Chicago Renaissance: Part 1

Dear Chicago,

A quick love note. Thank you for being world-class and modest. We thought it was time to brag on you a bit after your fabulous start to spring! It is hard to believe this all just happened:

Draft Day returned to Chicago after 51 years and was a huge success! This past weekend, over 200,000 fans enjoyed Draft Town and Chicago exceeded the NFL’s expectations.

Chicago Renaissance: Part 1

When A Stranger Went Out of Their Way

The woman on the phone didn’t know how to begin. She was excited that I answered and was trying to find the right words. “While waiting for my flight at Dulles International Airport, I found this extraordinary wedding album! Someone is REALLY going to want this back,” she exclaimed. She told me that she looked at every page and felt like she had been a guest at the wedding. On the last page she saw “KingenSmith” and gave us a ring

When A Stranger Went Out of Their Way

Amy & Matt’s Gold Coast Wedding

Amy and Matt's Fourth Presbyterian Church and The Drake's Gold Coast Room wedding is featured on Carats & Cake.

Enjoying Chicago and having fun with their friends and family was a top priority for Amy and Matt. The couple spent time with their bridal party before the ceremony, which turned into a private party full of siblings, close friends and lots of laughter.

Amy & Matt’s Gold Coast Wedding

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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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