White Paws + High School Sweethearts! Nicole + Shawn!

Unique referrals

I’m so excited to share this Chicago engagement photo session with you! Not only because we captured fabulous photos, but because of the unique referrals that sent Nicole + Shawn to Nakai Photography!

As a small boutique business, I truly value word of mouth marketing. Most of my clients come to me because they heard about me from a friend or family member. OR they saw my photos of someone they know on facebook. In today’s economic climate I am so thankful to have friends and acquaintances who are willing to share my imagery with others.

I have two ‘friends’…who unbeknownst to each other…each shared my wedding photography with Nicole! I haven’t seen either of these two for years, but they appreciate what I do, and when they found out Nicole was engaged, they felt ‘compelled‘ to tell her about me! So thank you Stefani & Sherin! I appreciate you guys!

But enough of the background story, onto their Chicago engagement photos!

A New Challenge for this Chicago Engagement Photographer

A new challenge came in the form of fur and white paws! This guy was adorable! And he was such a puppy! Not only in size, but in personality! Though…this did mean that the engagement shoot turned into a mini family session! =)

Such a cutie! Um…sorry Nicole, I’m talking about Franklin. =)

And his white paws! Nicole had a GREAT idea…to wear shoes that have white soles to match Franklin’s white paws!

And then we lost the ‘kid’ and we back to our engagement photos! =)

I love the moment in this photo!

Walking down Oak St (right off Chicago’s infamous Michigan Ave)

Shawn can’t help but to check out his beautiful fiance =)

Yes…as this engagement photos clearly indicates…these two can be quite the show stoppers!

A unique angle for an engagement photo!

Chicago Engagement Photos at Night!

We waited for the sun to set in Chicago and then went out on the town for some photos at night!

Love this photo!

Nothing says Chicago like the “EL’ train tracks-

And one last photo of these two high school sweethearts!

Thanks so much for a great time Nicole & Shawn! It was great to see Franklin too while he’s still small! You guys did a great job during the photo shoot! More photos will be posted in facebook later this week!

Thanks for having me as your Chicago engagement photographer!

with love,


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