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August 2014

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A Chicago Lincoln Park Engagement Photography Session with Cheri and Jesus

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We met Cherita and Zeus initially a few weeks ago and they wanted to get their Chicago Lincoln Park Engagement Photography session finished straight away so that they can make their save the dates.  I am so happy the weather cooperated with amazing vibrant ombré hues of a sunset.

Before heading around town, we met them at Atomix Cafe, in Ukrainian Village for a few shots at a coffee shop, astronaut mural included. Thank you Atomix for letting us take a few photos at your awesome coffee shop space.
Cherita and Jesus’ wedding is going to be AMAZING! A blend of Mexican and Indian cultures, from henna to a mariachi band.  I cannot wait for their festivities and to see which family traditions they will put together.  Eeek! Okay, onto the ombré hued amazingness.
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My favorite set- these two horizontal bits of loveliness. Cheri, your eyes are mesmerizing.
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Wednesday

14

November 2012

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Philadelphia Engagement- Victoria and John at Fairmount Park

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Just before the rain came back full force, we took the time to get this shot of Victoria and John at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. We came into town a couple of days before their wedding to make time for their engagement session and mother nature decided not to work with us.  Rain.  Lots of it! But, we all dodged it with grace.

Lately, we have been learning about the Brenizer Method of stitching together photos. This shot had approx 60 images stitched together for a vivid painted look.

Their wedding was held at The National Society of Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) in downtown Philly and was amazing.  More to post after we get back from Nicaragua!

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Sunday

29

May 2011

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Katherine and David Hyde Park Engagement!

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Spring seemed to be easy in Chicago this year- though, in contrast to the popular saying… May seemed to go in like a Polar Bear and OUT like a Lion. With a delightfully epic roar of a photo op for this Hyde Park Engagement.  Given, all of our lessons in lighting setups are a big shout out to Strobist and Flashfavor for the mounds of knowledge we soak in from their helpful teachings. 🙂

Originally, Katherine and David were going to bring their adorable new puppy along, but come to find out they now have two!  Little baby huskies, and adorable too- I have a bit of puppy envy right now.

Katherine and David’s fun and festive wedding is coming up in exactly 2 weeks at the Hilton Orrington Hotel up in Evanston.  And! It’s a brunch wedding, which always gets me excited- the morning sun of the ladies getting ready? It’s going to be great!

Every time I’ve met David, I feel as though he should be a professor.  While taking photos, he was like a kid in a candy store with all of the delightful history books all over the place.  Plus, he studied in Israel for a few years, on top of being a history buff.

Sunday

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May 2011

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Deanna and John

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Deanna and John have the best story of how they met yet- via theonion.com !! Not only America’s finest news source, but an excellent dating site as well.

The first time we met John and Deanna, John brought his scooter along, along with the second time.  As it turned out, John was heading the same way as us, on his way to a cake tasting with Deanna.  However, we didn’t figure that out until 3 miles later when we saw John zooming down the street on his scooter- at seemingly record speeds! Makes me rethink my wobbly blue 1952 Schwinn Beach Cruiser. The cake tasting you ask? We hear was delicious- but more of a test to see if the frosting will be able to match the amazing detail work on the side of the Marriott- but more on that later. 🙂 In the meantime, a bit about the Greenmill cocktail lounge shots- we’ll just say that John and Deanna’s first date was there, unlike some restaurant’s down the street where people’s biased tastebuds recommended the joint to Deanna. 😉

John and Deanna are set to be married in just under a month, at the Nikko Room at the O’hare Marriott.  The Nikko Room?  An amazing tiki room of course, dating back to the times when business meetings had more thrill than bland convention rooms. The interior looks amazing!  Alas, unfortunately there seems to be more of a demand for the convention centers, because the Nikko room is set to be demolished in early June- making John and Deanna’s event the end of an era- so to speak.

And!  Ending this era is going to go down in style.  Style going along with the Nikko Room’s era fabulously- from John’s gator shoes, to Deanna’s dress. And! Back to the cake, you have to wait and see!!  The detail work is going to be amazing!!  What can I say- I’m biased towards texture. 🙂

Thursday

21

April 2011

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Wes Andersen Themed Engagement Photography – Jen and Andy

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This Wes Andersen Themed engagement photography session was just fun, Jen and Andy are a delight. First things first- Best. Outfits. Ever.  Seriously!  Jen and Andy’s outfits made every shot look like an album cover.  And!  Best Part?  Andy found Jen that amazing orange and white dress. Not to mention it made the start of our shoot at Cavalier Lighting all the more timeless. Cavalier lighting is a hidden gem which Jen found in Ravenswood, not too far from the lake. So a couple of  “did you know”s…  🙂  Did YOU know that the owner of the shop is so incredibly extremely nice?  She let us set up shop while we snapped away a few photos while she smiled and reminisced about her days of young love.  Aww. Did YOU know that they were the first lighting shop in Chicago to specialize in antique lighting?  Indeed!  They opened in 1953.

Jen is owner/creative director of JIH Designs Inc. aka: amazingly creative graphic designer. When I saw her save the dates, I felt like a kid in a candy- well, more like a design nerd in a design convention spotting an awesome save the date. And!  She made Andy’s beard look perfect. So how did they meet?  Well, Jen was on assignment for a local band through her friend Todd. And through Todd, she was introduced to Andy.  Little did Andy know it, but Jen is a hugger. Upon Todd and Andy’s departure from their meeting with Jen, she proceded to give Todd a hug. And after she hugged Todd, she looked over at Andy and didn’t really ask, but instead said “I’m going to hug you too, OK”. Not waiting for an answer, she proceded to get on her tiptoes and hug him. He had quite an odd look on his face as he stood still, not really sure what to make of that!! Well, somehow, Andy stumbled upon her number and for the following weeks the chatted back and forth over the phone. It is still a mystery as to who did the initial ‘asking out’ for the first date, but now Andy is a full fledged hugger and the rest is history. 🙂

From Cavalier Lighting, we headed over to Montrose Harbor, so some excellent action jump shots as well as a chunk of nature and a view. And then we had the opportunity to stop by Jen and Andy’s favorite diner- the Chicago Diner, which has some amazing vegan milkshakes.  Try the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Shake! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. From the Diner, we headed downtown to be able to capture the classic shot of the Marina Towers which is on the cover of one of Wilco‘s Albums, one of Jen and Andy’s (along with myself and Jason’s) favorite bands.

So! Jen and Andy are getting married at Andy’s family farm which has been in the family for 7 generations!  How awesome is that?  It’s in Yorkville, set on acres and acres of land with rolling grass and meadows and trees as far as the eye can see.  Their actual ceremony will take place right next to the barn and silo on 9-10-11.  Now how perfect is that date?!  We are so excited for you two!  Your wedding is going to be amazing.

PS to Jen and Andy- feel free to bring your awesome doggie along, I would love to meet him!