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50 Years and Counting

50 Years and Counting

This is one of the most amazing love stories I have had the pleasure of documenting!  These two have been married for over 50 years.  What a life they have created!  So many relatives, so many friends.  It was incredible to watch this family celebrate, and celebrate they did! 

50 Years in the Making

50 Years in the Making

Family :) 

Family :) 

Cutting and feeding each other cake.  :) 

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Rock 1 Photography

One of my favorite things about this family is how much they like to dance!  The music was pumping.  :)

The endurance, strength and love between these two is something to admire.  To many, many more years together!  Thank you again for choosing me.  
 

XOXO, 
Brittany

Jeff, Nicole & Tyler

Jeff, Nicole & Tyler

Jeff, Nicole and Tyler are a true Chicago family.  

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Nicole and I were introduced through a mutual friend.  I've heard many times (from many people!) that Tyler is the baby with the most smiles.  Holy smokes they were right! 

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Nicole and I had met several times prior to the photoshoot.  Each time I'm with her I get to know her a little better, but this is the first time I really spent a lot of time looking at her.  Wow, she is so beautiful!!!  How did I not realize how stunning she was before?  

Seriously though, I could photograph this little guy all day long!  

Seriously though, I could photograph this little guy all day long!  

Jeff and Nicole brought an element of calmness to the session.  It always helps when you can be relaxed - it's easier to be yourself in the photos and to get more candid pictures.  

Chicago Family   |||   Winnemac, Park 

Chicago Family   |||   Winnemac, Park 

I love being a Chicago family photographer.  Nicole and Jeff, thank you for trusting me to capture this moment!  Tyler is adorable, happy and clearly loves the two of you to pieces.  I am excited to watch him grow!  :)

xoxox,
Brittany

Vanessa

Vanessa

I had the pleasure of meeting this fellow photographer through our common job - photographing babies!  She was sweet and funny.  Basically, we hit it off right away.  :)  

Meet Vanessa. 

 

Photographer, Mother, Wife, Friend

Photographer, Mother, Wife, Friend

Recently we exchanged head shots.  However, this isn't the first time I photographed this beautiful lady.  She is a wife and a mother to two adorable kiddos.  Late last year she asked me to take some photos for her holiday card.  Here is a little snap shot of my favorites. 

Vanessa & Matt have become a Chicago family :)

Vanessa & Matt have become a Chicago family :)

This family is filled with smiles, creativity and a healthy sense of sass.  :)  Check out those ears!

Vanessa and I have really clicked, so when the idea to exchange headshots came up I was pumped.  Not only is Vanessa an amazing photographer bound to make me look much better than I do, but she is plain fun to be around!

I laughed the entire time.  She is so much fun!

You had me at squirrel.  

This lady means business :)

This lady means business :)

Vanessa's art is magic!  I wish she wasn't moving back to Seattle because I'd love to work with her more and hang out.  It's hard to find quality people you connect with so well!  If you are ever in the pacific northwest, look her up.  Believe me, it'll be worth it! 

These are definitely not traditional headshots, more like two friends having an amazing time laughing together.  :) 

This was taken at the entrance to the underground parking lot at Lurie Gardens.  We must have had at least a dozen people walk past us wondering what we were laughing about.  Totally worth it.

This was taken at the entrance to the underground parking lot at Lurie Gardens.  We must have had at least a dozen people walk past us wondering what we were laughing about.  Totally worth it.

My favorite photo from the day.  This is how I will choose to remember Vanessa until we meet up again.  :)

My favorite photo from the day.  This is how I will choose to remember Vanessa until we meet up again.  :)

Vanessa, I will miss you dearly.  I am so glad that you and Matt chose to take your family to Chicago for this short window of time and that we have had the opportunity to get to know each other.  Don't run away too fast, you are far from rid of me!  Until we meet again.  :)

xoxo,
(your friend) Brittany

Nicole & Josh

Nicole & Josh

Nicole & Josh are so in love!  I met Nicole and Josh at a Chicago coffee shop earlier this year.  I knew that I'd have fun working with them when Nicole came with wet hair after her hair appointment gone long.  :)  Anyone that knows me knows that this is my type of girl!  I was thrilled when they sent me the email saying they too wanted me to be their wedding photographer. 


Nicole & Josh have been in the making for years.  Josh proposed to Nicole in one of her favorite Chicago spots - the Lincoln Park Zoo.  So, naturally, we set up the engagement photos to capture this special place.  

 

On the bench in the Lincoln Park Zoo where Josh proposed to Nicole.

On the bench in the Lincoln Park Zoo where Josh proposed to Nicole.

Chicago Bound 

Chicago Bound 

These two were so fun to photograph.  They were so relaxed - which is a HUGE key to getting photos that look like you. 

One of Nicole's Favorite Buildings - Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park Zoo

One of Nicole's Favorite Buildings - Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park Zoo

Look at that smile :)  #cannothidehappiness

Look at that smile :)  #cannothidehappiness

The iconic bridge over South Pond is one of my favorite spots to take photos!

Natural Love

Natural Love

Nicole & Josh were up for anything - including dancing in the park.  :)  So romantic!  I had to remind myself that I should be taking pictures instead of just watching their happiness.  

This is the kind of love you cannot fake. #love

This is the kind of love you cannot fake. #love

Nicole & Josh, I cannot wait to photograph your wedding!  When you say that your friends are the most fun, I believe it and am so excited to see & document everyone in action.  Let the countdown begin.  :)  

xoxo,
Brittany

Nine Months

Nine Months

I've had the pleasure of photographing this baby girl since day one.  :)  She is full of smiles that just melt my heart.  

"Yes, yes I am adorable. Now what toys do you have?"

"Yes, yes I am adorable. Now what toys do you have?"

There is no one quite like dad.

There is no one quite like dad.

Could she be any happier?

Could she be any happier?

Grandma and Grandpa came all the way to Chicago, so of course we included them in the family photos.  :)  

This little one is loved :)

This little one is loved :)

I like this photo for a lot of reasons, but the pup in the back REALLY wanted to play with the babe and it took all of dad's energy to try and get him to sit. Such a cute dog! (And, of course, cute family!)

I like this photo for a lot of reasons, but the pup in the back REALLY wanted to play with the babe and it took all of dad's energy to try and get him to sit. Such a cute dog! (And, of course, cute family!)

I always try to respect client wishes for privacy.  If you're looking for someone to keep your names off of posts and posts off of Facebook/social media, I am happy to oblige!  

To this Chicago family, thank you so much for choosing me to photograph your baby girl.  I think she is the sweetest and I can't wait to watch her grow!

xoxo,
Brittany  

Styled Shoot

Styled Shoot

My friend Natalie and I decided to try our hand at a styled wedding shoot.  Wow did we hit the jackpot!  All of the vendors and models were unbelievably talented and professional.  Check out some of my favorite shots.  :) 

Let me introduce you to Bella Wholey - stunning actor / model in the Chicago area.  

Let me introduce you to Bella Wholey - stunning actor / model in the Chicago area.  

Next, meet Ryan Milord.  Ryan is also a Chicago actor.  :)  

Next, meet Ryan Milord.  Ryan is also a Chicago actor.  :)  

City View Loft in Chicago is the perfect event space with lots of great windows and a view of the city.  Plus, it is a great size with tons of flexibility.  

City View Loft in Chicago is the perfect event space with lots of great windows and a view of the city.  Plus, it is a great size with tons of flexibility.  

Mignonette Bridal supplied the dresses.  This was was so cool - it has a satin finish (you'll see later) and also a lace sheath to wear over the top.  

Mignonette Bridal supplied the dresses.  This was was so cool - it has a satin finish (you'll see later) and also a lace sheath to wear over the top.  

Dirty Boots Flowers provided the stunning floral arrangements.  

Dirty Boots Flowers provided the stunning floral arrangements.  

fire escape

fire escape

This second dress was feminine and flowy :)

This second dress was feminine and flowy :)

One of my favorites from the day!  Bella is gorgeous.  

One of my favorites from the day!  Bella is gorgeous.  

Elysia Root Cakes creates gorgeous gourmet desserts.  This flower is made out of SUGAR!  Also, the invitations were designed by Pulp & Ink.  

Glamor :)

Glamor :)

Thank you to all of the vendors who participated and Natalie for working together with me to pull this together.  Here is a list of the incredible people we worked with:

City View Loft Chicago
www.cityviewloftchicago.com
Instagram: @cityviewloft

Bella Wholey, model
www.bellawholey.com
Instagram:@bellawholey 


Ryan Milord, model
www.ryanmilord.com
Instagram:@ryanmilord


Mignonette Bridal
www.mignonettebridal.com
Instagram:@mignonettebridalchicago


Dirty Boots Flowers
www.dirtybootsflowers.com
Instagrams:@dirtybootsflowers


Elizabeth Sage (make-up artist)
Instagram:@elizabethsage 


Milian Bonillo (hair artist)
milianbonillo.com
Instagram:@milianbonillobeauty


Pulp & Ink, paper goods
www.pulpandink.com
Instagram:@pulpandink312


Elysia Root Cakes
elysiarootcakes.com
Instagram:@elysiarootcakes 

Natalie Maria Photography, partner in crime
www.nataliemariaphoto.com
Instagram:@nataliemariaphotography

 

I am already dreaming about my next styled shoot!

xoxo,
Brittany

The McCutcheons

The McCutcheons

Recently I had the pleasure of watching two of my friends get married in New York.  :)  Here is the VERY happy couple the day after the wedding.  While I attended as a guest (and had a killer time!), I was able to take their engagement photos when they visited last fall.  

Yes, they are wearing matching t-shirts.  :)  Love it!

Yes, they are wearing matching t-shirts.  :)  Love it!

I do enjoy being a wedding photographer, but I LOVE attending as a guest!  Jordan & Brad's wedding was so gorgeous and a ton of fun.  

Laughter

Laughter

Dreamy

Dreamy

Chicago Engagement - The Bean

Chicago Engagement - The Bean

Laughter :)

Laughter :)

New Yorkers, Pittsburgh Penguins fans, Chicago Visitors

New Yorkers, Pittsburgh Penguins fans, Chicago Visitors

To Jordan & Brad, I wish the most happiness life and marriage can bring.  You deserve nothing less! 

xoxo,
Brittany

The Hanus Family

The Hanus Family

These ladies are so gorgeous I feel like I should be paying them to take their photos!  We had to reschedule this shoot due to weather multiple times, but I'm so glad we were able to finally get together.  We met at Chicago's Lincoln Park Botanical Gardens on one of the first sunny spring days.  Needless to say, it was PACKED!  But we were able to find some spots that worked perfectly for us.  

Sisters are for life!

Sisters are for life!

These ladies all came in off white dresses, which later was revealed to be a happy accident.  I love the way they all go together, it looks so classy!

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Watch out Chicago! 

Watch out Chicago! 

I'm excited to see where these bombshell ladies end up.  :)  Thanks for letting me be your photographer!  

xoxo,
Brittany

Nina & Greg

Nina & Greg

I met Nina while working at Kinmont - a former (delicious!) seafood restaurant in River North.  We hit it off and when Greg proposed she asked me to photograph her wedding!  A few weeks ago we met up in downtown Chicago and took their engagement photos.  

It was one of those days on Navy Pier where it was so windy the water was being carried from one side of the pier all the way to the other.  Lucky, Nina has gorgeous, silky hair that wasn't phased by the extreme wind.  

Millenium Park in Chicago

Millenium Park in Chicago

The most notable and wonderful thing about Nina & Greg is how much they laugh together.  :)

Chicago's Riverwalk

Chicago's Riverwalk

Chicago's L

Chicago's L

Nina and Greg, I cannot wait to photograph your wedding this fall.  I know there will be tons of laughter, partying and love all around.  Thank you for picking me to be your photographer!

xoxo,
Brittany