Andrew’s Newborn Portraits

We first met Alissa and Ryan in 2011 – long before sweet little Andrew came into their lives – photographing their engagement portraits and wedding ceremony at St. Michaels in Old Town and celebration to remember at the Ivy Room. We were delighted to when they asked us to photograph the newest addition to their trio (let’s not forget their fluffy golden retriever Brinkley prominently featured in Alissa and Ryan’s engagement portraits). They welcomed baby Andrew just days before we came to their Lincoln Park home!


Wishing Alissa, Ryan, Andrew and Brinkley all the happiness in the world!

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Where to wed in Chicago

We’ve been lucky enough to check out some of Chicago’s newest wedding and event venues we are looking forward to working with. If you are searching for a wedding venue in Chicago, be sure to add these to your list!

Chez (Opening April 2014)

247 E. Ontario, Chicago


Chez is the first open loft space downtown providing an  alternative to more traditional hotel venues typically found close to the Mag Mile. However, Chez’s close proximity to over 60 hotels ensures your guests will always have a place to stay. The venue once played host to Chez Paree, a swanky speakeasy in 1920′s which later became one of Chicago’s most popular live entertainment venues. The current space has been redesigned and features white-washed walls, exposed beams and stunning floor to ceiling windows.

City View Loft

324 N Leavitt St, Chicago

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City View Loft is the latest addition to the West Loop’s repertoire of raw, industrial venues. Situated facing east, City View offers amazing skyline views and locally sourced, organic menus from their in-house caterer, Pure Kitchen Chicago.

Symphony Center

220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago


While the Symphony Center isn’t a new venue, many people actually don’t know they host weddings and events. Fortunately the Chicago Symphony takes the summer off, allowing the venue to be rented during peak wedding season. With plenty of event spaces to choose from – ballrooms, lofty atriums, garden patios – there isn’t a pocket of the Center we don’t adore. 

Last but not least, keep Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan) on your radar. This West Loop spot isn’t open just yet, but we are looking forward to visiting soon.

Be sure to check out our Wedding Venue board on Pinterest for photos of other venues we work with!


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Sarah + Bill’s Engagement Portraits

We’ve really enjoyed getting to know Sarah and Bill over the past few months and we can’t help but share their rather serendipitous story.

Sarah and Bill both attended Yale University, but didn’t know each other during their time there. A mutual friend introduced the two here in Chicago several years later and they’ve been together ever since.

Fast forward 6 months into their relationship. On an unseasonably warm day Bill commented on how it would have been a great day to practice his upright bass (aptly named Sara, a name coined long before their meeting)  on Old Campus, the freshman quad where Sarah and Bill lived their first year at Yale.  Sarah realized immediately Bill was the bassist she spent afternoons listening to on the quad. She had even mentioned him in one of her columns for the Yale Daily News! Is that not the best story ever?!

We began their engagement portraits in their Bucktown home where we meet Juniper, Sarah and Bill’s sweet 10 month old yellow lab. We ventured down to the Kinzie Street Bridge and on to Washington Square Park to the exact spot Bill proposed to Sarah.


We are looking forward to photographing the great party these two have planned for their August 3rd wedding at Prairie Production, complete with a Big Star feast.

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Join our team – we’re hiring!


As many of you know, in addition to averyhouse, we also run Smilebooth (a national photo booth company) here in Chicago, and we are looking for someone to join our team!

Job Description:
The Production and Equipment Manager…
- is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of booths as they come and go from jobs, including gear asset tracking, maintaining the proper supply levels of printer media, and keeping equipment updated with the latest released software versions.
- will work closely with the Smilebooth office manager to discuss and coordinate bookings / logistics.
- should have strong phone communication and troubleshooting skills as they may often be on-call technical support for users in the field and must remotely troubleshoot equipment failures by guiding the remote user through tasks.
- must attend weekly production calls with our national team
- must have knowledge of a dslr and setting camera settings
- must have proficiency in photoshop and illustrator
- will be responsible for training new booth operators on best practice and technical use of the booths.
- should have experience with troubleshooting common computer problems, i.e. connecting apple, windows, or android devices to WiFi or wired networks, backing up data files, changing printer consumables, etc. (experience assembling and disassembling computers is a plus)
- will be responsible for following a checklist to troubleshoot problems with field equipment, which may involve dismantling electronic equipment and replacing parts to find the component that has failed.
- will help assemble, test, pack out and ship booths before events
- will help fabricate, assemble, test, pack out and ship custom fabrication jobs as warranted by client needs.
- should be comfortable with the use of basic hand tools as well as power tools such as drills, band saws, etc.
- is responsible for the upkeep and organization of storage unit and miscellaneous errands like shipping gear/backdrops, etc.
- will have the opportunity to work as an operator at Smilebooth events.
- must be able and willing to lift and carry heavy equipment up and down stairs, in and out of vehicles, etc.
- will perform miscellaneous tasks around the studio such as clean up, organization, maintenance etc.
- regular access to a vehicle that can carry equipment is a plus
- brings a positive attitude, good energy, and an eagerness to learn and contribute to the team

Number of studio hours will vary between 15-25hrs per week.
Studio hours are typically 9am-5pm
Pay: $15/hr
Please email stevi[at]smilebooth[dot]com with your resumé.

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