Tag: engagement

Rayla & Aaron

We are so excited to finally share Rayla Barnfield and Aaron Bolton’s Chicago Engagement Session from this summer on our blog!! It’s been a whirlwind of sessions, weddings, and editing and we are catching up! Rayla and Aaron were SO adorable together and we were so thrilled to get to photograph their engagement session!

Chicago is nothing short of stunning when it comes to a background – so many amazing places and colors for fun photos! I’ve always wanted to visit shoot a Chicago Engagement Session and let me tell you – it did not disappoint! Definitely a change from our typical Southern Illinois scenery, haha!  Skyscrapers, fountains, city lights… all things that scream CITY! I was in love! During our session we visited Navy Pier, the Chicago Riverwalk, Buckingham Fountain, and ended at the Planetarium for some nighttime cityscape photos!Chicago Engagement Session Navy Pier Navy Pier Ferris Wheel couple's engagement session Navy Pier ferris wheel is such a neat backdrop for photos! Couple posing on Navy Pier Steps Chicago Photo sessionThese two photos were shot while we were waiting on a Uber ride – lots of time spent in traffic, waiting on cabs/uber cars, and traveling – but SO worth it! We purposely plan extra time for city sessions because of this! And when we travel for a session – we always want to make sure we have ample time to get all the awesome new areas covered!Chicago Riverwalk Couple Photos Engagement session at Chicago RiverwalkWe had never visited the Chicago Riverwalk before this trip and it was definitely worth stopping at for photos! It made a gorgeous backdrop! And how ridiculously sweet are these two!? I just love this snuggly image of Rayla & Aaron! Chicago Rose Garden at Buckingham Fountain Who knew that Buckingham Fountain in Chicago had a gorgeous rose garden next to it? So amazing! And it looked like we purposefully picked Aaron’s shirt for these photos, but it was just by chance that he matched the flowers so perfectly!!Engagement Session Buckingham Fountain Chicago, Illinois Buckingham Fountain Chicago Dip PhotoCatching Buckingham Fountain in Chicago for these sweet sunset photos couldn’t have been more perfect! The fountain lights were starting to shine and the city lights were starting to twinkle creating the perfect backdrop for their session! And we were lucky enough to snag a spot by the fountain that wasn’t flooded with people, too!Chicago Nighttime Skyline Engagement SessionWe ended our Chicago Engagement Session with Rayla and Aaron at the Chicago Planetarium for some amazing nighttime skyline photos with the gorgeous city lights as a backdrop!!!


Kelly & Nathan

Kelly Dagg has been a friend of mine for a long time and I’ve been anxiously awaiting when this day would come! Her and Nathan Smith are the cutest couple with plenty of spunk and have a sweet little girl named Danner (who shares a birthday month with my little girl Anna)! Nathan popped the question last year and caught it on video – so when they got engaged I was lucky enough to get to watch the joy overflow via the video footage on Facebook!

When Kelly asked me to photograph their special day and engagement session – I was ecstatic! Getting to photograph a wedding itself is such an honor, but getting to photograph a friend’s wedding day? Even more exciting! Not to mention Kelly is GORGEOUS!!!!! Making her sweet smile shine on camera was easy peasy! I cannot wait until their big day in November! It will be such a fun & magical day!

Thank you two for trusting me with your memories and I hope you love and cherish your photos!!!


The duck calls and bullets made such a cool backdrop for the RING shot!!! Love it!


Danner is ALWAYS such a ham! I can’t get enough of that adorable grin! She’s a hoot!

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