Star Wars Engagement // Katie + Paul

Well we’ve got a doozy for you this week and that doozy is a Star Wars Engagement – A Turn To The Dark Side!  Katie and Paul fancy themselves as connoisseurs of all things comic book, Harry Potter and of course Star Wars!  As the planning began of their engagement session and they said to me, “since you do a lot of themed shoots, what if we did a Star Wars engagement shoot?”  And even though I haven’t been a die hard fan of Star Wars, I certainly am now!  The thing that we all wanted to avoid was just grabbing a couple lightsabers and just going straight into a fight scene.  Like any movie, there had to be some sort of story.Read More


Chicago Cultural Center Engagement // Ashley + Kyle

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.

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South Pond Engagement in Lincoln Park // Dani + Tom

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.

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Chicago Riverside Vintage Engagement // Gricel + Edgar

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.

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Salvage One Chicago Engagement // Alex + Gene

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.

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South Pond Engagement // Tanya + Sarah

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.

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Chicago Soccer Themed Engagement // Mimma + Armando

World Cup shmorld cup.  Germany’s got nothing on our power bridal party this week.  The only reason the US didn’t make it further in the Cup is because Mimma and Armando were too busy battling against one another.  So we step out on the soccer field for the ultimate show down between our soon to be husband and wife team.  They won’t be going at it alone of course since each of them brought along their bridesmaids and groomsmen to help them out on the battle field.  Will the men step up to the challenge and take on a group of fierce girls to show them what Chicago soccer is all about or will they be sent packing?  Tempers flare, elbows are flying and the penalty cards are about to come out.  Take a look below and find out who wins this battle and what twist is in store at the end!

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80’s Engagement Session – Liz + Steve

Ordinarily I go out of my way to not photograph in your every day spots such as the front yard of a suburban home. But in the case of Liz and Steve that’s exactly what we were going for. While I was around in the 1980’s, I certainly was not old enough to be a photographer. In fact I was usually on the receiving end of the lens as many of us were during the childhood years. Aside from the usual photos at birthday parties and family gatherings, I recall being asked to pose in front of pretty trees, fountains, landmarks and many other things that look great on their own, but end up coming out sort of “blah” when you see them as a small 4×6 print. So in the case of Liz and Steve I put together a vision of what an 80’s engagement portrait would look like today.

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Chicagoland Forest Preserve – Renee + Justin

When someone says the band name “Smashing Pumpkins”, the first thing that comes to mind of course is Renee and Justin’s engagement session in a forest preserve with a big moon in the background! So our challenge that we set out to conquer was a large moon which Renee wanted in the engagement photos. The challenge being to find the location where we should plop this giant moon down! Middle of a busy street? Too easy. Off near a rundown building? Not a bad idea, but that location didn’t jive for Renee and Justin. How about in the middle of the woods where you have to walk over logs, try not to get tangled and avoid all of the mosquitoes? Perfect!

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