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!
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!
Kelly + Austin met through mutual friends after college. They met at a party, which moved to Homeslice, which is where they hit it off. Fast forward to this summer (three years later) and they found themselves on a sailboat getting engaged 🙂 For their Engagement Session, we decided to go back to where it all started to snap a few pics. Meaningful locations are always my FAVORITE, as it makes the photos that much more special! Kelly + Austin, I had so much fun with you guys during the session, and I can’t wait for the wedding next summer!
My friends Ashley + Nick are just the cutest, and they have the cutest story to go with that. They’re high school sweethearts – first loves that went their separate ways during college and young adulthood, only to find their way back to each other years later (thank you LinkedIn!) and immediately fell back in love. Ashley + Nick, I’m SO SO SO honored to be there with you on your wedding day, not only as your photographer – but also as your friend! I know these photos don’t have the gorgeous beach that you got engaged on, but we sure did have fun – and if nothing else, we at least have the last photo (scroll all the way down).
and this last one because… well, we had to. G and Lucy <3
Lauren + Frank met after college through mutual friends. Earlier this year, they got engaged on their way to see Hamilton. Frank brought the ring with him, and the plan was to pop the question after dinner and Hamilton, but he was so nervous that he only managed to walk halfway to dinner before getting down on one knee and asking Lauren to be his wife, right on the Kinzie St. Bridge. The first person to congratulate them was a cab driver passing by!
Nowadays, they’re living in Wicker Park planning their wedding, sipping wine on their rooftop deck, and getting Shake Shack before meeting with me (and not bringing me any!). Lauren + Frank, it was so much fun spending this time with you before the wedding. Here are a few of my favorites from the engagement… can’t wait for the big day!
Em + Nick came in from London to get married in Chicago at City Hall. Before celebrating at a small dinner with their families, we explored the West Loop and snapped a few pics. They wanted to keep it simple, clean, and focus on them being natural – so we did just that and they look BEAUTIFUL. Here are a few of my favorites from their mini session on the way to Piccolo Sogno for a yummy dinner. Congrats Em + Nick!
My friends, Jen + Tyler, met playing kickball a few years ago at the Lincoln Park fields near the North Ave. Beach. Since then, they’ve both retired their kickball shoes and spend more of their time at Wrigley Field being bleacher bums cheering on the Cubbies. Jen + Tyler are getting married in November and I’m honored to be their photographer! There’s no better gift that I could give them than to document all the special moments on their wedding day with photographs they’ll have forever. Jen + Tyler, it was so much fun having friends in front of my camera – and I’m so glad that we went from ‘this is terrible!’ to ‘this was a lot of fun!’ in just one short hour 😉 congrats you two – can’t wait for the wedding!
Meghan + Tim met at Wheaton College and got engaged this past March. They are both very musical and creative souls – ones that are comfortable in front of the camera and with each other. They weren’t afraid to hug, laugh, kiss, show any form of affection, and just be. happy. together. MY FAVORITE types of couples to photograph. As we explored a few different spots around the Morton Arboretum – this became more and more clear to me – so the direction slowly decreased as I just let them do their thing. And I just love how it all turned out. Not to mention this session reminds me of my recent camping trip in the Rockies – all the trees, nature, and pretty goodstuff – this one just makes me happy 🙂 Congrats to Meghan + Tim! Can’t wait for the wedding next year!
The first thing Nikki said when she got out of her car was – “I’m SO nervous!” I can’t tell you how many times I hear this from couples (I’ve had a few couples take a shot or two before coming – I don’t hate that idea!). But really, you have NOTHING to worry about. As long as you like hanging with your fiance – and you probably should because he/she is your fiance – everything will be juuuuuuuuust fine. Two minutes later, Nikki + Grant learned that lesson. I coached them through everything, got them comfortable, and from there – the genuine smiles just came out. And they look beautiful, don’t they?! I think so 🙂 Nikki + Grant, I had a blast with you guys! I don’t shoot around the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum often – but I might have to make it one of my regular spots. The light, all that nature, the crazy squirrels, and THAT red dress. It was all perfect. Loved getting you guys behind my camera – can’t wait for the wedding in November!
Melissa + Alex got engaged along the gorgeous tree-lined path along Lake Michigan/in front of the Field Museum/Shedd Aquarium. What better place than that to start our Engagement Session than to take it back to where it all started. It’s a meaningful place to them, since they live in the area, and have walked the trail a few times. It’s one of my favorite views of the city, as I shoot there often – but I love finding new nooks and hidden gems that I’ve never photographed before. This time, the path along the Shedd/garden area was my favorite. We started along the north side of the Shedd/Field Museum – and walked along the lake, all the way to behind the Adler Planetarium to the hidden beach that is quickly becoming a hot spot (it was filled with people and I’ve never seen that before!). Melissa + Alex, I had so much fun with you both during the session. I loved getting to know you, chatting about life/grad school/traveling, and watching you get more and more comfortable throughout the session. You’re going to be pros come wedding day – and I am so excited for you to see photos from your session – but even more so I can’t wait for the wedding! See you next year 😉