Sometimes life hands you incredible connections to incredible people, who then introduce to you more incredible people, who then…well, you get the picture. And in the case of Patrick and Karlee, I couldn’t be more thankful for all the incredible people it took to connect us and make this PHENOMENAL Chicago engagement session come to life! Patrick and Karlee are easily two of the most fun, creative, vivacious people I’ve had the honor of photographing, and it’s immediately clear that they are over the moon about each other, and equally over the moon about their new adventures in making Chicago their home. So, when Karlee shared her vision for her engagement session with me, I said, “Say no more, let’s do this!”

You see, I “met” Karlee while she was working with Aladdin, through some wonderful friends you’ve seen before (remember Michael + Natalie’s fantastic shoot in LA? They’re friends!), and we had tried to connect for a session just for her, but schedules simply never aligned. Fast forward to almost a year later, and as I was packing to come visit Chicago to photograph a wedding, I received a message from Karlee on Instagram, asking when I’d be back in Chicago, because it was time for engagement photos! And, with roughly 36 hours to plan, we plotted out a fun Chicago engagement session that toured through Lincoln Park Zoo, Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond, and then into the city for a few fun shots in one of my favorite “spots,” complete with some tasty treats from BomboBar, a favorite place of mine to break my diet plans! Add in that she and Patrick SLAYED this session before Patrick had to head to the airport, and Karlee headed to her new gig at Hamilton: An American Musical, and you can see why these two are absolutely bursting at the seams busy, but also so much ridiculous fun to photograph — they adore one another, and they’re not afraid to show it!

Bottom line: you ALWAYS have time for a good time, and these two know how to have a GREAT time while capturing some ridiculously fun moments on camera! Congratulations, you two, and I’m so honored you asked me to photograph your engagement photos! I hope the wedding venue hunt went well, and I can’t wait to come back to the Windy City and go food spot hunting with you again! Cheers!

 Megan at Studio 22 is a destination wedding wedding and engagement photographer based out of Ohio. Needless to say she loves nothing more than exploring and creating in new places. Patrick and Karlee’s engagement photos in Chicago were one of her recent favorites. The autumn colours and the great spots at Lincoln Park Zoo and Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond made for an outstanding session.

 Cool October days, freshly fallen leaves and steamy love between Karlee and Patrick made for perfect Chicago engagement photos. Sometimes it just takes a creative eye and a couple who trust you to make magic happen.

 Karlee may be busy with her new role in Chicago’s production of Hamilton: An American Musical as well as taking time to start exploring her new home with Patrick, but whenever these two can spend time together they are all about each other. This made for sincere and loving engagement photos in Lincoln Park Zoo and Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond.

 Fall engagement photos are perfect for those classy but casual outfits. Layers are a great way to add depth, warmth and style to a picture. The most important thing though is keeping it simple. Patrick and Karlee chose perfect clothes to stay warm on a crisp afternoon wandering Chicago with Studio 22.

 Mixing natural and urban elements is a perfect way to showcase your personality, your home and add some depth and texture to a shoot. The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond in Chicago, Illinois was the perfect place to combine the elements.

 Windswept in leaves and love in the windy city with Karlee of Chicago’s production of Hamilton: An American Musical and her fiancee Patrick.

 Whether walking in downtown Dayton, cuddling to stay warm in the frigid temperatures of Iceland, or going for a piggyback ride in Chicago Megan at Studio 22 Photography is ready to capture your story.

 If you are looking for steamy spots in Chicago, look no further than BomboBar. Patrick and Karlee kept things warm enjoying this local favourite spot while wandering the city with Megan.

 Patrick and Karlee’s love story is steamy and sweet. Studio 22 loved hearing more about it at BomboBar in Chicago over some of the most incredible hot chocolates in the world!

 Engagement portraits should capture who you and your fiancee truly are. Megan at Studio 22 Photography loves to watch for those little moments where the two of you are just being yourselves, in between shots, in order for you to have real photos that represent your relationship.

 Megan loves to have couples who are willing to let her loose with her creativity. Megan has the eye and the tools, but she needs couples like Patrick and Karlee to pull it all together. This shoot in downtown Chicago was one for the books.




Holy cow Megan! These are incredible -love the emotion and story telling in each one! You are so talented and your couples are so lucky to have you as their photographer!

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