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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The Drake Hotel Engagement – Doreen + Dan

The Drake Hotel is the perfect spot for a Gatsby themed engagement session. It’s not just the style of the hotel which provides a perfect vintage backdrop, but also the sheer volume and size of the hotel which draws you in. Located on the lake front in Chicago, this historic hotel was built in the roaring 1920’s and has been visited by folks including past presidents such as Hoover and Eisenhower, entertainers Liz Taylor and Frank Sinatra, and most importantly by Doreen and Dan who selected the hotel for a portion of their engagement session.

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Metro Chicago Engagement

There are places that we’ve all been to countless times that take on a totally different look and feel when they are empty. Imagine a packed music venue with one of your favorite bands playing. There’s a line for the bar, a smidgen of standing room only space on the outskirts of the main floor and the occasional burst of bright light as someone captures a photo of the band on stage. This is normally what it’s like at the Metro Chicago.

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Elsa + Roman – Poppingly Engaged

It’s inevitable that as a photographer you will end up at the same spots from time to time. The reason that places keep drawing people in time and time again is because there’s something special about that spot that makes folks want to capture it in their memories. Couples sometimes think that it might be too cliche to capture their images at the Chicago skyline, in front of the Golden Gate Bridge or some other spot which is near them. In reality you shouldn’t shy away from those spots. After all if everyone thinks its cliche and skips the spot, then the cliche is really more in skipping a place you would have otherwise photographed at. Which brings us to our engaged couple of Elsa and Roman.

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Chicago Engagement Photography – Marcy and Matt

Chicago Winter Engagement

Winters in Chicago mean that many portrait sessions or engagement shoots happen indoors.  And while we are indeed toasty (and often well stocked on alcohol) during the shoot, it requires some precision lighting in some dark venues to both capture the images and keep the ambiance of the location.  Needless to say that the Green Mill is the definition of dark. Read More


Chicagoland Engagement – Elyse And Don

Talk about “make it your own”. Something I tell each couple that comes into our studio. Make it your own. Any time I do a Chicagoland Engagement Portrait, I try to do something different. Each couple has their own nuance and flavor of what makes them a couple. My job is to adapt and capture that in each couple rather than have them simply fit into my style. For Elyse and Don we went to their local watering hole called Brixie’s.

When you think of small bars in the Chicagoland area, Brixies falls right into that category. Not glamorous or jazzed up…it’s a place to come and have a drink all the way up till 4am if you so desire. So we can either avoid the location and go to some of your Chicagoland classics for portraits or we can make it all about what is special to Elyse and Don about one of their favorite bars. We met up around noon on a Saturday just after the bar opened. The goal was to have as few people as possible around and to wrap up before the sports crowd came in for the late afternoon games. It’s amazing how many different nooks and crannies you can find in a given location no matter how simple the layout. There’s a story to be told just about anywhere, you just need to look with an open mind.

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