Wicker Park Engagement Session: Dani & Jovim

I love shooting neighborhood engagement sessions and Dani & Jovim’s shoot was no exception. Oftentimes couples are nervous in front of the camera, but after only a few minutes the two were laughing and letting their personalities shine through. We made a few stops around their neighborhood, starting on their block and even made a stop at Forever Yogurt!

Wicker Park engagement session photo

Wicker Park engagement session photo

Wicker Park engagement session photo

Wicker Park engagement session photo

Wicker Park engagement session photo

I love shooting neighborhood engagement sessions and Dani & Jovim's shoot was no exception. Oftentimes couples are nervous in front of the camera, but after only a few minutes the two were laughing and letting their personalities shine through. We made a few stops around their neighborhood, starting on their block and even made a stop at Forever Yogurt!
Wicker Park engagement session photo

Wicker Park engagement session photo

Wicker Park engagement session photo

Belmont Harbor Engagement Session: Aly & Andy & Their Adorable Dog Too!

Here are a few of my favorite shots from Aly & Andy’s session earlier this summer at Belmont Harbor. We decided to start our shoot at sunrise and the entire park was filled with fog. We embraced the lack of sun and had a great time, despite the wind and chilly temperature.

Belmont Harbor Engagement Session

Belmont Harbor Engagement Session

Belmont Harbor Engagement Session

Belmont Harbor Engagement Session

Belmont Harbor Engagement Session

Belmont Harbor Engagement Session

Belmont Harbor Engagement Session

Belmont Harbor Engagement Session

Belmont Harbor Engagement Session

 

West Loop Engagement Session: Sunny & Mike

Summer is here! I was so happy when Sunny and Mike suggested an urban setting for their engagement session and I love the industrial look of the West Loop. We decided to shoot at sunset so we had incredible warm light. Once everyone got comfortable in front of the camera, we had a great time goofing around and making pictures that really showed of their personalities.

West Loop engagement photo

West Loop engagement photo

West Loop engagement photo

West Loop engagement photo

West Loop engagement photo

West Loop engagement photo

West Loop engagement photo

West Loop engagement photo

Engagement Session Ideas

Engagement sessions are a great way to get comfortable being photographed and working with your photographer: Think of it as a photography rehearsal for your wedding day. Most people aren’t professional models and aren’t used to being photographed so an engagement session can be a great way to get used to the process and have some fun.

One of the most common things my clients ask me is what they should do for their engagement sessions. I’ve come up with a small list of fun ideas and tips for shoots I’ve done that made for great photographs.

1. Pick a spot in your neighborhood. Instead of heading downtown, why not choose your favorite park or street in your neighborhood? Not only are neighborhood shoots unique to you but you’ll start your session more comfortably in familiar surroundings.

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2. Have a picnic. Grab your favorite bottle of wine, some snacks and a blanket and have a picnic with your partner. You can relax and enjoy the moment while your photographer captures natural, candid moments.

Couple holds hands while having a picnic during their session

3. Get a little romantic. Feel free to kiss, hug, and get close on your session! Although it might feel a little awkward to do this in front of a camera your natural body language will translate well in photographs and allow your photographer to capture great moments between you and your fiancé.

Couple kisses under a tree in Olive Park

4. Bring along your pet. Pets are part of the family too and can add a lot of fun to your photo shoot!

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5. Head to the lake. There are so many wonderful, hidden gems along Lake Michigan. Pick your favorite spot or ask your photographer for some places they recommend. Bring some sandals and don’t be afraid to jump in!

Silhouette of couple in the water on Lake Michigan

6. Go to a book or record store. If you’re a lover of books or music you’ll feel right at home in your favorite neighborhood shop. Make sure to check with the manager or owner of the location to make sure it’s okay to photograph inside!

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7. Plan your shoot around the sunset. Some of my favorite images are from shoots at sunset when the sky is full of color and the light is perfect. Try to schedule your shoot around this time to take advantage of the natural beauty of a sunset. You can see what time the sunset happens in your area by heading here.

Olive park sunset engagement photo

8. Let your goofy side come out. Don’t be afraid to be yourselves and have some fun!

Woman gives man a piggy pack ride during a fun engagement session

9. Get into a holi powder fight. Once you’ve finished your formal shots, throw on an old pair of jeans and get ready for a fight! The colored Holi powder makes for really fun images and you can get some more playful action shots as well.

Couple kisses while covered in Holi powder

10. Work with your photographer to create a shoot that’s unique to you. I have had some clients that were engaged and in a long distance relationship. Since so much of their time was spent traveling to see one another we decided that it would be great to go to an airport which made for a really special shoot. Come up with some ideas on things you love to do together and see if it would lend itself to a photo shoot.

Couple stands on a yellow WWII plane during an airport engagement session

Kimberly & Bensen’s Engagement Session Part 2: Holi Powder Fight!

When Kimberly and Bensen pitched the idea of a holi powder shoot, I was thrilled. I’d never done a shoot like this and, save for pictures of the Color Run, hadn’t really seen it done. The colored powder got everywhere and the two of them had a blast running around the beach and eventually jumping into the lake! So much fun!

Here are some favorites from the second half of our shoot.
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