Lisa and Matthew were my first ever Chicago clients. Our connection happened by some crazy misunderstanding in which they were referred by a friend to an entirely different photographer also named Erin Harris, but somehow landed on my web site. I have always believed that things happen for a reason and while recently my faith has been tested in ways I never imagined it would be, I still firmly believe that somehow it was fate that brought us together. I have photographed this lovely family at least half a a dozen times since Matthew Jr. was born and developed a deep connection with them that they may not even be aware of. I always look forward to seeing them and this fall was no different. Lisa and Matthew, thank you for your loyalty, your support, your patience and your friendship. I just plain adore your family. XO
A few weeks back I met this lovely couple and their darling boys at Lake Park for a family session. It was lovely to see them again and meet their new little man. I hadn’t seen them since Henry turned one last fall. It’s amazing what a diference a year makes! Marcy and David, wishing you all the best with your beautiful growing family.
Love is all you need. Those words, which hang above my living room fireplace carry more meaning for me now than ever before. And yet, I remember so clearly thinking about that song on Betsy and Jeremy’s wedding day. Looking at the forecast that morning, there was a chance of thunderstorms, and while I know that often times a bride might be disappointed by such a forecast, they say it’s good luck. Love is all you need, I thought to myself. I remember meeting Jeremy and Betsy for the first time at a coffee shop. I felt immediately comfortable around them. They were so lovely, happy, friendly, and clearly so in love. I met Betsy and Jeremy again on a beautiful, warm summer day on their boat for their engagement session. They spoke of their wedding day with such excitement about the delicious food and the lakefront venue, which has such special meaning for them since they spend so much time on the beautiful blue waters of Lake Michigan, but mostly about sharing their special day with their dear friends and family. I also had the pleasure of witnessing the connection between a group of special friends, many of whom I met one month earlier at Ashley and Tony’s wedding. I was touched by the unconditional support and love that these ladies shared, displayed through speeches poems, smiles, facebook posts and giant posters, such as the ones they used the day they rallied around Betsy as she ran the lakefront marathon. Betsy and Jeremy have found a beautiful love with one another. It was obvious to me on that very first day that I met them in the coffee shop. I could see it in their eyes when they said their vows, and it can clearly be seen in these images from their wedding day. But more than that, there is love all around them. They are enveloped in love from those that were present on their magnificent lakefront wedding day and from many more, who perhaps couldn’t make it, but send their wishes from afar. These important people in their lives will support them, guide them, carry them and remind them constantly that they are not alone in their love for one another. And that someone will always be there to cheer them on and lift them up. That’s what love is. And really, LOVE is all you need.
Venue and Food: Milwaukee Yacht Club
Shoes: Nina New York
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Zen the Salon
Cake: Simma’s Bakery
Flowers & Linens: Jaimer’s Floral
DJ & Lighting: Midwest Sound
Invitations: H&K Graphics
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting family photos for my dear friends, Andrea and Eric and Andrea’s extended family…some of the kindest people I have ever met. If you haven’t taken family photos lately, don’t wait. The images I have of my family have taken on more meaning for me now than ever before, but I have very few photos with my entire extended family, if any. I think the Bobkes and the De La Rosas will agree that its worth the time, money and energy to capture moments of togetherness like these. Eric and Andrea…I love you guys and your beautiful family. Thank you for being incredible friends to me and sharing your life and your family with me. XO
Barb and Jeremy met me at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center on a beautiful fall morning for this session in honor of their sweet Elle’s first birthday. Elle has grown so much since her 6 month photos last spring. She is as cute as ever and getting ready to be a big sister in just a few more months to not one, but two new babies. Can you believe Barb is pregnant with twins?? – She looks amazing!! Barb and Jeremy, Congrats! I’ll be thinking of you as you prepare to be parents x 3!!