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 😉
I met Winelyn + Marco for the first time just outside Olive Park, right before their Engagement Session. Within minutes, we were talking and laughing like old friends – and they opened up in front of my camera to be their adorable selves. They were a little nervous – as are most couples before the Engagement Session – but they soon realized how much fun we were going to have together. Once I showed them one of the photos taken about 5 minutes in, they were sold. They let their guards down and just let the session flow. Winelyn + Marco don’t get to see each other too often, as they live about an hour apart and are both nurses. However, when they do – they love to meet in Chicago to walk around and find yummy places to eat – Chinatown is one of their faves (I need to get there more!). Winelyn (or Kaye as her friends/family call her) + Marco – thanks for choosing me to photograph your engagement! I had a blast with you guys – and I hope to work with you again soon!
I absolutely adore when couples take the time to think of a spot for their engagement session that truly represents them and their relationship. For Melissa + Jack, it was Heritage Bicycles and a few stops outside for some Christmas tree scenery. Jack is an avid cyclist, and Melissa loves Christmas, so we hit up a few spots that really spoke to them as a couple. As we got to know each other throughout the session, I was like a kid in a candy store. Super cool couple, check. Awesome backdrop with tons of little details and personality, check. Greenery filled lot overflowing with Christmas trees, check. Love these two, love what they bring out of each other, and love that I get to shoot their wedding next year. Congrats you guys, stay warm and have a happy new year celebrating your engagement!
I met Tori + Ryan at Wheaton’s Danada House with their pup. It was a most gorgeous summer night, and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful backdrop, not to mention the stunning, happy couple. Tori + Ryan, I’m super excited to work together. From our meeting at Soho House, to your emails, to the Engagement Session, every moment has been filled with fun stories and it’s clear how happy you are together. I know next July is going to be perfect and I can’t wait to be a part of your special day. Good luck with all the planning until then, even though it doesn’t seem like you need it, and I will see you behind my cameras again in the summer of 2017! Enjoy this special time in your lives 🙂
Ali + Alex. They are almost too gorgeous for words. But I will say that their beauty is matched by their inner beauty… I had an absolute blast getting to know them a little better during their Engagement Session at the Adler Planetarium. We dodged some Pokemon Go-ers, played along the lake for some skyline shots, and ended the session popping bottles on the beach. In exactly 365 days from today, Ali + Alex get to start their forever together – let the countdown begin! Can’t wait for the wedding!!
I met Hannah + Sheamus on what started out as a beautiful summer afternoon. We had been watching the radar for days before our session and on the day of, everything looked clear. That was, until about ten minutes prior to shoot time. We decided to move forward to see what we could capture, but as the minutes unfolded, the skies got darker and roars of thunder rolled over the lake. About fifteen minutes in, the rain started. But instead of running inside and being upset that the weather had ruined our plans, Hannah + Sheamus laughed and decided to make the best of it. We kept shooting through the drizzles, until the downpour was so heavy that we had to seek shelter nearby. After a few minutes of hiding in the bathrooms, the skies opened up and a beautiful double rainbow emerged. Although they had felt confident in what we had captured during the first fifteen minutes of the session – we had to shoot a few more photos with the rainbow and now visible skyline (that was clouded and invisible before) since we were given a little gift of perfection. Hannah + Sheamus, thanks for bringing your positive energy and smiling faces to the session. I had so much fun with you both and can’t wait for the wedding next year!
All signs said it was going to rain. Kim and I chatted on the phone early that morning, analyzing the radar, looking out our windows, trying to play meteorologist and predict whether or not the rain was going to ruin our day or allow us to shoot what I’m going to a call a dream engagement session. It was a long 3.5 hour drive from Chicago, but if I made it up to Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin that day, I knew it was going to be worth it. But the weather wasn’t looking good. So we called it and started looking at potential other dates for the shoot. Until an hour later, the skies opened up just enough for Kim to say, “let’s do this!” So I left immediately. No time for make-up. No time to put on a cute shooting outfit. I left as soon as I could to make sure I got up there in time before the storm started. And aside from a little visit from the Sheriff on my drive up 🙁 and a few light rain drops just minutes into the session, it was smooth sailing and ended up being pretty much a perfect day.
Kim + Kyle, thank you for suggesting this awesome place for the session. It was a breath of fresh air to get out of the city and too shoot in a gorgeous location that the both of you have spent so much time at over the past few years. I am beyond excited for the wedding next year, and I’m so glad we had the Engagement Session to hangout and get to know each other a little better. Congrats again and send Randall my love 😉
Mara + Jason (are you ready for this) met on Tinder. Yep, it’s official. They’re my first couple to meet on Tinder, and prove to all the critics of the well-known dating app that love can be found by swiping right 🙂 And these two are a great match. They laughed together throughout the entire Engagement Session, and truly had amazing chemistry. We explored the Lincoln Park South Pond and finished the session at one of their favorite date spots – Yard House. Mara + Jason, I can’t wait for your wedding next year. I’m so glad we got to get to know each other a little better and I look forward to working together over the next year up until your wedding day! Until then, happy planning and enjoy this exciting time in your lives (hopefully with many more dates to Yard House).