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chicago wicker park engagement photographer

Oh, Wicker Park! I love this Chicago neighborhood – in all its gritty, boheme glory. Lyndsay and Reid were the perfect subjects to really bring the well-worn, raw and run-down backdrops to life. Even the peeling paint in Wicker Park manages to look cool and artfully done just so, don’t you think?

When Lyndsay and I met during the consultation, it was girl crush at first sight. We clicked just like that – we couldn’t stop laughing together, we’re both die-hard Democrats (how that came up, I have no idea!), and at one point I said to Lyndsay, you MUST be an Aries, like me. She said yes, and we both screamed! See? Girl crush.

chicago wicker park engagement photographer

chicago wicker park engagement photographer

Bringing this back to their engagement shoot, needless to say, it was non-stop laughter – after Lyndsay got over some nerves (a little liquid courage during your hair and makeup session never hurts!). I think both Reid and Lyndsay look like natural born models, seriously owning it! Especially in this next shot. Rrrrrrrrr.

chicago wicker park engagement photographer

chicago wicker park engagement photographer

chicago wicker park engagement photographer

chicago wicker park engagement photographer

All in all, I was happy to get a text from Lyndsay after we parted ways – saying that she’s never felt more confident or sexier than she did during the shoot. There’s nothing I like to hear more! I’ll be shooting Lyndsay and Reid’s wedding in 2014 – cheers to double the confidence by then!

xo, Melissa

 

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  • Lyndsay TraffOctober 23, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    Melissa…what can I say other than you are a true master of your craft. You are so talented and I feel blessed that I stumbled upon you while looking for photographers for our 2014 wedding. Truly, I do. We looked at so many people/companies and nothing moved me. I liken your work to romance meets Vanity Fair.
    Also, you ROCK! We love you. You are so sweet. I felt so comfortable with you the instant we met; you are very approachable and friendly as well as professional all at the same time. I have to say, and anyone I know will agree, I HATE pictures of myself. HATE THEM. You helped me pose while making me feel confident and sexy.
    Thank you for putting together such an awesome engagement session for Reid and I!
    XOXO Lyndsay

chicago fall family photos

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve taken a little hiatus from blogging. Been a bit busy and all being a Mommy x 2. But I wanted to pop in and share our first family shoot at Busse Woods as we did with our other family shoot – this time a family of four – by the uber-talented Kat Davis from Deep End Imagery.

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I must confess. I fluff Rhys’ hair up like that. Because it’s so cute. He doesn’t naturally have Spiky Asian Hair Syndrome.

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I digress. By the time The Giant was able to meet us for the session, we lost a lot of natural light at the end of the day. Here we are in these photos immortalized in time, just a sweet, simple capture of our lives, here and now. Roman is three weeks shy of the big TWO, and little Rhys is a little over one month old. Kat managed to capture the few quiet moments we had in such a beautiful manner. Aren’t they lovely? (You tell me, I might be biased.)

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chicago fall family photos
chicago fall family photos
chicago fall family photos
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chicago fall family photos
chicago fall family photos
chicago fall family photos
chicago fall family photos
chicago fall family photos
chicago fall family photos
chicago fall family photos
chicago fall family photos
chicago fall family photos

What you don’t see in these photos are all the hilarious behind-the-scenes of Roman not paying attention and running around wild with his cousins who came to the shoot, us all getting bitten up by mosquitos, or me trying to look “put together” while the babe is grabbing my hair. And this is surely just the beginning of all the fun that should ensue, no longer a family of three.

So, who does Lil Wee Gee most resemble? And as my foray back into the blogosphere slowly resumes, I’d like to know, what would you like to see more of?

xo, Melissa

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  • Sonya MartinOctober 8, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    Melissa you have such a beautiful family. You look amazing. Congrats on your new baby. I love love love these images. Stunning.

  • Anya AlbonettiOctober 8, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    Melissa,

    Your family photos are just gorgeous!! I am super glad you have these to cherish!

indian-catholic-wedding-photographer

Meet Jaime and Jobil – seriously the sweetest and most sincere couple out there! Theirs was a traditional Indian Catholic wedding that took place in the solace of their suburban church, followed up by a pretty fly reception at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

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What is cool and unusual about my relationship with this couple is that Jaime and Jobil booked me without ever meeting! That’s because I shot the wedding of their very good friends, Jimmy and Jency, several years ago (which coincidentally was my break into the Indian wedding community) and since then, have been referred through their network for countless occasions.

The entire wedding day (13 hours!) was graced with tradition – everything from the minute the bride left her house with her sisters following behind with lighted lamps to the ceremony when the groom tied a thali around her neck as a symbol of long lasting bliss. And let’s not forget about all the gorgeous details – the bride’s gorgeous peacock blue wedding shoes to match her bouquet, the stunning white wheels they rolled up in, and the ornate crystal and glass centerpieces. And of course, what Indian wedding would be complete without personalized flair – you know, giant cardboard cutouts of the bride and groom, glowsticks, fog, the whole nine yards!

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indian-catholic-wedding-photographer

indian-catholic-wedding-photographer

I rarely book with clients I don’t meet with first. But when we met for the first time at their engagement session, it was instant chemistry between the three of us – and I’m pretty sure that’s because Jaime and Jobil are just so darn nice! I knew right then and there that they were going to have a super awesome wedding because they are super awesome people – and I hope these photos captured the spirit of the big day and their bright personalities. Scroll through for the magic of Jaime and Jobil’s wedding day!

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All the best to you both, Jaime and Jobil! I’m so blessed to have clients like you.

xo, Melissa

 

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Jaime and Jobil’s Wedding Guide ::

Venue, Holy Family Church (ceremony) and Hyatt Regency O’Hare (reception)  //  Bride’s Attire, Enzoani Blue gown  //  Bride’s Hair and Makeup, Carla Galvez of  Appease, Inc.  //  Groom’s Attire, Savvi Tuxedo  //  Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Rae Designs (India)  //  Wedding Consultant, Gini Joseph  //  Officiants, Fr. Abrahm Mutholath and Fr. George Veluratil  //  Flowers, Magic Flowers  //  Videographer, Highway 61 Film//  Event Designer, Dream Occasions  //  Food, Hyatt Regency O’Hare  //  Cake, The Baking Institute  //  Music, Scratch Productions

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