“Every single shot is a work of art, and everyone I share the photos with is amazed that wedding photos can look so good. Ashley’s beautiful photos deserve to be in print and not just sitting on a hard dive. Our album is hands down the best memento we have of our wedding day.”
— Trisha & Greg
If I find myself downtown in the evening, I love ending the day with a nightcap at Volume 39 inside the Kimpton Gray Hotel. Their inventive Old Fashioneds are to die for. I highly recommend the Brandy or Cognac.
From the Riv to Orchestra Hall, I'm all about live music. I've been a band nerd my entire life, so it's safe to assume that most of the concerts I attend are of the orchestral variety. Plus, I perform with a local symphony, so when I'm not shooting weddings, you can usually find me on stage playing the French Horn.
Chicago makes my food loving heart so happy. There's no shortage of good restaurants, but the two restaurants I keep going back to over the years are Gather and The Warbler in Lincoln Square. Oh, and Scooter's Frozen Custard for dessert is a must.
If you aren't ordering Bunny's Banana Daiquiri you are doing it wrong. That is all.
I will never, ever, ever tire of these tours. Chicago is ever evolving and I try to take an architectural tour at least once a year. Plus who doesn't love spending Chicago summer on a boat?
Days spent at the Art Institute are always my favorite. I could sit and stare and Georgia O'Keeffe's Sky Above Clouds for hours. Taking photos here isn't too bad either. ;)
I photographed a small brunch wedding here years ago and to this day, The Bristol is still one of my favorite brunch spots. Order the Chilaquiles, brunch potatoes and/or duck fat fries and you won't be sorry.
When I lived in the city (I'm in the nearby suburbs now), I started every morning with a run along the lakefront. Starting and ending at Montrose Harbor, I'd always spend some quiet time taking in those skyline views.
Growing up, my dad acted as my personal tour guide around the city. We'd drive in early on Sunday mornings and he'd walk me around as I'd take pictures. Sometimes I'd require that he chase the pigeons for me so I could get *just* the right shot. He was always a good sport. I've loved Chicago nearly my whole life. Below are some of my favorite ways to spend my time.