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First Outdoor Family Session of the Year!

Chicago Family Photography! Spring if FINALLY here in Chicago! The sun was out today and I couldn't be more thankful as I had my first outdoor family portrait session in Lincoln Park! chicago family photographer A portrait of the oldest- chicago kids photography A picture with all three kids! chicago family portrait photography This guy just loved exploring everything in Lincoln Park! chicago family portrait photographer Mom did a wonderful job with their outfits! The colors look great! chicago-family-portrait-photographer-nakai-012 Someone lost her two front teeth! =) chicago family portrait photography I love how the little one is wrapped around his brother's leg! chicago family portrait photographer Be sure to contact me if you need a family photographer for a studio or outdoor session! It makes for a great gift too! chicago kids photography

First Chicago Engagement Photos of the Season!

Chicago Engagement Pictures Spring is finally here in Chicago! They lucked out with one of the warmest days of the year for their engagement session! I'm looking forward to teaming up with A Perfect Event for their wedding later this month! We started their engagement session down by Lake Michigan to get a couple pictures with the Chicago skyline in the background! chicago engagement photographer The John Hancock + the Drake Hotel in the background of this photo chicago engagement photography A cute kissing photo in front of Lake Michigan! lake michigan engagement photos One last Chicago skyline photo on Lake Michigan! chicago skyline engagement photos It was great to have an engagement session in preparation for their wedding day- most of my clients are nervous in front of the camera lens...and an engagement session is a great way to help ease the nerves before the wedding! chicago-engagement-photographer-nakai-photography-006 The spring sun peaking through the Chicago trees! chicago-engagement-photographer-nakai-photography-005 chicago-engagement-photographer-nakai-photography-004 We headed downtown to incorporate the Chicago Theater into a couple pictures! I love how the color of her jacket helps draw your attention to them! chicago engagement photographer chicago engagement photography They wanted a few photos in front of the bridges over the Chicago River! chicago engagement photography chicago bridge engagement photos chicago bridge engagement photos I really enjoyed learning how much they mean to each other - I am truly humbled and thankful to photograph these two and their love for one another! chicago-engagement-photographer-nakai-photography-009 W & J: Thanks for braving the weather for your engagement photos! We got some great pictures in front of the Chicago skyline, bridges & Lake Michigan! I hope these photographs only get you more excited for your wedding!!! with love, Kenny

Chicago Lincoln Park Winter Engagement Photos in the Snow!

Lincoln Park Chicago Winter Engagement Photos The snow has not stopped falling all winter here in Chicago! Dayna + Todd took advantage of a 'warmer' day for their winter engagement photos! The white snow and Chicago skyline made a wonderful combination for their engagement pictures! winter chicago engagement photo The Chicago skyline in the background - winter lincoln park chicago engagement photo Take it from this Chicago engagement photographer, the skyline view from Lincoln Park is one of the best in Chicago! winter chicago engagement picture Almost looks like an advertisement for a winter clothing company! winter chicago engagement picture Lincoln Park in the winter - lincoln park chicago engagement winter picture I was crouching in the snow to shoot through the brown grass for this engagement picture lincoln park chicago engagement winter photo We made sure to take off their sunglasses for a few photos! They are such a fun couple to photograph! winter chicago engagement photo winter lincoln park chicago engagement picture Lookin good! lincoln park chicago engagement winter picture I was really drawn to the shadows on the pavement- something that you only get in the winter! winter lincoln park chicago engagement picture Thought this photo was pretty amazing in Black and white! lincoln park chicago engagement winter picture One last photo of the happily engaged couple! lincoln park chicago engagement winter picture Dayna + Todd: I can't wait til your wedding next year! Thanks for braving the cold winter Chicago weather for your engagement photos! We were able to capture the snow and this epic Chicago winter in your engagement pictures! with love, your Chicago engagement photographer, Kenny

Snow Flurries + Peninsula Hotel + Spiaggia Wedding Photos!

Winter Wedding Photos in the Chicago Snow My last and final winter wedding of the year! Chicago has been hit hard with a ridiculous amount of snow and subzero temperatures this past year! I'm excited to share this last set of winter wedding photos with you! Thanks to Christine from Tying the Knot for another great job of wedding coordinating! Beautiful wedding bouquets and centerpieces from Vale of Enna! Here are two of my favorite photos from their wedding! I love the snow on the ground and the holiday lights in the background! winter chicago wedding photo The church for their wedding ceremony was gorgeous...almost too easy for this wedding photographer! I had to put them in the balcony for this photo! chicago winter wedding photography church The Peninsula Chicago Getting Ready Photos The bride started the day at the luxurious Peninsula Chicago! I hung up her beautiful wedding dress and put her wedding shoes on the window ledge! Such a great view of Chicago from her suite! chicago peninsula wedding photo Her wedding ring picture! wedding ring photo chicago peninsula wedding photo Lots of laughs as the bride slipped on her wedding shoes! chicago peninsula wedding photography chicago peninsula wedding picture We headed downstairs to take some photos around the Peninsula - gorgeous bouquets by Vale of Enna chicago peninsula wedding photography A few portraits of the beautiful bride! chicago peninsula wedding photography chicago peninsula wedding photography One last portrait in the Peninsula before heading the church! chicago peninsula wedding picture Chicago Church Wedding Ceremony The winter Chicago snow streaking down as you enter the church - as a wedding photographer, I try to tell the story of the wedding day through my photos! chicago church wedding photos The groom eagerly awaits his bride- chicago church wedding pictures The cute flower girl! chicago church wedding pictures The gorgeous church as the bride walks down the aisle! chicago church wedding photos chicago-church-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-015 Father - daughter embrace chicago church wedding photos A photo from the balcony of this gorgeous Chicago church! chicago church wedding pictures chicago church wedding photography chicago-church-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-020 A bagpiper lead them down the aisle after the ceremony! chicago bagpipe player wedding photo The grand exit on the steps of the church chicago church wedding photography We took a few photos inside the church before heading out into the winter elements winter chicago church wedding photography winter chicago church wedding photos A bridal party photo winter chicago church wedding photography winter chicago church wedding photos Winter Wedding Photos in the Snow The sun sets so much earlier in Chicago during the winter! I thought to take advantage of our situation by finding some winter lights to help with our photos! I've already had people tell me how wonderful and lovely these winter photos turned out! winter chicago snow wedding photos The bridesmaids! winter chicago snowy wedding photos Groomsmen photo! winter chicago snowy wedding pictures winter chicago snow wedding pictures He's having a good time in the snow on his wedding day! fun winter chicago snow wedding photos We headed back to the Peninsula for a couple photos before heading to Spiaggia for their wedding reception peninsula chicago wedding photo peninsula chicago wedding photo We had to take a photo with one of the Peninsula Lion statutes! peninsula chicago wedding picture Spiaggia Wedding Reception Photos Spiaggia is one of Chicago's top Italian restaurants, and they have a private dining area for weddings and other events! The guests were treated to this wonderful floral arrangement by Vale of Enna as they entered the Spiaggia cocktail reception. vale of enna wedding flowers The Spiaggia wedding reception room spiaggia wedding reception photo Their wedding cake picture! spiaggia wedding reception picture The bride and groom thanking their guests for attending- spiaggia-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-039 First dance photos! spiaggia wedding reception picture spiaggia wedding reception picture Fun moments on the dance floor! spiaggia-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-042 spiaggia-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-043 spiaggia-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-044 spiaggia-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-045 One last photo of the bride and groom dancing the night away at Spiaggia! spiaggia-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-046 Thanks for having me as your wedding photographer and thank you for going outside in the Chicago snow for those winter photos! May the Lord continue to bless your marriage and lead you both as you enter this new season of life! with love, your Chicago wedding photographer, Kenny

Anita + Deepak’s Wedding Slideshow!

Chicago Indian Wedding Photography In lieu of this being Superbowl week...I thought to share the wedding photography video of the only Seahawks fan I know in Chicago! He had a Seahawks jersey given to him as a gift from his bride on his wedding day, there was a Seahawks helmet ON their wedding cake, and they played a game of Seahawks vs Da Bears during the reception! So for the sake of this blog post...Go NFC and Go Seahawks! Ok...well this slideshow is more than just an ode to Seattle...there are so many beautiful wedding photos from Anita + Deepak's special day! Be sure to see all the wonderful Indian wedding traditions! We also took the time to drive down to Chicago for their creative portrait photos! We took some epic Chicago skyline and Millennium Park photos! To read more about their wedding, be sure to check out their Anita + Deepak's wedding photography blog post! Be sure you have a good internet connection so you can enjoy the slideshow in full HD! If you prefer to watch on YouTube =) Enjoy!