Long Lake Engagement Photographer – Mini Session | Lauren and Wes | Post by David • Lauren and Wes just wanted a nice collection of photos for their save the dates and Facebook, so I suggested doing one of our Mini Session near our home in the Northwest suburbs, instead of a full length Chicago Engagement Session. I ended up doing their Mini Session at Grant Forest Preserve — situated between Round Lake Beach and Fox Lake, on Long Lake (where our home is). The preserve is full of trees and beautiful tall grasses (and a great destination for bicyclists, if you’re into that sort of thing, like us). I had an awesome time with these two, walking the trail, taking photos and talking about the changing seasons and their big day. We cannot wait for their wedding day and look forward to working with them again!

Much love,
Cathy and David

Chicago Engagement Photographer | Chelsey and Rudy | Post by David • | “Do you know Meredith and Ulises?” she asked on the phone. This seemed to me like a silly question. Of course I did. We’ve done more sessions with those two than any other client, so much so that we’ve often thought of having a frequent client card and naming it after them. “Yes,” I replied, half-expecting her to tell me that she was a sorority sister (the usual answer) or a friend or family member, something simple. “This is crazy but we’ve been looking for a wedding photographer in Chicago and you guys were at the top of our list. Well we went downstairs to chat with our neighbors and loved their photos. We asked if they had heard of Cathy and David and it turns out you were their photographers!” The only thing I could think to say was, “What?” Because let’s be honest. It’s pretty crazy. We booked Meredith and Ulises for their Bloomington Indiana engagement session back when we lived in southern Indiana, shot their Captiva Florida destination wedding and then moved to Chicago, soon after followed by them (which I secretly tell myself was so that we could keep taking their photos). And then they happen to be downstairs neighbors with a couple who was considering us as their wedding photographer? This brings “small world” to a whole new level. Discovering how perfect this couple was for us was in now way surprising. These two were a perfect fit, having us meet them at a local farm-to-table restaurant to start their engagement session where he proposed and taking photos on the rooftop patio. After that we walked through the streets of their neighborhood (not far from where we used to live when we lived in the city) and then swinging by their house for an outfit change. Chelsey and Rudy were incredible to work with and I know their wedding at Room 1520 will be no different.

Much love,
Cathy and David

Chicago Engagement Photographer | Brittany and Chase | Post by David When I talked to Brittany and Chase about where they wanted to do their Chicago Engagement Session, they mentioned they wanted a beach feel, and without even hesitating, I suggested North Avenue Beach. It’s a gorgeous location with lots of different locations to work with all in one place as well as having some great views of the city on the Hancock side of the skyline. Brittany arrived in a gorgeous maxi dress that just loved the wind and sunshine and I came with a couple of new tricks I’ve been experimenting with on getting the most out of my super-wide lens. Chase did a great job getting Brittany to laugh and was as laid back as they come. I had an amazing afternoon with these two and we can’t wait for their wedding!

Much love,
Cathy and David

Chicago Engagement Photographer | Brittany and Chase | Post by David • I met Christine and Mike over on Michigan Avenue for their engagement session. With the weather in flux we were a little worried but it ended up turning out to be a beautiful day! The plan was to head down towards one of the many Fire Stations as Christine “grew up in a fire station”.  The firemen were kind enough to let us work around the space and even take pictures inside. Thank you! After that we headed down to the Modern Art Museum and finally over to Lake Shore Drive for a few final images. Mike and Christine had no trouble laughing and smiling and were up for anything — which is one of the many reasons I’m very excited about their wedding next year. We cannot wait to be a part of your big day guys!

Much love,
Cathy and David

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