Chicago engagement sessions are truly magical. Especially with this couple who finally got married a few months back with a wedding at the Standard Club. Stay tuned for next week when we reveal their wedding ceremony and reception. Ashley and Neal wanted to do two sessions: One in the winter in their home in the Gold Coast overlooking Lake Michigan and the second session in their Gold Coast neighborhood when the weather finally warmed.
In less than a week, we will be shooting the traditional Chinese wedding of Shidi and Feng in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood. Shidi was the bridesmaid to a former client we photographed several years ago.
It is finally nice in Chicago, and during my most recent visit I found myself pushing through about 5 destination engagement sessions during my month-long visit.
We are rolling out another fantastic same-sex, gay engagement session but this time it is with my close friends Michael (on the left) and James!
I have known Michael for 12 years, and James for a little under 5 years. Before the two were engaged, Michael mentioned he wanted me to be their photographer. I kept my mouth shut because I stopped doing work for close friends and family a long time ago due to overactive nerves. The day arrived and Michael proposed and, of course, Mr. James said yes.
Not only have I never shot a wedding at the Chicago Art Institute, I have never shot an engagement session in that space either. When my client, fellow wedding photographer and colleague David Bracho and his fiancee Shannon, wanted to begin their Chicago engagement session on the main steps inside the Art Institute, I was excited to try something new.