Elizabeth Nord Photography » Everyone has a story. Let me tell yours.

This month, I was absolutely thrilled to be hosting another Tuesday’s Together in the Chicago area!  July’s meeting was held at Tuan Bui‘s amazing studio in Ravenswood.  It was the perfect place for everyone to meet- super cozy and great for discussion even with such a large group.

The topic of the month is Client Experience. We all learned a lot about how to make our clients’ experience better, exciting, and one they’ll never forget!  I loved how everyone encouraged one another, offered up advice, and shared what they did in their own business(es).

Below are my favorite photos from the night! Thank you Elizabeth Greve for taking the photos!!  We had an amazing turnout of 42 people!

 

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I have tried to describe in words what it means to be a photographer and why I chose to be one.  I simply can’t put it into words. Only photographs. And this only seems appropriate, I think. Sometimes photographs can speak louder than words.

Please take a minute to really look at these photographs.

Look at the smiles and the laughter. Look at the tears; the look on a person’s face when they love someone SO much that it hurts. The laughter shared and hugs given. It’s because of moments like these and relationships like these that I absolutely love being a photographer. It is incredibly rewarding…beyond what words can describe.

 

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When my friend Liz and I met for the very first time a few months back, we automatically clicked and became great friends fast! Over some wine and Italian appetizers, we shared our love for the show Sex and the City and quickly thought “We should do a styled shoot inspired by the show!”  In April of this year, our dream became a reality thanks to all the amazing vendors involved and our lovely models who also happen to be four real-life best friends!  This could not have been more perfect!

We are thrilled to have had our work published on The Perfect Palette blog!

 

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1. I like to photograph the ring about 45 degrees to the light source. I’ve found that if you place the ring in the direction of the light source (or window in most of my cases), it blows out the diamond and it leaves your image with no dimension.  At 45 degrees, you get dimension which also means that you get to see all the details inside of the pretty diamond.  Also at this degree, you’ll see that the light hits it from the side so you’ll get an amazing amount of sparkle which is what diamonds are all about, am I right?!

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Megan and Andrew met in the 7th grade, started dating as sophomore’s in high school, and have been together ever since.  I have always had such a soft spot for high school sweethearts since my husband and I are ones as well 🙂 As I spoke with Megan over the phone initially, I quickly fell in love with this couple and their sweet love story.  When Andrew, Megan, and I got the opportunity to meet in person, we talked for over an hour and a half about life, love, and everything in between.  It’s because of couples like this that I am in love with my amazing job more and more every day.

I could not have pictured a more perfect day for these two. Their ceremony at the Q Center was outdoors under a pavilion, backlit by the warm sun and their reception was held in Aurora at the amazing Abbey Farms barn! Their day was a perfect mix of classic elegance and sweet southern charm.

This is the kind of love that everyone dreams of.  Huge congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Elliott! xoxo

 

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Susan Michaelson Anderson

Liz, your talent is amazing, and such a beautiful gift. Thank you so much for capturing Megan and Andrews’ day so splendidly!! You were such a joy to work with

Winna and Ernest currently live in two different states, but they both have a deep love for Chicago.  They decided to get married here and I am so excited to be a part of their big day!

After chatting with them, we decided to go with a classic Chicago engagement session at Millennium Park and then ending the session near the Adler Planetarium with it’s spectacular skyline view of the city! Below are some of my favorites from their engagement session in the city!

 

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Cara opens the door to their apartment and notices a trail of rose peals.  The petals along with signs lead her to the porch outside where she finds Kevin dressed in a suit with a big smile on his face, holding flowers and her favorite prosecco.  At that moment, their road to marriage began.

I am not sure I’ve met a more down to earth, genuinely sweet and thoughtful couple.  These two just radiate beauty, pure joy, and kindness.  You’d never know that it was such a yucky day outside because their smiles never stopped.  No rain or wind would put this amazing couple in a bad mood!

I just loved that Cara wore an Anthropologie wedding dress.  Her details of lace and pearls were simply perfection and the necklace she placed around her bouquet is a Sullivan family heirloom that has been passed down for generations.  Kevin’s cufflinks were made by a seller on etsy and showed off his love for Chicago.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum was such a fun and unique wedding venue.  Once it closed for the evening, I was able to walk around the grounds with the couple to take photos wherever we liked!  We found some colorful walls, the butterfly conservatory, as well as other fun spots you’ll see in the photos below!

I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day for these two and am so excited to see where their lives take them next!  Congratulations Kevin and Cara! Many, many hugs!! xoxo

 

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Elizabeth Muscara Haase

Chocolate Cake + Chicago Cuff Links? What a totally amazing wedding – awesome job as usual Liz!

Judi Hemphill Evans

Beautiful!

Cathy Schmid

You totally captured the moment with Cara and Kevin. Beautiful pictures.

Adam Jetking

Awesome pic and nice cake…
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Yesterday night was the FIRST EVER Tuesdays Together meeting in Chicago! I was absolutely thrilled to host this event in my condo.  For weeks, my brain raced with fun ideas, interesting conversation topics, and cute gifts that I could send home with the attendees.  Since Tuesdays Together is so new, I really wasn’t sure what to expect for the first meeting. I never expected so amazing entrepreneurs to attend, so imagine how excited I was (and maybe a little overwhelmed lol) to have 26 of Chicago’s talented business owners under one roof!

I know that these meetings will continue to be such an amazingly fun and safe place to learn, ask questions, share experiences, and grow together!  Thank you all for coming out yesterday, for supporting me as a leader, and for being a part of the community over competition movement!  You all inspire me and make me so happy!

Here’s a little sneak peek into our first meeting! I hope to see you all at the next one (Details coming soon)!

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As a small business owner, I wear many hats.  I am the photographer, retoucher, secretary, accountant (only sometimes thanks to my hubby), and basically a #girlboss.  As my business has grown, I’ve searched for an online system that would allow me to be all of these things without stressing and breaking the bank.  I wanted to find somewhere that was easy to use, easy to set up, easy to maintain…did I mention that it was easy?!  I wanted a system that had quick and amazing customer service, that listened to its subscribers suggestions on new improvements/updates, and somewhere that provided professional invoices and contracts templates.

FINALLY a few months ago I found 17hats.  I was one of the first to sign up when it first launched in 2014 and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!  I patiently waited for its release and as soon as I set it up, I was in complete awe.  17hats literally does everything that I need.  I cannot praise 17hats enough…I am IN LOVE and can’t imagine organizing my business without it!

If you’re interested in trying 17hats be sure to use this link or this referral code: vkbfhnbnfv for 10% off!!

 

Favorite features!

– Create and send contracts. Clients can sign online for easy and fast signing!

– Create and send invoices.

– Accept credit card payments online

– Create and send questionnaires in a simply and clean format!

– There is a calendar! This organizes my entire life. No joke.  You can sync the calendar to your phone and Google calendar too, so you’re never without it!

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Jenna Keller Linnell

OMG I canNOT wait for the app! That’s been the one downfall with 17hats is not having the app! I love using this program <3 Saves tons of time!

Lauren Miller

I’m in the same boat with you and Jenna! I am just itching for it to come out!!!

Juliana Sabo

Hey, I used your referral code! Thanks! 🙂

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You’re very welcome Juliana!!

Carrie Downey

Does it work from a web browers on a tablet?

Jenny Fellows

Have they added the app yet?

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Not to my knowledge! Hopefully soon!

Gina Gaudette Kidd

Is this just for photographers?

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Hi Gina! No, this is not just for photographers! There are tons of other small business owners that use 17hats! 🙂

As I walk into the W Lakeshore hotel suite where the ladies are getting ready, I am greeted with hugs, smiles, and kisses.  Fiorella looked absolutely stunning as she quickly gave me all of her gorgeous details to photograph.  I just kept thinking “This wedding is going to be amazing!” As I looked around the room, she was surrounded by her best friends, her mother and aunt, and the sweetest grandmother I’ve ever seen.  As Fiorella put on her wedding gown, her grandmother begins to cry as she holds Fiorella’s hands.  These are the moments that I know they’ll treasure forever.

We pull up to the church and I am in complete awe at its size and beauty.  I mean, this church stole my heart!  The ceremony begins and I knew how anxious Chris was to see his gorgeous bride walk down the aisle.   He tries to hold back the tears as he takes her hand into his own.

After the ceremony, we ventured to LaSalle Bridge for couple photos and bridal party photos.  Which, by the way, may just be one of my new favorites spots in the city! These photos are just incredible!

The night ended at Carnivale, a super unique and colorful venue infused with Latin culture! Their first dance tugged at everyone’s heart as we watched Fiorella sing the words of their song into her husband’s ear.  This was such a fun wedding and I am so happy to share my favorite images with you all!

Congratulations Fiorella and Chris! See their feature on The Knot HERE!!

 

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Rosemary Rhodes

We wish you both a life of happiness and even greater love between you as you grow together as one. <3

Francis Coppola contacted me a few weeks ago to photograph their wine event happening in Chicago at the Cubs game.  I was very excited to be given the opportunity to meet some of the head wine makers as well as some of the Public Relations crew! Everyone gathered on the Ivy League Baseball Club rooftop to watch the Cubs game and drink wine (of course!).  It was a blast getting to meet, greet, and photograph everyone there.  I hope to make it out to Napa Valley one of these days!!

 

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For today’s blog post, my husband, Vincent, decided to take over the blog and to write a little something about our marriage from his perspective.  It made me smile and I hope it makes you smile too!  Happy Anniversary sweetheart! I love you so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Six of my favorite memories after 6 happy years of marriage

First on the list is our wedding day. We were so excited to promise that we would love each other for the rest of our lives. Although we made this incredible promise to love each other forever, a fulfilling and happy marriage necessitates the choice to continue to love your spouse each day with the same love you both shared when you exchanged “I do’s”.” I’m blessed to say that the daily choice for both of us has been the easiest choice we make every day.

Our first big trip together was to Orlando, Florida for Spring Break 2011. We had a one-day pass to Walt Disney World as a gift from some of our greatest friends and splurged on a four-day pass to Universal Studios. We had such a great time escaping from school and acting like kids while running through Hogwarts and the Magic Kingdom. It has served as a constant reminder through our marriage to enjoy every day together with child-like joy.

The swearing-in ceremony after passing the bar was such a great moment in our lives together. It was the culmination of three years of law school with many sleep deprived nights and late-night McDonalds runs, the stress of a bar exam come and gone and a long-awaited arrival into the professional world. It was something we worked for together and had finally achieved. There is no greater feeling than working through our greatest challenges together and making it through to the final triumphs.

Next, our trip to London and Paris was a dream come true. Liz had always wanted to go to Paris, and I had always wanted to go to London. In one very special trip, both dreams came true. From gold medal games at the 2012 Olympics to the Eiffel tower sparkling at midnight, we enjoyed every minute of our trip. Crossing items off of our bucket lists together is something I hope we always push to the front of our daily lives.

Fifth on the list is moving into our new home in Chicago. The process of buying a home can be incredibly stressful. Between the mortgage application and the negotiations with current homeowners, this step is rarely as glorious as you would hope. The purchase of our new home in Chicago was no exception. However, after a long journey, we finally closed on our new home and enjoyed our first night in our new condo in the city. Our realtor sent a lovely dinner, and we just enjoyed being in our living room with no furniture, looking at the big city skyline. So often, the path to the biggest milestones in life are encumbered by little roadblocks best conquered with the love of your life. Looking back, the struggles are usually not as difficult as they felt in the moment, and the future is full of great things to come.

Last on the list are all the memories to come. It’s as much fun to look towards the future as it is to relish in the past, and I am so excited about adding to our list of adventures together. Happy six years my love!

Diane Todd

Love your post Happy Anniversary.

Kathy Hamilton

Happy 6th Anniversary to you 2. Wishing you many, many more years of making memories to be cherished forever.

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of shooting alongside my sweet friend Amanda Megan Miller Photography for Eric and Christine’s stunning wedding at The Ivy Room.  I absolutely loved his gray suit with the navy tie and pocket square.  For their first look, I could tell how excited and anxious he was as she tapped his shoulder.  She began to cry and hug him tightly. This love and passion radiated throughout the entire evening!  The bridal party photos at Chicago Union Station were breathtaking! The ceremony at The Ivy Room was engulfed in babies breath, candles, and rustic wood giving the room an elegant modern rustic look (my personal favorite)!  Below are my favorites from the evening! To see more, be sure to check out Amanda’s gorgeous blog post of all her favorites from the night!

 

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I am a goal setter, a list and schedule maker, and I write down EVERYTHING.  Yeah…I’m that kind of person.  Sometimes I get so many thoughts and ideas in my head that I can’t lay down to sleep at night.  Often times, I find myself grabbing a pen and paper (or maybe even my iPhone) to take notes of all the things on my head at the moment just so I can relax and know that I won’t forget what I’d been thinking of all day.

Inspired by Abby Grace’s blog post the other day on goals, I decided to write down my own set of goals for myself and my business.

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Sex and The City Stylized Shoot, Chicago, City View Loft, 2015         Behind the scenes photo taken by Elizabeth Greve Photography

Liz’s 2015 (and near future) Goals:

– Be featured in print

– Teach a workshop

– Secret Styled Shoot #1 (coming in June!)

– Purchase another flash

– Purchase a 28-70mm lens

– Have my work printed and featured in multiple shops (bridal shops, boutiques, jewelry stores, etc)

– Walk more with Charlie and stretch every day. (I’ve wanted to do this for YEARS now…about time I do it)

– Join a gym or yoga studio. (I have broken so many bones. I really need to strengthen my body)

– Book 15 weddings for 2016. (I’m at 13 for 2015 so I’m hoping for at least 13 if not more for 2016!!)

– Print our Ireland trip album

– Go on an anniversary trip (We’re thinking Lake Geneva this year!)

– Think about organizing a yearly client party (This would be awesome for 2016)

– Start putting money in savings (Stop making excuses! Just save already!)

– Have a 6 year anniversary session with Vince- our 5 year was SO much fun!!

– Go to New Zealand and Australia

 

Maybe never (but hopefully someday) goals: 

– Be featured on the cover of a magazine

– Shoot editorial for a large global company

– Shoot a wedding in Paris

– Shoot a wedding in Italy

– Shoot a wedding in Napa Valley, California

– Shoot an elopement in the Redwood parks of California

– Teach at a large photography conference (like WPPI or something) … yeah go ahead and laugh! lol

– Get off sodas completely and limit sugar intake to almost nothing.

– Shoot a fashion shoot for Vogue

– Be featured in National Geographic

 

I’ve got some CRAZY big dreams, but I’ve always believed that if you work at it long enough and hard enough, you’re capable of anything!

Cheers to making these dreams become a reality! You never know! 🙂

 

 

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Jill Geisler

And you will Liz! 🙂 Love you! And I just might have some good connections for you about the Napa Valley wedding some time… I do have friends there ya know. 😉

I had the opportunity to second shoot with Caili Helsper a second time this past month! This gorgeous wedding was held at the Palmer House, filled with amazing details like her blush wedding gown, a mariachi band, a bagpipe player, and golden chandeliers! Oh my goodness, so much pretty!!

 

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Kathy and Nomon arrived at the gorgeous Grosse Point Lighthouse in Evanston in perfect colored coordinated outfits and a smile on their faces.  This engagement session was absolutely stunning, filled with laughter and love.  I hope you all enjoy viewing this session as much as I enjoyed photographing it!   I can not wait until their October wedding.  AH! I get chill bumps just thinking about it!
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This Ravenswood Event Center wedding is one of a kind and filled with Jewish tradition! I loved that I got the opportunity to second shooting alongside Amanda Megan Miller for this special day!  So much of the day, I was separated with the men while Amanda was with the ladies (which is typical in a traditional Jewish wedding).  It was so fun to see the men’s wedding traditions, how the bride and groom saw one another for the first time, and especially the chair and table dancing! 

 

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I had so much fun second shooting alongside my new friend Caili Helsper at Salvage One, one of Chicago’s most unique venues!  Alex and Amy met in college at a play called Bells Are Ringing and I just loved that they included a poster and other details from the play into their wedding day!

Alex and Amy, thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding day. You two are incredibly cute and I am so happy for you both!

 

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As creatives, I understand the urge to do something different. To step out of your comfort zone. To kick yourself out of the nest hoping that you’ll fly.

It’s freaking scary and it’s also REALLY exciting.  I have had this idea in my mind for over a year now and I finally got the guts to ask some awesome vendors to be a part of it and to make my dream become a reality.

Can I real for a moment? I more than anything was really excited about this shoot, but I was also scared out of my mind.  This was my very first time doing a studio bridal session.  I’d been exposed to studio light a few times before so I knew what to do, but to get a model, celebrity wedding gowns, and a whole team behind me?  Kinda made me feel like a big deal.  But I’m not.  That’s where the self doubt comes in.  Am I going to do a good job?  Are they going to look back on these images and think “Oh my gosh, why did I volunteer for this. What a bust!”  This was my first time working with each of these amazing vendors so I really didn’t want to disappoint them.  I didn’t want to let them down.  I wanted to give them images that they were proud to show off and images that showcased all of their hard work.

I am so incredibly proud of each one of us!  Together, we created art and dare I say, we created a masterpiece?!  I just love the “simplicity” of this shoot with the neutral backgrounds.  When I look at these images, I see the the stunning model, the incredible detail that went into each dress, the perfect jewelry to go along with each one, and let’s not forget about the wonderful hair and makeup that really takes each look to a new level!  This is exactly what I had invisioned and I am so proud of these images.  I am even more excited at the responses, messages, and comments that I’ve gotten from everyone…so THANK YOU! You’ve made this photographer a happy woman! 🙂

For those of you out there have have these dreams or ideas in your head, just go out and make it happen! Find people that inspire you and that make you a better person.  Cling to them and trust each other.  

Don’t be afraid to be different, dream big, and make it come to life.  You just might surprise yourself!

 

Vendor Spotlight

Photography: Elizabeth Nord Photography

Bridal Gowns: Elaya Vaughn by Kate Pankoke

Model: Lauren Dod

Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Jaycie

Jewelry: Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery

 

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Carmen Hall

Absolutely gorgeous Elizabeth!

Melissa and Ryan’s wedding day started with smiles and laughter, and ended with dancing and hugs.  Now, that’s my kind of wedding!  Melissa’s details were absolutely stunning and I just loved the use of yellow throughout the day!  Just in time for spring 🙂

After being together for many years, I know they were thrilled to finally be tying the knot!  Their ceremony was emotional and so incredibly sweet.  I may have shed a tear, myself!

Thank you guys for being such incredible people to be around and to work with!  I couldn’t have asked for a more sweet and easy-going couple to start off my 2015 wedding season! Best wishes to you both and many hugs!! xoxo

 

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A Seven Bridges Golf Club Wedding | Second Shooting for Elizabeth | Illinois Wedding Photographer

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Last fall I had the awesome privilege of photographing the SWEETEST wedding alongside Jen Sexton Photography at the Hubbard Park Lodge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Their wedding day was the same day as Octoberfest, so they had beer steins and fall accents in the decor, which I just loved!  It was so unique and so THEM!  So everyone…grab a beer and raise your glasses to this amazing couple! I could not be happier for these two sweethearts!

 

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Let’s see if I can get through this one without crying….  Nope. Here come the water works.

I’m not exactly sure what prompted me to write such a personal (and kind of dark, sorry guys) post today.  I have sat here thinking and thinking and I’ve come up with two things.  1. I just had a friend say goodbye to her grandmother 2. In 8 days, we would be celebrating my granddad’s birthday.  But anyway…I just wanted to share some personal, happy, and sad memories with you today.  No one may read this, and that’s okay with me.  I feel like writing these stories down can be healing…whether it’s just for my sake or for someone else who may be going through the same thing.  If you are going through pain, just know you’re not alone in this world.  Cling to your family and friends for support.  Write down your feelings and your memories, because some day they may be gone.  Take photos of your loved ones, because they’re not going to be around forever.

At a young age, I experienced death and felt the pain of losing a close relative.  It surprises me to meet people at my age now who have never had a relative or close friend pass away.  I just can’t understand how it feels to not have these experiences already, to not know how it feels when you wake up the next morning to realize it wasn’t just a dream, that they’re really gone.

 

Rides home from Logan’s Steakhouse, tickle fights, sleeping next with my aunt in her bedroom, and huge smiles.  These are the things that remind me of my aunt Denise.

At the age of 6, I lost my amazing aunt (she was 24) to a car crash.  This shook the entire family.  I can still remember my dad (30 at the time) coming home in tears and me not understanding why he was crying so much.  I still remember when mom and dad sat my sister and I down in our bedroom to tell us our aunt Denise had an accident.  What do you mean? We just saw her the other day.  I’m confused.  I understand…I think. But I’m confused. She’s so young. How could this happen to her? I thought only old people died?

 

Ballerinas, blue lips, Disney World, princesses, and strawberries.  These are the things that remind me of my little cousin, Lily.

When I was in high school, I lost my 5 year old cousin, Lily.  We all knew it was coming.  She was born at only 2 lbs and 2 oz and with a deformed lung.  We weren’t even sure if she’d ever come home, but she did!  She was quite a miracle baby.  It took nearly a year for her to sit up and even longer for her to be able to walk.  Gosh, she was a cutie.  Her smile just radiated when she walked into the room.  She was always so full of life and wonder.  So eager to learn how to do things, to make friends, and to be a big girl.  She loved to dance.  Ballet especially.  I remember her in her pink ballerina tutu more often than not.  I had just gotten back from Destin, FL the day she took her last breath.  The doctors had said they did everything they could and for her to just go home to be with family.  I remember when my aunt called my mom to give her the news. I JUST saw her.  Literally JUST saw her with my family that day.  We were driving on our way back home from my cousin’s house when she said “You need to turn around and come back.”

 

Yard sales, a purple dancing outfit, TV dinners, chunky white nursing shoes, and homemade Lemon Ice Box pies made just for me.  These are the things that remind me of my grandma, Dorothy.

Her last few years were spent in and out of the hospital.  She smoked since she was 17 years old and had so many things wrong with her poor fragile body.  Her last year, she had to have both of her legs removed due to gangrene which I think was particially from her diabetes.  I have so many amazing memories with my grandmother.  She was one of my favorite people in the entire world.  This woman was known for her awesome cooking and one thing was guaranteed: you would never be hungry at grandma’s house!  She constantly stocked up TV dinners that she knew we liked and she would always bake a lemon ice box pie for when I came to visit.  She knew how much I loved those things.  I remember when he was still living at home, in a wheel chair, still trying to make those things for me.  Bless her heart.  She knew how to make “her angel” feel loved.  She always called me that.  She also used to always brag at EVERY hospital and in front of EVERY nurse or doctor.  She’d point to me and say, “This right here is my oldest granddaughter.  She was #1 and I got the first kiss!  As soon as the doctor brought her out, I leaned over and gave her the first kiss she’d ever had!” It was always something she had done, so I just smiled.  I never knew how special that memory would be to me until she passed away a few years ago.

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Sharing a bowl of freshly popped popcorn, Santa Claus kisses, watching the news, and after school Burger King trips.  These are the things that remind me of my granddaddy, Big Bennie.

This was the most recent death in our family.  I got a phone call from my sister telling me that grandad collapsed and that he was in the ambulance.  She was telling me that mom thought it was a heart attack and be to prepared.  I was in such denial.  I was 100% positive in my mind…he’ll be fine.  I’m not worried.  But then I got the call that he passed away.  I hung up the phone, still in shock and denial.  I couldn’t cry, I felt like I should be, but nothing was happening.  I was living in Knoxville, TN at the time and I think just because I was so far away and I wasn’t in the middle of it all, that it just hadn’t hit me yet.  I drove home for the funeral and I don’t think it hit me until I saw my dad and his brother shaking everyone’s hands and crying.  A grown man crying always gets me.  I’ve only seen my dad cry maybe a handful of times…at his sister’s funeral, on my wedding day, and at his dad’s funeral.  I’m sure he’s cried more but these moments are forever engraved on my brain.  Still in denial, I drove back to Knoxville to continue my every day life.  I went to a Tennessee basketball game that weekend with my husband and some of his buddies.  They were giving out free popcorn in the box seats where we happened to be sitting for that game and it finally hit me.  The smell, taste, and look of popcorn just set me into a puddle of tears that wouldn’t stop.  I know I probably looked like a crazy person to everyone around me.  I had to excuse myself to go to the bathroom to wash my face and settle down.  At that moment, I knew that I missed him and that is was real.  Crazy how these feelings can either happen immediately, at the funeral, or a week or even more sometimes after the fact.

 

I think more than anything, I just wanted to be strong.  Honestly, I thought (and hoped) I would be immune to this pain by now, but I’m not.  It always hurts. Every stinking time.  Car accidents, suck.  Childhood diseases, suck.  Cancer, diabetes, old age…it sucks.  Heart attacks, suck.  Pain and suffering, sucks. But you know what? I believe that it’s a necessary evil; something that we must all go through to become stronger, more caring, and wiser people.  And for that I thank God.  Yep, I thank God for pain and for the ability to feel as deeply as I do for people, because I know that I learn something from each time it happens.  Because of pain and sorrow, I can help others that are struggling with pain and with the loss of a friend or family member.  It brings people together and reminds us of how precious each one of our lives are.

One thing that helps me through all of this is knowing that they’re no longer in pain and that I will see them again one day.  I believe in God.  I believe in heaven and a place where there are no tears, no pain, and no suffering.  I believe that I will be there one day, reunited with my friends and family.  I believe that I will get to hug and worship my God.  That is what gets me through this pain.

Memories fade.  Sometimes, I begin to forget what my aunt looked like or what the sound of my grandma’s voice sounded like.  I forget the way Lily’s hand felt when she touched mine and I forget how granddad’s prickly white beard felt against my cheek.  Now, some of these feelings you can’t ever get back and memories are all we’ll ever have, but some of these things we can hold on to.  Take photos and take videos of your loved ones. Document important times in their lives and try to preserve the moments that are easily forgotten.  Above all though, spend time with them.  Slow down and enjoy life with your favorites.  Don’t be afraid to share your feelings and to let them know how much you love them.  Photos, videos, and memories won’t ever take the place of them, but it sure is nice to look back on.

I miss you guys so much. Every single day.

 

Annnnd now that I’ve balled my eyes out and if you were so sweet enough to read through this entire post… you deserve a smile and a photo of a cute pup. So here it is! Sweet baby puppy, Molly! 🙂

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Alinee McGee

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In order to not be overwhelmed by my calendar, I tend to take one day at a time and just focus on the present, not be anxious about the future.  However, I looked at my calendar today and thought “Oh my goodness. I can’t believe it!  My wedding season begins next weekend!” It JUST hit me.

I hope this doesn’t come across as bragging or arrogant, but I have such high hopes for myself and my business in 2015.  I can just feel it.  I am constantly thinking of how I can improve my photography skills, make my business grow, and continue my industry friendships.  So far, 2015 is looking to be the best year yet!  It’s going to be the busiest I’ve ever been and filled with so many gorgeous couples!

One of my goals this year was to book more weddings than I did last year.  So excited to have DOUBLE the weddings I had last year! AH!! To my 2015 wedding couples, thank you for trusting me with your magical wedding day and memories!  I am incredibly honored and could not be happier with the people that I will be working with this wedding season!  We just fit together.  We have things in common. We laugh and we cry. We are passionate, hard-working individuals. We believe in marriage and love.  I just love you all already!

Another one of my goals for this year is to branch out into editorial work.  I just photographed my first ever bridal editorial session and I am literally obsessed.  I can not wait to share photos from this session!!  If you haven’t seen the Behind The Scenes photos yet, be sure to check out my instagram page!  Brides, I’m pretty sure you’re going to want a session like this of yourself after you see these images. Not to toot my own horn, but they’re truly stunning!  Doesn’t hurt that the model is GORGEOUS!

So, cheers to 2015 and cheers to meeting goals this year!  I cannot wait to see what else 2015 has in store!

 

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Model: Lauren Dod

Hair/Makeup Artist: Makeup by Jaycie

This past week has been a little quiet, as I’m sure you could tell!  Vince and I had a very relaxing (and much needed) vacation to Ft Myers, Florida for an entire week.  I toggled back and forth on whether to take my camera with me, but ultimately decided to leave it at home.  I only took photos with my iPhone, but I still wanted to share a few photos with you guys on the blog today!  Fingers crossed for warmer weather soon in Chicago!

 

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Vincent, I just want to take a moment today to write all this things that I love about you.    Thankfully, I get one day a year to be ridiculous mushy on the internet. Yay for Valentine’s Day!  The fact that I’ve loved you for nearly 10 years now is absolutely incredible and so rare.  I found my true love at the young age of 16?!  What a lucky girl I am!

 

– I love how we still kiss and hug each other good morning and good night.

– I love that you love our dog, Charlie. It may seem kinda weird (for some people) to say, but seeing you with him makes me smile because I know you’re going to love our future children just like that.

– I love the way you literally sweep me off my feet when I’m hurting, taking me to wherever I am trying to go in the house.  “I’ve got you, baby.”

– I love the way you get excited when I get home from shooting a wedding, anxiously waiting to hear me talk about my day over a glass of wine and a foot rub.

– I love the way you smell… honestly. It seems kind of weird to say, but you have a natural scent about you that I just adore. Always have.

– I love when you surprise me with flowers or (my personal favorite) with a sweet treat (specifically macroons or a cupcake) from The French Market just because you walked past it on the way home from work and thought of me.

– I love how you constantly encourage me and lift me up in life and in business.  You are my #1 fan and for that, I can’t thank you enough.

– I love how incredibly smart you are…and if you don’t know the answer you know you’re my master googler 🙂 You’ll find the answer for me.

– I love when you put your arms around my waist and hug me from behind while I’m cooking dinner.

– I love that you still open the door for me and apologize if I ever have to open my own door.

– I love that you give me credit for supporting you through college, law school, and through the masters program.  The fact that you recognize that is huge.  I don’t always feel like I deserve any kind of credit (I’m not the one that went through law school), but it did take effort from both of us to make it work through all of that.  People may have doubted us through high school and college, but baby did we prove them all wrong.

– I love that we can still rock out to 90s music together

– I love that when our first dance song comes on, you grab me and dance with me.

– I love that we share a love for food, music, and movies.

– I love that we still date and continually tell each other we love the other.  Not a day goes by that I don’t feel loved.

 

I love you. Happy Valentine’s Day to my forever Valentine.

~Your Liz

 

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Kayla Fletcher

Oh Elizabeth Nord Photography, reading this I get goosebumps bc there are so many parallels with Rob and I! its so refreshing to see a couple, completely smitten with each other after so many years together! Here’s to Valentine’s Day! <3

After talking to Jerek on the phone a few weeks ago, I knew that I wanted the photos from their proposal to be amazing.  The way he talked about Lauren was something out of a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Finally, the day arrived.  I jumped out of my taxi so excited to be there to capture this moment for them…sweaty palms and all (can you tell I was nervous/excited?)!  I opened the door to the Grand Salon room and my heart began to race.  I could not wait for Lauren to see this!

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Ryan contacted me back in November about his surprise proposal to his beautiful girlfriend Julie.   He told me how he is from Knoxville, TN (I just LOVE how southern people find me up here in the midwest! 🙂 and that they are visiting Chicago later in December.  From the beginning, he could only tell me of how gorgeous she was and how excited he was to plan this proposal. SO sweet!  After chatting with him a while, he decided that the little nook right between the DuSable bridge on Michigan Ave and the Wrigley building was perfect for them!  On their last trip to Chicago, they took a boat tour and the Wrigley building area was among their favorite spots.

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Julie Fincher

Thank you so much for photographing such a special and memorable moment in my life! You and Ryan truly surprised me and made the day all that more wonderful! I can’t wait for all our wedding guests to get their save the dates in the mail with one of your fabulous pictures on it!!

For those that may not know Jenn and Earl, Jenn is the amazing woman behind Glowout, A Golden Girl Salon here in Chicago.  I initially met Jenn at her salon and it is seriously gorgeous inside! You’ll have to go check it out for yourself!  Her sweet fiancé Earl teaches dance lessons.  How cool is that?!

These two incredible people joined me for an engagement shoot before it got super cold out and we had a blast!  Some of my favorite memories with my engaged couples include stopping in the middle of a shoot for some warm air and hot coffee.  Thanks for being such an adorable couple you two- you make my job easy 😉

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Amanda Miller

Girl, the lighting is killer! Love these!

Carly Pribich

Yay!! I loveeeee this!