Yes, catching up on my life has been a challenge these past few weeks. For instance, I called up a friend and found out she had finished grad school, passed her exam, accepted and started a job, moved AND started dating someone all while I dropped off the face of the planet. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
Anywho, I had the good fortune to spend the 4th of July on the water. My friend Kerry’s parents have a lovely boat they keep downtown and they were gracious enough to allow me to crash their party. It was a beautiful day full of boat rides, drinks and so much good food I can’t even talk about it all. Here are some of the pictures from our day on the H2O.
Driving lesson on the boat = Kennice almost falling overboard
I know this post is a long (very long) time coming but it has taken me a while to get through all the pictures. Since I live on the parade route, my roommate and I decided to host the 2nd Annual Pride Brunch on the morning of the Chicago Pride Parade. It was a beautiful day and we had a great gathering of friends. I have to say, watching the parade from the comfort of your own home as opposed to hanging out with the masses is definitely the way to go. Here are some of my favorites from the day.
Coming soon…parade pictures!
A few weeks ago over drinks my friend Sushma and I started talking about how I wanted to do more portrait sessions. Because she is amazing and gorgeous, she agreed to be my model and to show off some of her Indian heritage in the process. We spent Saturday morning down in the flower gardens by Lincoln Park Zoo, laughing and having a blast. (I even have the sunburn to prove it!) Anyway, here are some of my favorites from our shoot. Every time I have looked at these pictures in the past week it has brought a huge smile to my face. I hope you enjoy these pictures of my dear friend as much as I 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…
A few weeks ago I purchased my first professional grade flash. With my schedule being what it is, I finally got the chance to take it out for a spin this weekend. I would like to issue a special THANK YOU to my sister and her friends who were more than willing to be my models as I experimented with various settings and got used to my new baby. Lucky for me my sister has a gorgeous group of friends so they made my job easy. Here are some of my favorites.
All the girlies
They were all laughing and giggling the whole time, I’m glad I got this one…
These two have been besties for a long time. I love this pic of the two of them.
This one reminds me of an 80’s movie…
Pretty standard for the baby bunny…
This is my favorite – we took a bunch of these and in every single shot one of them always has their tongue out
A while back I decided I wanted to explore the city with my camera for the day. I convinced my charming roommate Karen to join me for an adventure to Greektown. It was a great day so we ended up wandering all over the downtown area. Here are some of my favorite shots from that day:
We started in a small shop that sold all kinds of crazy candles. I had to sneak this one! (It’s all about the fast luck :-P)
Another stolen shot in a grocery store. The explanation for this requires a long story involving a mouse and my roommate keeping Ramen under her bed. We thought the mouse would approve…
Very tasty cappuccino!
The beautiful presentation of the chocolate mousse didn’t last long. It went straight from the table into my mouth…
Look ma! No spoon!
She’s a good model after you get her hopped up on sugar!
I enjoy finding random Christmas lights turned on during the day…in February…
My favorite shot of the day. Her nickname is “Shady” so I am really glad I caught this moment of silliness on the EL
Happy Birthday to my dear friend Lindsay (we call her Wiggles). We met as sorority sisters at Michigan State and I am proud to say have grown to be even better friends as adults. This weekend was Lindsay’s birthday so we decided to brave the strange weather and head down to North Avenue Beach for a little photo session. Here are some of my favorites from our day…
Proof positive that there is someone out there who appreciates my jokes!
I couldn’t crop this one because then you wouldn’t believe me when I say this girl can jump!
This is the standard Lindsay, always happy and smiling
She’s so gorgeous in this one!
I’m ending with my favorite shot of the day. I love the sass!