Grace and TJ | Gilson Park | Evanston, Illinois • I love taking photos at Gilson Park. Every time I am there for a session or wedding day portraits, I find something new to work with, a spot of light that I hadn’t seen before, a section of beach, a path through some trees. When I start a session there I always tell the couple to be prepared to do a lot of walking, I make sure they’re good to walk on sand, and as always — to be themselves. Grace and TJ had no problem being themselves (which we had to expect if they were friends with Katie and Ray as well as Caitlin and Sean). They laughed and had fun together as if there wasn’t someone standing there a couple feet away taking pictures and asking them to make out. It has me even more excited now for their wedding next July at one of our favorite venues, the Michigan Shores Club. See you guys then!:)

Much Love,
Cathy and David

Michele and Ken | Museum Campus | Chicago, Illinois • I’ve never shot much at Museum Campus in the fall. The best time for pictures is the two hours before sunset (the time we do our engagement sessions and our preferred time for wedding portraits). Unfortunately, the buildings around Museum Campus block most of the good light at that time of day in the spring and summer. Instead I found some seriously awesome patches of light to throw Michele and Ken into and so, we spent the entire session running after light and sun beams. I’m thrilled with how the session turned out and I cannot wait for their wedding in a couple of months!

As a special side note — thank you to Wendy (Wendy City Faces) for doing such an excellent job on her makeup. We look forward to working with you at their wedding!

Much Love,
Cathy and David

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Marissa and Phillip | Maggie Daley Park | Chicago, Illinois • They told me to meet with them at the rental station. To be honest, I’d never been to the park before and I had no idea what I was in for. Phillip described it as a play ground for grown ups. Even if there were lots of kids — it was more for adults, to him. From this and our previous meeting it was clear that Marissa and Phillip are big kids at heart, and so I think this location suited them perfectly. We had a fun time, climbing on logs and over pathways, down slides and across bridges, over humps and down into valleys and even once, standing on a picnic table while someone ate their lunch and watched us with a smile. I know already that I’ll be taking our son here as soon as he’s able to enjoy it. That day can’t come soon enough! We cannot wait to see these two again next year and we hope they have just as much fun on their big day!

Much Love,
Cathy and David

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  • Marriott Resort Wedding Photos | Lincolnshire, Illinois - […] Marissa and Phillip | Marriott Lincolnshire Resort | Lincolnshire, Illinois • We knew that this wedding was going to be fun after the amazing time I had shooting their engagement session at Maggie Daley Park. I had no idea to the level of what awesomeness it would be though. Every moment of the day was incredible, but — and I hate to call Phil out here — seeing the groom lose it when his bride came down the aisle had to be the absolute best part. When you see that kind of intense love that a couple has, when it shoves itself out of someone uncontrollably, you have to stop and enjoy it and I think every person at that wedding did. My only hope is that our photos capture the love these two have for one another, or at least comes close. Thanks guys for being real, for being yourselves and we hope you never stop loving with this kind of passion for the rest of your lives. See their engagement session here. […]

Hannah and Dathan | Logan Square | Chicago, Illinois • As I road the Milwaukee North Metra into the city, I couldn’t help but be excited. I hopped onto the Blue Line south of Union Station and took it north to Logan Square. I’d never done a session in this area before and being able to shoot somewhere new is always excited. But where to eat? I was an hour early. I decided on a place called Reno, across from the Logan Square train stop that had some of the best pizza I have ever had. I highly recommend the Spanish Monster. Chorizo plus mushrooms equals awesome. When I crossed the street back to the station and found Dathan, he told me how much they loved the place. I was glad to know I’d picked a good spot to eat on a whim. Hannah arrived soon after, holding a bag and a huge smile and told me that it was full of presents for our son, Ezra; fortune cookie shoes (which is totally us), a cute little Year of the Sheep box (awesome), complete with a stuffed sheep and some some adorable pajamas, with hat, covered in stars and little lamb constellations. I was touched to say the very least. From there we headed off to take photos amongst murals and old signs, down Kedzie in-between trees, and against aging brick walls. We finally arrived at Palmer Square, our last spot and a beautiful little park full of young children and elderly trees. As the sun went down, I told Dathan to pick up Hannah and spin her — which he did like a helicopter blade. We all laughed because I honestly didn’t know how he’d held onto her without letting go. But maybe I shouldn’t have been … and maybe it’s a sign of how good their marriage will be. Because that’s what marriage gives you, right? At least for Cathy and I. No matter how fast life spins us, as long as we can hold on tight to one another, we’ve got someone to laugh and enjoy the ride with.

Much Love,
Cathy and David

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  • Alice Millar Chapel Wedding Photos | Evanston, Illinois - […] Hannah and Dathan | La Villa Italian Restaurant | Chicago, Illinois • “We like board games and bourbon and lived in Korea for a couple of years before returning to Chicago.” That’s all someone really has to say for me to want to book them as a client. Honestly. It could just be Korea and I’d be good. It’s probably because I (David) have a love affair with K-Drama (Korean Soap Operas), especially the super romantic ones and all Korean food (which we make at home on a regular basis. There’s always a box of gochjang in our fridge.I also have to say apart from having an awesome “here’s us in a nutshell” email, they are also some of the kindest people ever — as are their parents (no surprise there, right?). I cannot believe how much fun we had at this wedding. To be honest, I felt like a guest more than a vendor and it was so hard to pack up and go. I probably would have stayed longer if our baby boy wasn’t waiting at home for us, lol. I can’t thank these two enough for trusting me on their portrait locations, for their constant care and for their phenomenal families. If you ever renew your vows — just call us, cool? See their engagement session here. […]

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