Engagement photos that feel natural, candid and in-the-moment.

Using the most spectacular backdrops in Chicago and throughout the midwest, your engagement photos will capture your personalities and tell your love story.

Think of this experience like a fancy date night on the town, but a photographer just happens to be following you along for the ride. 

Engagement photos that are a true reflection of your personalities.

A Personalized Portrait Experience In Chicago

Engagement photos that feel natural, candid and in-the-moment.

"Ashley somehow was able to capture the history of our 9 years together and the little moments that we never get to see from the outside."

Artistrie Client, Teresa

Planning Tips for Your Engagement Session

If you're planning an engagement session in the Chicago area, here are my favorite tips to share to help you get the photos of your dreams.

Sunrise vs. Sunset

The best lighting for portraits happens at sunrise or an hour or two before sunset. Because of this, I always plan your session around the start or end of the day.

Sunrise: If you prefer a quiet, calm settings, describe yourself as a morning person and prefer to avoid the crowds, sunrise time can be quite magical for photos.

At this time of day, it truly feels like you have the entire city to yourself for your photos. Because the most gorgeous lighting happens promptly at sunrise, I recommend meeting before dawn. Bring your coffee mugs and be sure to have mimosas when your'e done!

Sunset: Majority of my clients will schedule their photos for this time of day because it allows them more time to get ready and the ability to make hair & makeup appointments.

If we're shooting in the city or somewhere with skyline views, we'll likely take photos until all the city lights begin twinkling in the backdrop.

When to Schedule

There's truly no bad time of year for your photos in Chicago. Spring, summer, fall and winter all have an abundance of uniquely beautiful scenery to offer. Think about what seasons and time of year you enjoy best.

Maybe you love snow and chic winter coats... or maybe beach weather and boating is your calling. Consider what weather and temperatures you'll feel most comfortable taking your engagement photos.

As for day of the week: At this time, I only schedule engagement sessions Mondays through Thursdays. My weekends are reserved for weddings which occur on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Where to Take Your Photos

Chicago is a beautiful city with so much to offer for engagement photos. We're lucky to be perfectly positioned along Lake Michigan and to have access so many scenic locales all within a few hours of driving away. 

When I plan your engagement session, I like to ask about any places that are particularly special or sentimental to you. Maybe you love trying all the hottest restaurants in the West Loop... or maybe you live for evening strolls along the riverwalk or finding the perfect spot to watch the sun go down together.

I'll help pull together a creative plan for your engagement photos that is equally meaningful as it is beautiful. 

A few of my personal favorite locales:

The Lakefront: There are so many beautiful places to enjoy Lake Michigan and view Chicago's magnificent skyline. North Avenue Beach, Montrose Harbor, Promontory Point are a few of my favorite places for this. I also adore the sweeping landscapes and water views along the North Shore. 

City Gardens: The Art Institute North & South Gardens, Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, the Chicago Botanic Garden and any garden nestled along Michigan Avenue.

Iconic Architecture: The Rookery, Union Station, The Art Institute, The Wrigley Building, views from Wacker Drive and the Chicago Riverwalk, the LaSalle Street Bridge, Kinzie Street Bridge, the Financial District and beyond.

The Charming West Loop: Cobblestone alleyways, old brick buildings, bistro lights hanging overhead, adorable coffee shops and trendy restaurants and bars. The West Loop has SO much to deliver!

Destination Engagement Sessions

While most of my work is done in the Chicagoland area, I am available for portrait sessions across the country. 

If you feel like we might be a good fit to work together, please complete my contact form and share more about your dream engagement portrait location. 

I especially love capturing the beauty found in our National Parks, vibrant cities, coastal settings, Sedona (my favorite place), and anywhere with a gorgeous landscape.  

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If you'd like more information about working together for your Chicago engagement photo session, please complete my contact form. I'll be in touch within 48 hours, Monday through Thursday, to provide information and availability for your session.

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