table numbers! Anyways, this was a great day. I was so glad to revisit it as I put together this part two blog. Again, congrats to RW and Whitney! May you guys have many, many years of love and happiness! Blessings to you guys! (Here’s part one, if you missed it!)

David Sowers - December 12, 2011 - 6:58 pm

Rojo, I love everything you shoot. Beautiful in all its simplicity. Kudos.

Get Creative

I am working through the  four remaining weddings of 2012, and two family shoots that I have to put on the blog…but I wanted to put out a new post. Here are two images from a couple weddings that will hit the blog in the near future. Let’s take a more artsy approach to this post, shall we?! I love fresh, artistic angles to wedding portraits. Taking risks. Happy accidents. …and thankfully I get to work with wonderful clients who want me to try something different!

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