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!
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 😉
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!
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!