Cozy Lifestyle Session | The Barron's

A few weeks ago, a good friend invited me to her home to capture a lifestyle session for her family. I actually met Cassie though one of our amazing previous brides (who coincidentally just welcomed her first little man into the world..... Congrats Jenny!!!)

Cassie is an amazing makeup artist, and we've had the pleasure of working together a few times now. Not only is she the sweetest ever, she's so naturally gorgeous- (Think- if there were as All-American version of a French girl... LOL!) She has the most beautiful family and the most beautiful home!!! Cookies, love, and cuddles in bed- definitely the main ingredients to the best kind of afternoon. Check out their story below!


Chicago River North Engagement | Erin + Jeremiah

Today these two became husband and wife! While we weren't able to be there today for the wedding - we did have the oppertunity to capture their love a few weeks ago <3 So, in the meantime- enjoy this sweet love sesh! 

We wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy! Congrats Erin and Jeremiah!


Jamie and Jess

Secret Garden Wedding | Tomi + Jen

Tomi and Jen's wedding was so amazing, from start to finish - and the entire vibe of the day, from beginning to end- was just so.... THEM! They chose to get ready at Public Hotel which is a photographers dream... Jess and I chose to get ready there too for our wedding, because.... all white erethaaang.... duh! The whole space is just so bright and airy, and the decor is amazing (chic cows in hats, because- obviously!) Seriously, we love that place!

Champagne and High Life  chilled on ice while Tomi perfected their reception playlist and Jen got her makeup done. Tad bounced around the room snacking on M&M's as the parents laughed and sipped on coffee and mimosas.

Tomi and Jen wanted to spend time partying with family and friends at the wedding, so they opted to do photos beforehand. We ran around the city, and even made a pit stop at Jess and I's place to cool off, take a shot, and get some kitty cuddles in before the ceremony... Seriously you guys. Cat stops on the wedding day?! I think I'm going to start suggesting that to all of our couples.... LOL!  ((It's a shame Ruri wasn't there for that part, she's the biggest cat lady on the planet. Next time dear Ruri, next time.))

After our cat stop, we headed to the venue for some Twila time!!! Twila was all dressed up in her navy floral bow tie and she was soooo excited to see her moms! 

Guests were greeted to the ceremony with shots and smiles, and there was not a dry eye in the crowd as Tomi and Jen said their I Do's. The food was amazing (what?! an entire vegan section?! and that cornbread...... OHMYGODTHATCORNBREAD.) The dance floor was packed and the drinks were flowing, and the party continued down the street at Simones long after the reception had officially ended....#tomidewjen till the end!!!!!

We love you guys and everyone at your wedding so much, and know nothing but the best is in store for you both! PS... guys... We're about 6 months past due on family Roseanne Netflix night.. get on it! WE LOVE YOU!


Jamie and Jess


Venue, Catering & Decor: Honky Tonk BBQ

Vegan Catering: The Chicago Diner

Hair Stylist: Sara Burggraf

Makeup Artist: Aja Vines

Dress: Vera Wang

Heels: Jeffrey Campbell

Floral Ties: DAZlusa


Downtown Engagement | Lyssa and Luis

WHERE TO EVEN BEGIN. These two. Their history. and THIS SHOOT. Ah!

Let's go back a little bit, and let me tell you the story of how our friendship with this babe began......

Lyssa and I both used to work for Zano Salon (Z TEAM REPRESENT!), and we vaguely knew each other through the various company meetings and classes we'd attend.  To those of you who know me (Jamie) - I'm a fairly serious person.... quiet, serious, dare I say socially awkward?! (The answer is yes, I daresay. I'm so awkward....) So, whenever I'd run into Lyssa at these meetings it was like- HOW AM I NOT UNCOMFORTABLE AROUND THIS ETERNALLY SMILY HAPPY STRANGER.... WHO ARE YOU? AND WHY ARE YOU SO FUN?! ((For real you guys, I'm like a turtle and I practically hide in my shell around people I don't know very well. In a Zano company meeting setting, that meant I'd pretty much stick by Deo and Lawrence's side the whole time..... LOL)) But then along came Lyssa, oh dear sweet Lyssa....... it was always just WAY TOO EASY to hang with her on the various occasions we'd run into each other- She's got this contagious energy and hilarious sense of humor... it's hard to not love her the second you meet her!

Fast forward a couple years- when the stars somehow aligned and we all became roommates..... I can absolutely say that living with Lyssa was one of THE BEST roommate experiences- she's like the most hilarious and fun loving person to be around EVER, Luis is certainly lucky to have snagged her for keeps!  

These two are so ridiculously adorable together, and we had such a blast running around downtown. We also finally got to shoot at this cool garage rooftop location we scouted/tested a month or so ago and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use. We also ran down to Ohio street beach just as the sun was setting... it was windy and beautiful. Swoon..

Lyssa and Luis are getting married this coming November, and we will be there (as guests! woohoo!) We can't wait to see the magic that our amazingly talented friends Ed & Aileen capture on their wedding day! 


Jamie and Jess