When I pulled up next to them in the parking lot with my windows down and Teddy said “is that Bon Iver?” I knew we were in for a good session. We trekked into the Bluff Spring Nature Preserve during glow hour and the weather was that perfect taste of early fall we (by we I mean… me) have been longing for after a hot, hot summer. (Side note: i never knew this place existed until I googled “wild flower fields near me” while searching for the perfect spot in the suburbs for this shoot and it’s… 15 minutes from my house. Facepalm.) We listened to, you guessed it, Bon Iver and some other romantic portrait jams while I documented the love between these two, and if I said “sooo cute” while shooting once I said it 100 times. Abby is an absolute stunner and it’s so obvious how much Teddy adores her. Their love + soft summer light glowing on them made for a gallery of so many favorites that I had to share some of them here. I cannot wait to shoot their wedding next May!
Spent the day before Chicago’s April blizzard roaming around town with these two. We started off at Garfield Park Conservatory, made a pit-stop at the 606, and finished with ice cream at Margie’s Candy (the very same spot they had their first date!) We had so much fun, and I cannot wait to shoot their wedding in September.
It’s hard to believe this is my third season on the books full-time. Freelancing is liberating, challenging, exciting and stressful all at the same time, and I am grateful to have had another year full of wonderful clients and travel. Thank you to everyone who has continued to support me and my business, and a special thanks to all of my second shooters for their time and help this season.
There are some epic weddings planned for 2019, but I am still booking— head to the “contact” tab on my website, or e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to save $250 off of your package price.
Looking forward to creating more with you all in the New Year.
All images © Arielle Gallione 2018