Classic Art Institute of Chicago Engagement – Lucinda & Mark

Lucinda and Mark are getting married in TEN DAYS!! Today I’m starting the countdown with their lovely spring engagement session at The Art Institute of Chicago. I met up with these two on a Thursday afternoon in May, to take advantage of the museum’s extended hours. One of the first things I learned about Lucinda and Mark is that they got engaged here (awww!)… so of course we had to return for engagement photos! Turns out they got engaged on a Thursday evening as well – how sweet is that? It’s like we planned it!

Art Institute of Chicago Engagement Photos

If you’re looking for a unique and classic location for your Chicago engagement session, The Art Institute is an easy choice. Besides being a built-in rain (or heat!) plan, this place gets great natural light during the day! There are infinite locations for photos, not to mention the gorgeous outdoor gardens if weather is nice. That evening we decided to visit the Modern Wing, my favorite O’Keefe, and a handful of world-famous paintings (namely Nighthawks and American Gothic). Oh – and Mark wanted to check out the Thorne Miniature Rooms… so cool! Rumor has it Wes Anderson is a big fan of these as well.

Chicago Lakefront Engagement

Many of you know that I love to end a session at the lakefront with a view of our skyline. This was no exception! After our museum adventure, we headed to North Avenue Beach to do just that. After all, we wanted to embrace the Chicago theme – which will come into play on wedding day as well! Fun fact: these two first met when Lucinda had just moved here from England, and Mark was kind enough to show her around our great city. Needless to say, Chicago holds special meaning for them. I’m so glad we were able to end their session with this VIEW 🙂

Lucinda and Mark: This was such a fun session!! Thanks again for having me – can’t wait to do it again very soon!

Looking for more Art Institute of Chicago engagement session inspiration? Check out these other posts on the Blog!

Kasia & Jonathan | Jolene & Will | Jess & Matt Elopement

Creative photo of engaged couple standing on balcony with red shape at Art Institute of Chicago

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I’m Emma (She/Her): Beer nerd, cat-whisperer, Chicago wedding photographer shooting digital and film. I’ve been helping couples relive their wedding memories since 2014, and wouldn’t have it any other way! Over the years I have found this job to be unexpectedly rewarding; the role I ultimately play in many couples’ family history is not something I take for granted.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I currently reside in Chicago with my designer-turned-handyman partner and our two spunky felines. When I’m not photographing couples in love, I’m either hanging with these three, managing our West Town studio space, or traveling someplace new!

A Few of My Favorite Things:
  • Black coffee
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Road trips
  • Watching the sun rise
  • Pretending I sound like Mariah Carey
  • Belgian beer
  • The Green Bay Packers
  • My little fam: Jeremy, Vince and Miike (Mee-kay)
  • Halloween (the holiday – not the movie. Okay, the movie’s pretty good too.)
About You

You want stunning, true-to-life wedding photos that look and feel like YOU. You don’t want to feel stiff or look too “posed.” You love the look of film and value the art of photography. And most importantly, you want to ENJOY your wedding day while we capture the good stuff.

Whether you thrive in the spotlight or cringe at the thought of being photographed, we are there to capture your memories. And let’s be honest: your wedding day is going to be AWESOME. No matter what goes according to plan or how many things surprise you, at the end of the day you’ll be married to Your Person. And, spoiler alert: that’s what this is all about!

My Approach

My relaxed, documentary approach allows couples to feel totally comfortable in front of the camera (it’s the number one thing mentioned in my Reviews!). Expect a mix of candid moments and contemporary portraiture, with the occasional embarrassing (aka HILARIOUS) dance floor photo. I will be your hype girl during portrait time (seriously!) – and just might convince you stop in the middle of downtown traffic for an epic portrait on film. We’ll get to know each other throughout the process, and it doesn’t stop on wedding day! I want to show up with hugs and handshakes – not as just another vendor.

Sound like what you’re looking for in a Chicago wedding photographer? Inquire about your wedding HERE!

Emma Mullins Photography embraces diversity and inclusivity. We are LGBTQIA+ friendly and honored to serve humans of every background, gender and identity. 

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Pricing

Wedding Day coverage averages at $7500. Primary collections include a fully edited digital download gallery, engagement session, and complimentary roll of film. Photography coverage is fully customizable to fit your needs. For detailed pricing and availability, inquire HERE.

Associate Collections start at $4500, including two photographers and an engagement session. Full and partial coverage options available.

Film Photography starts at $500 per roll. Full and partial coverage options available. More details available HERE!

Engagement sessions start at $750. Special rate available to Wedding Clients.

Videography services start at $3000, with Live Streaming at $1250. More information can be found HERE.

Photo Booth rental starts at $750. Learn all about the booth HERE!

Microwedding coverage starts at $3600.

Elopement coverage starts at $2750.

Surprise Proposal coverage starts at $900.

Destination wedding coverage starts at $9500 and includes travel and accommodations.

Other sessions offered include Lifestyle, Maternity, Content + Branding and other life events! Contact me for rates and availability.

My current Wish List includes photographing a Las Vegas elopement and a surprise wedding! If you are planning either I would LOVE to chat!!!

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Travel

Traveling is my thing.

I don’t know what I would do with myself if I couldn’t explore new places. After a three-year hiatus, my free time is constantly filled with travel dates! Not only does traveling fuel my creativity, it encourages me to learn and grow as a citizen of this planet.

So far I have photographed weddings throughout the Midwest, Mexico, Hawaii, Italy, Utah, New York City, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. But don’t worry: the list is growing! If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding, get in touch ASAP. Destination wedding coverage begins at $9500 including two photographers, travel and accommodations.

Bucket list locations include New Zealand, Italy (take me back!), Portugal, and anywhere in South America. Custom pricing available for Bucket List locations… just ask!

Inquire about your destination wedding HERE!

Silhouette of palm trees at Venice Beach, California with colorful sunset

Keep an eye on upcoming travel dates to book your destination wedding or session!!

Upcoming Travel Dates:

2024

April
New York City
Jersey City, NJ
Milan and Lake Como, Italy

May
New York City

June
Milwaukee, WI

September
Los Angeles, CA

October
Playa del Carmen
Tulum

December
Santa Barbara, CA

2025

January-February
Mexico City

April
United Kingdom
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