Chicago Engagement : Rachel + Rush


It had been years since he’d seen her and there she was biting his head off for a pile of transgressions. A few drinks ahead of him, Rachel was empowered with angst…and the liquor helped. While at first perturbed at her public admonishment, Rush stared at Rachel’s moving lips and remembered. Remembered what he saw in the girl who lived downstairs.

During their first year of college, their apartments were divided by a single story. Rachel spied Rush amongst throngs of new students and was somehow drawn to his preppy New York appeal. Completely her opposite–both in demeanor and appearance–Rush was drawn to Rachel’s vivaciousness. She’s the type of girl who walks into a room and her voice creates curlicues in the air.

They dated for almost two years, but broke up after distance, traveling abroad, and growing up created a moat of difference. Rachel called Rush every nine months or so. Nine, as if she counted. It was happenstance. He stopped returning her calls and delayed accepting her friend request on Facebook. It had been years since he’d seen her and there she was biting his head off for a pile of transgressions, but it was then when he remembered what he saw in the girl who lived downstairs.

Last week I was incredibly honored to join Rush and Rachel in their hometown of Chicago for their engagement session. It was great getting to know them better and I’m getting SO excited for their wedding in New Mexico later this year. Here are a few of our time roaming the streets of Chicago together…

We started their engagement session at their apartment and I was greeted by Hudson, an adorable Havanese…who I was tempted to bring home with me.

The night before I left to Chicago, weather was predicted as rain. ALL DAY. As in, thunderstorms. We made plans to shoot indoors, but when I landed, the sky was blue and clouds scattered an otherwise perfect day.

We walked to Lincoln Park and the Chicago shore and Rush gave me a detailed history of the city…in between kissing Rachel, of course.

I’ve decided I officially love Chicago for engagement pictures. That is all.

The weather was little crazy…overcast one minute…and blazing the next. It’s a good thing Rush looks great posing adjacent to the building where he also happens to work.

Rachel suggested a slightly more urban vibe to end the engagement session, so we drove back and found a cozy spot under the L Train tracks…apparently, if I know about the L, I’m officially way legit with Chicagans.

I’ll end this engagement session on this sweet note. Rachel, you’re gorgeous. And absolutely perfect the way you are…because, really, don’t forget what I told you: you have CHEMISTRY! πŸ˜‰

To see more of Rachel and Rush’s Chicago engagement session, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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    June 21st, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    What an adorable couple….the doggy is pretty cute too. Oh yeah you legit…but to be really legit you gotta stay longer next time! =) (I kid, I kid). Great session…you handled the crazy Chicago weather perfectly! Come back anytime!

  2. Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    June 21st, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Rachel’s hair is to kill for……. πŸ˜‰ My favorite is the collage with Rush’s work building the colors are just insanely nice! πŸ˜‰

  3. Kaethe Richter

    June 21st, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    YAY!!!!! You’re coming to New Mexico! <3 <3 <3

  4. anda

    June 21st, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    i love this session A LOT.

  5. Martin Beebee

    June 21st, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Beautiful set! I love the shot of them kissing on the curb.

  6. Sid

    June 21st, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Wow, amazing post, Jasmine! Once again, your writing and pictures have captured the special moments of Rachel and Rush. You’ve captured the essence of their relationship so well. Love it!!! Even though I live in Seattle, Chicago is one of my favorite cities because of the amazing backgrounds it has to offer for photographs… Great job!!!!

  7. denise karis

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    oh my stars that last one is sweet

  8. Jeff Dostalek

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    More then perfect. Chicago is a perfect way to document the start of a beautiful life. Bravo

  9. Abby Grace Photography

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I agree with Denise, that last one is so sweet! They look like fun!

  10. Rachel Tatem

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    You did a great job, as always, making them feel at ease. I bet her laughter was infectious, it looks like it! I love Chicago! I have been twice but only for a small time each time but both times were great. Such a beautiful city and great architecture, makes for amazing pictures.

  11. Kristin Nicole

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:29 pm


  12. Annette Calud

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Love how you captured their chemistry along with the vibe of Chicago. BEAUTIFUL!

  13. Gail

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    YOWZA! What a gorgeous couple! I can’t believe you and I were in Chicago in the same week and missed crossing paths πŸ™

    Next time you’re in the Midwest, it’s on!

  14. Danielle Aquiline Photography

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    These are great, Jasmine! So glad the weather worked out for you. I’m a little geeked to see that you shot in the EXACT same spot as my last engagement session.

  15. Libby K

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I’m from Michigan, so to get my city fix, I always head to Chicago! Glad you fell in love with it too! Great session!

  16. Toni howden

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    So naturally beautiful. You can see just how in love they are.

  17. Jennifer Bacchiocchi

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    "She’s the type of girl who walks into a room and her voice creates curlicues in the air." I love that line! So perfect. Beautiful job.

  18. Salwa

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Great session – I <3 Chicago :).

    I love the ones of them by the L!

  19. anouschka

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    awesome session!

  20. sarah

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    "if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes." goodness knows how constantly changing light can wreak havoc on your settings. but you rocked it out as usual. and a NM wedding? sounds great!

  21. Faith Cherisse

    June 21st, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    You are amazing J*! You bring so much life to their story. What a beautiful couple. I can’t wait to see their wedding.

  22. Amanda Driver

    June 21st, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Jasmine, not only are your photos beautiful, but they make me feel something. And that is awesome. You rock!

  23. Shauna

    June 21st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Lovin the urbanness!!!

  24. Angel Swanson

    June 21st, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I looooove these pics of these two!! Cannot wait for the wedding! (and I agree with everyone else: they’re a gorgeous pair and Rachel has the most infectious personality!)

  25. Angel Swanson

    June 21st, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I looooove these pics of these two!! Cannot wait for the wedding! (and I agree with everyone else: they’re a gorgeous pair and Rachel has the most infectious personality!)

  26. Michelle Edgerton Photography

    June 21st, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    J* you did it again!! Always an inspiration. These are beautiful and a beautiful couple to boot.

  27. brianna

    June 21st, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    that dog looks like he gives Polo a run for his money in the photogenic department!! πŸ™‚ great sesh… you were worried about the weather for nothing! hopefully you didn’t leave the city without some deep dish. (great, now i’m craving pizza.)

  28. gladys jem

    June 21st, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    LOVE! Makes me want to buy a ticket to Chicago right now. My fav is the one of her laughing with her head back. So fun!

  29. sherri lynn

    June 21st, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Cute pictures! Love the kissing one on the sidewalk. What a cute couple!

  30. natalie Tuggle

    June 21st, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    A very hip session…but Palo might get jellous

  31. nadya

    June 21st, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    awesome session! i need to visit chicago! ^.^

  32. Lydia

    June 21st, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    No wonder you missed Polo so much, Hudson is adorable! Love everything about this session!

  33. Jenelle Sewell

    June 21st, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    What an adorable couple! Love Chicago as the backdrop.

  34. Mom

    June 21st, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful couple! Beautiful pictures!

  35. Emma Godfrey

    June 21st, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Great movement in that second to last one and a gorgeous shoot – I hope it made Polo less sad that you were away from him!

  36. stephanie

    June 21st, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    beautiful! love how it’s soo care free πŸ™‚

  37. Amy Paulson

    June 21st, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I love that you were in Chicago! Next time – we’d totally be happy to host you for dinner! I’m glad you enjoyed the city and all the crazy weather that goes with. And again – LOVE seeing how you capture the beauty in your clients.

  38. Łukasz KawaΕ‚kiewicz

    June 21st, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    It is sad that no more photos with the dog because it is great πŸ™‚

  39. Life with Kaishon

    June 21st, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Very sweet love.

  40. Shawn

    June 21st, 2011 at 8:19 pm


  41. Sveta

    June 21st, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    The first picture is nothing special

  42. Girish

    June 21st, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Very nice. The b/w are too good.

    More of this shoot please πŸ™‚

  43. Amy Arrington

    June 21st, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Beautiful! Love the light.

  44. Kathleen

    June 21st, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Live in the Chicago area recently after out west for 19 years. It truly is a great city. Glad to see a couple from the Windy City in pics. Their marriage in New Mexico southwest will be even more amazing as backdrop. Great pics.

  45. Yuliya Molitvenik

    June 21st, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Loooved their slideshow, full of energy, modern and fresh! Seems like you guys really hit the town for this one.

  46. Gallery by Laura Photography

    June 22nd, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I just posted a Chicago engagement session, I had the same terrible thunderstorms. It miraculously let up and turned into a romantically gray day. Also the maternity session before it, I got to try out the trick you showed in Creative Live, where the girl wraps her arm around the guy and they end up laughing from smacking heads. (My guy was too tall it had to be the other way around.) Also I’ve been working really hard at writing with more affection and details in my blogs. Everything I’ve been learning from you has really paid off. I’m also working to reach out to other photographers and make some friends. Thank you!

  47. WeddingSnapper

    June 22nd, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Great looking city Chicago! Looking forward to seeing their wedding photos – a handsome couple.


    June 22nd, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Awesome shoot! I love their laughter.

  49. Catherine

    June 22nd, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Jasmine – You have such a gift for seeing people and being able to show the unique qualities in their relationships. And your writing – I felt like I was reading the most interesting introduction to a novel that I was about to get totally engrossed in. Beautiful work again!

  50. s h e r r y

    June 22nd, 2011 at 6:29 am

    πŸ™‚ It’s amazing to see what you are able to do, even if in a brand new city!!

  51. Dawney

    June 22nd, 2011 at 7:19 am

    As always- I am ll-o-v-i-n-g your work! I shot my first full wedding this past weekend and I re-watched so many creative live sessions from both of your workshops over the past two weeks that I felt like I was cramming for a test! LOL Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. For every thing you share, for all the wonderful tips, and for begin so willing to help the cyber world lean from a master! *Also…. I have a whole new respect for you, girl! Wedding’s are so stressful!! :)*

  52. Kellee

    June 22nd, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Chicago is one of my favourite cities ever. Love the smiles!

  53. Immo Fuchs Fotografie

    June 22nd, 2011 at 11:58 am

    nice and natural! I like πŸ™‚

  54. Adriana Morett

    June 22nd, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I love it. As always you have such a great taste for composition!! And the light! Gosh is like you controll it =) love it!!

  55. Alaina Bos

    June 23rd, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Great Shoot… You’re totally legit if you know about the "L" but I have to call you out… It’s "Chicagoan". xoxo

  56. Elise

    June 23rd, 2011 at 5:46 am

    How about some workshop love for New Mexico later this year?

  57. Kathleen Clipper

    June 24th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Love these, Jasmine! Looks like Hudson and Polo would be good pals πŸ™‚

  58. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    June 25th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I also LOVE shooting e-sessions in Chicago. Good times!

  59. Shaun David

    June 25th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I love the photos with the dog. We just did an engagement shoot with a dog at our client’s house. They turned out great. Pets are part of the fam.

  60. Diego Molina Photography

    June 27th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    What a beautiful couple, Great pictures. Love you site!!!

  61. Chicago Wedding Photography Studio Finch

    July 1st, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Some great snaps here! I wish you could have done some kind of workshop when you were in Chicago – we would have loved to meet you and learn from your awesomeness πŸ™‚

  62. Derek

    July 15th, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Superb work, as per usual!

  63. Mirian Silva

    August 6th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I love shoots in urban settings. These are lovely! I wish my clients were more bold and left the green scenery…great work Jasmine!

  64. Jesse

    August 26th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Super cute!

  65. Dani Davila Fotografo

    October 7th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    its always a pleasure to see you work.

  66. Cindy Habel

    October 21st, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Beautiful engagement session, but just love love LOVE that last image!