I'm pretty sure that when Sarah suggested that they fly me up to shoot their engagement session in Chicago I might have said yes before she finished her sentence. I grew up straight across the lake in Michigan and made as many trips to Chicago as I could over the years for countless concerts, art museum trips, and any other reason I could come up with.
We spent the afternoon shooting at some of Sarah and Ryan's favorite local spots, no tourist traps allowed. Starting off at Delilah's bar which is evidently a favorite spot to watch Buffalo Bills games with hundreds of other fans on relatively tiny televisions. Did I mention Sarah has a giant Bills bumper sticker? Did I mention they met there and Ryan commissioned that painting of Delilah's for their apartment? Get the idea?
After that we headed to the roof of their building for A) an incredible view of the downtown skyline and B) a blast of heat and sunshine that felt just like...well...a hot rooftop in Chicago just before a huge summer thunderstorm rolled through. We didn't last for long up there so I'd be happy to fly back anytime to shoot some more. WINK.
Then we took a trip to the dog park with Grover and Telly. They didn't seem too thrilled about the weather either but Sarah and Ryan did some dog whispering and we made it work. As a side note, I'm pretty sure Sarah won't mind me taking a moment to encourage you all to adopt your dogs.
Next up, the south shore. What can I say, I loved it. Great people, fun conversation, and beautiful Lake Michigan. Even the storm floating past felt good.
Just like a summer evening in Chicago should.