Chicago Portrait Photography: Anna Murphy


A few weeks ago we had the absolute joy of capturing local Chicago artist Anna Murphy in action as she worked on a mural outside of Soho House Chicago in the West Loop. Her attention to detail is absolutely breathtaking, and it was fascinating to watch her work. Then we got to tour her studio and snap a few shots of her in her element. Needless to say we have loved getting to know Anna as a person and as an artist. Go follow her on instagram to see what she is working on @annapmurphy

Chicago Style Shoot: Happy New Year!

We want to thank our wonderful clients for a fun and busy 2017! For our last blog post of the year, it felt appropriate to share images from an incredible NYE themed style shoot at DL Loft! Thanks to Debi Lilly for all the gorgeous flowers and decor!

In the next few weeks, we'll look back on the Best Of 2017, but for now, we're excited to ring in a new year filled with possibilities!

We hope you've had a great holiday season, and can't wait to share more amazing moments with you in 2018!

Chicago Family Photography: Welcome Camilla

We love watching our client families grow!

Not too long ago we had a wonderful maternity shoot with Laney and Andy... now they're back and happy to introduce their newest family member -- baby Camilla! She is so completely sweet and adorable. We loved getting to meet her and seeing the joy she brings her parents. Congrats to a fantastic little family!

Chicago Style Shoot: Tuscan Afternoon

Last week we shared a few of our favorite photos featuring one of the looks from our recent Style Shoot with Debi Lilly. Now we're back with more photos featuring our gorgeous models and amazing location. This series, inspired by a classic Tuscan style, was photographed on the lovely rooftop patio of the DL Loft.

Thanks to all of our amazing partners on this shoot:

DL Loft - Venue

Debi Lilly - Floral/Styling

Kate Johnson - Makeup Artist

Jayme Golden - Hair Stylist

Leanne Marshall, Lovers Society, Chosen by One Day provided by Lovely Bride - Model's Gowns

Chicago Style Shoot: Giving Thanks

One of the best parts of working in the events industry is the incredible vendors we get to meet and collaborate with! We recently spent a fun and productive day at DL Loft, photographing some of the brilliant and beautiful floral designs and tablescapes by the mega-talented Debi Lilly. We'll be sharing more of the seasonal designs over the next couple weeks, but this first collection features a bright yet delicate Thanksgiving theme. We are obsessed with all of the fantastic details -- such impeccable design makes our job so much easier! Enjoy!

Thanks to all of our amazing partners on this shoot:

DL Loft - Venue

Debi Lilly - Floral/Styling

Kate Johnson - Makeup Artist

Jayme Golden - Hair Stylist

Lovers Society, Chosen by One Day provided by Lovely Bride - Model's Gowns

Chicago Engagement Photography: Preparing for Your Session

We get it!  Not everyone enjoys being in front of the camera.  For many couples, Engagement Sessions seem like an overwhelming and unnecessary part of wedding prep.  For us, an engagement session is a great opportunity to meet our clients, learn your dynamic as a couple, and see how natural you are at posing and being photographed.  We love the opportunity to spend some time with you and get all the photo-related butterflies and awkwardness out of the way long before your wedding day!

Here are a few ideas to help you prepare and get in the mood to look and feel your best during your engagement shoot:

Eat well and hydrate!  Drink plenty of water in the days before your shoot to make sure your skin looks its best.  Try to avoid salt, lots of sugar, and alcohol the day before your session.

Get a full night's sleep!  Easier said than done, we know.  The more sleep you get before your shoot, the more relaxed and rested you'll feel.

Choose your clothing carefully!  We advise clients to avoid clothing that has a certain time or style specific quality.  Just look at a photo of your parents in bell bottoms and polyester, and you'll know what we're trying to avoid.  Solid colors, classic styles, and the occasional pattern are safe ways to go.  Make sure to coordinate your outfits as a couple so you don't end up wearing conflicting colors or patterns.

Embrace movement!  Ladies, flowing dresses, scarves, or tops are a great way to guarantee some dynamic movement in your photos.  You'll look and feel like a movie star when the wind starts to blow.

Get a little crazy!  We've met enough couples over the years to know all couples are weird in their own way.  Show off your particular brand of weird by getting a little crazy with the one you love.  We love a couple with a sense of humor and we promise your photos will be unforgettable.

Get ready for some close ups!  Ladies, try to get your engagement ring professionally cleaned before the session and make sure those nails are camera ready!  You'll be glad you did when you're showing off your bling!

Don't be afraid of early evening or winter sessions!  We don't need warmth and sunshine to make beautiful pictures.  We love a dramatic shot framed by Chicago at night.  Fall leaves or winter snow can be fun and beautiful settings for your shoot.  Grab a stylish coat and let's take some photos!

We want you to look like you!  You don't need to wear tons of makeup to look great in your photos.  Choose colors and styles that feel comfortable and normal for you.  If you choose to wear a darker shade of lipstick, make sure it won't rub off when you kiss!

Bring along your fur babies!  We get it, pups are family.  Not only will they help make your photos feel more special, but they'll help you relax and have more fun in front of the camera!

Highlight special locations!  When we're scheduling your shoot, make sure you let us know if there are any significant places you want to visit to help make your images even more meaningful!

We love a costume change!  For more variety in your photographs, consider preparing two outfits each.  Try switching out a formal look for a casual one.  Need advice on what to wear?  Feel free to ask us!

Brush your teeth right before the session!  Everyone looks and feels better with some fresh pearly whites!

Relax and be in love!  We're all here to capture your love and your story.  Try to forget the camera is there and enjoy some time to snuggle up with your honey in a beautiful location!