chicago engagement :: marisa + ryan

I love photographing engagements, but I love them even more when the people I am photographing are friends. Ryan and I have been friends for over 22 years! So when he popped the question to Marisa, I was right by his side documenting the special moment for them.

And I couldn’t have been happier (and a tiny bit nervous!) when they asked me to create their engagement photos. Ryan and Marisa are the most generous, kind and loving couple I know, so I wanted them to have a great engagement session.

Ryan & Marisa – It has been so much fun to be such a big part of your engagement! I had so much fun spending time with just you two. I hope you love the photos! xo.

Marisa came down to the city full of ideas and adorable etsy props. We spent a gorgeous October afternoon around River North putting them to use.

Marisa – You are so stunning….I adore this photo! :)Marisa thought of everything for their engagement session including a cute little picnic in the park with vino and these super adorable wine glasses.

Ryan – You truly are the happiest I have ever seen you with Marisa. I’m so happy you found the girl for you!

To see even more photos of these two love birds, watch their slideshow below ::

abby + chris :: maternity

When I first talked to Abby on the phone, I had a good feeling about working with her. I heard what she said, what her concerns were and was confident that I would create beautiful maternity photos minus the “cheese factor”. I met Abby and her husband, Chris on a Sunday afternoon near Ohio Street Beach, and I was so pumped to spend a couple hours taking photos of their first pregnancy.

Chris + Abby were SO much fun. I literally felt like I had known them for years, and as I packed up my gear and left their gorgeous apartment (with the best view of Lake Michigan…ever), I was sad that our session was over. I know they are going to make amazing parents to the little girl they are expecting in October. The whole time during our session they both would make the sweetest comments and faces at all the little babies.

Congrats to you both! I’m so excited that I was able to capture this moment for you both.