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Mom + Dad's Anniversary Session

When your parents are married for 25+ years, you start to realize how special each piece of family history is. For my mom's wedding anniversary present, I photographed my family's wedding memorabilia, along with fragments of items collected along the way to the present moments. On their wedding day, my father wore a pink bowtie, which is just now coming into fashion again. He has always been a bit bashful about it. My mother wore a vintage lace dress with a bow in back, found at a local thrift. It's funny how these trends circulate throughout the years like a tornado, just as the one they saw off the balcony view on their August wedding day. Peek their gallery here to see the special moments they have curated throughout the decades of devotion. <3 

Brigitte and Scott's Oakbrook, IL Wedding

Brigitte and Scott were some of the nicest people I have ever met, and were an absolute JOY to work with. They met 10 years ago, while in school, and their love has grown and grown since they were "just friends," all that time ago. At their reception, I couldn't wipe the smile from my face! The DJ had me dancing and laughing the whole time. The couple was sweet as pie, as well as their loved ones attending the event. This is why I adore capturing love; because the joy radiates from these amazing individuals, and lights up the whole room. As you will see below and at the end, the sentimental couple recreated the exit shot that their grandparents had taken on their wedding day. The mood of the entire evening couldn't have been more loving, joyful, and bright. I am so grateful to have had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful crowd :)

When the Photographer Becomes the Subject

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to photograph a photographer? Or on the other side of the same coin, have you ever modeled when you have only been the one behind the camera before? I decided that as a graduation gift to myself, I would pay Becca Waterloo at oolretaw.com take my picture :) I wanted to see what it would be like to be the client, so that I can improve my own client experience. The nerves were real! I followed my own style guide, got my hair done, and put my faith into the hands of a talented professional. As I froze up and forgot some of my own posing tips, Becca made me feel comfortable by using an artistic eye, and telling me what looked good. My nerves melted away, and we started to have fun! She went above and beyond by working over our allotted time to make sure I was thrilled with my photos, and I was! Check out our session below: 

Golden Light with Kristin

As Golden hour struck at 6:30 PM on a GORGEOUS sunny June night, Kristin and I hit the field at McGuane Park in Bridgeport, Chicago. As the main motivation for this session was to get tacos afterwards, Kristin and I had so much fun laughing and sharing jokes as the gleaming beams of light danced across the sky and into my lens. "I've never felt this comfortable in front of the camera!" she beamed, and I couldn't have felt more content in that moment. Following my style guide, getting her hair and makeup done, and wearing a dress that made her feel like 1 million bucks, Kristin was the perfect model to have, not just due to her stunning looks, but also to her warm persona that matched the tone of the photos. Peek our session below! 

Denise and Nathan's Lincoln Park Chicago Engagement

This couple couldn't be more in love! Denise and Nathan dressed to the nines for their engagement session at the beautiful, scenic Nature Boardwalk in Lincoln Park over memorial day weekend. You can feel the love for each other and fun we had in the photos! Denise is an absolute doll; from the moment she called me for a photographer interview to the end of the shoot, she didn't stop smiling. I could even hear her beaming through the phone! Nathan is such a goof, and the two of them make the cutest pair. I can't wait for their wedding day at the Onion Pub in Lake Barrington next winter. I feel so fortunate to have the pleasure of meeting these two lovely souls, and we shared plenty of laughs along the way.

Holly and Sage's Indiana Engagement

When Holly and Sage contacted me to photograph their engagement, I was beyond thrilled! The cutest couple ever asked for my style guide, came dressed to impress, and were such great sports through the cloudy, gloomy and cold weather. I couldn't be happier with their photos, and we had SO much fun!!