Chicago Engagement : Rachel + Rush

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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  1. LEOLAK -

    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!

      6.21.11 - 2:43 pm

  2. Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries -

    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˜‰

      6.21.11 - 3:12 pm

  3. Kaethe Richter -

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

      6.21.11 - 3:18 pm

  4. anda -

    i love this session A LOT.

      6.21.11 - 3:19 pm

  5. Martin Beebee -

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

      6.21.11 - 3:25 pm

  6. Sid -

    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!!!!

      6.21.11 - 3:35 pm

  7. denise karis -

    oh my stars that last one is sweet

      6.21.11 - 4:07 pm

  8. Jeff Dostalek -

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

      6.21.11 - 4:18 pm

  9. Abby Grace Photography -

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

      6.21.11 - 4:18 pm

  10. Rachel Tatem -

    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.

      6.21.11 - 4:25 pm

  11. Kristin Nicole -


      6.21.11 - 4:29 pm

  12. Annette Calud -

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

      6.21.11 - 4:29 pm

  13. Gail -

    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!

      6.21.11 - 4:30 pm

  14. Danielle Aquiline Photography -

    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.

      6.21.11 - 4:35 pm

  15. Libby K -

    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!

      6.21.11 - 4:36 pm

  16. Toni howden -

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

      6.21.11 - 4:40 pm

  17. Jennifer Bacchiocchi -

    "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.

      6.21.11 - 4:43 pm

  18. Salwa -

    Great session – I <3 Chicago :).

    I love the ones of them by the L!

      6.21.11 - 4:43 pm

  19. anouschka -

    awesome session!

      6.21.11 - 4:52 pm

  20. sarah -

    "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!

      6.21.11 - 4:52 pm

  21. Faith Cherisse -

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

      6.21.11 - 4:53 pm

  22. Amanda Driver -

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

      6.21.11 - 5:06 pm

  23. Shauna -

    Lovin the urbanness!!!

      6.21.11 - 5:13 pm

  24. Angel Swanson -

    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!)

      6.21.11 - 5:31 pm

  25. Angel Swanson -

    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!)

      6.21.11 - 5:31 pm

  26. Michelle Edgerton Photography -

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

      6.21.11 - 5:43 pm

  27. brianna -

    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.)

      6.21.11 - 6:42 pm

  28. gladys jem -

    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!

      6.21.11 - 6:46 pm

  29. sherri lynn -

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

      6.21.11 - 6:48 pm

  30. natalie Tuggle -

    A very hip session…but Palo might get jellous

      6.21.11 - 6:55 pm

  31. nadya -

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

      6.21.11 - 6:57 pm

  32. Lydia -

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

      6.21.11 - 7:03 pm

  33. Jenelle Sewell -

    What an adorable couple! Love Chicago as the backdrop.

      6.21.11 - 7:04 pm

  34. Mom -

    Beautiful couple! Beautiful pictures!

      6.21.11 - 7:06 pm

  35. Emma Godfrey -

    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!

      6.21.11 - 7:07 pm

  36. stephanie -

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

      6.21.11 - 7:20 pm

  37. Amy Paulson -

    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.

      6.21.11 - 7:33 pm

  38. Łukasz KawaΕ‚kiewicz -

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

      6.21.11 - 7:41 pm

  39. Life with Kaishon -

    Very sweet love.

      6.21.11 - 8:19 pm

  40. Shawn -


      6.21.11 - 8:19 pm

  41. Sveta -

    The first picture is nothing special

      6.21.11 - 8:34 pm

  42. Girish -

    Very nice. The b/w are too good.

    More of this shoot please πŸ™‚

      6.21.11 - 8:39 pm

  43. Amy Arrington -

    Beautiful! Love the light.

      6.21.11 - 9:12 pm

  44. Kathleen -

    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.

      6.21.11 - 10:00 pm

  45. Yuliya Molitvenik -

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

      6.21.11 - 10:11 pm

  46. Gallery by Laura Photography -

    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!

      6.22.11 - 12:53 am

  47. WeddingSnapper -

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

      6.22.11 - 1:04 am


    Awesome shoot! I love their laughter.

      6.22.11 - 1:21 am

  49. Catherine -

    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!

      6.22.11 - 1:30 am

  50. s h e r r y -

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

      6.22.11 - 6:29 am

  51. Dawney -

    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!! :)*

      6.22.11 - 7:19 am

  52. Kellee -

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

      6.22.11 - 7:36 am

  53. Immo Fuchs Fotografie -

    nice and natural! I like πŸ™‚

      6.22.11 - 11:58 am

  54. Adriana Morett -

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

      6.22.11 - 1:27 pm

  55. Alaina Bos -

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

      6.23.11 - 12:01 am

  56. Elise -

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

      6.23.11 - 5:46 am

  57. Kathleen Clipper -

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

      6.24.11 - 4:41 pm

  58. Karen (Mikols) Bonar -

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

      6.25.11 - 4:46 pm

  59. Shaun David -

    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.

      6.25.11 - 11:01 pm

  60. Diego Molina Photography -

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

      6.27.11 - 9:01 pm

  61. Chicago Wedding Photography Studio Finch -

    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™‚

      7.1.11 - 2:48 am

  62. Derek -

    Superb work, as per usual!

      7.15.11 - 3:02 am

  63. Mirian Silva -

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

      8.6.11 - 7:44 pm

  64. Jesse -

    Super cute!

      8.26.11 - 8:52 pm

  65. Dani Davila Fotografo -

    its always a pleasure to see you work.

      10.7.11 - 6:24 pm

  66. Cindy Habel -

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

      10.21.11 - 11:53 pm

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