Kevin & Katina’s engagement shoot

Last Friday, I had the honor of photographing our fellow church members Kevin and Katina to celebrate their engagement.

We wandered around the Millenium Park/Grant Park area for about 2 hours. The grass was green, the flowers in bloom, and the light was just perfect.

By the end of it, my dress was soaked through with sweat and my hair was clinging to my scalp in damp wads, but you’d never guess that they were uncomfortable at all. They looked fresh as flowers, I tell you. Sigh. I guess that’s what young love will do for you.

I was a little nervous since the only ‘official’ photo shoot I’ve done was for the Barretts last year, and that was at the height of my inexperience. Harsh shadows, overexposure, underexposure–it was certainly at the low end of my learning curve.

But I had no reason to fear this occasion–they were so photogenic.

So willing to comply as I put on my Bossy Pants and shouted “Now kiss her! Now look into his eyes like you’re seeing him for the first time!”

“Now lift her! Tilt your chin a little more to the left! Now do a pirouette on your head and dive into that fountain!”

I love telling people to do pirouettes on their heads.

One of my favorite things was finding ways to interact with the city itself. Like the beautiful curve of these columns . . .

. . . or the infamous metallic bean.

The busy city streets . . .

. . . or this empty paved lot:

Where else in the world are you going to come across a big empty stage graced with some abandoned and rusty chairs?

Capturing the beauty of our city along with the beauty of these lovebirds was a blast. I’d do it again any day.

At least any day that wasn’t 90 degrees.

Here’s a lil’ slideshow of some of my favorite shots. Enjoy!

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13 Responses to Kevin & Katina’s engagement shoot

  1. So lovely Jenna. I especially love the one at the fountain.

  2. Great job! I love so many of them. :-) Way to brave the heat too! :-)

  3. Jen says:

    Great pics, Jenna! I love the use of city streets, empty parking lots, rusty chairs, and city icons.

  4. Erica says:

    Beautiful work, Kiddo. Wow.

  5. Twinky says:

    Impressive!! I, too, like how you use the city to full advantage… it brings out the humanness of the humans!!

    Watch the “tippage”…. there are a couple I think I would have prefered with “straight” lines (horizon, sidewalk lines, buildings–apart from the keystone effect–) rather than the lines creating the feeling of sliding off to the right, like Lope’s horizons on waterscapes that gave the feeling that the lake or river or sea was going to pour out the right corner of the painting and leave it empty! Other than that, you do great work and have a great eye, and are a great boss!! (y)

    • Twinky says:

      ….not to be overly critical, you understand, but I AM your mother…. =) Good critiquing will polish you up into a beyond wonderful photographer!! Luv U

  6. Sherri says:

    Great photos!

  7. skippymom says:

    Wonderful job Jenna – they are definitely gorgeous and in love! So sweet.

  8. okielicious says:

    Add “exciting engagement photographer” to your list of growing credits… lyricist, band member, great cook, and beloved wife (not necessarily in that order!) I especially loved the skyline shot with the greenery in front — it expressed a “love softens everything” kind of sentiment. :)

  9. jeannietay says:

    Simply awesome! I love every one of the photos! The couple look so in love!

  10. Veronica says:

    Awww, you caught some great shots. Great work, Jenna! Your photography is stunning, as are the love birds. :)

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