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Wedding: Lydia & Matt – Armour House

I am so beyond excited to share Lydia and Matt’s stunning Armour House wedding today! After having spent some time with Lydia and Matt during their engagement session, I could see that they were a couple with a love so pure and palpable that they were clearly going to make my job an absolute breeze! And that they did! From their gorgeous engagement session to their even more staggeringly beautiful wedding day, their love was center stage and such a joy to witness! Not to mention, with a dream team of vendors and a bride who loves gorgeous details as much as me, the pretty was a plenty!

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Gregg Whitney Egginton - August 30, 2015 - 12:46 am

BEAUTIFUL through and through……..JACK WAS THERE…….so much love to continue.

Thalia Hall Styled Shoot – Chicago Wedding Photographer

I’ve got a little gem from the vault to share today! A styled shoot I participated in a while back that is a little bit boho and a whole lot of gorgeous drama! An epic team of vendors came together for this shoot at the newly restored Thalia Hall in Pilsen and it is a stunner! These are some of my favorites from the shoot and you can see more over at Burnett’s Boards where this shoot was recently featured!

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Christy Tyler - August 26, 2015 - 6:03 pm

So moody and beautiful!! Love it, Amanda!

Behind the Scenes: Dress Fluffing and More

At the end of the day, my job involves a whole lot more than clicking the shutter on a camera. Sure, it’s fun and I absolutely LOVE what I do! But, don’t let anyone ever fool you that it’s easy and only about taking the pictures. I won’t even get into the preparation and work that is involved before I show up on your wedding day or all the work involved after I leave your wedding that night, because that is a whole ‘nother ball game of work. But, on the actual wedding day…I’m definitely doing more than clicking that shutter. I’m doing everything from making sure the bride is properly hydrated to playing Mother Hen to pack of restless groomsmen to pinning boutonnieres to making sure things are running on time on the photo front to running back and forth to retrieve bouquets to busting out some extra bobby pins for a quick hair fix to making sure Mom gets the special photos she wants to wedding dress fluffing at every turn. A whole lot of dress fluffing! Not to mention, I’m doing everything in my power to make sure we are getting the most beautiful photos as possible. From reading the light in various situations to setting up equipment to adjusting spaces accordingly to offering creative and logistical direction! It’s a lot of work! Work that I love, but a lot! It’s not at all uncommon for me to clock about 7 miles on my feet on a given wedding day of running around. I guess the added bonus of my job is that I don’t have to work out on wedding days, it IS a built in workout! I mean all that dress fluffing has to be working out my biceps or something, am I right?

(Click HERE to see all the pretty I made behind the camera at Jenna and Brad’s gorgeous wedding!)

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Wedding: Kristin & Kate – The Drake Hotel

This oh so perfectly intimate Drake Hotel wedding has all the feels! A five year long distance relationship, a world apart, with Kristin in the United States and Kate all the way in Norway, finally coming together and saying, ‘I do’ in front of their closest family and friends. An afternoon spent enjoying the incredibly gorgeous Chicago weather with their fabulously fun pack of bridesmaids and a scrumptious dinner full of touching speeches and flowing champagne. It doesn’t get better than that!

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Emilia Jane - August 18, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Love their portraits so much!!

Brandi Ambrose - August 19, 2015 - 10:44 pm

Sooooo beautiful!!!

Failing at Balance

7 days of vacation. 7 days of being mostly off the grid and reconnecting with my family. 7 days of relaxing, recharging, and a heck of a lot of day drinking. 7 days of game nights and quality time spent together. 7 days of turning off the busy and finding the balance. At least that was the plan! Our annual summer family trip took us to the Hamptons of Chicago…also known as Harbor Country, where all Chicagoans seem to flock in the summertime. I was oh so excited to take a break from busy season to go and get some real life face time with my little family…and my fantastically fun extended family too! But, it turns out it isn’t so easy to turn off the busy and put things on hold for the week. I think it’s safe to say we kind of failed at that. My love had to go back to Chicago twice during the week and was pretty much on the phone and computer 24/7 while at the house. Meanwhile, I was editing away at every chance I got…and checking in with email far more often than I should have been for a gal on vacation. Granted, I pretty much always had a cocktail in hand, this was not what I had envisioned for our ‘time off’. Not even a little bit.

However, we did make time for a little porch swinging, late night hot tubbing, cooking out, at least one game night, and a couple hours at the beach, so at least we tried! Out of 7 days, only a few hours here and there (those pictured below) felt like the vacation I imagined, but it was absolutely better than nothing! I only wish we could start it all over again and leave all of our electronic devices at home this time. But,  guess there is always next year! For now, I will be grateful for the few summertime moments we were able to glean while there.

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Jodi Anne Inouye - August 13, 2015 - 5:26 pm

Why does your vacation look like a spread in Kinfolk? Amazing.

Brienne Michelle - August 13, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Love this! Those photos of Grayson are to die for! Also, those sunnies are perfection on you. Just sayin’. And high five to K for having a cocktail! :)

Christy Tyler - August 13, 2015 - 6:39 pm

I was going to say – based on your social media during your “vacation” it really didn’t appear you took a break at all! Next time leave all those devices at home – or go somewhere that doesn’t even have wifi!!! :) You deserve it and need it!!! :) XO (The little bits you actually did take time off look AMAZING though! :))

Christy Tyler - August 13, 2015 - 6:39 pm

I was going to say – based on your social media during your “vacation” it really didn’t appear you took a break at all! Next time leave all those devices at home – or go somewhere that doesn’t even have wifi!!! :) You deserve it and need it!!! :) XO (The little bits you actually did take time off look AMAZING though! :))

Alaina Rau Bos - August 13, 2015 - 11:11 pm

Love the landscape photo of you and Katrina. Such a great pic! And G looked like he loved the beach. Next time, take Christy’s advice and lose the technology! Easier said than done ;)

Stacey Stuz Johnson - August 27, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Gorgeous vacay photos. Love seeing your little updates :)

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