I'm so glad you've decided to book an engagement session. It is my goal that the time that we spend together on this shoot not only results in a stellar set of photos celebrating your unique story, but also opens up a great opportunity for us to get to know each other before one of the biggest days of your lives. A real chance for me to understand how your relationship sails. Cheesy pun, sorry!
It's a learning experience for all involved! Let's make sure you like what you see.
This is usually the hardest thing for couples to decide on. I get it! Here’s my advice: If you have a place that is special to you (i.e. your home, a first date spot, a favorite park, etc.) let’s talk about it! Chicago is a beautiful city with lots of options. If you’re undecided, here are a few of my favorite spots.
Diverse spots all in walking distance. The beach, the harbor, distant downtown views, the bird and butterfly sanctuary. I love it all and at sunset it can be magical.
The boat house, the formal gardens, the walking trails and proximity to Logan Square and Wicker Park for potential date spots.
Chicago River Walk:
Incredible views, gorgeous stone work, varying stairways, iconic bridges, and proximity to Chicago Theater and other photogenic downtown sites.
The Museum Campus:
Iconic Chicago institutions, incredible downtown views and character-rich gardens.
Personal, rose-colored memories you’ll want to look back on, your story.
My favorite time of day to shoot portraits is the two hour window before sunset. As the sun starts moving closer to the horizon, the quality of the light just gets better and better. This is the much celebrated Golden Hour. :)
If Golden Hour doesn't fit your schedule, I would highly recommend shooting downtown, as the architecture offers plenty of open shade to soften the oftentimes harsh light of midday.
I highly encourage you to go bigger than you may be thinking. Pull that red dress out, put on that sport coat. Choose outfits that complement each other. Less is often more. Keeping it simple and elegant is an easy way to ensure timeless images.
Wear what makes you feel good about yourself. Feeling confident will only make make the experience more enjoyable.
If you got ‘em and you’d like them involved in your shoot, let me know.
I’d love to meet them!
Are you pumped yet? Let's do this!