Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jiangxiao + Shuai | Madison Engagement Session

Jiangxiao and Shuai are one of the sweetest couples you will ever meet. Jiangxiao got in touch with me about a month ago looking for an engagement photographer. He and Shuai are living and going to school in Madison, but will be getting married in China at the end of May! Shuai and Jiangxiao met in China while they were both in school, and when Jiangxiao came to the UW campus to pursue his phd, Shuai came with him.

It was fun to get to know them throughout the session and see how they got more and more comfortable in front of the camera. We started out at the UW Arboretum where Shuai has been volunteering since they moved here. She had some favorite spots, and luckily we had a beautiful sunny day (a bit chilly, but these two were troopers) to capture their love in such a beautiful setting. We ended at the UW Campus with just a few more pictures until they were all smiled out and we had more than enough gorgeous images. I'm so happy to have been able to get to know these two a little bit and to capture these photos for them in the places they have become so familiar with.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Lisa + John | Chicago Engagement Session

I had such a great time last week with Lisa and John for their engagement session! These two are perfect for each other and such a fun couple. We met up at the Owen and Engine, a small restaurant and bar, to begin our session. They have an upstairs bar area that is really cool and we got a lot of great shots up there. I'm definitely going to have to go back when I'm not working and try the food! According to John, they have the best fish and chips in the city, and they also have a pretty stellar beer selection. After we exhausted all of our photo ops at Owen and Engine, we headed to Welles park to do just a few outdoor photos at the seriously gorgeous gazebo. It was pretty chilly, so we made the outdoor portion quick and then called it a day! Lisa and John are big foodies, and when I first met Lisa, she told me the most important things to them on their wedding day is having good food, good drinks, and a good time. I think they have their priorities in line! I cannot wait to shoot their wedding this coming June at The Bristol in Chicago. For now, enjoy the photos of this beautiful couple!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Steph + Patrick | Madison Engagement Session

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Patrick and Steph for the first time in person! They are living out in California (ugh jealous) now, so I had only met them via the internet until Friday. They were major troopers sticking it out in the cold cold Madison weather we were having. Especially coming from the nice California temps. These two were so great to work with! We went to a few different spots around Madison including Olin Park, the UW Geology Museum, and finally we snapped a few final photos right outside the Camp Randall arch. The museum was probably my favorite part because I had never been - it was cool looking at all of the neat fossils (nerd alert), and it was also much warmer than outside haha. Whenever Steph and Patrick travel, they always make it a point to go to a museum together, so it was only fitting to include that in the engagement session. We had a great morning even with the cold weather, and I'm so so excited for their October wedding at the Madison Children's Museum!