Annie and John are getting married!

These two are getting married in June at The Library, but wanted to take some shots around town for their engagement. We met up just before the New Year to do just that and it was a blast getting to know them while we explored the Chicago together. It even snowed the night before, so it was perfect. Plus, they brought their pup along for the first part which is always fun.

Take a look!

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Once we were finished in Grant Park, we dropped off Ellie and headed south to Jackson Park for something a bit quieter. They had visited Japan, so it only made sense that the Japanese Gardens were next on our list.

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Congratulations, you two. I am so excited to see you again in June!

The O'Malley Family!

Next up on the blog is the O’Malley family! I have photographed them a bunch over the years and I always look forward to seeing them, but for some reason, this year felt pretty special. It is so fun seeing them all grow and I love following along. Plus, they even brought their pup along for the session. These guys love fall and live in Northwest Indiana where the leaves seemed to be on fire this year. We simply could not have timed it better.

I felt so lucky to get to explore such a gorgeous place with them again this year. Take a look!

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The Jansson Family!

It is finally time to start catching up on all of that blogging I missed out on last fall. Why not start with this session that I did with one of my annual families? This time we headed to one of my favorite locations on the north side of Chicago and it was so fun trying to keep up with them as they explored it for the first time. They are very much on the move and it was a blast!

Take a look!

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Stacy & Neal are married!

I recently photographed Stacy and Neal’s wedding at a pretty great bar in Chicago, Park & Field. I first dined at Park & Field when they opened, but I saw so many spots that made me think it would be great for a wedding. Apparently Stacy and Neal thought the same thing when they booked their wedding here. They got married on a windy day in October, but that didn’t stop them.

Now, take a look at all of the pretty!

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Then it was time for portraits of the two of them. We only had a few minutes, but I am so glad we took the time to do them. The light was just right!

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I won’t lie, getting to photograph a wedding at Park & Field was a dream. Thanks for that, Stacy and Neal. Cheers to life and love!

The Gundersons!

I first met these two new parents just 4 years ago when they were looking for a wedding photographer. Luckily they booked me and their wedding at Blumen Gardens is still one of my favorites to this day!

They recently became a family of three, so I got to photograph them again. It was wonderful to see them and to catch up, but mostly it was a treat to photograph this special time in their lives. I mean, how cute is this little guy? At just five months old, he was such a happy little guy and knew just what to do... smile.

Take a look!

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Congratulations on the new addition, you two.

She said YES!

A couple of short weeks ago, Jimmy proposed to Sarah and she said ‘YES’! He picked Lincoln Park as a perfect backdrop to propose and I was there to document it all. The story was that they were taking their friend to go see this place with a great view of Chicago and it was so much fun to be in on the secret. The pure, raw happiness these two displayed was absolutely the best and I had a blast.

Without further ado, take a look. Here they are taking it in, just before the big moment.

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Congratulations on your engagement, Sarah and Jimmy! Happy wedding planning.

The Henningsen Family!

This family of three came to me as a referral from a friend on Instagram. You see, their little lady was about to turn 1 and they wanted to take some photos of this special time in their lives. We picked a date, found the perfect location and waited. As the date approached, it was looking rainier and rainier. When most family sessions would be rescheduled, they really wanted to keep the date and I was so glad they did. Why? Because they had lined up an amazing backup which was to go back to where it all started, their wedding venue. What was even better was that The Ravenswood Event Center said yes! It was absolutely dreamy and a perfectly meaningful backdrop for photos with their almost one year old. I had a blast chasing around the very busy family in such an important place. More of this please.

Take a look!

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That is a wrap! Thanks for trusting me to photograph this special time for you three. It was the best!