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chicago engagement photography | jenny + james

A few years ago, this sweet couple flew me out to Chicago for their engagement session.  It was my first time traveling alone.  On top of that, we shot immediately after I landed!  I felt like it was a pop quiz – here’s a totally foreign place, with a couple you’ve just met in person… now shoot!  We had an AMAZING shoot.  Later that night, I met with a potential bride, who not only ended up hiring me to shoot their wedding, but has also become a dear friend.  Since that first visit, Chicago has become an annual destination for me, making this our fourth trip out there.  I love that I get to shoot there once a year, and visit my couples out there.

I was excited when Jenny contacted me about shooting her engagement session in Chicago.  Her and James have great chemistry and are the sweetest to hang out with.  And they’re foodies too, so we enjoyed exchanging recs & stories.

Jenny is a real trooper.  Could you tell it was 40 degrees and we were all freezing?  We happened to shoot on the coldest day that week.  It was so cold that right before this shoot, I went to buy 2 pairs of leggings and a big coat to layer on.

I somehow get lucky and streets often clear up for us…

Then we headed to my favorite place to shoot… the beach!

Not a surprise when we found the beach completely empty – it was freezing cold!

They wanted to shoot here because they used to jog here.  They just recently moved out of Chicago.  I love how nostalgic it will be when they look back at these.

I might actually jog if I had such a scenic run…  reason to move by the beach?

And I just love the Chicago skyline…


Holly Steen - June 25, 2012 - 11:08 am

So gorgeous… I love Chicago too. You did a great job capturing the city in a way I have never seen before. Yay

Kristin Myers Harvey - June 28, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Love that you travel Caroline! Add me and Eric to your Boston list – and let me know if/when you pass through! ;)

David Cruz - November 25, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Never been a fan of shooting in the city or at the beach however, after looking at these images, I’m compelled to change my way of thinking and open myself up to more shooting locations.


pregnancy boudoir photographer | propel photography workshop

I met Ashley on a commercial shoot while I was still pregnant 2 years ago.  Fast forward a year or so, Ashley contacts me that she’s pregnant and interested in a maternity shoot.  The timing was perfect for my upcoming Propel Workshop, so I asked if she was up for modeling and yay, she was!  These are some of my favorites taken at my last workshop.  I was really excited to surprise my attendees with this special shoot.  Maternity is such an intimate and beautiful thing to shoot that is often overlooked.  So many people tell me that they just didn’t think about doing it and how much they regret it. For those who never thought about it or still on the fence, here are a few photos for your consideration…

Congrats to Ashley who had her baby this week!!  xoxo

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Tony Ng - June 21, 2012 - 7:47 am

caroline, I love your works so much

Delia - June 22, 2012 - 12:37 pm

Oh my, what an incredibly stunning woman!

Caroline Tran - June 24, 2012 - 7:07 am


Chrysta - June 27, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Ashley pictures are stunning! What a beautiful glowing woman. I got to know her back in the day. And now she has a family! So happy for her. Her little girl is going to be so cute and look like her when she grows up. Either way what a sweetheart. I love the pictures that you took, they are incredible, Caroline :)

Maggie - July 3, 2012 - 3:18 pm

These are just lovely Caroline! Love your boudoir work!

Rotem Marabella - November 19, 2012 - 4:44 am

How much do you charge ?

Lisa Jorgensen - January 21, 2013 - 8:27 pm

Such a beautiful boudoir maternity shoot, Caroline! Please find it in your heart to share the designer of the ruffled chiffon robe. It’s nearly as gorgeous as your work!

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