Maternity Session - Lake Ellyn

Oliver the Golden-doodle stole the show at this maternity session! I certainly can't wait to watch him as he takes over his big brother duties. This stunning mama was such a trooper at 8 months pregnant; not everyone would lay down on the ground in a patch of flowers for some pretty photos! Congrats Martha & Josh - can't wait to meet your sweet little lady!

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Liz & Sean are Married! Chicago: South Shore Cultural Center Wedding

A few weekends ago I had the honor of photographing my friend Liz as she married her guy Sean. Their ceremony and celebration was at the South Shore Cultural Center on the south shore of Chicago and I was blown away at how beautiful it was. The whole day was perfect! It down poured while I was on my way to meet Liz & the girls and I was a little worried we wouldn't be able to do outdoor portraits. But it stopped as soon as I got to Liz's house and didn't rain the rest of the evening! I'll let the photos show my favorite highlights from their beautiful day. 

 Sean gave Liz's daughter a ring also, when he asked Liz to marry him. *Heart exploding*

Sean gave Liz's daughter a ring also, when he asked Liz to marry him. *Heart exploding*

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Liz's friend (also a Courtney!) did the flowers for their big day and they were incredibly beautiful. Every detail was perfect!

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 STUNNER!!!

STUNNER!!!

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 Married!

Married!

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Liz surprised Sean with a taco truck at the end of the night for him and all of their guests. It was a huge hit! 

Congratulations, Liz, Sean and Kate - I loved photographing your day and getting to witness something so special!

Chicago Engagement Session at Two Hearted Queen Coffee Shop

Liz & Tony are getting married in Chicago this summer! We spent a sunny morning at my favorite coffee shop, Two Hearted Queen, having coffee and photographing. When you book a wedding with me, an engagement session is always included in your package. This helps me get to know you both and helps you get comfortable with me. I'm going to be with you all day on your wedding day, so it helps to get to know one another and to establish trust. My engagement sessions are customized to you and what you like to do as a couple. Whether it be having coffee on a lazy morning at home, having a drink at your favorite pub, rock-climbing or strolling through this beautiful city. Although we will definitely take some nice portraits of you as a couple, I focus on details and take a lifestyle approach to documenting your engagement. I give direction, then let you cozy up and that's when the magic happens! The way you look at each other, the way you cuddle, the hand-holding, etc. It's the moments when you forget I'm there that are my favorite! 

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If you're in Chicago, you must check out Two Hearted Queen in Lakeview. They're seriously the best! Thanks THQ for having us, and for the delicious coffee.

Liz and Tony, I can't wait for your summer wedding - it's going to be so lovely!