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.

Take a look!

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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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Go check out The Groove, you guys.

Allison and Joe are getting married!

I met these two last fall when we went on quite the photo adventure around Chicago. You see, they are getting married this May at Prairie Street Brewing in Rockford, but live here and wanted engagement photos in Chicago. So we started the session on Chicago’s north side in one of my favorite places, Winnemac Park.

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From there, we went to the West Loop and set up in front of one of my favorite murals in Chicago right now. Isn’t it fun?

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The Repp Family

Up next, I have the Repp Family. It was my first time photographing them, but I quickly fell for them and am so excited to work with them again later this year. We did their family session in their new home, which is becoming my new favorite place to photograph families.

Here are a few of my favorites from this adorable family of three.

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This was a blast and I can’t wait to see them again later this year! Cheers.

V!

Towards the end of 2018, I got to do a short little session with V and her parents. It was too cold to go outside, but I love their views and it was so fun to be back in here now that she arrived. You see, we did an in-home maternity session earlier in 2018, so it was fun to get back there for this. Plus, she got to put on her Christmas outfit which was obviously the cutest thing. V was on the move, but it was so much fun.

Seriously though, how cute is this little lady?

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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.

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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!