The Chicago Art Institute is a spectacular backdrop for some unique editorial like photographs. I’ve been there many times in my life and grew up walking around the space. It can be a hit or miss with the crowds. As most engagement clients are looking for this location, some might not find the crowding on a weekend to be very sensory friendly. It can get loud and congested at points. There are lots of people walking around and witnessing your session too. If you’re queer, be aware some folks might take it upon themselves to photograph you even. I was not having any of that during our session, though. It took one dirty look and a quick “Sir, please get out of here” for my to get back to my artwork and my clients intimate moments.
The building is filled with historical architecture. My favorite spot was the room with the marble pillars decorating the length of it. It made for some ethereal captures of my clients interacting with one another on the bench in front of the display. It was a grand time inside.
Being outside, we were sad to find the Gardens were closed for the year. This didn’t stop us from getting some beautiful portraits outside of the area nearby some orange colored foliage. Facing the Gardens, it would be on the right side by the fence. We stationed ourselves in this space and I gave my couple some loose instructions on how to walk together and interact naturally. Most of my posing is movement based, you’ll find this is especially nice if you’re someone who doesn’t want to feel static or awkwardly posed. And heck, sometimes awkward posing is cool. It just depends on who you are as a couple and our mood board collaboration.
Overall, you’ll find this space to be diverse and interesting to pose your couple around. If you’re the couple, you’ll want to be ready for the crowds and communicate your PDA comfort levels in public spaces. I’m generally checking in from time to time to see if folks need a minute to breath. That always eases their worries about performing in the moment!
Can you see yourself in these photographs? Do you admire fine art elegant photography? Why not inquire and see what working together looks like.
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