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Liz + David spend a lot of time walking around the Glen Park Center in Glenview. I’d never been there before, but we spent the afternoon exploring some of their favorite spots. Thanks for showing me around your hood, Liz + David! What a gorgeous area! Good luck with the rest of wedding planning and hope to talk to you again soon!

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Sam + John met at ISU and started dating immediately. Their anniversary is December 1st, 2013… 12 + 1 = 13 (that’s how John remembers their anniversary date)! He’s gonna need a new way to remember their engagement date though – 12.16.17 (any ideas?? 4 years and 15 days later? I’m not good at this.). Anyway, Sam + John went to zoo lights for their friend’s birthday and as John pretended to take a photo by the light up cinderella ball (if you’ve ever been to zoo lights, you know exactly what I’m talking about) – John asked Sam to marry him! Hanna took them back to where John proposed for their engagement session, and they had the most fun. They’ll be heading out of Chicago up to Milwaukee for the wedding – so we had to make sure and get them some meaningful photos in Chicago. Can’t wait for the wedding!

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Michelle (and soon Brian) live right on the lake, across the street from Lincoln Park, so it was the perfect spot for him to propose to Michelle. The only difference in the spot from when he proposed and when we shot the engagement photos…. was that there were actually leaves on the trees and the grass was green this time around. When Brian originally proposed, there was snow on the ground! Anyway, we walked around Lincoln Park a bit before heading to their new soon to be home together. Michelle recently moved into this spot and it’s going to be their home after the wedding. They’re not going to live there forever – so it was special to capture this moment of time in their lives. Looking forward to capturing more moments for them at their wedding in December!

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Enrique + Eula are both from the Philippines (fun fact: they have a cousin named Jill Tiongco)! They met during med school, which is also why they’re doing a long distance relationship right now – Eula is Atlanta for work, and Enrique is in Chicago completing his fellowship in Chicago. They met at the Lincoln Park Zoo so we started the session there as it had some meaning for them. And even though it rained, Enrique + Eula had the BEST attitude and wanted to shoot through it, and I think it looks adorable! We ended the session near Enrique’s home in River East – they spend a lot of time in the area so it was the perfect backdrop for their Engagement Photos. Enrique + Eula, best of luck to you both – I hope you have the best wedding in the Philippines (wish I was shooting it!) – but THANK YOU for having me as your Chicago photographer 🙂 Here are a few of my favorites from the session….

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Hi friends! It’s about to be busy season again – so the blog is back in action! Today’s post is featuring this adorably happy couple, Dana + Joe. They’re getting married in December so they wanted to get some Engagement Photos taken for their Save the Dates. I rarely shoot in Lincoln Park anymore – but I think I’m realizing I like it better in the winter/spring because LOOK AT THOSE TONES. The tall, not-yet-green grass looks gorgeous. And so do these two in it. We had so much fun playing some games, laughing, and just getting to know each other a little better (my favorite part about engagement sessions is that we build that connection before the wedding!). Anyway – Dana + Joe, lovvvvve that we spent this chilly spring day together. Can’t wait for the wedding!

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I spent some time with Katie + Jake in Roscoe Village during their Engagement Session. We wanted to capture their new neighborhood together so we started the cold day in their apartment with their pup and walked a few blocks around their place. Katie and I have been talking about me photographing their wedding for years now, so when their date was set and we found out I was already booked – I was heart broken. BUT, I can definitely say she’s in good hands with another JTP Photog, Nicki, – and I love that I still get to be a part of Katie + Jake’s day behind the scenes, will be working on the photos after the wedding day (pretending I was there celebrating with you, of course), and that I got to (at least) shoot your engagement! so so so happy that you’re “gonna have your own JTP photos” now, katie 😉 hope you love the photos and can’t wait to see pics from the wedding next year!

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Jackie + Colin didn’t let a little rain derail their plans – they decided to just go with it. To shoot their engagement session, rain or shine, cold or hot – nothing was going to stop them from having a blast. Nicole took them over to the Lincoln Park South Pond area and found the cutest little pockets of fall colors. They capped off the session with drinks on the J. Parker rooftop – and I just love the way these all turned out. Not many couples are willing to brave the rain, so Jackie + Colin – extra points to you (AND to Nicole for shooting in the rain!)! I think these turned out super special, unique, and so so beautiful – I hope you love them! Here’s to hoping for some sunshine on the wedding day, now 😉

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Ada + Charlie met at McGee’s at a school social event. Ada started chatting with Charlie thinking he was also a student (even though he was just hanging out there with some friends) – and Charlie didn’t really tell her otherwise 😉 It’s a good thing he didn’t because look where that small talk got them! Throughout their relationship, they’ve become regulars at their favorite restaurant in Chicago, Ada Street. They travel in all the way from Arlington Heights to frequent this hot spot – so what better spot to spend their engagement session than exploring the area around it and ending with a few cocktails (a sidecar to be exact – Ada’s favorite!). Ada + Charlie, thanks for sharing your spot with  me – I love how these turned out and can’t wait for the wedding next year!

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Marissa + Rob met at Brown through musical theater. Marissa’s sister thought they’d be a good fit together – and she was right! After living together in New York for a year, they recently made Chicago home and wanted to capture their River North home during their Engagement Session – and of course including their Boyd look-alike, Nala. Nala is a fiesty little kitty – probably the perfect match for Boyd – and she was so much fun to incorporate into the photos. She swiped at my cameras, got in the middle of all the action, and true to cat-form – didn’t want to be held for too long. I loved taking a peek into Marissa + Rob’s daily life for the Engagement Session (and we got to watch a little of the Cubs game!). Thanks for letting me in and being so much fun to work with – can’t wait for the wedding next year!


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Neighborhood walks are my favorite. I think it’s the perfect way to capture this time in your lives in a real, authentic way. Most of us aren’t going to live in the city forever, so to be able to capture a neighborhood — streets you walk on everyday as a couple, businesses that you frequent together or even just pass by on a daily basis, surroundings that you see on your way to and from everyday life — to me, tells your story the best. These places might not  make for the most obvious, picturesque backdrops – but it’s real life. And each life and story is beautiful in its own way, isn’t it?

This is exactly what we did for Katherine + Mike. The entire shoot was captured at their condo, or within a one block radius. We started with some champagne on the couch, walked to the park where they take their dog, Lily… and literally strolled around the block finding hidden gems and alleyways. It was the perfect way to capture their life together. The only thing missing might have been their favorite greek salads (which they probably got after the shoot)! Katherine + Mike, thanks for trusting me to make random alleys and streets work for the shoot – I think it turned out awesome and I can’t wait for the wedding next year!

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