Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wedding Photographer in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago wedding photographer -Patrick John Photography

This beautiful couple was photographed in Indiana, just outside of Chicago, Illinois.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chicago in the winter

You know I love showing Chicago off the the visitors.  Well, this is one week where the best activities are the indoor ones, Hopefully by a fireplace with loved ones. We are on the first day of a cold snap and looks like we are getting some snow tomorrow. some are saying it might be over 6 inches of powder.  Chances are I will go out and see what I can photograph, but once I am done, you know where to find me, by my fireplace with my beautiful wife.  Hope to see you when it warms up!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Photographers! get organized for the 2012 season

Free shipping on all ShootKits. ( for continuous united states,all others shipping rates will apply)

The Shoot Kit is the perfect tool to help organize all the essential items in your camera bag that you use on your shoots. A photographer who has it together will make a good impression with the clients. Make 2011 the year your get your camera bag organized. Get the Shoot Kit and stay organized this year.

Here are some photos of the Shoot Kit. You can see it has several pockets for supplies.

The patent pending designed case is made of high quality treated Cotton Canvas.
It is made in the U.S.A.
Water resistant and easy to clean.
The Shoot Kit can hold all of the supplies you use the most( band aids, sewing kit, aspirin,hair spray, stain sticks,bug spray etc...)
It has the same circumference as your large zoom lens
It rolls up secure and fits in most camera bags
Easy to open and close Velcro closure
Keeps pins and needles safe from scratching your lens or pricking fingers
Makes switching your bags easy. You won't forget the little things.
Great for photographers on the go!

With the Shoot Kit in your case, you will be able to focus on your clients and give top notch service when they need it most.

These kits are Made in the U.S.A.
Made from an earth friendly, treated cotton canvas

The stocked kit will arrive with:

Safety Pins - Coated, so they last longer
Bobbi Pins- a cocoa-brown color to match most situations
Bandages - We found some that can hold up to moisture!
One spray bottle- Highly-recyclable, PET bottle, ready to fill.
One pop top bottle - Highly-recyclable, PET bottle, ready to fill.
Pre-threaded sewing kit - By the supplier of fine hotels, Gilchrist&Soames of England.

There are still plenty of pockets for your Stain wipes, Advil, Business Cards or bug spray,sun protection,Hairspray, makeup, clippers,mints, gum. and much more.

goto and order yours today.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July everyone. Hope you have a safe and relaxing holiday.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I want to start doing more videos, so here is one to look at. I promise they will get better looking! Please view this one and if you can, focus on the content :)
here it is.
More on You tube

Friday, April 1, 2011

What a wild ride! i have been working with Final Cut Pro and now FC Express. I love learning new things and after using photoshop since 1994, I have to say, this is like drinking from a fire hose! I love it, but yikes, A shout out to my brother,Tim who has been there to answer my 28 second phone calls "hey, it's ME, where is hell is THIS folder located???" Thanks, by.......

Never stop learning folks!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers go out to every effected by the earthquake /sunami in Japan.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A snowy day in Chicago. I hope I have the energy to do some photography tonight. We have an artist night at Strictly locals tomorrow. There are some great artists there. Hope you have time to check it out. Starts at 6:30 and there will be drinks. It will be a good time.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Photographers! Neil van Niekerk is looking for the better workflow tips. A perfect chance to win a ShootKit.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy holidays everyone!

I finally got the website up and running. My "" email is also fixed. Be sure to visit my site AFTER thanksgiving.... when you can't stand to see another turkey.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Web site coming soon. It will be like Warneka 2.0. either way, I have been working on the site. Remember I am a minimalist.... clean lines...lots of white space.... this is what you will get. :)
Great News! A new store is coming to town. Strictly Locals. A new hang out to see some great artwork from local artists. More later... You can check my work out there too!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Just a quick post to wish everyone a happy, safe fall season. Like my other posts mention, I was in Cancun and had a blast. Got a little work done and the rest of the time was mine. I am now back in the middle of fall trying to enjoy it. Not that hard.... Beautiful colors all around. :) Get out there and enjoy it while you can.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Cancun Wedding

I just got back from Cancun.  I was actually hired for a private family event.  I had to photograph a family on vacation and doing a few other events.  But Here is the fun part!  I saw a couple walking down the beach on one of my days off. the woman was in a white, long, sun dress the man in black shorts, and a white top.  I said they look like they just got married. I noticed that as they walked down the beach they handed their camera to strangers to take there photo. it is not that uncommon, heck, I even do that.  But they did it a lot more often as they walked.

  I watched them stand on a small jetty her dress  and long brown hair blowing  in the wind behind her as the waves crashed in. He stood in front of her as they took turns taking photos of each other.    IT DROVE ME CRAZY! I said to my wife, "I have to shoot this couple!"  I ran over and asked them for their P&S camera.   It turns out they were just married and were from the Russian Federation.  I  pointed to myself and said  Professional photographer. Her eyes lit up and handed me the camera.  I sent them out on the jetty of rocks, wind blowing their hair and dress back, waves crashing in, blue skies and teal colored ocean behind them....   and I shot, and posed them a little at first, and shot and shot and shot......  I was waste deep in the surf almost being knocked over by the waves...  but I was having so much fun. They kissed and hugged.... and I shot and shot.  I just let them be a "couple"  and I shot around them.

It was interesting to see that we did not have to speak the same language to work together. But on the other hand, that is one of the reason's I LOVE photography.  I am not good with languages, and my writing is even worse.  but my photos do all the talking for me.  I felt as high as a kite after taking about 50 photos with the couple from Russia.  I hope they enjoy the photos.  I realized, I really love what I have a chance to do with my photography. Make people happy.

I saw the couple the next day while we were checking out. I gave the groom my business card and said  Please email a photo.  He smiled and thanked me again. I wished them good luck and many happy years.  I know they did not understand my words, but they got the meaning.    

It is not the paper the photos are printed on or the camera that I use that makes photography so exciting to me.  It is the fact that I get the chance to capture people in a happy time in their lives and record it so they have it beautifully documented for themselves and the next generation. 

If you are having a wedding in some far off destination, and not sure if it is worth having a local photo on the trip please give it some thought.  I and willing and able to work with you to make sure you have to best photos of the event for yourselves and your family to share for years to come.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Here are a few images from a wedding I shot with Saundra Karol.  She is a fantastic photographer and a blast to work with.  The Bride and Groom,  Angela and Jack were so easy to work with! the forecast was rain all day,  but It turned out to be a perfect day, Blue skies, white clouds. Just beautiful for their wedding day.  Thank you both for letting us witness your big day and We wish many happy years ahead you both. Here are some images.