Naomi is one of the most compassionate and driven people I know. She and I grew up in the same small town and became close as teenagers when we were both active in our high school's Peer Counseling program. We drifted apart after undergrad, but I continued admiring her from a distance. Naomi and her fiancé, David, moved to Chicago after grad school. I was beyond excited when I received her email last summer asking me to photograph their California wedding this September. And I immediately started dreaming about a trip to Chicago. In April I made it happen, and I am so grateful it worked out the way it did. We took some photos at the Field Museum (where Naomi works as an Instructional Design Specialist) and at Old Town Gardens, but most of our time was spent running around downtown. I loved embracing this city as a backdrop for their photos. The colors, lines, textures, patterns, lights, and movement (it was WINDY!) enhance the images and ground the couple in a time and a place they will remember fondly. We had a blast and I flew home absolutely LOVING Chicago and this couple. I cannot wait until September.