Portraits of a musician

This summer has brought me more of a variety of photography work and I am honestly loving it. That means a fewer weddings and a few more smaller shoots than normal. Don't worry though, next year is ramping up to be one of my busiest yet! 

This shoot was one of the smaller sessions and I really enjoyed it. Please meet Matt of Trauer. He needed some promotional shots of him in action, so we started off at his place where most of the magic happens. Then headed out to explore Ravenswood and Andersonville.

Here are some of my favorites.

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Casey & Tanveer are engaged!

These two are getting married next summer in Ohio's Cuyahoga National Park, but they wanted to take a few photos in Chicago. We had so much fun touring the city and stopping in at some places a bit off the beaten path. I love it when my clients have fun ideas.

Also, what is that saying about a couple that laughs together? They stay together! Their laughter is infectious. 

Take a look. 

Then we were off to see about a couple of bridges with some views. 

And, that is a wrap! I can't wait for June 23, 2018! 

Elisabeth and Danny's Civil Ceremony

Last month I got to photograph these two while they exchanged vows in front of their closest friends and family at one of the most beautiful buildings in Chicago, the Cultural Center. It was pretty wonderful and I loved every second of it. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Then it was almost time for the ceremony so we headed over to gorgeous GAR Hall and met up with their family.

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Congratulations, you two! 

A new family of three!

I recently met this sweet family of three and loved every minute of photographing them. Their love for their two-week-old little lady was so clear and I was so happy to document this time for them. I hope our paths cross again, but for now, take a look!

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Then we headed to a local park to get a few more. It was a gorgeous morning for this! 

Congrats on your new addition, you two!

A personal post: Porto, the Douro Valley and Caiscais

You have all seen my post on Lisbon, but now it is time for Porto to really shine. I loved this part of Portugal, you guys. The textures, the water, the food. You really can't go wrong. Go!

Here is my trusty partner in life and travel. 

Here is my trusty partner in life and travel. 

Most nights were spent on this little patio at our Airbnb, drinking vinho verde and watching the sunset. We loved the Portuguese way of life.

After exploring the hilly streets of Porto, we headed to the Douro Valley with Marco from Douro Exclusive. We learned all about port and tasted so many types, I began to loose track. The day trip was exceptional and I highly recommend taking it during your visit to that region! The daystarted with a tour and wine tasting at Quinta de Tourais. It was our favorite stop.

From Porto, we headed south along the coast. We visited beaches, small medieval villages and eventually ended the road trip in Caiscais, Portugal.

A quick stop in Óbidos had us wishing we didn't have to keep driving. Once we got off the main drag, we loved every little bit of this amazing little fortified city.  

Dave even snapped this one of me on this picturesque stoop.

Dave even snapped this one of me on this picturesque stoop.

Then we were off to Caiscais for a little rest and relaxation before heading to Copenhagen.  I know, random.

Stay tuned for more travel goodness coming soon.

A personal post: Lisbon, Portugal

It probably isn't a surprise, but when I travel, I get really excited to photograph all of the things. I love documenting people, their culture and the essence of a place. Also, food! Travel allows me to push myself photographically and beyond my comfort level. And, those of you that know me know that I love a good adventure. Staying at home is not my strong suit. 

Here are some of my favorites from our time in beautiful Portugal last summer. 

Then we were off to Sintra. The land of castles and more castles.

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The next stop was Porto with a side stop in the Alentejo region. On to the next adventure!