It was a special day this past Thursday. Varuna and Ritish have maintained a long distance relationship across the Pacific Ocean. Chicago and India. And towards the end of her first trip to America, Ritish brought her to the University of Chicago Campus (U of C) for a photo session! Now Ritish is an amateur photographer himself, and I felt a huge burden to do a good job for him! I know he appreciates my creative vision and photography skills and the pressure was on! And we couldn’t call the photo session an ‘engagement session’ because they weren’t engaged yet! =)
So…I think I deserve to get the best ‘wingman’ award for the day. OR the best ‘assist’ if you will. I had to sell the photo session to Varuna w/o making his secret obvious: that in an hour, Ritish would ask for her hand…right in front of my lens! =) I played it off well, and she HAD NOT IDEA. =)
We just started walking around the University of Chicago campus taking photos. Since the photo shoot was a surprise to Varuna, I wanted to ease her into the pictures. We were able to get some amazing photos as Ritish and Varuna were both so happy to be together, that they almost seemed oblivious to the camera! Little did Varuna know…that the shoot would end at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel where Ritish had something special in mind for his proposal! Read on to see the pictures!
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A beautiful spring day for some photos!
I love the architecture at the University of Chicago. You would not think you are on the south side of Chicago! =)
Look at their smiles in the photo!
Magnolias were blooming!
Their emotions don’t get any more real and authentic. My job as a photographer is not just about taking pictures, but allowing the real personalities of my couples to shine through. THIS IS WHO THEY ARE.
Spring engagement photography wouldn’t be complete without some colorful tulips!
And for Ritish, I busted out my special Nikon manual focus 50 1.2 lens! Are you a photographer? Check out the creamy bokeh in this photo!
Inside the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel…he asked for her hand on one knee….the way to do it!
And in case you didn’t know the ending to the show…she said yes!
We took advantage of the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel interior for some creative photos!
I feel the love between these two…it was a joy to witness and be apart of their special day!
In the back of the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel…I just had to have them go up and get a photo!
Since this day was filled with SOOOOO many wonderful moments, I decided to create an HD slideshow for them! So enjoy a more full experience of Ritish + Varuna’s University of Chicago: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Engagement & Proposal! An amazing couple + love = memorable photos!
Music Credit: Ludovico Einaudi: I Giorni