50 Year Anniversary Session in Chicago - Art Institute

Ted and Jane were in town from Florida celebrating their 50th anniversary recently. We took some photos in Roscoe Village and then headed to the Chicago Art Institute Gardens for a few more photos. I love the photos of the two of them laughing together so much. It makes my heart dance! 50 years, and still making each other laugh, is such an accomplishment. I love love, and I love that I get to document such amazing moments. 

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Emma & Tito - Couple's Session in Chicago

Emma & Tito are officially already married but they're having a celebration next January in the Caribbean and I can't wait to be there to photograph it. This session is from their "engagement session." All of my wedding packages come with an engagement session so that I can get to know my couples better before their big day and so they can see how I work. They get pretty pictures, I get to play. It's a win-win for everyone! 

Once again, someone was looking out for me and the weather was in my favor. It looked like rain most of the day until I headed their way! We started at their home where the golden hour light was just beginning. We then headed to Belmont Harbor to get some portraits at Lake Michigan with that gorgeous Chicago skyline at dusk. It had also rained a lot prior to this day so I got to play with reflections and puddles on the way to the lake! Check 'em out below. 

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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!