Love. There's nothing like it. The giddy passion. The lightheadedness. Hand-holding. Kisses that make you lose your breath. It's even better when it's still there even after you've been together a while. Such is the way with Kristina and Troy.
I had the pleasure of meeting Kristina at CreativeLive when we were there for PhotoWeek in 2014. I met so many people there doing what I was trying to do: make a living with photography. Support our families. Live our true calling. I had been struggling with getting my foot in the wedding world, and when I turned to Kristina and asked for help, she gave it. She invited me down to work with her and her associate, Paul, on a double-header weekend. She gave me the boost in experience and confidence I was looking for. I'll be eternally grateful for that.
Kristina is a hustler to the extreme. She's a savvy business woman, excellent networker, and produces killer images. When she and her husband, Troy, found a few days to sneak away, they came to Chicago. Kristina asked me to photograph them and I was thrilled. How could I not reciprocate her kindness?
It was a rainy day and a light mist enveloped downtown. We hustled along the rain-soaked streets to find the right spots that highlighted the architecture of Chicago and provided just the right framing for their portraits. We started at the riverwalk ramp across from their Wacker Drive hotel.
Then, we went across to the Trump Hotel where the columns provided the leading lines to showcase this couple. In between the Trump Hotel and the Wrigley Building is this tiny little garden that provided iconic scenery. Glimpses of classic Chicago bridges and stonework are emphasized. I used a 70-200 lens for this scene to compress the background.
Next, we went a little further toward the Wrigley Building. Whether the traffic was pedestrian, vehicular and avian, they were no distraction for Kristina and Troy.
Here, a wide angle lens accentuates the height of the architecture while keeping the couple the center of attention.
We moved to the front of the Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue. A little stroll, hand in hand, through the drizzly streets were definitely in order.
One last canoodle in front of Ghiradelli's at the Wrigley Building rounded out our session.
Thank you, Kristina and Troy, for allowing me to document your visit to Chicago. I hope to see you guys soon!
You can find Kristina's work at Kristina Houser Photography. She specializes in weddings and portraits. Her studio is located in Dunedin, Florida.