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Mandy & Rob | Engaged | Chicago Illinois Wedding Photographer

{the deets}

Amanda Therese {Paralegal, from Sterling Heights, MI}

Robert Edward {Special Education Teacher Aide and Coach, from Naperville, IL}

Date you met {May 16, 2008}

First Date {Rob cooked me chicken fajitas at my apartment and we watched Bull Durham}

Date you were engaged {September 14, 2011}

Three words to describe your proposal story {All the firsts}

Favorite Date you went on {with your fiancé}

He took me on a ‘Mandy date’ about 2 months into our relationship because I told him no guy really actually had treated me like I was supposed to be treated.  He brought me flowers and we went to Harry Carays steakhouse in Lombard, because it was a fancy restaurant with a sports theme.  We then went to a musical called ‘Curtains’ because he knew I liked mysteries.

Three words that describe your Fiance

Rob for Mandy : Compassionate, Beautiful, Exciting

Mandy for Rob : Funny, thoughtful, dorky

Looking forward to the wedding because

All of our friends and family from around the country get to celebrate with us.

We’re awesome because…

we compliment each other

Wedding Date & Location

August 4, 2012

Ceremony: First Presbyterian, Mt. Clemens, MI

Reception: MacRay Harbor, Harrison Twp., MI

They love love love LOVE baseball.  Probably more than any other couple I’ve every met.  Mandy’s goal is to make it all 30 stadiums before she turns 30 & I believe she only has 2-3 left.

Their wedding will consist of many baseball related things & considering on their first date they watched Bill Durham, I’d say it was a match made in heaven.

Michelle & I had a blast & we hope you enjoy all of your images!  Can’t wait to see you again in Michigan next year!

{stephanie natale}

Mandy & Rob | E-session | Chicago Illinois

Mandy & Rob met literally less than a block from Wrigley Field, so naturally it was a perfect setting to start our session.

We had one 1/2 hour inside Wrigley Field & had to work fast but we came away with some great images!

{If you want more information about having your session inside Wrigley Field, contact the management there}

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This is Rob’s “Coach” shot.  The fabulous image to the left was shot by the wonderful Michelle Martin who accompanied me to Chicago for their e-session. Thanks again Michelle!

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So I love this series of shots.  I often will tell my couples to cuddle in close & for the husband {or fiance} to gently lean over & appear as though he is sneaking a peek down her shit.

My hopes usually is that it is more a subtle, soft approach.  But Rob had his own idea & hey, we went with it.

Thanks Rob steppin’ it up a notch!

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Our next stop after Wrigley Field was North Ave Beach, downtown Chicago.

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Scott Robert Lim | Lighting Workshop | Chicago Illinois Photography Workshop

I had the pleasure this summer to attend a fabulous workshop in Chicago with the amazing photographer

Scott Robert Lim

This was the view from our room @ the Allerton Hotel in Chicago

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I traveled with a few very talented  photographer friends of mine from the Madison area.

Michelle from Michelle Martin Photography

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Mandie from Red Gecko Studio

This was Mandie & I on our “romantic” carriage ride the night before the workshop {image from my iPhone}

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{Ok enough of the name dropping}

All in all we had a wonderful trip & learned a lot from Scott.  He is just full of knowledge, advice & gives so much of himself back to our community.

It was my first workshop with SRL & I look forward to more in the future!

Not to mention Chicago as a city is just lovely!

Necessary to credit these fabulous people who helped make the day happen

Dresses & Hair Accessories | Rebekah Jacobs Couture

Makeup | Barb Zanzig of BZ Artistry

Hair | Tony, owner of Hybrid Salon

These are a sample of the images taken that day, enjoy!

Thanks again Scott, it was a pleasure to spend the day with you!

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A few pullbacks from how we were shooting

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Love the Trolley @ Navy Pier

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We ended our 12+ hour day with watching the fireworks from Navy Pier

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Hailey Belle | Modern Chicago Illinois & Wisconsin Baby Photographer

Hailey Belle & her parents came into the studio last weekend for her 6 month session {approximately}

I love watching parents interact with their little ones, and Heidi & Mike are such loving/doting parents.  It was so cute to watch.

I love love LOVE the bond between a father & his daughter, it’s just so amazing.  Mike I hate to tell ya, but you better be saving up for that BMW now :)

This was her first visit to the studio & she did so well with all of her outfit changes & crazy ideas that her mommy & I had.

I traveled to her home for the newborn session {click here to see} so it was fun to have her in studio for this session!

I’ve known Hailey’s momma for several years now.  We went to college @ Bradley University & lived at our Sorority house the same year.  Thanks to Social Media {read : Facebook} we’ve stayed in touch & I was so honored to hear from her when she asked me to photograph her soon to be born baby girl.

Heidi & Mike :

I had a great time visiting with you both in the studio about all things from parenting to the end of the world next year ;)

Mike you are my go to guy for information on that topic.

Hailey is just precious & the love you guys have as a family is so evident.  Enjoy every minute with her.

Enjoy the sneak peek & see you in a few months!

{s. natale}

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*BLOG CONTEST REMINDER*

Leave a comment for Miss Hailey & her Mommy & Daddy to win a $50 studio credit & at the same time your entered to win a $50 studio credit as well.

Contest Information :

If a client {Bridal or Portrait} get 15+ comments on their BLOG post they will receive a $50 studio credit toward their print order or wedding album.

ALSO….

I will randomly pick one winner from the comments that are left on the BLOG & they will ALSO get a $50 studio credit.

So to summarize :

Go to the BLOG, share the love, leave a comment or two, win free stuff & help my clients get free stuff too. Pretty simple really.

Hailey Belle | {Chicago IL, Modern Lifestyle Newborn Photographer}

Sweet little baby Hailey.

Get a load of her beautiful hair!  Loved it, loved it.

I’m looking forward to documenting her milestones over the next year, I can’t wait to see what she’ll look like for her 1 year session!

Heidi you’ll have to give her like 5 haircuts her first year!

So on to the session ::

Wow she was a complete ROCKSTAR the entire time.  She let us move her, twist her, put her on a dresser & put her outside in a random crib.

Hailey’s mom & I both went to college at Bradley University a few years back & we were also in the same sorority Sigma Delta Tau.   I haven’t seen her in years & it was great to catch up with you Heidi!  You have a beautiful home!

We used a few different locations in Heidi’s home & when I saw Hailey’s nursery I knew exactly what we had to do.

I really love doing newborn sessions at clients’ homes because it really allows you to personalize your session even more & you can go away with some really fun, amazing images of your nursery.

Thanks for the nice afternoon & enjoy the sneak peek!

s. {natale}

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I could have photographed in this nursery all. day. long.  It looked wonderful.  From what I hear Hailey’s daddy is quite a handyman.

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*BLOG CONTEST REMINDER*

Leave a comment for Hailey & her parents to win a $50 studio credit & at the same time your entered to win a $50 studio credit as well.

Contest Information :

If a client {Bridal or Portrait} get 15+ comments on their BLOG post they will receive a $50 studio credit toward their print order or wedding album.

ALSO….

For the next MONTH I will randomly pick one winner a week from the comments that are left on the BLOG that week & they will ALSO get a $50 studio credit.

So to summarize :
Go to the BLOG, share the love, leave a comment or two, win free stuff & help my clients get free stuff too. Pretty simple really.

Venessa & Mike :: Sweet Home Chicago {Chicago IL, Wedding Photographer}

Venessa & Mike had a beautiful wedding weekend downtown Chicago with close family & friends.

They started off the weekend with the Rehearsal & Rehearsal Dinner @ Market {on the rooftop}.  It was a perfect evening & the Chicago skyline & amazing light that night made for some great images.

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They were also celebrating her Grandfather’s 90th birthday that evening.  V & M surprised him with a Mariachi band & WOW did they put on a great show.

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We started off the Wedding day @ The Four Seasons downtown.

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Venessa & her sweet little Grandpa

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Then we headed to North Ave Beach

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The ceremony was held @ the amazing Cafe Brauer (Lincoln Park Zoo)

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I have a special place in my heart for little kids with their fingers in their nose’ especially on a wedding day :)

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Cocktail hour had the most beautiful light & amazing view

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MOH speach

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First Dance.

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Thank-you Venessa & Mike for allowing us to capture your beautiful day.  We had a great time getting to know you & your family & friends.

Also a special thank-you to my assistant for the day, Jessica.

{S. Natale}