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Chicago engagement photography by Chicago engagement photographers Corlis and Megan Gray.

Lincoln Park, Chicago, Engagement Photography

We had a great time getting to know Nancy and Justin during their engagement session in Lincoln Park.  Corlis and I love to use the engagement session as an ice breaker before the big day.  It breaks the nerves and the awkwardness before the big day.  However, Corlis is an expert at playing of awkwardness.  The best part is that Nancy and Justin played off every bit of it and you could NEVER tell in their engagement pictures!  This was a very special session to us because Nancy and Justin are the reason why we love our job.  It was a very successful day and we can say with confidence that Nancy and Justin are relieved to know what to expect for their big day this summer! :D

We started at the honeycomb structure right by the Lincoln Park Zoo.  We love this view of Chicago in the background and the structure is so unique.  A great area for engagement pictures!

Beautiful engagement picture at the honeycomb structure in lincoln park
I commented to Nancy on their great choice of an outfit.  She responded to me that she actually had to work around Justin. :D  That doesn’t happen very often but look how awesome Justin did on his choice. :D  You will notice later that he did just fine all together.  Nancy and Justin’s outfit changes are some of my favorites so far!
editorial style portrait during engagement session at the honeycomb structure in lincoln park
I love this picture!  LOL  You just have to smile when you look at it!  Nancy has the best laugh!
photojournalistic engagement picture at lincoln park in chicago
outdoor engagement session in chicago
I love this area of the city!  Chicago has one of the most beautiful skylines!  But changing it up a bit is nice. :D  I love the John Hancock Building in this view!  I love the blues and greens through the whole photograph.  I love how vast the area looks with Justin and Nancy right in the middle.  Beautiful picture!
chicago skyline from south pond at lincoln park
After we were done at South Pond, we went over to the Lily Pool just north of the Lincoln Park Zoo.  I just love this hidden gem of the city.  A very tranquil location to get away from the hustle and bustle without even leaving Chicago.
engagement session at alfred caldwell lily pool
engagement pictures at alfred caldwell lily pool
This is one of my favorites!  We even got Justin going! :D hehehehe
fun and laughter filled engagement photos
engagement photographs at lily pool near lincoln park zoo
editorial engagement portraits at lily pool in chicago
outdoor engagement pictures in stone structure at lily pool in chicago
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We can’t wait for Justin and Nancy’s wedding at the Signature Room at the 95th this summer!  We are so glad to be able to document their day!  Thank you, Justin and Nancy, for choosing Gray Photography!
fun engagement pictures at lily pool in chicago

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We can’t wait to hear all about your day!  Please contact us via email: info@corlisandmegangray.com, phone: 630-800-7582, or you can fill out the contact form below.

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Chicago Botanic Garden Engagement Photography

Maggie and I had set a date for their engagement session earlier in the year….but when the never ending winter….wouldn’t end, we pushed back the date to ensure the gorgeous foliage and floral setting she desired at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL.  Even though the roses still hadn’t bloomed yet, the engagement session was absolutely gorgeous!  We had a blast laughing with Maggie and Mike and getting to know them a bit more.  We can’t wait for their wedding at the Rialto Theater in Joliet this year!

We loved this canopy of trees before entering the many opportunities the Garden has to offer!

engagement session portrait under a canopy of trees at the Chicago Botanic Garden
The blue gate and the brick structure were a perfect back drop!
Cute engagement pictures in front of a blue gate at Chicago Botanic Garden
Engagement session on the blue bench at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Corlis and I actually have pictures of our kids on this same blue bench.  We just had to use it.  The session on the bench are my favorite of the day! :D
Intimate engagement picture on the blue bench at Chicago Botanic Garden
Engagement of couple kissing on the blue bench at Chicago Botanic Garden
Spring time engagement session at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL
Gorgeous engagement portrait on the rocks with the stream under them at Chicago Botanic Garden
Across from the Bansai trees, was this gorgeous oasis of a babbling brook, trees, flowers, and neat rocks.  You can’t take a bad picture here!
Stunning editorial engagement portrait with the rocky stream and gorgeous trees at the Chicago Botanic Garden
LOL  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture of Maggie putting up her dukes at Mike!  Look at his face!  He looks….scared! ;)
Funny engagement pictures at the Chicago Botanic Garden in the maze
Oh, but then he must have forgiven her… :D
Engagement pictures in the tree maze at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL
Photojournalistic engagement pictures at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Black and white engagement pictures at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Editorial engagement portraits on the park bench at Chicago Botanic Garden

We had a blast hanging out with Maggie and Mike for the afternoon.  They are hilarious, have great stories, and completely down to earth.  We are pumped for their wedding!  Thanks to Maggie and Mike for choosing Gray Photography for their engagement pictures and wedding photography! :D

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Spring Time Downtown Chicago Engagement Photography | Daniel + Megan

 We are priveleged to be able to photograph Daniel and Megan’s wedding in Indiana this year!  While Megan is living there, Daniel is here, and they make the commute to spend time with one another until the wedding.  They decided they would really like some of the Chicago architecture in their engagement pictures.  We were happy to accommodate! :D  We had a blast getting to know Daniel and Megan, and as you will see, photographing them could have been done with our eyes closed.  They are naturals in front of the camera, and beautiful on the inside and out!  We can’t wait for their destination wedding at the car museum in Indiana!

Engagement session pictures near Trump Tower in Chicago
We started in a little alley way by the Wrigley Building.  I just want to say now…Megan and Daniel’s outfit changes couldn’t have been better.  Simply perfect!
Engaged couple embrace one another during engagement session downtown chicago
gorgeous portrait of engaged couple during engagement session in chicago
Downtown engagement photography session
fun black and white engagement photo
spring time engagement session
After we left the alley way, we crossed Michigan Avenue.  We couldn’t resist stopping them on the median!
awesome engagement picture of the couple on Michigan Avenue
portrait style engagement picture in front of Trump Tower and the Wrigley Building
Getting the Trump Tower and the view of the Wrigley Building is imperative for Chicago architecture!
Creative engagement session with flash photography on the Chicago River
Corlis had some fun with the flash and these turned out to be some of my favorites near the Chicago River!
Beautiful engagement session on the Chicago River
Daniel completely nails the “no smile.”
Editorial style engagement session
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Photojournalistic engagement session in chicago
Fun engagement session on the Chicago River in downtown Chicago
Romantic engagement session in Chicago
Megan looks absolutely adorable in this picture.  I love it! :D
Cute picture of engaged couple during Chicago engagement session
Stunning black and white editorial picture of engagement session on park bench
Ok, so Megan also nails the “no smile.”  And these park bench pictures are my favorite of the whole day!  So good!
editorial style engagement session on park bench
I love this moment Corlis captured Megan laughing at Daniel.  It looks like something out of a magazine!
Photojournalistic engagement picture on Chicago park bench
Last stop, Adler Planetarium to get some pictures with the Chicago Skyline.
Gorgeous engagement pictures at Adler Planetarium
Engagement session at Chicago skyline
Adler Planetarium engagement session
Stunning engagement picture in front of Willis Tower
I’m so pumped about this engagement session!  I can only imagine how their wedding photography will look with a wedding dress and suit!  CAN’T WAIT!
Black and white portrait of engagement ring

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Chicago Engagement Photography | Jason + Lisa

Jason and Lisa are getting married at Joliet Union Station, so we thought Chicago Union Station would be a great start to their beautiful engagement session in Chicago!  We had a blast hanging out with Jason and Lisa…laughing, smiling, and getting to know each other.  They are some of our most down to earth clients!  We can’t wait for their big day!

Picture of Indoor Union Station Sign
We just love playing off these staircases!  We love the warm, golden tones!  We also love the windows in this spot!!
Portraits of engaged couple on the stairs inside union station in chicago
This is one of my favorite photos!  Lisa and Jason totally rock the “no smile!”  Corlis and I both are really excited about that!! :D
Editorial styled engagement session inside union station in chicago
This day, in Chicago, was one of the most freezing, bitter cold, wintery days of the year.  It was brutal, yet Jason and Lisa didn’t complain once!  Lisa put the freezing cold behind her and totally rocked her engagement pictures!
outdoor engagement session near the columns  on chicago union station

We love the outdoor location off of Canal Street at Chicago Union Station.  The towering columns and gorgeous, vintage gate are amazing for a photo opportunity!

black and white picture of couple posed near wrought iron gate at union station in chicago
After we left the train station, we went over to Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.  We can’t say enough about Crystal Gardens during the day.  The available light in this space is absolutely amazing.  The water features, flowers, plants, and palm trees give you a paradise-like feel.  It’s like we’re in Florida! ;)
gorgeous engagement session at crystal gardens at navy pier in chicago
beautiful portraits of the future bride and groom during their engagement session at crystal gardens in chicago
romantic, black and white picture of engaged couple during their session in chicago
editorial picture of couple at crystal gardens in the palm trees in chicago
Right outside Crystal Gardens, there’s a terrace area on Navy Pier.  The Ferris Wheel is right around this area as well as a couple other carnival rides, and a great view of Chicago!  This part of their engagement session turned out to be my favorite pictures of the whole day!
portraits of couple outside on the terrace at crystal garden in chicago
Fun picture of the john hancock building skyline view during engagement session at navy pier
Navy Pier engagement session
These pictures by the Ferris Wheel are stunning!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
beautiful photo of future bride and groom embracing each other at the ferris wheel at navy pier
beautiful silhouette portrait and a gorgeous play on sunlight during navy pier engagement session
To finish up the day, we went out to Adler Planetarium to get some pictures with the Chicago Skyline.  The sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky….annnnd…arctic temperatures!  Despite the wind and cold, I love the scene in these pictures!  Jason and Lisa are such delightful people!  We cannot wait to share their special day with them!
gorgeous view of chicago from adler planetarium during engagement session
couple kissing at adler planetarium during chicago engagement session

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Best Chicago Engagement Photography Of 2013

As 2014 begins, we wanted to take a moment to look back on our favorite engagement photos from 2013.  If you were to look at the temperature right now, you’d see that there isn’t one.  Hopefully some of these pictures will warm you up!  Enjoy!

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