Irina + Tony :: Downtown Chicago Engagement

I had an insanely busy Memorial Day with four photo sessions lined up for the long weekend. I wrapped up on Monday with an engagement session in Downtwon Chicago. Our photo session was initially scheduled on a Sunday, but the weather had their own little plans. So we moved our plans along with 100,000+ other people to Monday.

We began our photo session in a park where Tony proposed and then slowly moved to Navy Pier maneuvering around 100,000+ people that visited Chicago over the holiday. After spending some time at Navy Pier, we headed back to Irina and Tony’s home to pick up and photograph another member of their family. Congratulations you guys!

There are so many amazing views in Chicago and yet I’m drawn to Chicago alleys. Thus producing my favorite image of the night:

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I had the pleasure photographing the C family and their little bundle of joy. At almost 2 years old, Cohen was full of energy and smiles.

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May 27, 2011 - 8:59 am

donna - Hi Monica,
You have a beutiful family. Lovely pictures that look so professional like you were all models….

June 30, 2011 - 10:03 am

Peter Chan - Kevin! Great pictures! You, Monica, and Cohen make one fine-looking family! Wishing you and your family the very best!


June 30, 2011 - 4:57 pm

RSCuasay - Dear Kevin and Monica: You do have a bundle of joy. With Cohen,
your threesome make for a great family with or without pictures.
But with pictures such as the ones you have, we call you generous for sharing every beautiful one of them. The grandchildren call us Grandpa Ray and Mama Lou. Welcome Cohen,
to a world that has already started to be yours!

July 1, 2011 - 6:49 am

Frank - What a beautiful family. You should be very proud!

July 8, 2011 - 7:56 am

Jay and Neha - Beautiful pictures of the family

before & after

I’ve been getting a lot more questions lately asking what is advanced digital editing and why it takes so long to see edited images of the client’s photo session. So I wanted to share some before and after images to better show the time and effort involved in finalizing each and every image I produce.
Editing photos takes at least 2-3 times as long as the photo session itself. First, I sort through all the photos, narrowing it down to the top shots, then I do color correcting and cropping. Finally I hand edit each images to present you with a flawless piece of art!

Editing newborn sessions involves a lot more work than with any regular portrait sessions. With newborn sessions, safety comes first! Which means, most images involve cropping out parents, hands and other safety tools.

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Uneven lines are one of my biggest pet peeves. In this image, I corrected all the columns and ceiling. This images also has too many “conflicting colors” so it was converted into a deep sepia. I used the dodge and burn tool to show off the details in the rusty tunnel.

before and after

When I took this image I knew right away that it would be converted into a black and white. The trees forming the horizon was evened out, the dramatic sky was taken from a different photo and there was a LOT of dodging and burning to show better details of water and sky.

before and after

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