I could not be more thrilled that my friend and colleague @amiprice, founder and executive editor of @elizabethannedesigns and co-founder and CEO of @aislesociety and @matchology has created @lakeshoreinlove, a Chicago Wedding Resource for couples and wedding pros that will focus on diversity, inclusion, and representing a wide array of wedding styles!! 👫👭👬 Couples: Lakeshore in Love will serve as a site for inspiration and education for couples planning weddings in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs. There will be venue tours, interviews with wedding pros, a calendar of events, realistic information on budget, and beautiful images featuring a wide variety of photography styles, diverse couples, and various types of weddings. There will even be a whole section devoted to your proposal stories!! 🗓📈📷 Wedding Pros: Lakeshore in Love will be both non-exclusive and non-exclusionary. The focus is on showcasing the diversity of Chicago weddings and the creativity and professionalism of Chicago wedding pros. It will be an opportunity to connect with our dream clients by featuring our own unique skills we bring to the Chicago market. 💐💍💖 Development and branding is still under wraps until launch, but I'm beyond excited to see this come to life! The wedding industry is immeasurably richer due to Ami’s contributions and innovative ideas. EAD has been around and thriving for over 10 years, and she has created a powerful network of blogs and an incredible submissions tool through Aisle Society and Matchology. So I have no doubt this next launch is going to be AMAZING. Go follow @lakeshoreinlove to stay up to date and learn more! 🎉
Dear Wedding Pro + Photographer Friend, ❤️ Have you met my soul sisters over @launchyourdaydream yet? They are a powerhouse of branding resources, productivity tips, and design expertise, and my life and business sure are better with them in it! (By the way, if you haven’t seen the brand new launch of @spoonphotoanddesign ’s new site, drop everything and go NOW! It’s GORGEOUS! You may also recognize their stunning work for these fabulous ladies: @zeneventschicago + @bluebirdpapercompany!) 🎉 From clients to colleagues to trusted confidantes, Britt and Kelsey have been such a GIFT to me in friendship and business. And my sappy heart-eyed self is SO thrilled to share they’re now accessible to YOU through their WTF is Branding!?” 8 Week Virtual Workshop. 😍 I’m beyond excited to be one of the featured experts in this workshop, and we’re all going to hone in on the areas you may be overlooking when it comes to booking your DREAM clients. You know, the ones that you get so excited about your heart does a happy dance. 👯♀️ The workshop is a hybrid of e-course + in-person workshop so you can set your own schedule, but we’ll still keep you on track. You’ve got direct access to us and group interaction. You’ll receive loads of great content from the comfort of your jammies. 🤗 By the time the workshop is complete, you'll have the foundation you need to create your visual brand identity and take your beautiful business to the next level. With me, Kelsey + Britt, and seven other experts, PLUS a 65-page workbook mailed to your doorstep, (totally geeking out over that one🤓) you'll get unstuck and fall in love with your brand all over again. 💖 You were meant to create, connect, kick ass, and share your magic with the world, sweet friend. LET'S DO THIS! Early bird sale is happening now through May 3rd. If this is at ALL resonating with you, you owe it to yourself to get the course at this amazing value. Use the link in bio to register today! 👆🏼 Full disclosure: This does contain an affiliate link, but I ONLY refer people I trust and believe in!
Life is too short to work with the wrong wedding pros, right? Not to sound overly dramatic, but it's kind of true. Your creative team really influences the vibe and experience of your wedding day, and it's important to hire people you really trust. That's why I always recommend working with a seasoned event planner who can connect you with a team of vendors that's just right for you. . Sometimes, however, it's not possible to hire someone to help you through the entire process from beginning to end (otherwise known as full planning). My friend and colleague, Jen, owner of @afresheventchicago, decided to create something for couples who need help choosing their team of wedding pros. After years of building relationships and carefully curating a preferred vendor list, Jen wanted to make that information available to you as you plan your day. . Now available for purchase from her website, it goes hand in hand with our mission of being a trusted wedding advisor to couples planning their once-in-a-lifetime day. Each listing features a wedding pro she knows and trusts, and she even takes time to share WHY she loves working with each one. . I am so honored to be included, and I love what she shared about working with me. For Jenn, connecting with her clients is the most important element. She wants to make sure that there is a bond there, and I really appreciate that she does this with my clients. Her work speaks for itself. She’s perfect for someone that is looking for a meaningful connection with their photographer. . Each profile is a testament to the labor of love this was, and even more, how much Jen cares about serving her clients and the industry as a whole. We know you'll find this information helpful, so head to her site now to check it out! And as you begin working with your dream team, you'll probably also become aware of the areas you need a planner to jump in - at least for partial planning or coordination. I'm not-so-secretly crossing my fingers that Jen will be on your short list to hire as well! 🤞🏼😉🤗 . 💁🏼♀️💄: @debrapetriellihairandmakeup
When they said April showers would bring May flowers, I didn't realize snow would be part of that equation! ❄️ We chose @rmchicago for Jessica and Scott’s engagement session 1️⃣, because they LOVE Chicago’s restaurant scene, and 2️⃣, it was the perfect spot on a chilly day. I was so excited they braved the cold for a few snowy shots before warming up inside over brunch and bubbles!
Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and Happy Spring! 💐🐰🍽 Chicago weather is so fickle that I can never *quite* trust that spring means warmth. 😂 Yesterday was gorgeous, ☀️today feels like winter, and next week it's supposed to snow... ❄️ But there is something about seeing fresh color palettes and spring flowers everywhere that gives me hope we can all come out of hibernation soon! What we today means to you and however you're celebrating - or even if you're not- I hope the promise of a new season gives you inspiration and joy! . I loved shooting this image for a new collaboration with @havilandevents, and we cannot wait to reveal more. In the meantime, go follow me at @jenniferkathrynbrandphotos and sign up for updates via that profile to learn more about how you can get some killer images for your brand! And go follow, Kelley at Haviland, too! She is MAGIC.
Every time we talk with you or are with you, no matter what craziness is going on (and it is craziness), you calm us and you get us...your care for us and for our day and our story...honestly, I could cry now. . Tomorrow these two darlings will stand in front of their dearest friends and family and speak vows of their love and commitment to one another. Sometimes the months leading up to this most sacred and beautiful day don't feel quite as magical as you would have hoped. Sickness strikes, new challenges arise between you, the pressure of pleasing everyone involved can start to get to you, and the general chaos of planning just feels like too much. . It's in these times that it's SO important to ground yourselves in your commitment to one another. I've gotten particularly close to Nina and Carl over the past year, and I've been so impressed with how they've handled everything that's come their way with grace, gratitude, and a resilience that's brought them even closer together. It's been such an honor to be a part of their journey, and I am beyond thrilled to be documenting their big day tomorrow! (Honestly, @nbwearsflowers, I could cry, too! And just you wait-- I probably will shed a few tears!!) . Sometimes people ask me what sets me apart, and I'm just going to say it. When we work together, I pour my heart and soul into the relationship we form in the months before your wedding. I want to get to know you as a couple so I can authentically photograph who you are. I want you to feel comfortable being yourselves with me, to be able to let go and trust me to capture one of the most meaningful days of your lives. I believe in the beauty of your story and the importance of being deeply sensitive as your photographer. I also believe in having a TON of fun while we're doing it! . I'm still taking on a few more weddings for 2018. If you're looking for a photographer who really just GETS you, I'd love to connect and hear all about you! Hit the link in my profile.
Yesterday's @wipachicago meeting at @thethompsonhotel was the perfect of example of why this Chicago wedding community is just so special. We sat at two long tables full of gorgeous florals, great conversation with new friends and old, and the most amazing lunch. @gobelladesign shared her story of how she built her career planning the most amazing weddings but felt she wanted to do more. When she put it out in the universe, things started to shift, and now she pours her energy into raising money for some of the most incredible non profits in the country. Her quest to do meaningful work and find a purpose beyond a profit completely changed the trajectory of her career. I also loved that she stressed the two sides are not mutually exclusive. It’s possible to do meaningful work, give back, run a profitable business, and serve our amazing wedding clients. For me, this is why it’s so important to follow my intuition and say yes only to the right opportunities. I want to have energy for the things that matter and for the clients I’m meant to work with! It’s important to have a connection so I’m able to fully pour myself into your wedding day and create beautiful images that tell a powerful story. 💖
Nobody does St. Paddy's like Chicago! 🍀🍻 . A year and a week ago, Nora and Jon said, I Do, on a beautiful, crisp March day. It was important to them to include some aspects of their Irish heritage; they chose a classic green and white color palette for their florals and arranged for a bagpiper to play as they exited the church. After the ceremony we headed downtown for photos to capture the magic of the city lights sparkling on the green river. 💚 . Cheers to one year Jon + @noralklein! And Happy St. Patrick's Day!!