Orchard Ridge Farms

We almost canceled the bridal shoot at Orchard Ridge Farms in Rockton, Illinois, due to the threat of rain.  We called our past wedding clients Bethany and Kyle Hassen to confirm they were up for it, and we all agreed to move forward with the day.  I have mentioned this before, but we always love to work with like-minded people…we had the bride and groom, a horse, and two trainers on site for this shoot and we all got poured on.  The skies opened up and we sat out a torrential downpour with no place to hide (since we were somewhere deep within the 130 acres of the farm) and not a complaint out of anyone – including the horse!  We had a long day of shooting but were able to produce images of which we were all very proud.  Click here to learn more about Orchard Ridge Farms.

Hope you enjoy the photographs!

  • jackie beach - Do you also know Mother Nature? This couple will cherish these forever. they are wonderful. Nels, I wish I had the right words to express how these pictures make me feel. I know you appreciate your gift and so do I. Jackie

  • John Boreen - Superb shots in challenging weather conditions. Each of the outdoor photos (even those in black/white) creates a unique blend of the beauty of nature, the strength of the horse, with Bethany/Kyle. The burst of light in the clouds in photos 1,3, and 5 creates an attractive element. Excellent use of lighting in the brick hallway and the yellow room. Congratulations!

  • Melissa Lewis - Nels,
    These photos are absolutely stunning. You should get national awards for these!! If only I had you take my wedding photos back in ’93!! I bet your clients just LOVED these!
    Take care-
    Melissa Lewis

  • lisa jackson - Nels! These are AMAZING! The story it tells is impeccable. Beautiful artistry all-around!

  • Jamie DuFoe-Guiles - These pictures are amazing!

  • Janet Buss - These are stunning photos!!! I’m a Rockford Native and also a “Rockford Blacktop Kid” and have seen your photography displayed at RMH….as I’m looking for nature/outdoor photos or prints for our new home I stumbled upon these….absolutely beautiful!! You have a unique talent and a gifted eye. This Bride should be extremely thrilled w/these photos.

    Janet (Berg) Buss
    Leaf River, IL

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