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Hannah & Jason | Westin O’Hare Wedding Photography

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I’ve been looking forward to sharing Hannah & Jason’s wedding day on the blog for a long time. After having so much fun with them on their engagement shoot, it was clear that these two were head over heels for each other and were pretty much game for anything I came up with photography-wise. But then their wedding day came in May, and it exceeded my already high expectations.

It’s hard for me to describe how wonderful this day was, so I’ll use the words of my second photographer that day, Christie. A month or two ago Christie and I were having one of those weird late-night conversations that happen when you’re half delirious after a happy, long wedding day, and I asked her what her version of wedding photography heaven would be like. She immediately responded, “It would just be like Hannah and Jason forever!” I knew exactly what she meant. It’s not about the most over-the-top perfect details or the fanciest venue (although these things were lovely too, as you can see from the beautiful ambiance in the reception, that to-die-for dress, and the ring that I just love below), it’s about the emotion that day. How wonderful to see two people so in love, and how spoiled we photographers are when the couple is so openly expressive! Their joy was uncontainable, and their first look was so sweet that it’s one of my all-time favorites now.

Enjoy!

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Beth & Matt | Baby Bump Couple’s Shoot in Chicago

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This is a special post for me because it’s about Beth and Matt, the very first couple who hired me when I decided that I would start a photography business more than 3 years ago now. Beth took a chance on me after just a phone call and generously flew me out from Seattle to Chicago to photograph their 5th anniversary party. I’ve learned a lot about my craft since then (including how to properly format a blog post, as you can see from that link!), but you know what? I’m still proud of those pictures. There was such affection and so much fun happening in that room that night, and it was my goal to capture the emotion honestly. It continues to be my goal at every wedding and event that I shoot. Beth also had me capture her grandmother’s 100th birthday party, and meeting somebody that age who was still so full of humor and love – and still a little edgy! – will always stick with me.

And now Beth and Matt are expecting a little one very soon! Check out that amazing smile on Beth’s face above; that’s how I always think of her. She is such a naturally joyful person that it’s infectious, you really can’t help feeling happy around her. What a happy life this new baby will have with such a wonderful set of parents. I can’t wait to find out if it’s a boy or a girl!

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