The real life nurse and doctor duo known as Emily and Robert came in to our studio and expressed that they wanted something “a little different” for their engagement photo session. Ask and ye shall receive as I like to say.
Chicago Cultural Center Engagement
One of my personal favorite gems to head to is the Chicago Cultural Center for shoots. And really you can capture images of just about anything there including the venue itself, high fashion portraits or even some quirky fun photos turn out great! Ashley and Kyle currently reside in St. Louis and one of the things that they wanted to make sure we did was to get a bit of Chicago in their engagement photos because we won’t have the opportunity to head into the city on their wedding day.
There’s nothing like having a wedding during winter break if you’re a teacher which both Bari and Scott are! In fact that’s how they met. Scott told me that he knew from the first moment he saw Bari that she was the one. Bari on the other hand took a bit more time than Scott but ultimately they ended up together!
Ahh the good ole’ South Pond at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The one thing that can be said about this location is that it’s a magnetic destination for engaged couples wanting to capture their photos! And who can blame them!? The South Pond location provides a splendid combination of city and nature. You can be paddling around the pond in a boat for two, surrounded by a lot of greenery and have a great view of the city off in the background.
As has been popular with a number of sessions that we’ve shot over the last couple years, Gricel and Edgar hopped on board with doing a “themed” engagement session featuring vintage cars. Let’s start off by talking about what a “themed” shoot is. Typically it’s one that tells a story and has a cohesive feel from start to finish. The ideas are countless and as I get to know each person that comes into the studio, the ideas typically spring from there.
Time flies when you’re having fun. Their engagement session flew by and the same went for the wedding of Sarah and Tanya! This time we left the drum set at home and instead grabbed our bouquets and hit the streets of Chicago! Our day began and ended at the Wyndham Grand Chicago. Normally when I got up to the bridal suite, I get photos of the details. And one of the first details I noticed was a humorous little set of cards with some sound marital advice. (See the first image below)
This was possibly our most ambitious wedding in terms of travel. Monika and Jakub were getting married near the loop in Chicago, but wanted to get their portraits done at St. Mary’s of the Lake in Mundelein. It would have been doable with the amount of time we had allocated and the party trolley was in full swing. But a massive set of thunderstorms that came through after their ceremony, quite literally rained on our parade. Having just done a commercial shoot at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, I grabbed the phone and called a few people that I had met during my shoot. They were kind enough to allow us in for a few portraits out of the rain. And after a brief shoot indoors, we met back up with the bridal party waiting outside.
When I was in high school, I actually never had a senior portrait session. In fact they are not as popular in the Northern Illinois / Chicago area as they are in most other parts of the country. In fact when you say “senior portrait” around this area, many folks assume you’re talking about senior citizens. But high school senior portrait sessions are an amazing opportunity to put together a concept shoot for your son or daughter that truly defines the adult that they are growing into. When we met with Corasha, the easy part was deciding to photograph on a beach in Highland Park. The next part was to come up with a concept.
The words ‘hidden gem’ are a perfect fit for describing both the location and items of Salvage One. Their goal is to preserve and pass on our history. They have been helping our customers breathe new life into salvaged materials for nearly 30 years. We’ll let the images below do the talking for us, but I suggest you stop in and check them out during normal business hours. Not only are they a store, but they are also a venue where you can host a wedding, birthday, mitzvah or other large scale event.
Self proclaimed princess Tanya and rock star drummer Sarah took over the southern bridge leading to the Lincoln Park Zoo for their South Pond engagement session! When I say that we took over, I mean that we pretty much controlled the middle of the bridge for quite some time. Setting up a drum set, backdrop and lights was no easy job, however with five of us working as fast as possible the setup, shoot and tear down went just about as smoothly as it could.