Archive for July, 2013

This past Sunday, I was lucky enough to be a part of one of my best friend Sammie’s beautiful Wedding Shower at Villa Brunetti in Franklin Park. While I may have been to dozens of weddings over the past two years, somehow, this was my first wedding shower. True to form, Sammie made sure to incorporate tons of little details into her decor – a cupcake table, wine bottles with their engagement photos on them, 3 different kinds of mimosas, and of course her favorite – Garret’s Popcorn. The food was amazing, the gift opening went as smooth as possible, and Sammie looked insanely gorgeous – but what was most memorable for me was how happy both her and her fiance, Dom, looked. They were all smiles as they greeted everyone, thanked their guests for coming, and graciously hugged and kissed their way around the room to every table.

Sammie and Dom, I couldn’t be happier for you two. You both deserve nothing but the best and I’m so happy things are falling into place right now – and you finally moved into your beautiful new house! Here are a few of my favorite details from the day (all taken on my phone) – and I cannot wait until the BIG DAY! Love you both 🙂

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When it’s my client’s idea to do an engagement session at 5am on the beach so we can catch the sunrise… I know she’s my type of bride. Why would I want to get up at 5am? Anything for beautiful photos, right? Maybe that’s a sign that I’m in the right profession, because I can think of few other things that I would so willingly wake up that early for and be happy about it 🙂

Bree + Trey, I had so much fun with you both, despite the mosquito attack on the beach. Luckily, I don’t think they bit! But I’ve been so happy that we’ve gotten to hang out TWICE now before the big day. The pizza making class was an absolute blast, but getting to photograph you two last week in the beyond amazing light was such a special treat. I can’t wait to be there for your special day in November. Bree, I promise I won’t make you run into a flock of birds in your wedding dress 🙂 Hope you enjoy the photos!

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Even though Melissa + Jasper live in Greenville, SC… their love started in Chicago 9 years ago, so they decided to celebrate their 3-year anniversary in the Windy City. I think I had way too much fun running around the city with these two. I barely had to direct them as they were so into each other all I had to do was snap away as they hugged, laughed, kissed, and laughed some more. All of my favorite things.

Melissa found me on Pinterest – and she even dabbles a little in photography herself – so she knows what she likes and the two of them totally trusted me in everything… even when I told them to walk through oncoming traffic… oops – sorry guys! The pic was worth it though 😉

After the session, Jasper asked where I liked to eat around here. I said, “Well, I’m assuming you’ve had Chicago pizza before, right? Deep dish?” Jasper unknowingly responded, “Well yeah, from like Domino’s or Pizza Hut…” I immediately sent them to Lou Malnoti’s and I was SO EXCITED for them to try this special Chicago treat. Hope you guys liked it!

And hope you like the photos even more – because I do 🙂

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Working with Momentum Worldwide always promises to be an interesting night. The events are fun, the people are great, and the drinks are always tasty. I first worked with them last year at the Hendrick’s Gin Voyages to the Unusual event at Salvage One – which if you missed it, be sure to keep an eye out for it this year. See more from that night here. Photographing these events gives me a chance to step away from the world of pretty flowers and gorgeous bridal gowns (which I still LOVE), but they give me an opportunity to expand my horizons and refuel my creative juices.

So when Momentum contacted me to photograph this event at The Barrelhouse Flat – it was an easy YES. Hey Bartender is a documentary film by Douglas Tirola about two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams through bartending. It’s the story of the rebirth of the bartender and the comeback of the cocktail, featuring the world’s most renowned bartenders and access to the most exclusive bars in New York with commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer, and Amy Sacco.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out the trailer here, or scroll down to see some of my favorite photos from the premiere after party.

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A lot of rainy days sprinkled with sunny days few and far between – and it’s July already. June. What can I say about June. I had high hopes for this month, it being my birthday month and all – and well, let’s just say I learned a lot about myself and made some HUGE strides in the business. But first, let’s recap June goals.

Prioritize my sleep: I definitely got more sleep this month.

Design another sample album: This I did not do, but for good reason. I pushed it back to July because of an opportunity with a vendor. More on that coming soon.

Design/send bridal shower invites: Done and sent.

Work Out: Ooops. But I play in 2 volleyball leagues a week now and am walking a lot more. That counts for something, right?!

Find happiness within myself: This is the biggest one for June. In the beginning of the month, I really struggled with it. But the past few weeks, with some decisions I’ve made – I think I’ve finally found it.

That being said… I found happiness by…

Moving to downtown Chicago and pursuing photography full-time! That’s right, I am now a full-time, legitimate Wedding & Event Photographer! Wow it feels good to say that… a smile just crept across my face as I typed it. The timing was right and I know this is going to be a great move for me. I couldn’t be more excited and I am so thankful to everyone that helped me come to this decision and is supporting me through it all! Many more blogs on this to come, but I wanted to officially announce it with my goals since I’ll have PLENTY to do this month 🙂

July Goals

Design and print my sample album.

Have all financials figured out by the end of the month. 

Spend ONE day with my camera exploring my new neighborhood and blog it.

Meet ONE new photography friend for coffee.

ENJOY finally moving to the city. 

I moved in last Thursday, and let me tell you – Hawks parade, ROOF at the Wit, walking along the lake, beach volleyball at dusk, patio lunches, Sweet Mandy B’s, Howie Day at Lincoln Park Arts and Music Fest… I’m off to a GREAT start.

That middle picture about sums up how I feel 🙂

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