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HVL Photo Travels | Chicago, IL

Last fall, I travelled to Illinois to visit family, take senior portraits for my cousin's kids and visit the great city of Chicago.  We were in the actual city for less than 24 hours so I definitely need to come back and check the architectural boat tour off my list, but I love getting to explore big cities!  When I told my family I was coming up, I made two requests.  One - to touch the bean and Two - to eat deep dish pizza.  I like to think I'm pretty low maintenance and we did both of these things and it was the best! Expectations exceeded!

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One thing we did learn is that parking is mega expensive.  If you can take the EL, I'd suggest it.  If not, park in one spot that isn't timed like the parking deck at Navy Pier and keep it there all day and walk or uber/ lyft yourself around.  I introduced my aunt to Uber while we were there and I think she's a fan now.

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bean chicago cloud gate
bean cloud gate chicago illinois

This photo doesn't show it, but I did in fact, touch "The Bean".  The Bean is actually just a nickname for the "Cloud Gate" in Millenium Park and it's actually not that old.  The sculpture was built between 2004 and 2006.  It makes for a beautiful photo op - hence all the people, but also reflects the city's skyline on the other side. 

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chicago photographer

We did a lot of walking and also got to see the boats on the waterfront of Lake Michigan and the Buckingham Fountain.  For lunch we got deep dish pizza from Gino's East!  It takes awhile to bake, but it's yummy!

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The view from Navy Pier was one of the best skyline views and you guys know what a sucker I am for a good view.  Also, for those of you who remember that amazing World Series game that Cubs won last fall (yes I stayed up through the rain delay to see history happen - I can't wait for someone to make a movie about it) well, we were there a week or two before that happened - thus the Ws. Blue Ws fly everywhere - on signs, tv screens, ferris wheels - with pride for the Cubbies.

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Thanks for reading!  Where are you traveling this summer?

Class of 2017 | Senior Portraits | Georgia + Illinois

Being a Senior, whether in high school or college, is such an exciting time in a person's life.  I was able to photograph a few of my favorite seniors this year and now it's graduation time!

Congratulations to all of you out there who have studied and worked hard and now get to walk and now finally get to celebrate this great achievement! 

First up on the list is sweet Camille!  This lady is not only beautiful but also incredibly intelligent.  She'll be graduating at the end of the month from Union Grove High School, my alma mater. Go Wolverines!  For her session, we wandered around the McDonough Square and then went to over to the church (also where I grew up) where she's spent so much of her time learning about the Lord.  I love that she wanted to incorporate that into her session as it holds such a special place in her heart.

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mcdonough senior session
atlanta senior photographer
atlanta senior session
mcdonough senior session
atlanta senior session
atlanta senior session
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mcdonough senior session
mcdonough senior photographer
mcdonough senior session

Next up, Chase!  I have some extended family in Illinois that I went to visit last fall.  One of the reasons was so that I could take some senior portraits for my cousin's children!  It was harvest time and they live in a farming community so I got to learn lots about farming corn and meet all of their animals, plus some other fun stuff.  I think they definitely had fun showing this city girl about farm life. Chase also does work with the fire department and he got dressed in his uniform so we could take some photos.  I also may or may not have made him pretend to save a kitten from a tree.

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illinois senior photographer
illinois senior portraits

Last, but certainly not least, Makayla!  This lady is certainly a busy one.  She is also super smart, but also a talented volleyball player and I happened to come on tournament weekend which meant snagging photos whenever we had a spare moment.  Makayla loves her horse so we also got a few of her riding around their property!

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illinois senior photographer
illinois senior portraits
chicago senior session
chicago senior portrait photographer
illinois senior session
illinois senior photographer

Congratulations Class of 2017!