The Safarik Family, 2017!

This is my fourth time photographing this family and I love it so much. I know I say this all of the time, but I really love these annual 'dates' with my families. It is so much fun following along with them as they grow. This year, we met up at this amazing barn in Plainfield that they discovered and it was complete perfection. The textures combined with nature really made this place great. I hope to be back one day! We were greeted with the best October light and the weather was perfect, so I feel like we really lucked out this year. 

Take a look!

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Let's do it again in 2018, shall we? 

Barry & David's Logan Square engagement session

Meet Barry and David. They are getting married in Antigua, Guatemala in March and are taking me with them. Honestly, I couldn't be more excited!

I first met Barry back in a design class at Columbia College and we have kept in touch through social media ever since. When these two got engaged in Paris, I was so excited for them and saw how much they loved one another. Now they are planning their wedding and I am beyond excited to show you some of my favorites from their engagement session here in their neighborhood of Chicago with their pup, Toby. Fingers crossed that you will see him again in the wedding photos!

Their wedding is going to be amazing, I know it. Take a look.

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I can't wait to do this again in March!

Agne & Paul are married!

Agne & Paul picked one of the most beautiful spaces I have seen in awhile for their wedding. It was at the original Sears Tower that is known as Nichols Tower in Homan Square. They invited 20 of their loved ones to the most intimate of celebrations and it was such a treat to document it all.

Take a look!

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Then it was time for the reception where they were greeted by their family and a rainbow over Chicago!

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Congratulations, you two! Thanks for trusting me to document your day!

Jane and Kevin are married, Part 2!

Oh hey, here is Part 2 of Jane and Kevin's super fun wedding. In case you missed it, here is Part One. Once we got to Oak Brook Bath and Tennis, it was time to have some fun. All of their guests were waiting for them and it was an absolute blast to photograph. The band, Hey Jimmy, really got people moving on the dance floor to the point that there was almost no room to take photos, but Karina and I prevailed!

But first, let's look at the details. I mean, aren't they incredible? Fleur Couture did an amazing job!

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This next shot is exactly why I love Karina. I mean, how amazing is this?

Again, this one from Karina was too amazing not to share!

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Congrats, you two! 

Event Planner: Events by Grace
Ceremony location: St. Francis Xavier Parish 
Venue: OakBrook Bath and Tennis
Second Shooter: Karina Metts of Metts Photo
Florist: Fleur Couture
Makeup: Patricia Fahey
Hair: Angelo Juliano
Band: Hey Jimmy

Jane and Kevin are married, Part 1!

These two now live in California, but knew they wanted to get married in the Chicagoland area. They exchanged their vows at my favorite suburban church, St. Francis Xavier. And, while I didn't get the chance to meet them before the wedding day, I immediately knew it was going to be a great day as soon as I met them. These two were the sweetest and at the end of the day, my second shooter and I didn't want to leave because the band was that good! It was that amazing! 

Jane got ready in the home she grew up in, which is always my favorite thing to document. I started out with the ladies while my amazing second shooter, Karina started out photographing the guys. I don't always bring a second shooter with me, but I always love when I do have one. Karina was fantastic and we had a blast documenting the day for Jane and Kevin.

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Meanwhile, Karina is photographing Kevin and the guys over at the Hyatt McDonald's Campus. 

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After a couple of portraits outside the church, we headed to Fullersburg Woods.

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Part two is coming soon and it is filled to the brim with more sweetness! Definitely keep an eye out for it. Cheers!

Event Planner: Events by Grace
Ceremony location: St. Francis Xavier Parish 
Venue: OakBrook Bath and Tennis
Second Shooter: Karina Metts of Metts Photo
Florist: Fleur Couture
Makeup: Patricia Fahey
Hair: Angelo Juliano
Band: Hey Jimmy

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!