Chicago Maternity Portrait // Monika + Jakub

Maternity Portrait at St. Mary’s of the Lake

The first place that might come to mind for your maternity portrait session is perhaps your home or a studio location.  But there are plenty of scenic locations around Chicago including spots often chosen for wedding photos!  Read More


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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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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Regan – Chicago Boudoir Photography

My focus is on one thing…high fashion portraiture. The goal is to make something unique and flavorful for each client. It doesn’t matter if it’s a wedding or a portrait session, the goal is still the same in terms of capturing the personality of the person and creating something fresh and different. So this week we bring you Regan with her soulful and sultry boudoir portrait session!

Regan has a dance background and wanted to do something different and non-dance related. We got together and discussed several ideas, outfits and the idea of what she wanted to see in her final images. And as many sessions go we got a combination of things we had planned such as her with her boyfriends wardrobe and some things we did not expect such as climbing into a glass shower to wrap up the session.

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Chicago Wedding Photography -Katy and Chris

Every so often you come across a couple who meet and hit it off with each other right from the get go. Katy and Chris met online and then got together to meet each other face to face. It wasn’t long before they began dating and eventually got engaged and now we find ourselves sitting around and discussing their wedding plans! When you meet Chris he’s a mans man…cool calm and laid back. We got a chance to grab a drink together and as it turned out we had some mutual contacts in the business world! So hearing that he was just a wee bit nervous when proposing to Katy made me empathize since I had just gotten engaged myself around the same time as them.

The night they got engaged, Katy and Chris headed to The Green Door Chicago to celebrate with some friends and family. The Green Door is a speakeasy located in the downtown Chicago area and is quite literally an old school speakeasy. There’s a bar and restaurant upstairs, but then once you make your way downstairs and round a corner, behind a locked door is where you will find the speakeasy. While the lighting down there is dark and moody as you would expect, if you throw some strobes on the decor down there you will get some amazing color from the vintage furnishings. We will be staying in the city for their wedding as well coming up on August 31st at which time we will be photographing at the historic “Rookery”!

Venue: The Green Door Chicago

Chicago Wedding Photography

Chicago Wedding Photography

Chicago Engagement Photography

Chicago Engagement Photography

Chicago Engagement Photography

Chicago Engagement Photography

Chicago Engagement Photography

Chicago Engagement Photography

Chicago Engagement Photography

Chicago Engagement Photography

Chicago Engagement Photography

Chicago Engagement Photography

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