Category Archives: Engagements

Art Institute of Chicago Gardens Engagement Session

Yu Jin and Jeff’s Engagement Session at the Art Institute of Chicago. When you’re planning for your engagement session in June, you expect it to be pretty hot and muggy. As luck would have it, though, Jeff and Yu Jin (in a sleeveless dress!) showed up in the Art Institute South Garden to find a chilly and breezy evening. And despite the cold, they laughed, smiled, and chatted about restaurants, family, and wedding plans with me as we hiked the short walk from the Art Institute to the luckily empty Buckingham Fountain.It’s always important that our clients trust us when we have them stand in odd locations and not worry about the trash cans next to them.

chicago city engagement photo at night

It’s always important that our clients trust us when we have them stand in odd locations and not worry about the trash cans next to them.

engagement photo under trees

I loved how low the trees were over Yu Jin and Jeff for this portrait.

South Garden Reflecting Pool Art Institute Chicago

I am officially in love with the reflecting pool at the South Gardens of the Art Institute of Chicago

Romantic moment at engagement session

We call this our romance move.

chicago skyline engagement photo

We love capturing skylines in photos, but it needs to be different.

Lake shore drive engagement photo

We love this location along Lake Shore Drive for engagement photos.

Colorful engagement photo

It always helps when flowers are in bloom to add some color to the composition.

couple in chicago skyline

We love the architecture in the Chicago skyline and sometimes make our clients a part of it.

off camera flash skyline photo chicago

Tip for photographers: If you have your couple in front of busy windows and buildings, it’s important that you separate them from the background. Off camera flash can help.

silhouette engagement photo

Part of the fun in doing silhouettes is framing our couple in the shot.

off camera flash skyline photo

Another way to create separation: make the city a silhouette and light your couple with off camera flash.

lamp engagement photo

Sometimes we like add a pop of light behind our couple when they’re standing near a light to give a sense of continuity.

Yu Jin and Jeff, I had such a great evening with you guys chatting and snapping some pics. Thanks for not laughing at me too hard when I dropped my flash. Twice.

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Gilson Park Engagement | Grace and TJ

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

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Museum Campus Engagement Session | Michele and Ken

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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