September 21, 2011

Erica & Josh :: Chicago Engagement Session

Last night, I shot Erica and Josh’s engagement session in downtown Chicago. Believe it or not, even though I live and work in the city, I very rarely get to shoot in downtown proper. So, I was happy when they wanted to shoot there.

Originally, Josh emailed me (yes–the guy is taking the charge on this one, folks) with the usual list of iconic Chicago locations: Michigan Ave., the Bean, Buckingham Fountain, etc. While I was happy that they wanted some city shots, I tried to encourage them to abandon the list. I told them, as I often tell couples when these conversations come up, that this is about them–Erica and Josh–it is not about the a building or a specific bridge or a fountain. They completely understood and, much to my delight, agreed to do what I love to do most: wander around a bit.

Wandering always, always yields the very best photographs. And that’s because the best kinds of photos–the photos that I love and my clients really love–aren’t planned. There’s a cheesy quote that goes something like, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.” The same things goes for photography. The best photos are what happens when you’re planning the perfect photo. You find the places you didn’t know existed. The spots with light that you could never have planned for. And the kinds of glances and giggles that I can’t pose.

So, yes. We started at the Wrigley building and we wandered. And this is one of my favorite engagement sessions in a long while. These two are getting married this weekend. So, you’ll see more of them very soon. Until then, enjoy!

Love these gold doors. (If I made a list for my photographer, it would say something like, “Must visit gold doors!”)

I really, really love these two.

They don’t call it “golden hour” for nothing, folks. GORGEOUS (the light and the gal).

These two have such amazing chemistry. It makes my job easy!