BTS: Weekend Shoots

What's up! Today we're going behind the scenes of my crazy weekend. I packed three shoots into two days. Saturday morning I started in Chicago's South Loop for a pre-fall look-book shoot with online boutique Laurel & Lace. Next, I headed to the north side to Ravenswood to photograph some adorable "One-Year" family pictures. Needless to say I was exhausted when I got home that evening and went straight to bed, after a nice cold beer of course. Sunday I got up bright and early (and by bright and early I mean 9am) to start my day at Gold Plaited Finishing Salon in Lakeview to shoot with some Chicago fashion bloggers.

Earlier in the week, I met up with Laurel & Lace co-founder Leah to prep for the look-book shoot. We met at Spoke and Bird in the South Loop/Prairie District area for some coffee. Even though this neighborhood is just blocks from my former college campus, I was surprised to find what a hidden gem it is! We chatted about how she and her friend Megan decided to start their online boutique on a whim and how successful it's been. They only opened in May! Leah and I scouted out some locations for the shoot and tried to nail down a plan for Saturday morning. The weather, however, was working against our schedule that morning. Scattered thunderstorms clouded the day's forecast. Yet, we were fortunately enough to get some dry weather by the time the models were finished with hair and makeup. As a new company, Leah and Megan had to get creative to keep their shoot within their budget. Unable to work out the costs of agency signed models, they reached out to sorority girls and aspiring models to be apart of the shoot. All three of the models were wonderful to work with. They were all up for anything and full of energy, which are the best qualities a model can have! We shot four looks on each model and in four different areas, using Leah's apartment as our home base for changing looks. After a long, fun, and very warm shoot it was 4 o'clock and time for me to start heading north.

Shoot two. My boyfriend, Isaac, has an amazing family. His cousin Jen has a son that just turned one, and her and her husband recently announced that he is soon going to be a big brother!  I had Isaac meet me at his cousin's place in Ravenswood to help me with the shoot.  He's so great with kids, and it's also helpful to have someone else getting the baby's attention while my face is behind the camera. Jen had scouted some cute locations ahead of time and had a few nearby places for us to shoot.  Alleys and L tracks always make for great portraits!  Plus, baby Mack loves when the trains pass by.  Once little Mack was fed up with my camera in his face, we all grabbed some dinner together.  A much needed night cap!

Sunday morning. Shoot three. Thankfully we were starting only blocks from my apartment in Lakeview. Erin Leary, jewelry designer and owner of Be Buddha Jewelry, organized the entire shoot! She got a group of bloggers, business woman, and designers together to do this big collaboration project. Gold Plaited salon graciously volunteered to do everyones hair and makeup. This salon is a finishing salon, which was a new concept for me. The stylists specialize in makeup or hair styling. No cuts or color. I can't wait to attended a wedding to go get all dolled up there! After everyone was finished with hair and makeup we popped some champagne (help everyone get rid of their nerves) and headed out to find some locations. We ended up under the L, on a parking garage, and in a small park.  The whole shoot was so casual and such a blast.  It was great to get to meet eight other wonderful women who have started their own businesses and blogs. I recommend going and checking out some of their pages! All of their links are at bottom where you subscribe. ;) 

For all of these shoots I used only natural lighting, shooting with my Canon 5D Mark II and a Tamron 28-72mm lens.  




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  • Laurel & Lace @shoplaurelandlace
  • Be Buddha Jewelry @bebuddhajewelry
  • Ana @fittingmoodblog
  • Cara @badd_pictures
  • Chelsea @the_real_chelsea
  • Big Red Vintage Boutique @bigredvintageboutique
  • Allie @alliesfashionalley
  • Angelica @thecitylush
  • Dannie @stile.foto.cibo
  • Gold Plaited @goldplaited_