Looking back on 2010 – Chicago Wedding Photography

Compiling a list of my 2010 favorites has been the toughest task. More so because I had to follow one strict rule I set for myself: only one favorite image per wedding. That’s it. Which means that what you are about to see does not necessarily represent the “best in show”, rather my emotional attachment to certain images. I will try to explain why I chose each and every picture. Let’s start! Images are listed in chronological order.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

First wedding of the season was on March 12th. I picked this image over all others (even though the bride and groom are not it it) because it touched me beyond words. When grandma walked out of the temple, the grandkids rushed to embrace her. Plus, she looks just like my grandma and I miss her.

Editorial style wedding photography Chicago

I love yellow, train stations, Audrey Hepburn dresses and my vintage umbrella!

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

See the flower girl? No comment.:)

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Fun moment in the trolley. I love capturing raw emotion, whether it’d be sadness or laughter. I also love black and whites. The reason why many of the images that made the list are not in color.

Fine art wedding photography Chicago

A capture from another time. This image is one of two wedding images ever taken that is displayed in my home.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

I love the color in this image, the black hair and perfect pearly whites!

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Untied bow tie! My favorite look for a groom at the end of a long evening of dancing. Always looks fabulous in pictures.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Ah, yes. Another black and white. I love this image because it is a rare instance to capture at a wedding. The veil over both the bride and groom’s faces while kissing is a pose you see all over the internet when looking at photographer’s portfolios. I, however feel very strongly against it. This time though it was the amazing Chicago wind and the magic it created.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

A stunning bride and a white Bentley. Need I say more?

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Her expression, glasses about to clink… whispers of love. This image gives me chills!

Fine art wedding photography Chicago

Lake Geneva wedding this past summer! Looks like a still out of the Titanic!

Fine art wedding photography Chicago

The veil. This images speaks to me!

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Board of Trade area on a Saturday evening in August. Late summer, the light reaches perfection at about 6 pm in this spot!

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

A different take on the “bride against the window” must take wedding shot. Glamourous like an old Hollywood movie!

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

High noon during the summer is not exactly the perfect time of the day for gorgeous portraits. But I love the short, dark well defined shadows and the drama of this light. Throw in a little off camera flash and make it work for you!

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

In a different post from a while back, I revealed my new favorite spot in the city for wedding portraits. Olive Park. The view of the ferris wheel is magical when seen from ground level. Just lay on your stomach in the grass across from the overhang and lift your head up slightly. Suddenly this city view turns into rolling hills and carnival lights!

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Orthodox church religious ceremony. My favorite!

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

True in the moment capture, even though this is a posed shot.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Fall reception for the fairy tale wedding of the Audrey Hepburn bride. New hairdo, dress, flowers, everything. Most definitely counts as a new wedding! Tall grass and long shadows…

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Hills are a rare sight in Chicago. One of the reasons why I just adore this shot. If I were to give it a title, it would be “You and I on top of the world”.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

If I do color, I go all out! Early fall, a patch of blue skies on a rainy afternoon in October.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Golden hour. Everyone’s favorite time of the day. Against the sun. High winds.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

A mild obsession with LaSalle Bridge and walking shots that look like movie stills. Black and white, of course.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Fall in the city!

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Ah, the randomness of this image! We were looking for a cab outside the hotel for a few shots of just the bride and groom before the ceremony.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Fell in love in the schoolyard.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Yes, it’s the ferris wheel again.:)

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Can you see the love in his eyes??? The golden light on the ground? Can you hear the leaves falling? I can.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Old Hollywood inspired portrait again. My very own hue of aged black and white.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Quaker Bridge candids.

Emotional photojournalistic wedding photography Chicago

Leaving church. Last wedding of 2010! I hope you enjoyed looking over a few of the thousands of images I have taken this year. Thank you for stopping by!

Esther Alleman - December 29, 2010 - 12:52 pm

We love the photos you created for our wedding. Thank you for sharing these highlights of yours from 2010, they are all breathtaking! I can see the passion and love you have for photography in them.

tiff munster - December 29, 2010 - 11:36 am

hahah! i love that pic! can you send me a copy of it? you have me smiling in that one ;)

Kelly - December 29, 2010 - 10:35 am

Love! What a joy to get to see all the lovely images of 2010! I’m sure the other ’10 brides will agree with me when I say it was a great year! We have gotten NUMEROUS compliments on the school bus picture – so different, so unique, so us! I wish you only the best in 2011 Cristina, and I can’t wait to relive wedding bliss through your future pictures. Happy New Year!

Joanne, FlowersFlowers - December 29, 2010 - 10:11 am

Beautiful, Cristina! Love the highlights from 2010. :)

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