Thursday, August 28, 2008

Katie + Andy

It's so fun to hear engagement stories and be able to shoot where it actually took place. I feel that it creates a personal (sometimes overwhelming) touch. It also allows for those little feelings to find their way back in your tummy as if it was all to happen again. That's one of the reasons I love engagement sessions so much. I have the opportunity to really feel my clients stories and share their love with their friends and family through images. It was easy for me to see Katie and Andy's love - they were so fun, giggly, and excited for what is to come. They are planning a wedding in Northern Michigan - which sounds beautiful! Best wishes to the two of you!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Eric + Sara Ann

Can we just say awesome light!! My last few sessions have been blessed with a cool breeze and incredible warm light. Eric and Sara Ann are planning a wedding in Ohio next year so it was important to get a little Chicago flare for the two of them. This session was filled with excitement - fire engines, ambulances, life helicopters, and police boats - don't worry not for us, but we do hope everyone was OK out on the Lake. There are so many fun shots of these two - here's a sneak peek!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Erin + John :: Lake Shore Country Club :: Chicago Wedding

FAMILY. When you think about weddings of course you think of family. For Erin and John their day wasn't only about the two of them - Erin pledged her love to John along side his (now their) 4 kids. It was an emotional day filled with love spilling everywhere. What a blast it was to capture these moments and be able to share this amazing day with everyone involved. The ceremony took place at Sacred Heart Church in Winnetka and the reception was held at the beautiful Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe.

Watching over his sisters

Supporting her mom (Matron of Honor) during her emotional toast

Monday, August 25, 2008

Jack's Newborn Session

You all remember mommy-to-be Kirstin - well her maternity session was done just in time! Jack arrived just five days after!! Jack is doing great and is as cute as can be. Here's a sneak peek at the little peanut.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Well we didn't bust...for my avid blog readers I thank you for your patience. I finally have caught up from my mid-season vacation. Every year my husband and I take a week off to recoup, re-energize, and refocus for the second half of the wedding season. We most always pick a music festival, pack the car, and head off for a weeks worth of camping. This year was no different. We headed out for a driving tour of Colorado (OK the breweries and great friends). Our trip started off in Boulder hitch hiking to the top of Boulder Creek and tubing down to the center of town - what a BLAST!! We then ventured out to Steamboat to catch up with one of our best friends Tara. The next day we continued our journey through the Poudre Canyon and nestled into Ft. Collins for the night. The rest of the week was spent camping in Lyons at the Rocky Grass Bluegrass Festival. With the stage at the edge of the foothills, it was quite the venue. While we were in Lyons we entered to win tickets to next year's festival by competing in the "How Green is Your Grass - Green Campsite Challenge." The contest was put on by the Leave No Trace Organization. By showing how clean and sustainable our campsite was, and making conscious decisions to reduce our carbon footprint...we were rewarded with the FIRST PRIZE!!! We were so excited!!! Well wow this was a long post so I will let you digest are some highlights from our trip:

Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet
featuring Béla Fleck

Punch Brothers
featuring Chris Thile

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Monday, August 11, 2008


This was so fun!! Susan flew in from Boston this past weekend, with secret plans for Christine, one of her best friends of 35 years! The weekend was kicked off with a spa date and a fun photo shoot with me. I was so excited when Susan first contacted me and explained her surprise plans. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is getting to hear my clients stories and capturing such special moments like these.

This is Christine before she knew I was even there for the photo shoot!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mommy Kirstin to be...

I was excited when I received a call from Kirstin Martin last week, owner of Smitten Boutique & Wedding Consulting (1041 W. Madison Street, Chicago - be sure to stop in soon and check out her super cute shop!!). Kirstin had decided to book a maternity session to document this exciting time before the new arrival. We had to act quick - she's due next week!! Here are some of my favorite shots, doesn't she look great! Good luck with everything Kirstin - I can't wait to meet the little one in a couple weeks!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sherlyn + Kevin

I had a wonderful day Friday with Sherlyn and Kevin. The Herrington Inn, located in Geneva, is always such a laid back beautiful setting, but when matched with such a fun-loving sarcastic couple everything just felt complete. It was my pleasure to capture these special moments for the two of them. I always thank my lucky stars for the many awesome couples I get to share such amazing days with!!