My work is elegant, authentic, and timeless, and I built my business out of a love for storytelling. I am passionate about serving my clients and providing them with personalized services that truthfully tell their story through one of the most joy-filled and exciting phases in their lives.
I feel incredibly privileged to be welcomed into my clients’ lives to share, document, and celebrate some of their most special memories. I have been photographing weddings since 2015; to date, I have been honored to help tell the love stories of over 50 couples.
Anastasia and Rashaan’s love story started the way all the best romances do — on Tinder. In fact, Anastasia says they had the pleasure of falling in love through the app. They quickly learned to love each other from a distance as Anastasia was called away for military service.
They both agree that they give each other endless support and value their relationship as best friends just as much as their love as a couple. Rashaan is the nerd of the relationship, and Anastasia says she brings all the sass! Anastasia knew Rashaan was “the one” when they bought their first house together last year. Since then, they’ve been building their new home together as a little family, welcoming a puppy as their first fur baby, and even taking time to care for family together.
It truly was “match” made on Tinder!
HOW THEY MET
Katie and Scott met in 11th-grade chemistry class! After a friend pointed out a cute guy in a football jersey at the beginning of the school year, Katie started to notice him every day. She had to go out of her way to meet Scott, since he was super quiet!
HOW THEY FELL IN LOVE
Scott was Katie’s first boyfriend, and the only boy she ever introduced to her parents. When they first started dating Scott was so quiet at the time, and so sweet in comparison to Katie’s loud and outgoing personality. (I can really relate here — my wife, Jasmine, definitely provides enough extroversion for the both of us!) Katie says she and Scott complemented each other in all the best ways as they were dating (they stuck through six years of long distance, too!) and they always had so much fun together.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Scott had to re-do his proposal plans a few times, but he eventually landed on a surprise dinner for Katie. After asking her to get all dressed up to go out, he took her to Lincoln Park, where he’d set up a beautiful picnic under the iconic Honeycomb sculpture that commands an impressive view of the Chicago skyline.
Scott thought of all the little details when he proposed! He had their picnic perfectly set up under the Honeycomb with flowers, champagne, and some snacks…and most importantly, their fur baby, Niko the pomeranian!
Katie says Scott’s Chicago proposal was very poetic since they started their lives together in the Windy City after going long distance for six years!
THE ENGAGEMENT LINCOLN PARK NATURE BOARDWALK CHICAGO IL
Since Katie and Scott got engaged at the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk, it seemed only natural to plan an engagement session there, too! Our September afternoon session was filled with beautiful golden light, and Katie and Scott planned outfits in fall tones — a tie-in to their rustic-themed 2021 wedding plans!
Much like the actual proposal itself, the engagement Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk would not have been complete with out a few very important things: A picnic blanket, champagne, and of course, their puppy! Niko definitely stole the show with his natural good looks and cute plaid bandana. Niko joined Katie and Scott from some fun photo opportunities amongst the boardwalk’s native prairie plants before Katie and Scott popped open their champagne to relive some of the good vibes from the proposal picnic.
From there, we enjoyed adventuring across the boardwalk to create more beautiful images beneath the Honeycomb, where Katie and Scott practiced some of their wedding dance moves! We ended our time together with a few portraits (including Niko, of course!) looking out over the Chicago skyline from atop the bridge over the lagoon.
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