It has been about a month since I went to Chicago for this friendsgiving portrait meet. I would have posted these images sooner, but I’ve been prioritizing working on my business lately. As a result, photos from this got put on the back burner and I finally got around to editing these this past Saturday. I was even ready to post these images a couple days ago on Monday and the post that I made unfortunately seemed to vanish into thin air.
I first found out about this thanks to the fact that I saw the flyer on the Instagram story of someone I follow. From the get go, I was interested in checking out this event since it seemed like a welcome change of pace from my usual photography. I was definitely really excited when I found out that my schedule allowed time for this adventure.
The day of the event, I thought I had most everything set so that I could get to the meet up in time at North Avenue Beach. However, I ended having some issues with my main camera, which delayed my departure time. Eventually, I gave up on trying to resolve the issue I was having with my camera and opted for the older, used DSLR camera I had bought. While it wasn’t my first choice, it’s often said that the best camera is the one that you have available.
Since I was running late I was worried that by the time that I got to North Avenue Beach the group would have moved on and I would have no idea where to go find the group. So you better believe that I was a little relieved when I got to the beach and saw that the group was still there. At the same time, I was a little intimidated by how many photographers that had come to this meet.
I didn’t do a ton of photography at the beach since I was still kind of getting a feel for things. Not too long after my arrival, the group decided to move on over to their next location on the North Avenue Pedestrian Bridge. Some of the models went out of their way to create interesting shots by climbing the sides and on top of the bridge. This of course lead to a few drivers passing under the bridge to be a little worried about their safety and a visit from the cops just about the time we were finished at that location.
For our final location we moved on over to South Pond Pavilion. On the way over there, I easily spotted at least 4 family or engagement sessions taking place. Then again that shouldn’t be too surprising considering Lincoln Park is a good location for photos and it was the golden hour to boot. Our mass of photographers didn’t cause too much trouble other than maybe for the couple that was at the pavilion when we arrived. I can only imagine that it was a little frustrating when you think you have a location to yourself when suddenly a large group of photographers and models show up.