Elissa & Jon

Elissa and Jon braved the cold with us on Saturday for their engagement session and I'm so glad they did. 

We started at The Chicago Women's Park and Gardens in the South Loop, the spot where Jon proposed to Elissa. Even in the winter it's beautiful. We also popped into the Glessner House which has such rich historic charm. 

They were still up for more outdoor photographs so we headed to Lurie Gardens as the sun was setting. This was an amazing session to start our 2017 year.

Alana & Eric

We had just enough fall colors peaking through for Alana and Eric's engagement session. The weather was just right, and Chicago was showing it's moody side making it the perfect backdrop for their pictures. 

We can't wait for their wedding in November. <3

Special thank you to Kristen for coming along and second shooting with me. :-)

Jackie & Dave

We love when our couples take advantage of picking a meaningful location for their session. We like it even more when they bring along their pup.

Jackie and Dave are so fun to hang out with and our time together was full of laughter. We even made a new friend: their dog Rigby. We started in the Shakespeare Gardens at Northwestern University in Evanston, then walked throughout the campus. It was where Jackie attended school, so we heard about a lot of her fun memories.

Alicia & Taek

The Lurie Garden at Millennium Park is so nice this time of year, and it was where we started our photoshoot with Alicia and Taek. They were so relaxed and natural in front of the camera, and it really shows.

Throughout the shoot we talked about their wedding plans, their engagement story, and their hopes for the future. A beautiful story for such a beautiful day.

Nina & Jared

Nina and Jared kicked off our spring engagement season on Sunday. We traveled a little South to Lockport and explored this beautiful park filled with limestone rocks and bridges. There's even a dam that was built in the early 1900s that has since been abandoned, which makes for a pretty cool backdrop. 

We're excited to come back here in the summer for their wedding. 

Jun & Jianqi | Chicago

We joined the many people out this Saturday enjoying the chilly downtown life for the continuation of Jun & Jianqi's engagement session. You might remember the first part of their session in Michigan this summer as we captured where their relationship started. They also wanted to get pictures of their life in Chicago.

We embraced the crowds and even ran into a few people we knew as we strolled through Millennium Park towards the lake and then to Buckingham Fountain. And by the end of our walk we weren't even cold anymore.  

Carter & Rob

Carter and Rob's engagement session was so genuine and relaxed. We had such a great time hanging out and walking around Lincoln Park. 

They're both lawyers, so their lives are pretty busy, but when they get a chance to spend time together, they usually end up at a coffee shop. Vanille Patisserie was the perfect place to stop as we walked through Lincoln Park and talked about their wedding plans. 

This light was perfect for some Chicago skyline pictures showcasing the city they call home. 

We're so excited for their wedding this winter. 

Alex and Tuyen

I absolutely love it when we meet a couple and right away, we can talk, laugh, and swap relationship stories. Alex and Tuyen are that couple. They live in New York, so their engagement session was the first time we met them in person, but it was so easy for them to get comfortable with us.

We'll be shooting their wedding this weekend at Loyola University on Chicago's north side, where they first met. 

Kayla and James

Ivy-covered walls, fall colors, beautiful architecture, a glowing sunset, and a couple in love: this shoot was fantastic. We started at the University of Chicago campus and finished at the Adler Planetarium just before sunset. Kayla and James are both from Minnesota, and they wanted to incorporate some of Chicago’s iconic scenery into their photos so they could remember this season of their lives.

Amy and Ryan

It was really nice to be able to capture so many significant things for Ryan and Amy during their engagement session. We started out at their new home they are currently renovating. Their dog joined us too, and he was so good in front of the camera.

Then we headed over to the train yard where Ryan works. I’m glad they brought us there, because it was such a cool place for photos. Train yards are dirty and desolate, so maybe they wouldn’t be the first place to come to mind for photos, but all the character of the trains and the geometry of the tracks made for some great shots.

We ended the session in Lansing where they both grew up. We loved how relaxed they were with us. They just got lost in each other and all we had to do was capture it.

Lauren and Kyle

Lauren and Kyle are such a laid back fun couple. We had a great time with them on Saturday for their engagement session. The weather was absolutely beautiful and the light was amazing. They were naturals in front of the camera. I love it when a couple is so comfortable with each other that it is easy for us to capture their love.

Joe and Kristen

Karina and I were so blessed to meet Kristin and Joe today for their engagement shoot. Engagement shoots are much more than just pictures for us, because we use this time to get to know the couple. A wedding is such a personal event, where you are surrounded by your closest friends and family. If we can be comfortable with the couple before that day arrives, It’s a better experience for everyone.

Joe is so full of energy and wit. He’s constanly smiling and making her smile. Kristin is peaceful and thoughtful. His constant companion.

One of the really interesting things about their wedding is that it’s so similar to Jeremy and Julianna’s wedding. Just like Jeremy and Julianna, they’re doing a winter engagement shoot in Chicago, the ceremony will be in Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church and the reception will be at the Armory Arts building in Jackson. We must attract a very specific customer.

They get a lot of admiration from us for braving the cold and snow so well. Kristin was wearing heels throughout the shoot, and we had to walk through a lot of snow and slush. Their bravery payed off. You can feel the energy and affection they have for each other through the photos.

Jenna and Henry

Jenna and Henry booked us for their wedding last year, so I have really been looking forward to meeting them. The day finally came this past Saturday. We met at the beautifulJollay Orchards in Coloma, Michigan. The fall colors are in their prime and the apple cider warmed us up.

What I most enjoyed about our session is how much Jenna and Henry laughed with each other, and with us. Because Jenna loves books, we ended our time at the Coloma Public Library. I am really looking forward to their wedding in February.