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Olive Park Engagement – Nicole & Matt

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Nearly every single person, before they have their photo taken, feels awkward. It’s simply a natural human reaction. I feel the same way when the tables are turned. But when your gut reaction to that anxious feeling is to curl up tight to your beloved and giggle (almost) uncontrollably?  Yea, that’s pretty stinkin’ photographically perfect. And I’m going to do very little to dissuade that response 😉 While they might say it felt weird at first, Nicole & Matt were adorable from the very start of their Olive Park engagement session. Their love is found in those knowing looks; where she knows he …

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Downtown Chicago Engagement – Kate & Matt

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Only having chatted on the phone, I was excited to finally meet Kate & Matt in person for their downtown Chicago engagement session. Kate’s mom is good friends with past RMP mother of the bride, Anne (mom to Dena) and based on all the fun I continue to have with that amazing family, I knew only good things were in store! While the sunset at Olive Park was lovely, my personal favorites from Kate & Matt’s downtown Chicago engagement came when we arrived to the Riverwalk at exactly the perfect time. While so many talk about the wonders of Golden Hour (aka …

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Did you know? Little Known Facts About RMP

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Do you ever have one of those conversations where you talk about something you do that is a no-brainer for you, but the other person says, “OH! I didn’t know that!” I find myself in that position fairly often, so today we are touching upon 3 little known facts, behind-the-scenes here at Rebecca Marie Photography. Did you know that every time we process a credit card a donation to a non-profit is made? The irony is that most small businesses prefer not to accept credit cards. There’s some very valid reasons for that, but for me personally, we got a …

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Newborn Photography: Ms Ava has Arrived!

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In July of 2012, we photographed these two young kids preparing to say, “I do.” In October of 2012, the largest choir I have ever witnessed at a wedding came together to sing the composition Kate & Scott, both highly talented musicians, wrote for their wedding day. In thinking back to the journey of these past 5 years, I re-read what I wrote for their wedding blog post and I imagine it will hold true for this next step in their life together. In trying to describe what it takes to compose an eloquent piece of music: “Writing a piece …

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Continuing the Story: Family Photography

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I was recently chatting on Facebook with a past RMP bride who mentioned, “Oh, I didn’t realize you did family photography too.” So clearly we are overdue for a blog post! My immediate reaction was, “Of course I take family photos!” but, to be fair, it’s not an “of course” for every single wedding photographer out there. By now you’ve heard me talk up, down, and sideways about the importance of legacy (and if you haven’t, check out this post first). I am a photographer because I know deep in my bones that decades from today there will be people who …

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Favorite Unique Chicago Wedding Venues

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What makes getting married in a city like Chicago so amazing is the variety of locations at your disposal. While a hotel ballroom will always be a classic, so too is the stunning architecture and history this city has to offer. There are endless options in Chicago alone. This by no means is an exhaustive list, but in the spirit of variety and brevity, here are a few favorites. The Rookery Starting off with a top, all-time favorite. If I only had 100 guests to invite to my own wedding, this would be the place! While the Rookery can sit …

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Winter Engagement – Jessie & Travis

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There is nothing more flattering than for a family to call you twice. To have enjoyed their experience so much that they give you this amazing responsibility yet again, is what I consider to be #SquadGoals. After documenting Andrea & Ben’s sweet day almost 3 years ago, I was thrilled to hear from Jessie, Ben’s sister, about Travis’ sweet proposal. I can not wait to join everyone once again for a wonderful celebration of even more wonderful people this August at Heritage Prairie! Jessie & Travis make winter engagement sessions look easy with all of their sweet cuddles. And you …

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5 Real Questions to Ask When Hiring Your Wedding Photographer

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There’s seemingly endless resources out there on what questions to ask and how to hire a photographer. Everyone from The Knot to your Great Aunt Betty is going to give you advice (right after they ask you what your date is, even if you only just got engaged. Can I get an Amen here? 😉 ). One thing most of these resources fail to do however, is first ask you what kind of photographer you’re looking for. Really, this is true of advice for any portion of planning a wedding. Take it all with a grain of salt depending on how relevant it feels …

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The Birthday Party Project

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This woman had a vision. She envisioned a world where every child is celebrated. Regardless of the realities of their life, she recognized the importance of something most of us take for granted – a birthday party. While most view parties as unnecessary luxuries, Paige Chenault saw the heart of their importance. Celebrations such as birthdays or weddings bring communities together. They unite people. So often, each of our RMP couples say, “This will be the first (or only) time all of these people are in one room.” That’s powerful stuff. And to bring the JOY of a birthday party …

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Travel Portraits & a 40th Birthday Celebration – Dominican Republic

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She is fierce. She is loyal. She is passionate. She is hilarious. She just so happens to now be 40. And I am incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to document the once-in-a-lifetime trip Nicole planned to the Dominican Republic to celebrate. Having friends and family come from near and far, the week naturally became a beautiful blend of relationships that have spanned every decade of Nicole’s life. Of course, as is so often the case, when the common denominator is a wonderful woman, everyone quickly felt like they had known each other for years rather than the few days we …