March 30, 2010   |   Clients, engagement

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The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and this weekend is supposed to bring our first 75 degree day. You know what that means, right? It’s the season of a million engagement sessions!

This year, I have a wedding nearly every single Saturday between May-August. I also have some smaller events, portrait sessions and… a life! So, if you need to schedule an engagement session for the coming months (and you know who you are), please email me and let’s set a date.


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March 28, 2010   |   wedding

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Let’s be honest: shooting weddings is HARD. Usually, I leave a wedding limping and exhausted (and I’m not kidding). However, sometimes, the energy in the room is so positive that I actually leave dancing. Courtney and Andrew’s Newberry Library wedding had this kind of energy. Everyone involved was full of joy; everyone was truly happy to be there. These are the kinds of weddings that remind me why I love being a photographer. Not to mention, I got to work with some of the best vendors in Chicago (Cynthia Sally, Kristen from Kio Kreations and Spencer from Style Matters DJ). Being around great vendors always makes the day go more smoothly!

This is SUCH a bride photo:
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Courtney’s niece was a flower girl. They told her to “spin” in her dress:
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Maybe my favorite shoe shot(s) ever:
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LOVED how colorful everything was:
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Beautiful bride:
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Courtney and Andrew chose to do a first look. Later, she came up to me and said, “I’m so glad we did that. I feel so much better.”
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These two had a GREAT wedding party. I have to give them some blog love:
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Courtney’s adorable son:
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And a couple sweet moments from the ceremony:
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I was swooning over this centerpiece:
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March 18, 2010   |   Clients, engagement, Photographers

Let’s be real, folks. We all love Chicago. We all think it is beautiful. However, the truth is, a lake is nothing but a blue horizon and that often isn’t very interesting in photographs. My favorite images are always those that are imaginative; I love photographs that have color and texture. You should think of your portrait location as the third (or fourth, or fifth…) family member. They need to be considered, too. Show them some love!

Couples are always asking me the same question, “Where do you think we should take our engagement photographs?” And though I usually tell clients that their photographs should represent who they are as a couple, I do have some dream locations in mind.

I did a similar post last year and some of the same locations are making an encore presentation on this year’s list.

1. Harold Washington Library. I know, I know. I’m a book geek. This also goes against my always-use-natural-light-when-possible rule. But really, what’s more romantic than cuddling up next to a stack of dusty tomes?

2. Farmer’s Market. See a pattern here? Danielle likes books and food. I’m pretty easy to please that way. The truth is, though, I can’t think of anywhere more colorful than a market full of the season’s freshest finds.

3. Shipping Container Yard. Is this even legal? I’m not sure. But I do love a couple that is willing to break the law for a good photograph.

4. Outdoor Flea Market. Okay, let’s expand my list. Danielle likes books, food and old things. I drool over photographs that juxtapose vintage wares with frilly dresses and heels.

5. Chinatown. These are the kind of spots I love best in Chicago. The colorful and surprising neighorhoods tucked between all the monotone buildings. And they have food there, too.

Do you have any ideas to add to this list?


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