openFieldphotography. » the blog. photography by lauren chapman & robbie gantt.


To be perfectly honest, sharing the next series of images terrifies me. I’d like to think that a great deal of who Lauren and I are as people and what we value is reflected in our images. Focusing on the smallest detail, isolating an intimate touch, or getting as close as possible to a joyful moment, is a direct result of what we value in our own families and personal life. That said, when it comes time to share photographs that are not about someone else but instead directly about us, it can be a little intimidating. Over the next few days you’ll see several images of dancers in a combination of ballet, modern, and interpretive poses. The landscapes where these dancers are placed have particular sentimental value to me because they were all photographed in the small village of Gambier, Ohio, where I grew up. In fact, many of the remote areas are farmland once owned by my grandfather. The buildings in which these dancers were allowed are also part of my childhood and used with permission by Kenyon College.

I have such admiration for the dancers and all the people who helped to facilitate this project. In many ways, this is a tribute to the beauty and grace of my hometown, as well as a collective effort of remarkably talented athletes and gentle guidance of my beautiful wife. Without who, I would have never had the courage to pursue this personal project.

I give to you, Sarah.


January 3, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Phyllis Eberts - Absolutely beautiful, Robbie. The music in the movement and scenery touches the soul. Thanks for sharing.

December 20, 2011 - 11:14 am

Jessica Strickland - beautiful. in every way. such a sweet sacredness to it all, as well. 🙂

December 18, 2011 - 8:02 pm

Melissa Carl - Beautiful post Robbie. …and I love the images. The hay is really cool.. Curves are nice. I like the delicate part of the images, combined with the beauty in the background. Very nice work.

shereen & matt.

meet shereen & matt. we *kind of* love these two. we traveled down to louisville, ky. for their session and ended up shooting at a wonderfully fun garden museum-thingy. we can’t wait for the wedding next year, which is guaranteed to be even more amazing.  these two also have great laughs and smiles, which is always fun to photograph.

BIG hugs you guys…here’s to you.


l. & r.

*a big thanks to rajeana too (a lovely friend/past bride of ours who passed our name along to shereen & matt). YAY!

this last image is a new FAV. for sure.

August 2, 2012 - 12:16 pm

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lindsay & brett. (and a few with drew.)

lindsay & brett are doing a small destination wedding and wanted some FUN images to announce that they’re engaged!


l. & r.

this series of them and the hula hoops are a new favorite. totally a random find on the side of the street. 🙂

robbies take/twist on the bob dylan cover image.

December 8, 2011 - 2:39 pm

Bobbi - Such a cute session! The one of their legs on the stairs is perfect. But my favorite are the hula hoops. Oh, and holy stylish batman! SO many great outfits! 😀 High fives Lindsay & Brett!


i love this girl like she’s my sister. i’ve known morganne since she was a little girl, and her along with her family, ARE like family to us. (i won’t lie, i’m getting a little teary right now.) we photographed these images over a two day span on the property where she grew up in southern ohio. we had the greatest time wandering around, laughing and talking and making new memories. she’s grown up into such a beautiful spirit and i can’t wait to see where the next journey in her life takes her.



December 8, 2011 - 8:51 am

kathy - Love these poses plus about 80 more! trying to choose my favorites but I am struggling! Miss you guys and wish you could be here to help me through making some tough decisions. oh what to choose, what size, how many, black and white or color. I am honestly lost!
Could not have asked for a better weekend or a more talented photographer! Love you and once again THANK YOU for making this so special and memorable.

alison & brian. the wedding.

alison and brian are two very special people to us. for those of you who know robbie and i personally, you understand how important our friends are.  when they asked us to document their day we were thrilled (a little nervous, but so wonderfully excited). they were married at an amazing location in missouri, with details (that were mostly MADE, yes, MADE by alison herself!) on a beautiful fall day, with all of their friends and family watching.

we love you guys, wish you nothing but happiness & laughter, and can’t wait to make new memories with you.


l. & r.

venue/location: fresh air farm, kansas city, missouri                  flowers: done by the bride & friends. 🙂

                 hair: genny kordel, hausfeld salon & spa                                          make-up: mashawn rigmaiden, bangs salon & spa

     dresses: notle’s bridal in kansas city, mo ask for sonnie             brides shoes: poetic license from modcloth

 grooms suit: calvin klein                                                                   grooms shoes: cole haan from zappos


December 25, 2011 - 12:18 am

julia & nancy - beautiful pictures of a BEAUTIFUL couple! we’re friends of brian’s family from ages and ages ago. wasn’t their wedding a DREAM to shoot?? gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous – all of it!! the truck, the chalk boards, the SHOES – all amazing! 🙂

December 14, 2011 - 7:51 pm

Taryn - Lauren! Holy Beautiful! You are HIRED! Love Love Love!!!

December 7, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Susan - Lauren you did an amazing job! The pictures are amazing! Alley Cat-WOWZA! You are STUNNING!

December 5, 2011 - 10:49 pm

Nichole - Lauren, these are awesome! What a cool wedding, very breathtaking to view just by photos… I can only imagine in person! Stunning.

December 5, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Derek and Heather Oines - We are so sad we couldnt make it, but the pictures are like a story book. Al-you look so beautiful and your dress and shoes were perfect! Love you guys!!

December 5, 2011 - 4:19 pm

Natalie - Absolutely beautiful photos!

December 5, 2011 - 2:56 pm

Donna - So amazing!!!

December 5, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Renee Eades - These pictures are AMAZING, gorgeous and true to the day. By far my favorite wedding of all time and these photos tell it all. Much love, many blessings and happiness to Brian & Alison!

December 5, 2011 - 10:31 am

Kimie - UGh!!!!! These are beautiful. The black and white of them facing each other on the road is absolutely DIVINE. Completely perfect.

December 5, 2011 - 10:30 am

lauren. - 🙂 happy hark to you both!! we’re so happy that you guys love the images…you’re making me cry with all your kind words too…i need a tissue. we love you guys. 🙂

December 5, 2011 - 9:41 am

Alison & Brian - The reason you and Robbie were the first phone call we made after getting engaged is obvious! Your images display not only your technical expertise, but more importantly, your profound ability to capture the heart and soul of each moment and detail of this wonderful day in time. Thank you for allowing us to journey through the emotion, love and laughter of our wedding day over and over again in living color (and black & white).

All of our love & gratitude,
Alison & Brian