Fellow Chicago wedding photographer David Bracho and his wife Shannon Kelly put the stress on me when they chose me to document their very won wedding at St. Clements this past November. I am always nervous and a wreck when I pick up my camera, but knowing you are shooting another photographer’s wedding just elevates all the anxiety to a whole new level.
Not only have I never shot a wedding at the Chicago Art Institute, I have never shot an engagement session in that space either. When my client, fellow wedding photographer and colleague David Bracho and his fiancee Shannon, wanted to begin their Chicago engagement session on the main steps inside the Art Institute, I was excited to try something new.
I have mulled this blog post over in my head so many times that I can’t believe it is time to actually sit down and write. Yes! After 14 years in Chicago and more than 12 running a wedding photography studio, I am expanding my business and opening a brand new studio space.
Jeannie and Chris’ Chicago wedding at The Ivy Room was definitely one of many weddings this year I was very much looking forward to. If you have not seen either of their Chicago engagement sessions I would take a little break and at least take a look.
Never before have I communicated so much with a client. Between the emails and abundant text messages I found myself learning a lot more about what it takes to plan a wedding. Photography is hard. It is even painful! But to put on a party like the one for Rachel and Bryan made me realize there is more to a wedding than deciding on key vendors and what color table linens look best.