Katherine and Lynn Are Engaged | A Destination E-Session in | Chicago, IL

As a mom, the thought of leaving your little one wailing at the door as you drive off for a shoot does lay heavy on your heart. (Yep, that did happen-more than once.) Luckily, having a stellar husband and an awesome big brother does help to salve those mommy-wounds. But there is certainly an allure to hopping on a plane with gear in tow and discovering a wealth of new photographic wonders.

Katherine and Lynn are getting married in Greensboro later this summer but for their E-Session they asked if I could come to Chicago. Really?!? Ok, twist my arm. I’ve never been to Chicago before and I now understand people’s devotion to it. Personally, the plethora of public art (everywehere!) and the genuine kindness of the people sucked me in. I’m definitely heading back! We shot all day ambling around parts of the city I probably never would have seen as a tourist and had an absolute blast.  Loving every second of this trip made coming home to my boys all the sweeter.

After we hit up Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate sculpture, we headed over to the Art Institute of Chicago to recreate Katherine and Lynn’s first date. This stunning museum is a must the next time you’re near by. Katherine’s apartment, a gem from the 1920’s, is directly across the street from Lincoln Park Zoo which was one of the big highlights of the day for me. The zoo is completely free and a bastion of nature in the middle of this huge and thriving city. We dropped into lots of their favorite haunts – La Crêperie was my favorite. We ended our shoot at Lake Michigan. It was a marvelous day.


Traci Arney

I am an overly passionate, slightly obsessive fine art photographer who just happened to fall in love with photographing weddings. Recently I was named one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the United States. I love telling stories so I dig pretty deep into your personal story. We have a blast together and you will be blown away by my images, your prints, and your album!

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