Here’s yet another blog post about a Murderino client! The Murderino Chicago FaceBook group seems to be where I’m doing most of my business, and I’m all for it! It’s where I met Kelly. She is absolutely stunning and exactly who I want to be when I grew up. Her tattoos are absolutely gorgeous and I was obsessed with them. She came into the studio on a freezing cold day, in fact it was the weekend before the -30 temps in Chicago. She took off her outer layers and got right down to business. I loved working with her. She seemed like a total pro at boudoir, and when I asked, she let me know she had actually done it once before. I knew it!
My previous blog’s subject, Lindsay, referred her friend, Nickole to my boudoir marathon. They had session slots back toback, so while one was getting ready, I was shooting the other one. We were so efficient! I loved meeting Nickole, because even though she wasn’t from my Murderino group like Lindsay was, she’s a former emo kid and current emo adult. We talked about our favorite bands (The Used) and I loved the connection we had going on! I can’t wait to work with her again. Her and Lindsay were my dream clients! Check out the bestie photos we took at the end of the session!
A few weeks ago, I held a boudoir mini session marathon at a dreamy, beautiful Wicker Park studio. As soon as I started putting my fliers out, Lindsay messaged me and got my first spot. She was a dream client, because I met her through the Chicago Murderino Facebook group. For those unfamiliar, it’s a group for people who are really into the podcast My Favorite Murder. I’m a big true crime buff (I almost went in a really different direction with photography and applied to be a coroner’s photograher!) and this group has been so supportive of one another and it almost feels like magic. Lindsay was my first appointment of the marathon and she opted for makeup and hair from the amazing April Lenz. We chatted about true crime and emo music while she was getting made up, and it was honestly such a fun time. I really hope I can work with her again. My next boudoir mini marathon is scheduled for July 13th. I also do full sessions all year round!
I recently had the honor of shooting Piper’s first birthday party! Birthday parties and events are two things that I absolutely LOVE to shoot. I love capturing candid moments and connections between people when they let their guard down. Enjoy pictures from Piper’s party below!
Hayley is such a fun person to be around, and her boudoir session was just as amazing as she is! We’ve been wanting to do “clown boudoir” for basically as long as I’ve known her, and I was so excited we got to do it this time! We went for a very nontraditional approach to her session and I’m so happy with the work we did together. It’s very unique and fun.
I love working with Kitt! I’ve worked with them for couples sessions, boudoir, and Rocky Horror stuff and they are always a joy. They always come prepared with some amazing looks. The last time we worked together, Kitt came up with Business Demon and it was such a hilarious and fun time. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next time.
Carly was absolutely stunning at her boudoir session. She came totally prepared with some really amazing outfits and looks. I’m so in love with this whole set. Here’s a quick peek!
I’m excited to announce that LuluLynn Photography is now booking mini sessions on January 26th, 2019. The sessions will run marathon style, meaning they will be booked back to back. Sessions last around 30 minutes and include access to an online gallery and USB. Digital downloads are unlimited. We also have an option to upgrade your package to include hair and makeup! I’m really excited to book these all up. I can’t wait to see you there!
Emily’s boudoir session had some serious pinup vibes, and I was super excited to get to photograph her. Before her session, I told her that I had a vision of cherry red lips and hair in curlers, and she obliged me. I’m still so stunned by the end product. I get to photograph the most beautiful people.
I recently had the opportunity to do a boudoir session with Marnie. Her theme was Chicago culture, and I had a blast shooting with her. Portillos will always have my heart, and I’m so glad got to incorporate my happy place into a session!
At the beginning o September, before my life got busy with fall sessions and Rocky Horror, I hosted a marathon boudoir day at a hotel in Chicago. One of my very good friends, Holly, had so many amazing ideas for her shoot. We did some Harry Potter shots (she’s a Ravenclaw), and a few maternity shots (she has since had her darling little girl, and I’m in love!). I’m honestly so in awe of Holly’s beauty. She is so absolutely stunning.
I recently shot one of my favorite sessions for two of my awesome friends. I met Morgan and Kitt through Rocky Horror and they are two of the nicest people in the world. They put up with me wanting to keep snapping away at them after we had already been shooting for hours, even with Morgan’s super tall heels.
We didn’t shoot at any fancy place either. We walked around the Bucktown neighborhood in Chicago. We ended up on the 606 trail, a really cool red bench I happened to see, and an alley. I can’t wait to do more sessions like this, especially in this neighborhood with all these amazing hidden gems.
My friend Holly recently reached out to me and wanted to shoot a maternity session with her adorable family. I was really excited because they're such good friends of mine and they're some of the most fun people I know. I rode out with them to Lake Katherine on July 1st, Holly and Alan's anniversary! It was super hot (at least 100 degrees) and we were all sweating like crazy, but they all looked absolutely beautiful!
We had been bribing Victor with ice cream all morning for his cooperation, so when the session ended, we all went to the Plush Horse for ice cream and air conditioning. Plush Horse is an adorable little ice cream shop, and I highly recommend it it everyone in the area.
I can't wait to meet their new little one soon!
I recently got to hang out at the Logan Hardware event at the Logan Arcade. Logan Hardware used to be a record store that has closed. But every month, they hold an event at the Logan Arcade. They have records to peruse through, free pinball, and a full bar. I made some new friends, hung out, and had a blast! Since This is a monthly event (the last Wednesday of the month), I will definitely be going back to play more pinball and buy more records!
This weekend was such a whirlwind for me. I recently joined the photography team for The LoganSquarist. The LoganSquarist is a website and blog that serves the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. They also have a FaceBook and Instagram and their goal is to socialize the neighborhood through meetups and articles about what's going on. I volunteered at their booth this weekend at the Logan Square Arts Festival and had such a great time meeting fellow staff and the amazing people who live in the neighborhood. I did get a chance to wander around the event with my camera and snap some good shots. I love being an event photographer because I meet so many amazing people through my work and get to have SO much fun!
I recently had the amazing opportunity to photograph the Siuty family for a newborn lifestyle session. It was such an honor because Chris and Melissa are two of my favorite people in the whole world and I was so excited to meet their long awaited little one. Baby Olivia is absolutely precious and I can't wait to watch her grow up to be as utterly amazing as her parents. Here are some photos, because she is just too darling not to share.
The weather has FINALLY been getting a little nicer, so I've been spending as much time outside as I can. The first time I was able to walk outside without a jacket, I was so absolutely happy. A few weeks ago, I shot my friends' maternity photos. Melissa and Chris are two of the the best people I've ever known in my entire life, and I'm honored to have done their photos with them!
When I suggested we go to The Grove in Glenview, Illinois, I wasn't aware that that's actually the spot the got MARRIED in. How perfect was that?! We snuck over to the gazebo and took some photos, then walked along the trails until we saw cool spots we wanted to photograph in. It was such a wonderful afternoon.
I can't wait to meet their sweet baby girl! She's coming any day now!
Back in December, I ran a Christmas giveaway for a free session. I finally got to do the session in May for Mother's Day. I was so happy to be out and about in Millennium Park because it's one of my absolute favorite places to shoot! The trees surrounding the park had just started to bloom with these beautiful flowers, and honestly, the scene was just so breathtaking.
In the summer, before I started blogging, I did what was probably my favorite photo shoot to date. A friend of mine reached out to me because they were visiting Chicago and wanted to do a cosplay shoot with me on the Tall Ship Windy. I agreed to it because it seemed like such an exciting experience, completely forgetting for a few minutes that I'm terrified of being on boats. Oops. I wasn't too nervous getting on the ship because my friend introduced me to the person who lived and worked aboard the ship (how cool is it to LIVE on a ship?!) and they put me completely at ease. It was truly such an exhilarating experience that I will never forget. I absolutely love "unconventional" shooting locations.
I recently wanted to do some shoots at some awesome spots in Chicago. I invited a few couples to do sessions all the way back in February, because I like to plan ahead. As the day to photograph approached, I had some couples drop out. We live in Chicago, so the weather is unpredictable from one second to the next and the day we were supposed to shoot was supposed to be frigid cold and snowing (in "spring").
When this happened, I reached out to a guy I had met on some Chicago wedding networking groups and asked him if he and his wife would like to do the Michael's Challenge with me. For those of you who aren't familiar, The challenge is to go into a Michael's store and do a stunning session with just the materials that are available in-store. The company is encouraging this and they're being such good sports about having photographers blocking up their aisles. I loved shopping at Michael's in the past and it was always my favorite craft store, but now I just love them even more!
When my couple arrived, I was blown away and stunned at how lovely they are both inside and out. They were just a joy to work with and we stayed chatting at the store after the shoot commenced. I'm so excited to have made two new friends!
I will admit that it WAS hard to get two people into the frame and not have it look like it was at Michael's and instead in some dreamy place. You can totally tell it was in a store in a lot of them. But after thinking about it, I'm totally fine with that. Shooting in quirky locations is definitely my specialty.