Downtown Chicago Engagement Photos



Downtown Chicago Engagement Photos

Downtown Chicago engagement photos can be tricky in winter especially if you do not feel like being exposed to the chilly temperatures.

For that reason, I like to suggest to my wedding couples a mix of indoor and covered outdoor Chicago photo locations that emphasize the city’s iconic architecture and history.

Dipika and Yash reached out to our studio for a chic and modern engagement photo session around downtown. They relied heavily on our expertise to figure out the best engagement outfits, locations and timings for their portrait session.

Having an experienced Chicago engagement photographer that knows the best times, locations and engagement poses that achieve the vibe you are looking for is KEY!

Here is a recap of Dipika and Yash’s classy downtown Chicago engagement photos to get inspiration for your professional engagement portraits!

downtown chicago engagement photo at Chicago Lyric Opera House photographed by Maha Studios

Dipika + Yash: How They Met

They say if two people are meant to be together, then no matter how much we deny it, in the end they will find each other.

Our story began with friendship. We were friends long before we began dating. Neither of us had ever imagined that we would end up together.

We reconnected in 2019, hanging out with friends, attending birthday parties and Superbowl’s, and studying at Starbucks together. Then one day, on June 7th, 2020, Yash texted me, asking me to dinner.

We had our first date at Buffalo Wild Wings. We instantly connected that night. Conversations were flowing and next thing we knew, it was 3:00 am and we were still talking.

Since then we’ve had endless long nights and uncountable conversations.

The Engagement Photo Outfits

Dipika and Yash chose a stunning and elegant outfit that was perfect for a winter engagement portrait session. Originally, Dipika and Yash were planning on wearing two different outfits. Ultimately, they chose to go with the black all gown and a green velvet suit. These engagement outfits were stunning!!!!! I highly recommend engagement portrait outfits that are solid colored and that compliment each other.

Furthermore, I know the photos look like the weather was warm. However, it was far from it. The wind was very strong and we had to stop to take a couple of breaks for coffee and warmth.

The two lovebirds were troopers and brought a lot of energy and fun to their session.

I absolutely loved their sense of humor and congeniality. Having fun despite the cold temps and making the most of the time is so important to having a successful engagement photo session.

Winter Chicago Engagement Photo Locations

Dipika and Yash were thrilled with their photos and used them for their wedding website, save the date cards and in their new home!

Chic downtown chicago engagement photos at Lyric Opera House. Photographed by wedding photographer Maha Studios
Chic downtown chicago engagement photos at Lyric Opera House. Photographed by wedding photographer Maha Studios
Chic downtown chicago engagement photos at Lyric Opera House. Photographed by wedding photographer Maha Studios
Chicago Skyline winter engagement photos photographed by Maha Studios
Chicago Cultural Center engagement photos photographed by Maha Studios
Downtown Chicago engagement photos in winter by Maha Studios
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Chicago Cultural Engagement Photos by Maha Studios

Planning Tips for Winter Chicago Engagement Photos

Winter engagement photos in Chicago need to be planned out differently than in the warmer months. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:

  1. Plan your shoot around the sun setting early so that you have enough time to get daylight and golden hour portraits.
  2. Allocate 3 hours for a downtown shoot so that you have enough time to get portraits in several different Chicago engagement photo locations.
  3. Choose locations that are a mix of indoor and outdoor backgrounds so that there is variety in your engagement session.
  4. Bring lots of hand lotion and balm! Your hands and lips are the first to get dry and cracked!
  5. If you plan on wearing clothes that are more revealing, bring a coat or blanket that you can throw on your shoulders in between shoots.

I hope these photos and tips help you plan an amazing downtown Chicago engagement photo session! Please feel free to contact our team if you want us to be a part of your special moments.

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