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Engagement pictures that make you “die”

August 22nd, 2010

Ok, so here’s proof that men do think about their wedding day. Maybe not to the same extent that women do, but we do put some thought into the day – sometimes even years prior to the actual wedding. A few years ago while I was living at the University of Illinois doing some freelance […]

 

Ok, so here’s proof that men do think about their wedding day. Maybe not to the same extent that women do, but we do put some thought into the day – sometimes even years prior to the actual wedding.

A few years ago while I was living at the University of Illinois doing some freelance photography and graphic design, I met JR. We were both playing basketball on our lunch breaks at the Men’s basketball facility and developed a friendship right there on the courts. One day while shooting some hoops, JR told me that if and when he got married, he was going to hire me to photograph the big day. I think at the time, he already had the girl in mind.

JR and Kristie met in college while working closely together in the athletics administration office. They were both athletes, although technically JR was Kristie’s boss (she was interning at the athletics office). They started out as friends, both having their own significant other at that time. Eventually those relationships ended and they began spending more and more time together. Sparks flew, friendship grew, well you know, the rest is history. Next thing I know, JR contacts me to inquire my wedding services and all of us sat down one night at Starbucks coffeeshop to talk about the wedding day. It’s been some time now since I first met JR but two weeks ago I had the tremendous honor of photographing JR with his adorable fiancé Kristie for a downtown Chicago engagement session.

We spent the afternoon weaving through the crowded downtown streets of Chicago, which is typically packed on a Saturday afternoon, but even more so because of the gorgeous weather and also with the filming of Transformers 3 going on. In the midst of it though, we managed to escape the crowds, get kicked out at couple of different places and capture a ton of great moments. Afterwards, the couple treated myself and my assistant of the day Ashley to a nice sushi dinner and got to know each other even more over tasty food!

JR & Kristie are two of the most generous and giving people, and I was deeply touched by a sweet note I received from Kristie after she saw the images from their engagement session. Part of her note was so great, I just had to share (with her permission):

“Kenny, the – pictures – are – AMAZING. Not sure if you ever watch Rachel Zoe, the celebrity stylist, but she has a tagline for when she loves something and it’s ‘I Die.’

So Kenny, ‘I Die‘. The photos are unreal. I had a hard time picking my favorites because they are all individually incredible. I am over the moon that we have such gorgeous memories of our engagement. You really captured such a natural and open side of our relationship… JR and I keep saying ‘that’s how we feel, it’s just now conveyed in a photo!’ “

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

In the beginning of our photo shoot, I yelled (to Kristi): “Strike a pose!” JR thought I was talking to him and followed my instruction as well. We had so many fun moments like this during our shoot. It was so much fun working with them.
Chicago downtown engagement photos of Kristi & J.R.

Here is a fun/lesson photo: During my photoshoot, I help my clients with posing tips usually by showing them how to do it. This is when it goes too far and things get a bit awkward. I think I got Kristie a bit jealous here. I never ask my clients to do anything that I would not do myself – literally!

I think Kristi is getting little jealous.

Thank you Kristie & J.R.! I can’t wait to spend the day with you guys back in the old stompin’ ground of U of I. We are going to have so much fun together with everyone!

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Evanston Chicago Navy Pier Wedding of Joanne & Dan

July 22nd, 2010

Joanne & Dan met at a church event while both attending the University of Illinois. Dan was a sophomore and Joanne was a freshmen. They began to spend more and more time together and eventually grew to be best friends. Everyone around them knew that they were going to get married – it was just […]

 

Joanne & Dan met at a church event while both attending the University of Illinois. Dan was a sophomore and Joanne was a freshmen. They began to spend more and more time together and eventually grew to be best friends. Everyone around them knew that they were going to get married – it was just matter of time. Eight years later, he is now a successful business man and she is a school teacher. Although many things have changed in their lives, their love for each other remained the same and on June 20, they decided to honor their commitment before God in front of their family and friends at the beautiful Northminster Presbyterian Church in Evanston, IL. It was followed by a dinner reception cruise inside the Odyssey Cruise in Chicago at Navy Pier.

I was thankful to photograph their wedding as I gotten to know Dan & Joanne over the years and they have become good friends of mine. Dan is a huge sports fan and is passionate about sports. I adore the way he looks at Joanne because you can tell that he is absolutely in love with her more than any sports team or players out there and she is just as much in love with him. Although because of our busy schedule I do not get to see them as much, it was great to spend time with them. Their thoughtfulness, sincerity and caring hearts for God and for people impresses me so much and it was evident by their friends surrounding them. It was also a small reunion for all the people that were friends with them in college as their celebrated together under a beautiful midsummer night looking over the Chicago skyline which is one of the best in the world.

I was thankful to see several of my couples whose weddings I photographed in the past there attending as guests. It is always good to catch up with them and serves as a good reminder of why I love what I do. Big thanks also goes out to my new friends in Brandon & Jessica Springer from Windsor, Canada! They came all the way from there to spend the day with me and helped by capturing some awesome images. We had an awesome time together aye? (canadian slang).

By the way, here are some images from their engagement session that we did couple months back in Chicago.

Without further due, here are some sample images from their wedding. For more, visiting my facebook gallery:

Dan & Joanne – thank you guys so much for allowing me to photograph your wedding. But more importantly our friendship that we have in Christ. I look forward to seeing you guys grow now as a couple! Congratulations.

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Checkout the video made by Chris & Oliver Cinema for this wedding. These guys continue to blow me away with their ability to artistically capture and tell a story in movie format:

Joanne & Dan Lo’s Wedding – Chicago, IL from Kenny Kim on Vimeo.

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Chicago Engagement Session: Justyna & Craig

June 24th, 2010

This is one of the more memorable engagement sessions I have shot so far. We were expecting a sunny day only to get rained on twice, getting kicked out of two places by security guards (surprise, surprise) and still managed to go for a bumpy boat on Lake Michigan. But despite all this, we ended […]

 

This is one of the more memorable engagement sessions I have shot so far. We were expecting a sunny day only to get rained on twice, getting kicked out of two places by security guards (surprise, surprise) and still managed to go for a bumpy boat on Lake Michigan. But despite all this, we ended up with a great eSession. What’s there to not love about it? A great looking couple in Justyna & Craig, shooting them in their “car” which turned out to be a Ferrari, getting a tour of Craig’s huge photography collection and finishing on Lake Michigan going on a boat ride? And to top it off, my good friends, who just started their Chris & Oliver Cinema production came along and filmed the session.

I met Justyna & Craig at a bridal show hosted by the Metropolitan Club earlier this year. After our initial meeting, I’ll admit that I secretly kept my fingers crossed hoping that they would commission me as their photographer. Justyna is a beautiful girl and Craig and I have a same brand watch – which told me that we’ll get along just fine. On top of that, they are the nicest people you’ll meet and Craig has an affinity for photography so it was such an honor to be chosen for their wedding day.

Here are some photos from our shoot that day. To see the video from the shoot, scroll down to the bottom:

Boys will be boys!

Boys will be boys!

Check out the video below made by Chris & Oliver Cinema. You can contact them via email. If it does not load, visit Vimeo directly.

craig + justyna // fickle weather. fast cars. fair water from Chris & Oliver Cinema on Vimeo.

Thank you Justyna & Craig! Look forward to your fabulous wedding in the Fall!