Expert Advice: Engagement Photos

Now that spring is here, many of our couples are interested in scheduling their engagement shoots. During the planning process, these five questions always come up. 

Why are engagement photos suggested? Getting to know our couples before the wedding makes such a difference. Trust and a high comfort level are key ingredients to photography. You want the peace of mind that your photographer is on the same page with you stylistically and can creatively capture the chemistry between the two of you. The couples time time together helps us hone in on what is important and how best to photograph them.

Expert Advice: Engagement Photos

2014 KingenSmith Couples

Congratulations to all of our 2014 couples! As you enjoy your first year of marriage, we hope you continue to be playful and romantic. Dance in your living rooms, hold hands, sit close, surprise each other, be silly and compliment often. While the intense spotlight has faded, savor the intimacy and comfort of marriage.

Just like a wedding, 2014 was over in a blink of an eye. The non-stop schedule kept us on our toes. Our couples continue to be our biggest inspiration. Witnessing real-life romances and interpreting very personal stories is what keeps wedding photography interesting, authentic and important.

Thank you to our industry partners. We love working hard with you. Having a cohesive team that ensures our couples have a beautiful and enjoyable day is invaluable. Chicago is brimming with world-class event professionals. We feel fortunate to work side-by-side with you and call you friends. Here’s to an amazing year ahead!

For a glimpse into our past year, here is our 2014 KingenSmith Couples cinematic flashback.

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The most important thing you can do to help create meaningful photographs on your wedding day is to let go of the details and be present in the moment. Don’t get distracted by a needy relative or a detail you expected to be different. None of that matters. The couple dictates the tone of the day; if you are joyful and carefree, your guests will follow your lead and it will be a very magical experience.

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We feel fortunate to live and work in the beautiful, Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square, among many talented artists and entrepreneurs. We believe in the beauty of blending historic with modern. Built in 1916, our European style live-work building, is land-marked by the city of Chicago, full of character and modern style. It is a dream come true to have a charming studio, surrounded by beautiful boulevards, as the foundation of our creative endeavors.

"It is a pleasure to get to know our couples, become part of their inner circle, understand their connections, and hone in on what matters most. Every celebration has its own personality, vibe and feeling. To interpret and translate the feeling, love and joy, we look for the split-second glances, tender touches, belly laughs and genuine smiles. Emotionally connected, we sense magical moments; one must first feel, and then see to be able to interpret. This is the foundation of our creative process."

"Inspired by all art forms: paintings, architecture, fashion, cinema, music and food, we incorporate our sensibilities into everything we do. Blending emotional imagery with a modern and elegant viewpoint is how we tell very personal stories in a nuanced way. We do this so that you may savor your celebration, long after it ends, and remember those feelings forever. It would be our privilege to interpret your unique story."

Heather KingenSmith