"We started off by visiting an old quarry and took some rustic pictures in an abandoned train car with our golden retriever, Khloe. We also took some pictures at a nearby dock on the same property. Then we went to Starved Rock State Park and took some pictures just outside of their lodge. We wanted to take pictures near a fireplace inside of the lodge, but there were a lot of people around at the time. Lauren went inside and was able to clear the area for us so we could get a few pictures there. Once we finished up inside the lodge, we hiked down one of Starved Rock’s trails and took some fall- themed pictures with plenty of colorful leaves in the background. We were also able to get some beautiful pictures as the sun started to go down.
At one point, we were taking pictures in front of the fireplace inside Starved Rock lodge and we started to have a crowd of people watching us. We knew the pictures looked really good if people were stopping to watch! We were very grateful for Lauren asking everyone to clear out the area for us so we could take pictures there.
Chris and Lauren genuinely care about their clients and truly will go above and beyond for you. Not only are they very talented photographers, but they want to make sure you are satisfied with your finished product. As a client, it is very rewarding to see your personal thoughts come together with their vision.
We instantly loved our pictures! Even though we got to see some of them before they were finished, we fell in love with the pictures all over again once we received them. We knew they would turn out wonderful, but it still amazes you to see Chris and Lauren’s wonderful work once it is finished. It also confirmed to us that we chose the correct photographers to take our engagement pictures, and we can’t wait to see what our wedding pictures will look like.
I would recommend to others to be open-minded and trust your photographers. Lauren and Chris are very talented photographers who can see a vision on how a picture should look, so it is important to trust their opinion. If you enter the session already knowing how you want your pictures to look, it takes away from the potential creativity they see. While it is important to have your own personal expectations for what you want to get out of the engagement session, also trust your photographers’ opinion on what may look best."
Kristen and Tim