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Shane Cleminson African Wildlife Photography

I miss Africa. I love America, I feel very privileged to have been able to move to America in 2006. But I really miss the people and wildlife of Africa.

African wildlife is so diverse, I loved photographing everything from Elephants and lions down to the dung beetles and butterflies.

This is a gallery of some of my favorite photos from Southern Africa. As you can tell, I loved working with Lions. I had an amazing few years working with a lion conservation project in Zimbabwe.

I look forward to getting back to Africa in the next few years for a visit and I have promised myself I will find a way to get a whole week in Kruger national park or Addo Elephant Park to photograph more animals.

White Hawk Country Club Crown Point

White Hawk Country Club Crown Point Indiana

White Hawk Country Club Crown Point Wedding Shane Cleminson Photography

White Hawk Country Club is a gem of a venue. I love the gorgeous white gazebo overlooking the golf course. It makes for a stunning backdrop for wedding ceremonies. The open space around it means I can stay out of the way and still cover the ceremony with a candid unobtrusive style.

The bridge and willow trees right by the reception hall make formal photos very convenient and they too give photos a beautiful background.

The staff are often on hand to drive couples to a nearby bridge on a golf cart after ceremonies too for other views of the golf corse.

White Hawk Country Club has a larger sized banquet hall with huge windows on the south side. It offers room for about 250 guests and is probably one of the most accessible venues for your guests. Parking is very close to the hall and the ceremony area is a few steps outside the hall too. As a photographer and I bet DJs also love how easy access is at every part of a wedding at White hawk.

Here are some favorite photos from some weddings I have photographed at White Hawk Country Club.

 

 

 

The Pavilion at Sandy Pines Wedding

Sandy Pines De Motte Indiana Wedding Shane Cleminson

 

The Pavilion at Sandy Pines is a venue I photograph a few times every year.

One of the great things about Sandy Pines is the amazing guest house where brides can get ready. I love the space for all the creative options it offers. Great light, open space and beautiful wood floors make it a dream for photographers. Some venues are so crowded when you have a bunch of people getting hair and makeup done. There is just so much space in the house here.

Jen and Chris chose to go down the road to Hamstra Gardens for a first look and some formal photos before the ceremony. I have no doubt this was one of the most beautiful fist looks I have ever captured. Love has no script! It was just a joy capturing their emotion as they met in the garden. I love being able to throw on a long lens and just let the moment be the moment. A grooms face when he first sees his bride is priceless. It is always one of those must have moments I want to capture. It is hard to recreate the tension and moment compared to walking down the aisle in the ceremony some times. But other times it just seems even more emotional as a groom can just be in the moment and I can stay out the way and steal raw photo moments.

Back at Sandy Pines, the ceremony was short and sweet with a beautiful sunny day and low humidity.

The gentle breeze in the evening made the reception perfect.

Thanks Jen and Chris for letting me capture your day.

Know some one having a Sandy Pines Wedding? Get in touch here.

Kemper Lakes Wedding

Kemper Lakes is such a stunning venue! Chris and Kim contacted me after they saw a wedding I had photographed here and I was so excited when they contacted me to photograph their wedding.

Kemper Lakes Kildeer Illinois wedding by Shane Cleminson Photography

Our day started at Kim’s parents home near Kemper Lakes. We had a laid back start allowing for time for me to hang her dress in the trees and get some beautiful detail photos of her shoes and rings. I always enjoy the creative process, especially when there is time to really use the surroundings.

Chris and Kim chose to do a first look before their ceremony. I never tell a couple what to do, but often when a wedding is at one venue there is not much time between the ceremony and reception and a first look makes sense.

The ceremony site is so dreamy at Kemper lakes. The willow trees and water all around make for such a peaceful backdrop.

We had perfect weather and just to top off an amazing day, we had a sunset that totally rocked.

 

Here are some favorite photos from the day at Kim and Chris’s Kemper lakes Wedding.

 

Family Photographer Griffith Indiana

Family Photographer Griffith Indiana

Family Photographer Griffith Indiana

Every fall I do family mini sessions. These are quick 30 minute sessions at a local park with a laid back fun approach.

These are a few photos from a mini session I did this last year at Oak Ridge Prairie in Griffith with a very special family.

 

 

 

The Allure LaPorte Wedding Venue

 

The Allure LaPorte Indiana is an old 1920’s theatre that has become one of the most unique wedding venues in the region.

The Allure LaPorte Indiana wedding Shane Cleminson photography

I really love the hall inside. The floors add a dramatic look to receptions and the fact that there are no windows or natural light spilling in makes it light up exceptionally well. Most new photographers are intimidated by low light, but I love this hall, I am in total control of the light and can be creative and use the great colors to make receptions pop.

The ceremony area is downstairs and that offers lots of natural light and a well laid out bar area right there for guests.

There is an old empty church behind The Allure that makes formals a dream outside too. I love this place in the fall especially. There are local parks close by, and the roads around The Allure are lined with beautiful trees that pop with color.

If you are looking at The Allure LaPorte for your wedding get in touch with me I’d love to talk to you about being your photographer.

Kemper Lakes Country Club

I have had the joy of photographing a few weddings at Kemper Lakes Kildeer Illinois. It has to be one of the most beautiful ceremony site in the area. Those trees and the water right there make it picture perfect.

Kemper Lakes Kildeer Illinois wedding by Shane Cleminson Photography

The sunsets at Kemper Lakes just rock! I will let the photos speak for themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sand Creek Country Club Wedding Venue

Sand Creek Country Club Chesterton Indiana Shane Cleminson Photography

Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton Indiana is another venue I have enjoyed several times over. So many things make it a great venue for a wedding and a great venue to work at as a wedding photographer.

The staff are organized and just such easy people to work with. I guess one of the advantages of having access to an exclusive Country Club for your wedding is the staff are used to serving at a high level. I have worked beautiful venues that are killed by unorganized or unfriendly staff. Angela, the co-ordinator all the way through to the servers make weddings a pleasure at Sand Creek.

As a photographer I love that they will gladly take me with the bride and groom in a golf cart to some stunning areas for photos. The course offers stunning willow trees, open areas for sunsets, some rustic fences and bridges with water among other great options for formal photos.

The grand ballroom, formal dining room and open foyer at Sand Creek all offer spectacular golf course views for your guests and the ceremony area offers year round ease right next to the ballroom.

Nathan the Head Chef always delivers some of the best presented and tastiest food I have had at local weddings.

 

County Line Orchard Winter Wedding

Allison and Nick’s County Line Orchard Wedding

 

Allison and Nick are an incredible couple to photograph and capturing their County Line Orchard wedding was wonderful. Despite it being a late December wedding it was not too cold to go outside a few times for some quick photos in the apple orchard.

COUNTY LINE ORCHARD is one of my favorite venues to capture.  This is not only because it’s beautiful but also because they take great care of the couples and families that book them for weddings.  Their staff runs everything very smoothly and is wonderful to work with.  I love how large the dance floor is and receptions never fail to be anything short of stunning.

It is always a wonderful Venue in summer, but as we found at this wedding, it is also great in winter too. Here are a few favorites from Allison & Nicks awesome winter wedding. If you would like to see a gallery of other weddings from County Line Orchard at various seasons Click Here.

Thanks Allison and Nick for letting me capture your beautiful County Line Orchard Wedding.

County Line Orchard Wedding Venue

Wedding Venue by Shane Cleminson Photography Munster Indiana County Line Orchard

County Line Orchard Hobart Indiana is definitely one of my favorite wedding venues in the North West Indiana region. I cannot count how many weddings I have photographed there, but I know in 2016 alone I did six. To say I know County Line Orchard well is an understatement haha. County Line has three barn partitions in the main barn. I have worked in all three barn partitions and both inside and outside ceremony sites. I don’t know If I love the big tree or the Orchard ceremony site more. I have also worked here  just about every season of the year. It is one of the few venues locally that photographs well in any season.

The barn partitions at County Line Orchard are all pretty spacious inside. The two end partitions are smaller and can accommodate small to medium size weddings with ease. The centre barn is huge and I’m sure it is one of the largest local venues. The food is always good and the staff run things smoothly. There are great sunsets, large dance area in any of the three barn partitions. The middle barn can fit a live band, (I love live bands) and still have room for an awesome dance floor space. The tractor ride to either of the ceremony venues is fun. I could go on, but I will let the photos bellow speak for themselves. If you are getting married at County Line Orchard Hobart and need a wedding photographer, GET IN TOUCH, I would love to meet and chat about your wedding.

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