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!
Clients often tell me that they love the style of my work because my images look natural, like I am capturing real emotion between my clients. That's all because I am! I love to start out by posing my clients how I want them to stand (see above), and then I add in either a corny joke, a popped bottle of champagne, or just let the clients work off of each other's energy.
On wedding days, I like to act like a fly on the wall to capture those genuine, gorgeous smiles, that first tear, and the shared laughs. I always ensure that my settings are perfect before putting my clients in front of the camera! That ensures that no one has to wait for a shot, and I am always prepared to get those natural moments!
One of my favorite images came by surprise. At Dani and Kevin's portrait session on their wedding day (above), Kevin had brought out a bottle of champagne to open for a photo (I love this idea!!) Kevin was having a hard time with a tightly sealed cork, and this shot was a product of a surprise bottle-pop! I was prepared enough with both of my cameras to capture the exact moment it happened, and I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome. This is one of my favorite shots from their amazing day!
If you would like to learn more about how I pose my clients, be sure to take Amy and Jordan Demos' Posing Course. They walk you through how to make clients feel comfortable in front of the camera, and educate photographers on posing high school seniors, families, couples, bridal parties, and brides!
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.