Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Chicago Family Shoot

While the heat and humidity had set in, it was still an absolutely beautiful day for family photos at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Chicago.  The lily pool is always a stunning location for photos because it has so many different nooks.  It was such a pleasure to take Bernadette and Neal’s family photos there.

It was so amazing to get the chance to take their family portraits because they were one of the first families I ever had the chance to photograph.  I had just gotten my new DSLR and was beginning to play with taking photos in manual mode.  While I had always loved photography it was a new adventure to share with people how I wanted them to pose and interact.  I’m so happy we were able to venture down to the Caldwell Lily pool to take some fresh family photos.

Enjoy their shoot!

xo

Nikolefamily photos at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0019.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0021.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0020.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0003.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0002.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0001.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0005.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0004.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0008.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0009.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0007.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0012.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0011.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0014.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0013.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0015.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0018.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0017.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0016.jpg
CaldwellLilyPondChicagoFamilyPhotos_0010.jpg

Germania Place Chicago Wedding

Her smile brightened the moment she saw Craig.  He waited patiently, but softly drummed his fingers in anticipation of finally seeing her.  Kaitlyn and Craig’s Germania Place Chicago Wedding was breath taking from beginning to end.  It was such a honor to capture their joy at each embrace and the love they so freely expressed.

I had the pleasure of shooting their wedding with Jenna Marie Photography.  From the beautiful white floral details to the amazing surprise bag pipes (find it below), it was certainly a wedding to remember!

xo,

Nikole Marie

Germania Place Chicago WeddingGermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0001.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0002.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0003.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0005.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0006.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0004.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0007.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0008.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0009.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0010.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0011.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0012.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0014.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0013.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0015.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0018.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0019.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0020.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0021.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0022.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0023.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0025.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0024.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0026.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0027.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0028.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0029.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0030.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0031.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0032.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0033.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0034.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0035.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0036.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0037.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0038.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0039.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0041.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0040.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0042.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0043.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0044.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0045.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0046.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0047.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0048.jpg
GermaniaPlaceChicagoWedding_0049.jpg

The Best Photo Equipment for Creative Business Owners

When you start to learn photography for your business it can get super overwhelming trying to figure out what you actually need.  So I compiled a quick list of the best photo equipment for creative business owners and bloggers.

Best Photo Equipment for Creative Business Owners

This one’s a quick read.  If you’ve been following along with this series you know my other posts have been packed with beginner DSLR info!  

DSLR

The first thing you need is a camera.  I know you know this but it really it is clutch!  Get a DSLR.

I’m not going to get into the debate between Nikon and Canon.  If I’m being really honest I chose Canon not because it’s a million times better than Nikon, but because my first digital camera was a Canon point and shoot.

Since I shoot Canon I share from that perspective.  I think the Canon TI series s a great intro level but the Nikon equivalent will work just as well!  My first DSLR was the Canon 60D.

The Best Starter Lens

Once you have an awesome camera the next best thing to have is a great lens.  I shoot mostly with prime lenses.  Prime lenses are great and tend to take a little bit sharper photos and make help me create great dreamy backgrounds when shooting with lower apertures. I also just love the look they give.

The Canon 50mm 1.4 is an excellent place to start.  It’s a manageable price, and takes awesome photos.  I still shoot with my 50mm 1.4.  The images I get are exactly the look and feel I want.

If you’re looking for an even more cost effective lens I have heard the Canon 50mm 1.8 is also awesome.  I haven’t ever shot with it, but I know anyone who has always says it’s amazing for the price point.

Tripod

A great tripod can do so much to help you out!  There are two great reasons to use your tripod:  really slow shutter speeds, and weird camera angles.  

You can keep your shutter speed really low when shooting on a tripod which can be helpful depending on the situation.  The tripod will help keep your camera stable when using really slow shutter speeds.  

It’s also great for staying steady when at an odd angle.  When you’re trying to shoot from certain angles it can be difficult to stay steady.  This is exactly when I just pop my camera on a tripod!

Remote

Remotes are pretty awesome for several reasons.  They help when you have a camera set-up on a tripod.  You can easily trigger the camera to take a photo with remote.

 You can also use a remote to help you take photos when you’re in the shot for something like a self portrait.  Finally, having a remote allows your hands to be free to style a flat lay photo then use the remote to trigger the shutter.

Foam Boards

Foam boards make excellent backgrounds and are great when you need to create your own flat lay photos.

These are awesome because you can paint them, add contact paper, or use them as is.   If You do not have picture perfect areas in your house you can totally create your own using foam boards.  

All of these make great starter gear for your non-profesh photo kit ;)

If you’re looking to find out even more about creating awesome photos for your biz and blog make sure to check out the FREE email course below!


Want to know how to take awesome branded images for your blog and business?  

Of course you do!  

Sign up below for my 5 day email course that teaches all about building a stash of branded photos for your blog and biz!

The FREE 5 Day Email Course

Build Your Photo Brand Collateral

 

Lincoln Park Honey Comb Family Photos

I met Natalia, Misha, and their sweet girl on a beautiful Chicago, September day before the heat wave hit!  We decided to meet on the bridge in Lincoln Park by the honey comb for family photos.  There’s a beautiful view of the Chicago skyline from there!

I so enjoyed being able to capture their beautiful family after having the chance the capture their beautiful wedding!  It is such an honor to get to capture photos for families that they can cherish for a lifetime.

Their sweet little one’s smile lights up the camera.  Make sure to take a look at her giggles as her parents play with her!

Enjoy!

xo

Nikole Marie

Lincoln Park Honey Comb Family Photos
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0002.jpg

LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0004.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0006.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0023.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0008.jpg

LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0020.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0009.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0007.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0011.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0013.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0014.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0016.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0015.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0019.jpg
LincolnParkHoneyCombFamilyPhotos_0017.jpg

1 2 3 21