October 5, 2014   |   wedding

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Jessica and Rob were married this weekend at St. Mary of the Angels, and they followed their ceremony with a classic and romantic reception at the Rookery–one of Chicago’s most beautiful buildings.

I knew this would be an epic wedding day, especially after these two dressed to the nines, hauled helium tanks and weather balloons around, and challenged the Chicago police for the engagement session. And, though the rain clouds threatened to dampen the day, Jessica and Rob’s wedding ended up being as wonderful as I’d hoped.

I started the day at their apartment, photographing Jessica and her gals get ready. Then, after a lovely ceremony, we headed out on a Trolley, getting photographs at the Kinzie St. bridge and outside of the Rookery.

These two are so fun-loving and full of life. That always makes for great inspiration for a photog! I love that they can be silly and sexy and everything in between.

I also love that they, especially Rob, LOVE photographs, too. In fact, I may or may not have caught them taking a few wedding day selfies. :)

Here’s to a lifetime of love, happiness, and perfect selfies! Enjoy these sneak peeks.

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Loved Jessica’s classic accessories!

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Is Jess a gorgeous bride or what?!

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Selfie 1: #Iamabouttogetmarried!

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Walking towards her soon-to-be husband.

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I love this little intimate moment. I caught it when I sneakily followed Jess and Rob as they exited the aisle after their recessional

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Married!

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Selfie 2: #wearehusbandandwife!

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There was a quick stop at a CVS as we made our way around town for photos. Of course, Rob’s brother–and best man–was up to no good.

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I loved how dapper these guys were!

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See what I mean? Sexy AND silly!

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Love this wedding party shot, taken in front of the Rookery.

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But really, nothing can top these two in front of the camera!

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Before the reception started, we snuck into the Rookery for a few last shots.

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SO glad we did. I mean, look at this bride!

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Finally, it was time for the reception. Loved the romantic and classic details.

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Selfie 3: #atourweddingreception!

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And, at the end of the night, we ran outside for a couple quick city shots!

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  1. Jessica Oles says:

    Thank you for capturing the best day of our lives, Danielle! You were absolutely amazing to work with again! Can’t wait until the next time we can do it! ;) thank you!

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September 22, 2014   |   children, family

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It’s always fun–and challenging–shooting photos with a big family. Everyone has a mind of their own, and it can be difficult to get a shot with everyone looking, well, like they should look.

So, when Kathryn asked me to shoot her family photos, it was a comfort to know that she, too, is a photographer, and she knows how tough it can be.

The upside of shooting with another photographer’s family, though, is that you can be sure there will be lots of color, lots of sass, and plenty of freedom. This was the case at this weekend’s shoot. Kathryn didn’t want the typical family photos; she wanted something a little more edgy–a little more urban. Enter: Goose Island and the most fabulous yellow doors in all of Chicagoland!

This is a favorite spot of mine, and I haven’t shot here in a couple of years. However, when Kathryn described the look she was going for, I knew this fit the bill.

As much energy as it took, I had a blast shooting this family! Here are the colorful–and lively–sneak peeks!

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How cute are they, seriously?!

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A family that has fun together…

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Kathryn wanted a few shots with her camera, and I was happy to oblige! Always happy to work with another photog!

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It’s easy to see where the gals get all of their sass. :)

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September 21, 2014   |   baby, children, family

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I love, love, LOVE photographing new families. There’s so much wander, excitement, and love. So, when Ben’s parents contacted me and asked me to come document their new trio, I was thrilled.

I met little Ben and his mom and dad this past weekend. We were also joined by Sammy, the family’s very loved pup. Little Ben was so patient and sweet as we made him endure countless photos, outfit changes, and cuddles.

Mom and Dad were pretty great, too. We all know how exhausting it is to be new parents, and they were champs. Mom, especially, really helped me capture some of these adorable moments.

Hope you have a wonderful first year, sweet Ben. These photos capture some very special moments, and you are just oh-so-cute! Thanks for putting up with me.

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Look at that little face!

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Such a sweet family.

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We had to get Sammy in on the action, too.

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I mean, C’MON!

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We finally coaxed him to sleep, and then we could really play!

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Best Christmas card this year? I think so!

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And finally, a few shots with Mom. Beautiful!

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