Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Leo and Jamie :: Engaged!!

Just before I left to head downtown for this shoot, I called Leo up quickly to see how they felt about shooting in this weather. It was ridiculously cold for a June day, plaster-your-clothes-against-you windy, and overcast. Leo and Jamie have a beach wedding planned, and I imagined Jamie had a much different picture in her head of her engagement photos. But they were game - so we headed out!

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I hadn't met these two before this day. I usually like to meet with my couples and see them face to face before I shoot. I like to get to know them, who they are together and separately, so I can best capture that during the shoot.

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So I was a little nervous when I arrived. But then I saw this adorable girl in bright pink holding the hand of a guy leading her and watching her, and I thought "oh yes. This is going to work just fine."

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We tried to block out the wind as much as possible, shook hands and started walking. I watched them as I listened to the short version of their story. And I watched how she smiled and how he glowed (yep. He did. This is one happy man.)

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Leo handles Jamie with so much tenderness. He lifted her down the ledges I asked them to maneuver; he wrapped her up in his arms to keep her warm; he held her hand when they walked. I smiled at him a lot from a distance watching him with her.

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Couldn't decide between b/w or color on this one.

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Or this one :)

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Jamie - you are just killer gorgeous.

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I could have taken photos of you all day. You made this so stinking easy for me.

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I couldn't possibly pick a favorite from this shoot - but this one is really close to the top of the list.

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I would like to take this moment to say that I have the best couples in the world. Really. I do. Despite whatever strange sounding request I ask, despite the weather, despite the conditions....I work with couples are amazing. It was SO WINDY that day. Jamie ate her hair the entire time. But this girl worked.it.out. despite the wind. Not a single word of complaint, just huge smiles.

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Love.

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You guys were amazing. Can't wait to see you post-wedding!!!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Max and Maggie :: Engaged!

"I don't want the whole world
the sun the moon and their light
I just wanna be the only girl
you love all your life"
The Band Perry


Maybe it's because this song was on repeat on my stereo on the way to meet Max and Maggie, or maybe it just so perfectly emulates these two - either way? There is a calm, settled, content, laid back love about these two. The kind that says "we have this. together. so we have it all."

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Max has a gorgeous girl on his hands, and boy does he know it. I couldn't get enough of watching him look at her.

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Maggie started out the shoot by telling me how she didn't know how to do this, and didn't like having her photo taken because she felt so uncomfortable with it.

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Girl - I am here to tell you....

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You've got this.

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Max and Maggie live downtown, and wanted photos of "iconic" Chicago.

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I always find that a slightly stressful request, because iconic covers so many things.

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But I think we got a lot of the big ones.

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Sometimes, you run across two people that just fit. In a super comfortable, relaxed, I know you like the back of my hand kind of way.
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These last four are my absolute favorite from the day in no particular order.

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Okay maybe I lied. Maybe this is my absolutely absolute favorite.
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I had so much fun with you two! Can't wait for the wedding...

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Dave, Laura and Eliana Navarro - Maternity

To be honest, sometimes I love being a photographer just for selfish moments like these - when one of my friends has a big moment in life, and I get to be an intimate part of it. It's completely selfish, and there, now my secret is out! But I do! And with Dave and Laura, I've been a part of the big moments since the start. In fact? Laura and I became friends AFTER their engagement shoot. Never even met the woman before then, and now she is counted as one of my few and very dear close friends. She is brutally practical, unfailingly honest, extremely dedicated and always finds time in the middle of her busy life to be there for those that she loves. Dave is a perfect balance to her, and together? Together they are going to make wonderful parents. This baby will know the value of hard work, the importance of family, and will be raised under a massive umbrella of love. I can't wait to meet her little self in just a few more short weeks!!

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As you can see - Laura is beautiful with all that glowing skin, dark hair and eyes that are so big I never quite get used to it. So when we were chatting a few days before the shoot, she was asking what to wear and I threatened her with pain if she wore anything brown or black (when your "client" happens to be one of your best friends, you can do these things!). This girl pulled through! I got beautiful bright colors and they just absolutely popped against the cloudy lighting.
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Belly pictures are my favorite thing. I think they are just so beautiful and intimate and makes me squirm and think "heck yes! baby!!!!". And because that's my friend, and my friends baby....they make me a little misty eyed. So beautiful.
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Love you (all three of you)! Can't wait for what's coming next.