Last Thursday night I had the pleasure of shooting another event for the Best Buddies of Illinois. The mission of Best Buddies is to “enrich the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment”. It is a wonderful organization and the work they do in their community is truly inspiring. They hosted an evening networking event at the very cool Rockit Bar & Grill to raise money for the wonderful work they do.
Last Monday I got a call from Joe who was in the process of setting up the perfect birthday celebration for his girlfriend Leslie. They would go out to dinner at her favorite restaurant, Quartino followed by a walk through downtown Chicago. They would end their evening at Buckingham Fountain for the Wednesday night summer fireworks. While on their walk, Joe would give Leslie small gifts leading up to her big surprise that she would receive at Buckingham Fountain.
Joe had commissioned Leslie’s best friend to create a painting of the two of them to capture the evening, Buckingham Fountain, the Fireworks with Joe down on one knee holding a ring PROPOSING to Leslie. How is that?!
My mission? To secretly follow them around and capture the night in photos without getting caught by Leslie. I met up with them about halfway through dinner, down Michigan Ave., through Millennium Park (where I had to dive into a bush to keep from being seen) and on to Buckingham Fountain. Joe’s whole plan worked like a charm, she was completely surprised and immediately said,YES! Congratulations again you two! Here are some of my favorites from the evening:
The staff at Quartino was amazing. They were incredibly open and flexible, allowing me to get a few stealth shots. I’m pretty sure by the time I left, half the wait staff knew what was happening and were super helpful in tipping me off to when they were leaving. P.S. Their food is AMAZING…
This moment happened right after Joe put the ring on her finger, so sweet!
We did a little reenactment so I could use the flash and really catch the moment. They were still both so in the moment, it could have been the real thing 🙂
A quick photo with the painting, which was absolutely stunning!
These last two are my favorite shots from the night…
I am in the process of furiously editing the pictures to share with Joe and Leslie but I wanted to post this one! Last night I have the pleasure and honor of documenting their engagement. I’ll share the story with the full set of images but for now, you can have this one.
Well, it is officially spring in Chicago. The weather is chilly and I’m pretty sure I’ve not seen the sun for days with all the rain we’ve been having. Because I like to live dangerously (and by dangerous I mean randomly) I decided today that I wanted to pull the images off my iPhone because I have a few I wanted to share.
I love the angle I got on this one – it looks like the bus is trying to run away.
Even walking in Chicago you run into pot holes…
April Showers bring Tulips!
Leaving Milwaukee to come back to Sweet Home, Chicago
A self-pic that I think turned out rather well…I can still feel the sun on the back of my neck
Can I just tell you how excited I am for this weekend?! The summer fun officially kicks off with Cub Hunt this Saturday. Cub Hunt is a scavenger hunt started last year by a friend of mine. I’ll be spending the whole day with my closest friends, running around the city of Chicago acting like a total goofball, what could be better? I will definitely be taking my my camera and capture the shenanigans! Until I have some of those pics to post, here are some of my favorite portrait shots I wanted to share.
I was having a wave of home sickness the other day and was going through my family photos folder when I stumbled on these gems. These two fur balls are the family dogs; Gus and Opi. We’ve had Opi for 11 years and Gus for a little over 3. They’re both some sort of lab mix adopted from the Humane Society in Michigan. Opi was a constant in my life through high school and college. He is paws down the best dog you could ask for, obediant, affectionate and gentle, he has a wonderful spirit. Gus is the baby, he’s high energy, curious and your classic troublemaker. These two were my shadows (because I was the designated walker) during the months I spent at home before moving to Chicago. Even now when I come home, they are every hopeful shadows looking for the chance for a walk and always egar for a little lovin’. I look forward to the day when I can open my home to dogs or my own but for now, I’ll take these two.
Oh hai, I can haz kiss now?
When you talk to him in certain tones he cocks his head like this, it is the cutest thing I have every seen.
How can you not love this face?
Our regal old dog, Opi.