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September 13, 2010

Susan & Richard | Millennium Park & Adler Planetarium | Chicago Engagement Session

Sometimes life is ridiculously good. I’m not saying I haven’t had my fair share of challenges recently, but I’ve also frequently been feeling the need to pinch myself as a reality check that I get to do what I love.  When I met up with Sue and Rich for their engagement session, it was one of those moments.  It was an astoundingly beautiful, sunny (albeit sticky) Chicago day. I had my good friend, Nick Wrzesinski, shooting with me- a photographer who continually impresses me with his extraordinary technical skill, creativity and brilliance. And when we started talking with Rich and Sue, I realized that not only were they an outrageously gorgeous couple, but that they were laid back, fun, completely in love, and up for anything.  Sue’s energy and uplifting personality are the things Rich most adores in his fiancée, and her vibrancy shone throughout the session. Rich said life with Sue is always exciting, and he loves her spontaneity. Her upbeat attitude keeps him going and it was truly contagious as we traipsed through the city.  Susan fell in love with Richard’s genuineness and the fact that she can count on him for anything. He is unwavering and means what he says. As we chatted about his work, I was struck by his transparency and kindness. But being true to himself and others also comes with some spark- and his humor, mixed with occasional sarcasm, is another characteristic Sue is crazy about!  Sue and Rich are both full of so much life and it was wonderful to share their enjoyment of it together.  I am so thankful to Charlene Liang of Sweetchic Events for connecting us!

One of my favorite shots on the El was taken by Nick, below.

The Theatre District is still so magical to me, and I was thrilled when Sue and Rich wanted to shoot for awhile on Randolph.  They came alive with the bustle of traffic and bright lights of the marquee surrounding them.

Our downtown experience would not have been complete without a stop at Chicago’s quintessential Millennium Park, and we had some fun by the Bean and under the magnificent Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Nick brilliantly rocked out the tilt-shift in this one.

Our final stop was Adler Planetarium for a glimpse of the gorgeous skyline at twilight. The clouds were absolutely divine, and the lights of the city became more enchanting as the sky grew darker.

Another one of Nick’s gems, on the left below.

While surrounded by dear friends and family this week in Hawaii, Rich and Sue will profess their vows to one another amidst the crashing waves and the tropical sun. As they begin this new chapter in their lives, I hope they, too, have that moment when they need to pinch themselves….and smile at the reality of the love they share. Because life…is just ridiculously good.



  1. Alexander Hahn

    September 13th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    fantastic work Jenn!! your talent and your eye continues to astound me :) keep up the good work!!!!!


  2. Danny Mendoza

    September 13th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Gorgeous as usual! LOVE THE BEAN!!!

  3. Hilary Schwartz

    September 13th, 2010 at 3:44 pm


  4. Jaclyn Simpson

    September 13th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Nice work J…and Nick! Love them all!!

  5. Anna Bonick

    September 13th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Ohhh! Another session of yours to linger over! Beautiful work, lovelies!!!! I can totally see the way Nick added to your session, Jenn. I loved the colors Susan brought to the session! My favorite image (hard!) was the one of them sitting by the lake, her eyes closed and Richard drinking her in. There’s such as sense of passion in that one!!!

  6. Alan Amato

    September 14th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Awesome e-session, Jenn. You seem to have all sorts of fancy tools in your bag now and you know how to rock them.

  7. Maribeth Ratajczyk

    September 28th, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Very nicely done Jenn!! Great color, focus, positioning etc. The couple looks so happy! :) Congrats to them.

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