February 16, 2022

Tips for Couples Photos in Chicago, IL

During my short time living in Chicago last fall as a wedding photographer, I learned a lot about the unpredictable and yet beautiful windy city. Capturing wedding in Chicago is so much fun. Regardless of the season and weather, its always gorgeous.

This session was for dear friends, Hayden and Matthew. I was able to capture that season of life for them, and it was a joy. The two of them have shared the past two year falling in love beside the Chicago skyline, so there was no better spot to capture their love than this gorgeous location. 

The city glowed for them in the background of their sweet kisses and cuddles. They huddled together to brave the cold and wind, and it perfectly resembled their love. They go shoulder to shoulder in life together, and it shows. The love they share is beautiful, and I was so glad to document it for them. 

As a Chicago & destination wedding photographer, I gathered together some tips and tricks to keep in mind as you prepare for your portraits.

  1. To start, I always recommend choosing a location that reflects your relationship and personalities. Chicago has so many scenic locations that can provide a perfect backdrop for your photos, such as Millennium Park, Navy Pier, The Chicago Riverwalk, or The Art Institute of Chicago. However, you can also choose a location that reflects your interests as a couple, such as a favorite restaurant, sports stadium, or a unique landmark.
  2. Chicago has four very distinct seasons, each with its unique charm. You may want to plan your photo shoot during the spring or fall when the weather is mild, and the city is not too crowded. Additionally, consider scheduling your shoot during the “golden hour,” which is the hour after sunrise or before sunset, as the lighting during this time is soft and warm.
  3. If you’ve spent any time at all in Chicago, you know the weather is unpredictable. Make sure you dress appropriately for the season, check the weather consistently leading up to your session. You want to be comfortable, but also of course look your best. Especially if you’ll be walking tom multiple locations, consider wearing layers, bringing a jacket or coat, or bringing along hand-warmers in the colder months.
  4. Trust your photographer with poses and prompts! We are the professionals and although something may feel awkward or uncomfortable in the moment, laugh through it and know how incredible it looks! We wouldn’t pose you in a way that looks unnatural! I’ve created this Pinterest board to help you gain inspiration going into your session.
  5. Have fun: The most important thing is to have fun during your engagement photo shoot! Remember that these photos are meant to capture your love and happiness, so relax and enjoy the moment.

For other blog posts like this one, take a look through my Journal page and see weddings and sessions from other locations. I’ve had the honor of traveling to places such as Southern California, the Oregon CoastNew York CityCape CodDenver and more!

Chicago wedding photographer gives tips and tricks for engagement photos