Real Engagement: Manny and Careena
“I come bearing good news! Tinder really does produce real love. That’s where it all began for this couple. Manny moved to Chicago in 2011 for Law School. Careena came to Chicago to pursue her career. They were both looking for a way to entertain some downtime and gave the Tinder app a chance. I’ve always personally wondered how many success stories have come from the dating apps and here we have a happy ending!
“Within each other they have found admiration for their mutual dedication to their passions in life. Manny loves Careena’s confidence and thoughtfulness. Careena loves Manny’s nerdy side and his devotion to the important things in life. Because no match could be more perfect, Manny proposed to Careena on a beach in Puerto Rico and plan to be married during the fall.
“Manny & Careena wanted an industrial-inspired engagement shoot. The Fulton Market Industrial District and Lakeshore East in Chicago, IL were our spots for photos. I love street art, so when a couple is also excited about graffiti art, I get all kinds of delighted. The Fulton Market District and surrounding West Loop has many hot spots with murals and artwork that provide for a colorful background.
“I also love unique and custom made wedding rings. I try to make every engagement and wedding session different in any way I can. When I get a couple with a custom ring design, I really enjoy highlighting it, as it really reflects the couple’s personality and style.
“Another goal of mine is to feature the architecture of this wonderful city I have the pleasure of living in. The spiral stairs are in a secret location I have been eyeing for almost a year, and I felt this was a great addition to the industrial urban feel.
“The sunset image that I’m really attached to was one of the last shots we took of the night. We took advantage of the warm spring temperatures that evening and really enjoyed every minute of warmth and light. I always try to encourage clients to allow me to use the ‘golden hour’ of the evening, where the sun sets and sets the sky on fire. The oranges and pinks really flood skin tones with a deliciously moody tone.