July 14, 2011   |   engagement, tips, wedding

Recently, I had a post-wedding photo session with newlyweds Ellen and Tyler. (You can call it a trash-the-dress session, but we did a pretty good job of making sure the dress didn’t get too trashed!)

It was so nice to have a few hours to wander–sometimes aimlessly–through locations and not feel rushed. Because we had so much time, we were able to tour two locations. We began the photos at their home in Andersonville (my ‘hood!), and roamed around the neighborhood looking for cute yards, good light and fun alleyways. Then, we drove across town to Goose Island. I’ve only shot here once, but I’ve been dying to go back! Ellen and Tyler were so patient as I drove us–somewhat haphazardly–through the winding streets of this industrial center. That kind of meandering usually leads to spots that I never have time to scout out when I’m trying to pull of a 20 minute portrait session.

I think I may have talked their heads off (you know me), but hopefully they had as much fun as I did. I felt like this shoot was a total creative indulgence, and I hope that Ellen and Tyler felt totally indulged. Here are some of my favorites from the evening!

PS–For all you brides (and I know there are many of you), Ellen isn’t only the cutest client ever. She’s also a professional musician and her quartet, Chicago Q, is amazingly talented (and adorable) event performers!

Can you believe this was painted on the side of someone’s garage? LOVE it.

We stopped in a couple of Andersonville shops.

Now to Goose Island. And yeah, they really are this adorable.

If all grooms would abandon the traditional black tux and opt for this swanky suit, I’d be giddy.

We found this spot, and it had some of the best light I’ve seen.

And it was right across the road from this place. (Reason #139 why industrial centers are great shooting spots.)

This last shot is my absolute fave. I’ve always wanted to shoot here! Thanks, you two, for making my dreams come true! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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July 13, 2011   |   wedding

Meredith and Brian were married this past weekend at Cafe Brauer–a beautiful venue in the Lincoln Park Zoo. They incorporated many Jewish traditions into their ceremony, and I had a blast shooting all of the little rituals–many of which I had never seen! The greatest thing about all of the ceremonies is that they created a day packed full of emotional moments.

This is another couple that is just a joy to be around. I can’t describe Meredith any other way than by saying she is a light. She has an infectious, beautiful smile and you can’t help but be happy when you’re around her. And Brian is such a calm and gentle presence. They really balance each other out in the best possible way.

I hope they love these photos as much as I loved taking them. It was an unforgettable day (and this is coming from a gal that goes to A LOT of weddings).

**I have to give a big shout-out to Anika from Anika Kai Events! I don’t mention vendors often. If I do, it’s because they were extra special, and Anika was an AWESOME coordinator.ย  Also, thanks to Kathleen Thame for 2nd shooting during part of the day!**

Meredith got ready in an awesome suite at the Drake. Check out this view!

Yeah–she’s a total beauty.

Love this shot of Meredith’s sister fixing her dress.

I have to say… this may have been my favorite first look EVER. They chose to have friends and family present, and everyone was emotional.

One of my all-time favorite series.

Before we headed to the zoo, we took a couple of quick shots on Michigan Ave.

Next, we did portraits around LP Zoo.

I have no idea what caused these strange flares. It only occurs in 2 photos in a series of like 20, but I love it.

We headed to Cafe Brauer for the ketubah signing.

Right as the Rabbi pronounced them married!

Then, the guys and gals separated for a bit. Finally, the guys came back in a processional.

And there was a veiling. LOVE how Meredith is looking at Brian in this shot.

After the veiling, Meredith went around and gave all of her bridesmaids a blessing under her veil.

Finally, it was time for the main ceremony!

How cute are these guest cards?

The hora kicked off the reception!

And, of course, no one enjoyed it more than these two.

July 11, 2011   |   wedding

WARNING: There’s lots ย and lots of cuteness ahead. Like, so much giggling cuteness you may not be able to handle it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

All of this cuteness took place this past Saturday in LaPorte, IN. Katie and Dan were had their wedding ceremony and reception at Allure–an amazing venue! These two were so fun to work with. I know I say this all of the time, but you really couldn’t find two nicer people. I mean, look at these photos. Can’t you just tell that this is the sweetest couple on the face of the planet?

Not only are they adorable, but they are also ideal photos clients. They were up for anything. They never said “no.” And they had scouted out shooting spots in La Porte before the date (more on that later). All of these things make my job easier. And, if you don’t mind my saying so, I think they also make the photos come out pretty dang awesome, too.

Congrats, Katie and Dan! I adore you two.

As I mentioned, Allure is a really cool venue. One of the things I loved most about it was the bridal suite. It was HUGE and full of light. There was an exposed brick wall and gigantic mirrors. A photog’s dream!

How gorgeous is Katie?

Right before I took this photo, Katie’s dad said–after seeing his daughter as a bride for the first time–“There are no words.”

We did a first look. Because it was so hot outside, we just did it inside. I love this shot.

Katie and Dan found an antique shop in LaPorte that let us come in for photos. It was AWESOME. I love trying something new like this.

LOVE this.

Because we had plenty of time for portraits (woot, woot), we were able to hit up a second location.

Next… the ceremony!

Dan was quite emotional when Katie was walking down the aisle. Proof that a first look doesn’t “ruin the moment.”


I caught this shot as the newlyweds got to the end of the aisle. They were very emotional, and I even teared up a bit. After this, Katie went into the ugly cry. (I’ll be nice and won’t post those photos.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Their beautiful reception space. The professional lighting adds so much to this room!

One last bit of cuteness (as if you needed more).

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