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July 2016

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A Film Family Session with Jennifer, Alex, and Baby M

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Oh man, be prepared with film family photography session adorableness with Jenn, Alex, and a little bundle of joy. We had the opportunity to photograph this beautiful new family. World, meet Baby M.

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Seriously guys- she’s going to be a model. <3 For Jennifer and Alex’s film family session, we met them at their beautiful house- which they are now the proud owners of. Ah!  It was a busy month for Alex- turning 30, becoming a dad, and closing on a house! Busy month indeed.

Jenn and Alex had their film family session when baby M was just a week old, and had 5 days of getting acclimated to her surroundings at home with mom and dad (and Lilah!  Baby M’s furry older and just as wiggly sister.)  Lilah stole the show for a bit too, the sweetest most well behaved doggie ever.

Jennier and Alex had simple, organic natural light photos for their film family session in Grand Rapids, MI. Their amazing plant filled sun-room had the most amazing light to photograph their baby girl.  We like to focus on the family themselves, keeping it simple and without props for family sessions. So that they can remember exactly how it was.  And with this adorable bundle of joy, it was so incredibly wonderful. Jennifer and Alex are some of the warmest hearted people I’ve met.

Super congrats on your growing family you two!  Thank you for letting us shoot your film family session, it was an honor.  I hope that the 3 of you (and Lilah too!) are having an awesome first summer together!

We like to shoot family mini-sessions primarily on film, and I want to thank The Find Lab for always being amazing at developing anything from our Contax 645.

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June 2016

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A Surprise Chicago Proposal at Hotel Lincoln with Evan and Pamela

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Ah!  This day warms my heart (which is good- because it was cold out!)  Evan planned an amazing surprise Chicago Proposal at Hotel Lincoln on the rooftop.  The surprise was in three stages.  (I know right!) Ah! Okay, sorry- I’m calming down.  It just all worked out so perfectly. Since it was cold out, there were not as many people on Hotel Lincoln Chicago proposal on the rooftop, which meant that we had a run of the place.

We met with Evan before the proposal day, and he explained his 3 stage plan to us.  First, the proposal. Second- a surprise visit from both sets of parents.  And! You’ll have to scroll down and wait for the 3rd one. 🙂

First, let’s begin their Hotel Lincoln Chicago proposal surprise on the rooftop. The rooftop is called J Parker.  A bit of history- J Parker was the unreliable cop on duty the night that Lincoln was assassinated. Much of Hotel Lincoln’s naming schemes have a ton of history involved- which is super cool!  Okay, off of that tangent, and on to Evan and Pamela’s proposal!!!
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AHHH!  She said Yes! Best Chicago proposal at Hotel Lincoln ever!

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And here’s the surprise from the parents. <3

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Hotel Lincoln Chicago Proposal Chicago Wedding photographer Studio Finch_0017Clever name time again!  The Booth that Pamela and Evan are sitting on is called The John Wilkes Booth. Clever indeed.

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And on to the last surprise!  A surprise engagement party!!!  With a bunch of Pamela’s sorority sisters who flew into town.  It was the most amazing top secret proposal mission success ever! Chicago proposal engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding suprise_0028 Chicago proposal engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding suprise_0029 Chicago proposal engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding suprise_0030 Chicago proposal engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding suprise_0031 Chicago proposal engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding suprise_0032 Chicago proposal engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding suprise_0033 Chicago proposal engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding suprise_0034 Chicago proposal engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding suprise_0035 Chicago proposal engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding suprise_0036

Congrats you two! I hope that your first month of being engaged was amazing so far, and have a great engaged summer.  Thank you so much for having us a part of your surprise Chicago proposal at Hotel Lincoln.

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June 2016

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Becky and Zack’s Sunrise Chicago Engagement Session

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Meet Becky and Zack. They were willing to wake up for a sunrise Chicago engagement session with us.  Crazy troopers, I tell you.

My eyeballs feel like burning needles when I wake up this early, but every time I get to witness the sunrise, I’m grateful for actually waking up.  It’s like you have the whole city to yourself for a sunrise Chicago engagement session.

Not to mention- Becky’s laugh is contagious.Chicago engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding cityview lofts_0006These two lovelies are having their wedding festivities at the Cityview Loft here in Chicago. Though we wont be waking up early like for the sunrise Chicago engagement session, it’ll be amazing light no matter what at that venue. 🙂
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We stopped by the first apartment, which happens to be right down the street from where they currently live.  And I was Jones-ing for some symmetry. 🙂 These two are so cool.  Chicago engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding cityview lofts_0017
After that, we headed to their current place, and had some puppy engagement session time. Chicago engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding cityview lofts_0018 Chicago engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding cityview lofts_0019 Chicago engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding cityview lofts_0020 Chicago engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding cityview lofts_0021
Okay- sooo the righthand image below is one of my favorite things ever.  Every time I see it, it just cracks me right up. Attack of the flying puppy!!!Chicago engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding cityview lofts_0022
…the sweetest flying puppy. 🙂Chicago engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding cityview lofts_0023 Chicago engagement photographer sunrise beach lifestyle photos wedding cityview lofts_0024Becky and Zack are the absolute best. Lets finish it off with their back entry stairwell. <3  So excited for your Cityview Lofts wedding this fall!! Thank you so much for waking up for a sunrise Chicago engagement session with us. xoxo

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May 2016

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NYC Lighthouse Wedding at Chelsea Piers with Shannon and Alex

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One of my favorite parts of meeting Shannon and Alex was Alex’s excitement for having balloons for their NYC Lighthouse Wedding. (Insert delightful squealing here… by myself, not Alex)

Shannon and Alex wanted to have a brunch wedding, and what better than a floor to ceiling window lit space at the NYC Lighthouse Wedding space.  The Lighthouse is located at Pier 61, which is a part of Chelsea Piers. Whew- that location was a bit of a mouthful.  OH! Speaking of mouthfuls, the catering for the NYC lighthouse wedding was delicious and oh so pretty! They had a hors d’oeuvres station setup of perfect little bites.  Not to mention, the were very photogenic, and I dig photogenic food.

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Ok, now down to the nitty gritty- my Achilles heel… Which was the detail at their NYC Lighthouse wedding which Shannon was most Excited about- HER SHOES!  They have wings!  GOLDEN WINGS!  Sorry guys, it’s just that I couldn’t get enough of them. Shannon chose to have Sophia Webster shoes for her wedding. Oh, and her dress!  Shannon chose a light blue/lavender lining of her Maggie Sottero Londyn dress and Alex hunted down a tie to match the lining.  It turned out beautiful!  It was a super unique wedding dress idea… and one which I hope will become more popular because it turned out lovely. (Especially with those heels!) Now, onto their NYC Lighthouse wedding ceremony.

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Shannon’s Mom and Sister’s pro-tip for getting the dress on: loop the buttons on with knitting needles!

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This wonderful man is the bagpiper for Alex and Shannon’s Lighthouse ceremony. Michael Hannigan, bagpiper of New Jersey extraordinaire!


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Balloon wedding! 🙂

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And bags!  Alex and his dad handmade their corntoss boards. 🙂 Gotta love a NYC lighthouse wedding.

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After their NYC lighthouse wedding, we went on to their wedding after party!  Shannon and Alex maximized the merriment by inviting all of their friends and family to join them at their favorite bar in NYC.  Highlands is amazing- they are on point with their cocktail knowledge and make a mean Penicillin Cocktail.

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Alex and Shannon, your details were amazing! Thank you for having us a part of your big day.
A big thank you to the vendors involved for their NYC lighthouse wedding at Chelsea Piers:
NYC Lighthouse Wedding Venue: The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61
After-partyVenue: Highlands NYC Scotchbar
Florist: Superior Florist Ltd NYC
Invitations: Zazzle
Shoes: Sophia Webster
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Catering: Abigail Kirsch
Cake: Abigail Kirsch
DJ: Scratch Weddings
Wedding Bagpiper: Michael Hannigan from Middletown, NJ
Hair and Makeup: Riza Salon

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May 2016

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Chicago Athletic Association Engagement Session with Laura and Chris

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Laura and Chris are getting married today!!!!  So I thought it would be fun to share their engagement session from the fall.  We had the opportunity to photograph part of their session at the CAA. We also got to go all over the west loop as well as catch some dreamy chicago cityscape light.  They are getting married at the Chicago Athletic Association today!  Here are some snappy snaps.
Now, for their Chicago Athletic Association Engagement Session. <3
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The fall colors in chicago were absolutely incredible.  The kissy shot was the view from the CAA for their Chicago Athletic Association engagement session. 🙂  And Laura’s dress?  GAH! It is amazing!  Ok, a skirt/top combo, which she pulled off smashingly.  Oh I can’t wait to show you guys her dress!chicago wedding photographer chicago athletic association engagement session studio finch_0017 chicago wedding photographer chicago athletic association engagement session studio finch_0018 chicago wedding photographer chicago athletic association engagement session studio finch_0019 chicago wedding photographer chicago athletic association engagement session studio finch_0020A bit from their Chicago athletic association engagement session wedding over the weekend as well. 🙂 I had to add of of this loveliness in, because it’s still fresh in my mind.  The maid of honor was Laura’s sister, Amy, and she had the most wonderful speech! She told the story of how Laura and Chris met, and how their first date in Elmhurst went on and on and on- to the point of where Chris ended up spending the night at Laura’s parents house with the family, on a separate floor of course. Amy thought it was hilarious, and couldn’t wait for the morning to come, but Chris already snuck out of the house and walked over a mile down the road to a laundry mat in order to charge his phone in order to be able to call a cab back to his car. When they saw each other again, they were essentially inseparable.
It was an incredibly sweet story, and I am so thankful to have been able to be present for it! As well as another thank you for having us a part of your Chicago Athletic Association Engagement Session.