Chicago Sessions: Winter Engagement

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Thomas and Joanne are both nurses at different hospitals.  They will be getting married in the Philippines next July.  For their engagement photos, they loved the idea of going to Chicago to take classic black and white images.  They sounded like the perfect candidates for my Chicago Sessions engagement package!!

As is custom for the Chicago Sessions, we met at the South Shore train station in East Chicago and took some shots on the platform as well as cuddling and laughing shots as the romantic love birds rode the train.

We knew there was a threat of rain and sleet and that a big snowfall was possible late in the day.  It was winter in the windy city after all!!  That's okay, as their engagement photographer, nothing was going to stop me.  I bundled up with multiple layers, a ski hat and a poncho in case of rain.  These guys were plenty brave and looked great in their classic winter coats. 

As they walked on State Street, it sometimes felt as though they were the only ones there even though this was a crowded, holiday shopping weekend.

The concept of the Chicago Sessions engagement package is to evoke the look and feel of old film photographs of the 1960's and 1970's.  If you look closely, you will see that I added a bit of grain to some of the photos and a sepia tone in others.

One of the other features of this romantic photo shoot is to capture some of the architecture of the city while not taking attention away from the soon to be bride and groom.

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I think Thomas and Joanne were concerned about the incoming fog and rain, but I assured them this would add drama to our photographs.  Here are some of my favorites that feature the fog and all taken in the Millennium Park area.

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These guys had to maneuver some iced over steps to get down to the Chicago River for some true winter engagement photos....

Here is another one of my favorites with an almost Christmas like feel to it because of the snow covered trees....

Click here to see the entire gallery of Chicago engagement photos of Thomas and Joanne.