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Chicago Engagement Photos – North Ave Beach

It was another amazing day for engagement pictures in Chicago! Jaimee + Dan were so great to work with! Like most clients, Jaimee was really nervous going into the session…but I’m sure you’ll agree with me…their engagement photos turned out – Ah may zing!

Just wanted to share this email that Jaimee sent me:

Hey Kenny-
We just wanted to send a quick thank you for everything yesterday – we had so much fun with you…. and you are seriously awesome at what you do!!!! You made us feel very comfortable, passionate and excited throughout the whole experience. We really appreciate your time and for giving us so much confidence in doing this all over again on our wedding day 🙂

I love it when clients enjoy their experience with me! Anyways, let’s get to the pictures! We started taking their pictures at North Ave Beach!

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Photographer pro tip: North Ave Beach has a gorgeous view of the Chicago skyline! =)

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north ave beach engagement photographer chicago

north ave beach engagement pictures chicago

Chicago West Loop Engagement Photography

We stopped by Chicago’s West Loop for a few pictures under the “El” tracks!

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The West Loop is great for photographers…so many great urban + industrial spots!

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This crazy awesome mural in the West Loop makes the perfect backdrop for engagement photos!

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west loop chicago engagement photos

west loop chicago engagement photographer

west loop chicago engagement photos

Kinzie Bridge Engagement Photos

To close out their engagement session blog post, here are some pictures we took at the Kinzie Bridge!

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kinzie bridge chicago engagement photographer

As an engagement photographer, I love sun flare…here I placed it right behind the couple’s kiss – at the perfect intersection of the steel beams of the bridge!

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kinzie bridge chicago engagement photographer

Thanks Jaimee + Dan for a great session! Thank you for trusting me throughout! Can’t wait til the wedding!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny

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Pelican Hill Resort – Destination Wedding – Newport Beach

Amy + Tomer’s destination wedding slideshow at the luxurious Pelican Hill Resort! Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch the video in HD!

To read more about their destination wedding details, be sure to check out their Pelican Hill Wedding Blog Post!

In case you missed Amy + Tomer’s engagement photos in Chicago, be sure to check them out!

Wedding Details:

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Pelican Hill Resort
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige
Shoes: Valentino
Planner: Mele Amore Events

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Chicago Engagement Photography

Nancy + Matt’s engagement photos along Chicago’s riverwalk! Nothing is more iconic than the Chicago river, bridges and architecture! I’ve known Nancy for a long time…as we were friends in high school! It was fun to photograph these two and getting to know Matt a little better!

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As a photographer, I love the clean lines and juxtaposition of concrete/glass with the green trees!

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Love the sun reflection flare coming through in this photo!

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This part of the riverwalk is new…just completed last year!

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A reflection photo-

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The Wrigley building is Chicago without being cliche!

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Thanks Nancy + Matt for a great engagement session along the Chicago riverwalk! Can’t wait til your wedding!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny

 

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Destination Wedding at Pelican Hill Resort – Newport Beach, California

Can’t wait to share all these wonderful photos taken at Amy + Tomer’s destination wedding at the renowned Pelican Hill Resort! I love to travel and I am always excited to photograph a destination wedding!

Amy + Tomer were familiar with my photographs as I was the wedding photographer for their friends in Chicago. (Fabulous weddings for Dayna + Todd // Maggie + Phil) It always means a lot when clients refer me to their friends + family! I’m also looking forward to shooting their friend’s (Dana + Jay) wedding next year!!!

In case you missed Amy + Tomer’s engagement photos in Chicago, be sure to check them out!

Wedding Details:

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Pelican Hill Resort
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige
Shoes: Valentino
Planner: Mele Amore Events

One of the best photos of the day – taken under a full moon!

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The Pelican Hill resort overlooks the ocean – what a perfect location place for a wedding!

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The ocean and Pelican Hill rotunda in the reflection!

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A fun moment after the champagne was safely uncorked! =)
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Amy looked stunning in her wedding dress!

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This dress needed a photo of the back too!

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Getting ready with the guys – Tomer getting some assistance from his brother

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My second photographer, Tom, shot these awesome portraits of Tomer!

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Pelican Hill Resort Wedding Photos

The Pelican Hill Resort has so many fantastic spots for photos-

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I always enjoy incorporating different vegetation in destination wedding photos! Those are olive trees above Amy + Tomer!

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This right here should be a magazine advertisement-

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The bridesmaids…each wearing a different dress!

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Full bridal party picture

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Such a pretty photo!

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This is definitely not Chicago. =)

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Walking down the aisle – The benefit of having a second photographer…two vantage points of such a memorable moment!

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Tomer sharing the moment he ‘knew’ Amy was THE ONE. =)

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Shout out to past + future clients! =

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And the perfect photo to end the night!

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Congrats again to Amy + Tomer! Thank you for flying us out to photograph your wedding! It was an amazing time and we are thankful to have been apart of it all! It was the perfect destination wedding spot!

with love,

Kenny

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Best Chicago Engagement Photos of the Session!

Theresa + Anthony had an amazing engagement session here in Chicago! We took photos on Michigan Avenue, the Riverwalk, and the best spot to view the Chicago skyline! Here are some of the best photos from the day – I especially love the ones taken at night!

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As an engagement photographer, I’m always looking for a new perspective for a picture – and I found this one on Michigan Avenue with the John Hancock in the background! It’s so Chicago without being cliche!

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Found this cute table…almost feels like NYC Central Park!

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chicago engagement session photography

He definitely knows how to make her smile! I love the pattern and shadows on the concrete above them!

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Chicago Engagement Photography on the Riverwalk at Night

As a photographer, I love the challenge of taking photos at night! The results: romantic, unique and AMAZING! Some of my best engagement pictures are taken at night!

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romantic chicago engagement photo best riverwalk at night

We had to make one last quick spot at one of the best views of the Chicago skyline! Epic photo!

 

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And I love the way the wind blew her hair – the Chicago glowing in the background!

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Anthony + Theresa…can’t wait until your wedding later this year! It’s going to be the best! So happy to be working together!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny

 

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