When Ting Ting and Ben first made contact with us about shooting an engagement portrait session, we instantly knew we wanted to know more about them. Their kind demeanor, laid back vibe, and sense of adventure from the moment we first spoke got us totally amped to spend an afternoon with these two! Seriously, you can take one look at the images from their shoot and get a feeling of how these two spend their days. We love the way they not only look at each other, but look at the world as one big playground. Whether they’re trying a new restaurant together or hightailing it to the other side of the planet for one of their many whirlwind trips, we’d consider this a perfect match. Congrats you two! You deserve it.

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It’s finally here again! Smilebooth is teaming up with the Chicago Loop Alliance for their September edition of Activate. If you’ve never been (whaaaaaat???) you’re in for a good time. Deemed “part spectacle, part happy hour” by CLA’ers we couldn’t stay away if we tried. Check out these ridiculously awesome photos below from a couple of past CLA Activate events. RSVP HERE and make sure to stop by Smilebooth to say Hi! So… We’ll see you tomorrow?

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David Bowie’s art wasn’t the only super cool addition to Kelly + Steve’s wedding this past weekend at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art… Smilebooth was there too! We’re excited to share with you a quick glimpse of the Smilebooth shenanigans from that night. Even Matt Savage and Michael Antonia of The Flash Dance couldn’t help but join in on the fun! Check out their gallery of Smilebooth images HERE and be on the lookout for their Averyhouse wedding images coming soon!

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One of the greatest joys about our job as photographers is not always something that simple to describe, but here goes. Any family can tell you that they have traditions or customs, big and small, that have been passed down through the generations. Often as part of our job we get to bear witness to a family’s greatest of traditions that most likely date back hundreds of thousands of years and trace back to other countries. Awesome, right?? Aneesha + Anirban’s Indian ceremony began pretty early (per tradition based on their birthday) and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. If you’ve ever witnessed a ceremony of this caliber you can attest to the electricity in the air when the drummers and horns kick off the celebration. Not only that, but we’re pretty jealous of any bride that gets to wear three totally different dresses for her weekend long wedding! The sunshine continued and so did the fun times as Aneesha + Anirban led their guests to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry for their reception. We love when a couple can stay true to their family’s heritage and we know that this couple spent a great deal of time incorporating delicious Northern + Southern Indian meals as well as ridiculously awesome ‘Bollywood’ styled dances. Between the unique venue and the dance party that ensued we’re pretty that Aneesha and Anirban were able to have their cake and eat it to when it comes to something old and something new.

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Ceremony: Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago | Reception: Museum of Science and Industry | Event Coordinator: Lola Event Productions | Event Design + Florist: Revel Decor

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We almost hate to say it out loud, buuuuuuut it’s September already. Where did Summer go? Who knows. We do know that we definitely took advantage of a perfect Summery afternoon by heading to the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary for some fun portraits. Nothing fancy. Just a 2 year old, “MommyDaddy”, and some fresh air. Having worked with Matt + Stevi for about 2 years now (talk about time flying by!) I feel like this was a perfect location for their laid back style. And Rhodes? That kid is up for anything as long as his favorite people are by his side. Truth be told, they’re some of my favorite people too and I hope it shows through with these images. At Averyhouse, we love doing Family + Lifestyle portrait sessions! Whether you’re a brand spankin new parent or have been at it for awhile now and consider yourself a veteran we’re happy to collaborate on an awesome shoot for the people who make your heart sing. We take a non-fussed about approach for these sessions and the outcome is a cool, relaxed, tantrum free shoot. And we think that’s beautiful.

-Vanessa

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