Parry & Michael: Cafe Brauer Wedding Photos

Parry and Michael were married at St. Clement Catholic Church in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, one of the most iconic cathedrals in the city. I started with Parry with at her parent’s condo downtown while all the ladies got ready. Michael came down to see his bride for a low-key first look. My friend and second shooter for the day, Amanda Schwengel, joined us there as well. We were able to sneak in some portrait time downstairs and when we …

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Kathryn & Andrew: Morton Arboretum Wedding Photos

I didn’t expect Kathryn and Andrew’s wedding at Morton Arboretum to be a winter wedding. But when Chicago got an unusually early and heavy snow storm I was very excited to have be shooting in a space surrounded by trees. My morning started with Kathryn and her sisters all doing their makeup together in their mom’s bathroom. Meanwhile, Justin was with Andrew and his groomsmen getting ready at the Lisle Hyatt. Andrew and Kathryn braved the cold all day, starting …

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Christina & Brad: Bridgeport Sculpture Garden Wedding Photos

Christina & Brad held their wedding at Bridgeport Art Center’s Sculpture Garden. I’ve been fortunate to shoot at Bridgeport’s Skyline Loft several times now, but I hadn’t shot at their outdoor space until now. I started the morning with Christina and her ladies while they got ready at Westin River North. Justin and Brad met us outside on the patio for a first look. From there we spent some time walking along the riverfront and found several great portrait locations. …

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Jaclyn & Tom: West Loop Engagement Photos

We started Jaclyn and Tom’s West Loop engagement session at Green Street Smoked Meats after a drink across the street at Haymarket Pub. Green Street has a really great patio area with hanging lights and a few cool loading dock doors. From there we wandered around the neighborhood a little bit and then jumped in the car for a quick drive to Kinzie Street. We stopped at Fulton River Park as the golden light was peaking. We finished up at …

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Kelli & Ryan: Lincoln Park Family Photos

If there’s anything I can say that I don’t love about photographing weddings, it’s that I only get to work with my clients once. As my couples families grow, I’m often asked if I shoot newborns or offer family sessions. I’ve mostly stuck to engagement sessions and weddings. But when Kelli and Ryan reached out to ask for some photos with their new (four-legged) family member, Leslie, I couldn’t resist. I’ve shot several engagement sessions with couples and their dog(s), …

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Greg & Ryan: Renaissance Chicago Hotel Wedding Photos

Greg and Ryan held their wedding at Renaissance Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago. I’ve been fortunate to document more than 100 ceremonies with a wide variety of couples, but Greg & Ryan marked my first same-sex wedding. While I’m constantly inspired by couples celebrating their marriage and it’s always a privilege to be part of every couple’s wedding day, I was particularly honored when Greg & Ryan asked me to photograph their wedding. I spent the morning with Greg while …

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