An engagement shoot feels so surreal when you’ve known the couple so long. I met Vera her senior of high school and was introduced to Josh years later at a photoshoot. The first thing that got me about Josh was that he was the most amped up boyfriend ever. He made sure Vera had everything she needed for her shoot. As time went on, so did their relationship.
Josh and Vera // Chicago Engagement Photoshoot.
The idea to have their engagement shoot in downtown Chicago was mine and while it was a little over ten degrees this day, I don’t regret a single moment of it. Shot shortly after Josh’s birthday, the couple was definitely dressed to impress. Never paying a single regard to the onlookers around them, Josh and Vera were fully immersed in each other.
There is never an illusion between these two to me. While Josh will make a joke that will cause both of us to break into laughter, Vera will roll her eyes and jab him playfully. Yet, years of getting to know them truly unfolded their dynamic. While she’s rolling her eyes, Vera is smiling softly, endearingly almost as Josh continues to joke around. She’ll watch him with knowing eyes.. Something I had seen in many relationships my friends were in.
When Josh and Vera got engaged, I was there. The engagement was framed as a Black Panther photoshoot reshoot where Josh dropped to his knee and nervously asked her hand. It was beautiful. A couple weeks later, I had the vision. A Downtown Chicago engagement photoshoot…. Nothing but a beautiful black couple dripping in excellence as they walked down the street.
As it would turn out, we didn’t walk anyway. We didn’t have to. As we stood, me shivering underneath the Chicago theater, the lights illuminated the beauty of these two as they simply reveled in the love of each other.
Do you live in Chicago and want your own Chicago Engagement Session?
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