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Welcome, I'm Lisa! Wedding and portrait photographer, wife, mama, and J.Crew's biggest fan. I'm here to make sure your photos are oh-so classic with a pop of emotion. Photography aside, I'm a Chicago girl through and through. I love shopping, live in flats, and believe a manicure is always a good idea. On the blog, you'll find recent sessions, tips for brides, and life/studio updates. Grab a mug of coffee and stay awhile! I'm so glad you're here.




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North Avenue Beach Engagement Session


I have been counting down the days until this North Avenue Beach engagement session: 01) Jacky and Ryan are amazing and 02) They brought along their two Shih Tzus for the photos!  If you know me, you know I LOVE Shih Tzus so this engagement session was an extra special treat!  Before we get to their gorgeous photos, I want to share a little about Jacky and Ryan!

I was so thrilled when I received the first email from Jacky inquiring about my engagement sessions.  She told me that her and Ryan just moved to Chicago from California where they two started dating a couple years ago.  In May of this past year, Ryan planned a romantic proposal to Jacky at the Silversmith Hotel downtown. She said yes (obviously) and shortly after, Ryan took a job back in Chicago.  So, the two packed up to start their new chapter in Chicago.


Joining Jacky and Ryan in their move to Chicago, are their two incredibly cute Shih Tzus, Vino and Sophie!  Imagine my excitement when Jacky told me she wanted to include them in their engagement photos!  Of course, I said yes (as I firmly believe dogs should be included in their humans engagement photos)!  Especially when they have a Mommy like Jacky who brings along cute outfits and signs for them to wear!  These two almost stole the show!

The night of the engagement session, I met Jacky and Ryan initially at the Lincoln Park Boardwalk.  Immediately I thought these two were so great and they felt more like old friends then just someone I met!  They are both so kind and the love they share is so sweet!  Ryan was a complete gentleman to Jacky as he held her hand in between locations and kissed her tenderly.  These two made it so easy to get some really dreamy photographs!

Tough Nut Sugar Cookies

During the session, Jacky told me that back in California, she turned her talent and passion into HER business – TOUGH-nut Sugar cookies. Catering straight to my sweet tooth, Jacky makes THE BEST EVER homemade buttercream sugar cookies ever.  Not only are her cookies so delicious, they are the most beautifully decorated!  She even made a special cookie decorated to look just like Beckett!  Bonus for everyone local to Chicago, she now bakes her cookies for pickup at her new Chicago area home!  I really do have the coolest and sweetest clients ever!!!

Jacky and Ryan, thank you so much for having me take your engagement photos!  You guys were so much fun to get to know and I’m so happy that I can call you both friends now!  Jacky, your cookies are beyond amazing, pencil me in for the next holiday to order more!!!  Can’t wait until your wedding day!



North Avenue Beach Engagement Session



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