Looking for unconventional engagement session inspiration? Look no further! I can’t even begin to tell you how stoked I was when Casey and Matt reached out to me with their funky vision for an engagement session. Right from their inquiry, I knew this was gonna be a session for the books! If you’re a couple who wants to incorporate your unique love story into your session, you’re going to love browsing through Casey and Matt’s images.
Casey and Matt first crossed paths at UW-Madison before moving to the Windy City to start their careers. Now, they’ve made Chicago their home, and they wanted their photos to reflect not just them but also the city that has become an integral part of their love story. When they told me they wanted photos that felt “vibey” I knew I was the perfect photographer for them.
Casey specifically pointed out a filmy vibe from a couples session I took in Budapest, and she wanted that same aesthetic for their session. They asked for something that wasn’t your run-of-the-mill engagement shoot. They wanted it personalized and unlike most engagement photos you typically see – and of course, it had to be as iconic as their love. And honestly, could I be more obsessed with this concept? No, I could not!
Our first stop was All Together Now, a wine bar they frequent in their neighborhood. The energy was electric; I felt like I was crashing their regular date night – in the best way possible. It was super chill and romantic, and we shot some documentary-style images that perfectly captured their everyday love.
For our second location, we wanted something that showcased the industrial chic elements that will also be part of their wedding. We knocked out some killer shots that felt urban, rugged, yet intensely romantic. And get this, we did all of this in just 1.5 hours. It was like playing the Amazing Race, but way more fun (and fashionable).
To put a cherry on top, we headed to the iconic Chicago Theater. The resulting photos were a perfect fusion of old-school charm and contemporary flair. Truly, a love story set against the diverse backdrop of Chicago.
Okay, let me be honest here. Conventional is nice, but unconventional is unforgettable. Casey and Matt’s session was unique to their relationship, and that’s what made it not just a photo shoot but a true representation of their love. So if you’re contemplating going off-script for your own engagement session, let this be your sign to just do it!
Ready to make your engagement session as epic as Casey and Matt’s? You know where to find me! When you’re ready, you can get in touch with me via my contact form and I’ll get back to you so soon!