Navy Pier

Araceli + Mike // Navy Pier Engagement Photography

So here is the rest of the post that I blogged last week as promised :) First off, Araceli + Mike were so much fun to work with. Their willingness to try things and forgo the original shooting plan was amazing. Secondly, I loved that they came prepared to be photographed, both in spirit and wardrobe (I mean, C'mon, just look at her dress!). These 2 things made for an amazing experience. That and Navy Pier looks amazing after a day of rain.

The original plan was to meet up at Milton Lee Olive Park, a.k.a. Olive Park, and shoot the engagement photos at the beach. Well, that didn't work out as planned due to rain making the beach look less appealing than usual. So we walked around Olive Park (which I LOVE) and made use of the many nooks and crannies available to shoot in and around. That park is seriously like a candy store for photographers. I had my friend and fellow photographer Jenn assist and second shoot with me. I am so glad that she was there. She is awesome and helped out a ton.

We then headed out to Navy Pier and hung out inside to wait out the rain - yes, it started raining again. A few places were closed off around Navy Pier, which was a bummer. But we were still able to shoot at the indoor garden, the one with the cool water arches. After the rains came and left the dramatic clouds rolled in and the sun came out for a while. Very cool and I could not have asked for a better day to shoot. We went outdoors and finished the shoot to a beautiful sunset.

Here are a few of my favorite images:

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Thank you again Araceli + Mike! This was an amazing shoot and I am glad that I could serve you both. I hope you guys have an amazing wedding in Mexico. I look forward to hearing about it.

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By The Way: Again, stick to your guns and do the shoot. The rain kept coming and going all day and I was tempted to cancel the shoot. After talking with Araceli we decided to shoot!

When It Rains It Gets Colorful

This past Sunday was pretty wild in terms of the weather. The morning was amazingly beautiful - blue skies and all. By the afternoon the clouds started rolling in. By the early afternoon it was POURING! But then it stopped, but then it started again, and so on and so forth. It was a bit frustrating, but "the shoot must go on" I kept telling myself. And the shoot did go on at Navy Pier and it was an amazing shoot with dramatic clouds and a pretty darn cool couple. Here is a quick sneak peak of sorts. More to come. Navy-Pier-Engagement-Pictures

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By The Way: Stick to your guns and do the shoot - that is of course if your client is also willing.

Matt + Erin // Chicago Wedding Photography

I want to thank the Jones and the Unander families for a wonderful wedding experience. This was a very fun wedding, though the weather was a little less than ideal. But bride and groom were both up for walking around Navy Pier and around the Adler Planetarium after the ceremony. I really did appreciate their willingness to walk around in the cold and fog, as we were able to get some beautiful shots near Olive Park.

The reception was held at the gorgeous Sutton Place Hotel. We were able to take a few portraits up in their suite, which overlooked the city of Chicago (breathtaking view!). After the portraits I was able to go downstairs and take some photos of the guests and family. The night was kept lively by Madeleine Kuhns of Toast & Jam DJs. The bridal party arrived and the rest of the evening was kicked off. Plenty of great food and dancing ended the night. Thank you all again for a great evening. Fourth Presbyterian Church 126 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL (312) 787-4570