She said yes!

Nicole reached out to me back in October with a secret up her sleeve. You see, she was planning a vacation to Chicago with her girlfriend and wanted to propose while she was here. In my opinion, she picked one of the best views of Chicago as the backdrop and we crossed all of our fingers and toes for decent weather. It was such an emotional and sweet thing to be in on the secret and I loved every single second of it.

Thank you so much for including me during this most exciting time. Congratulations, you two! You were a dream to work with.

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Thanks again for letting me part of such an amazing night.

Cheers!

Andie and Jason are married!

I can’t believe it, but my 2019 photo season is officially off with a bang. I may be backed up in the editing queue, but this was my first wedding of the year and I was just too excited and had to share some of my favorite shots from Andie and Jason’s amazing wedding at Warehouse 109.

Meet Andie and Jason. They exchanged their vows amongst their closest family and friends while it snowed and rained outside in late April. It didn’t stop them though. In fact, it was so lovely to see how much they embraced the crazy weather and each other and I cannot imagine kicking off the year any other way. Seriously. These two were amazing and I loved every single detail of what they planned.

Take a look!

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Meanwhile my amazing second, Rebecca, was with Jason and the guys at a nearby hotel.

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After a few shots at the nearby brewery, it was time for the first look!

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Guests were starting to filter in, so Andie hung out in the restroom just before the ceremony. So amazing! Thanks for capturing this shot, Rebecca!

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Ceremony time!

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Cheers, you two! I cannot think of a better way to start my year. What a day it was!

Floral: The Local Petaler
Gown: BHLDN
Jacket Illustration: KRorer Decor
Pizza: Wooden Paddle
DJ: Gary Nielsen
Videographer: Our Wedding Movie

2018, the Family Sessions & Travels Edition

Hey, hey! You have already seen the 2018 wedding round up, but the very much delayed 2018 family photo round up is finally here as well! Yes I know it is already April, but I have been taking off some much needed time rest and relaxation to get ready for all of my 2019 couples and families.

2018 was another year of unposed and candid loveliness though and I just had to share before things heat up. As always, there is a bit of random travel photography and portraits mixed into this post as well, but I figured you wouldn’t mind that. It was a year for expanding my offerings and taking on commercial work, like this shoot for The Groove. It was also the year I got to meet new families and say goodbye to some of my longtime favorites as they moved away to far and distant lands. I watched as some of my returning clients expanded their families and as other grew another couple of inches taller. 2018 was good to me and I truly cannot wait to see where this year takes me.

Take a look… cheers!

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2018, a round up!

It is finally time for a much delayed 2018 round up. I know I am a bit late in posting this, but I have been resting up after a busy year. You see, it was a big year for me. 2018 was the year that took me to Guatemala for my first international wedding and to Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley for my first National Park wedding. It was a year that allowed me to experiment a bit more with my photography and take more risks; it was also a year that led me to photographing my first surprise proposals.

It really was such an exciting year that was filled with so much love, trust and fun. As always, it was such an honor to document it all and I am ready to see what 2019 will bring. I have a feeling it is going to be a fun year!

In the meantime, take a look at some of my favorites from 2018.

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Thanks for another year of trusting me to document your biggest days. I am forever grateful.

Cheers!

Havana, Cuba!

I went to Cuba, you guys! Actually, I was there just over one week ago and the impression was so deep that I wanted to post about it right away. I realize that there are several trips that I haven’t posted or edited yet, but this one meant something deeper to me and I didn’t want to wait!

You see, Cuba has been shrouded in mystery for me and for most Americans. I honestly didn’t know much about it, but when my friend mentioned she and her friends were booking a trip, I knew I couldn’t miss it. After attaining the necessary paperwork and visas, we booked our flights and found ourselves there in no time. It was a short 43 minute flight from Miami, so it was the perfect way to spend a February weekend away from chilly Chicago.

To say that this was the most enlightening trip of my adult life would be an understatement and I am still processing it all. The main thing I learned was that Cuba is a welcoming, vibrant and resilient country which has me hoping that seeing these photos will inspire you to visit and go explore. Plus, I have the best guide that will help you along with it all. Just send me a note and I am happy to share! I cannot wait to go back.

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The food, the music, the stories and the spirit will stick with me and I was just too excited not to share.

Hasta luego, Cuba! I cannot wait to go back.

A commercial shoot for The Groove

This one is apparently over a year old now, but I am in love with the work I got to do for this commercial shoot and had to share. It turned out to be three action-packed family shoots in one for The Groove, a local subscription service that gets your family moving. Since it was in January, we rented out a space at Loft 505 in Pilsen and it was so fun to be part of such an exciting session.

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Then it was time for Family no. 2. Things got a bit wild and I loved it.

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Next up? Family no. 3! How cute are these guys?

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