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Posted by Dawn

08.05.21  -  Engagements

Roslyn & Art | Engagement Session | Chicago



Roslyn and Art.... for many reasons we are so excited for you both! The photos from your engagement session are so fun and we can't wait to celebrate with you soon!!! We can only imagine what Lindsay Cohen at Designer Event Chicago is going to create for your upcoming engagement party!

xoxo,

~ Dawn and Bob

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Posted by Dawn

06.09.15  -  Engagements

Allison and Scott | Engagement Session | Chicago



Ohhh how we love this family! Thank you, thank you, thank you Marcy Glink at Great Events, Event Planner extraordinaire, for introducing us to Leslie Kind. We had a blast working with you on her son, Michael's wedding to Fran and we're so excited about Allison and Scott's wedding in November!

Allison and Scott met through mutual friends and they hit it off that night but it wasn't until months later did they meet up again at a Single's Valentine's Day dinner and instantly connected again spending the entire night talking as if no one else was there. The rest is history!

We can't wait for our wedding day you two lovies!!!!

xoxo,

~ Dawn and Bob

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Posted by Dawn

11.23.14  -  Engagements

Ashley & Greg | Chicago Engagement Photography



Their story is super cute... and not love at first sight says Ashley, far from it as Greg was pursuing one of her friends. They met at a local Chicago bar, and she hit it off with his roommate. It wasn't until a few years later when she was studying abroad in Spain, did their relationship started to blossom... and her phone bill. When she returned home to Chicago that summer, it was like they had been dating for years. And can you guess where they spent a lot of their time? If you said the Cubs stadium you'd be absolutely right. Since her dad has been a season ticket holder forever, he pulled some strings and their name is in lights! Love it!

When Bob and I met with Ashley and Greg, and her mom, Terrie, I had my fingers crossed when we left the building they live in. We really loved meeting them all. When we got the call saying they wanted us to photograph their wedding, we couldn't have been happier!!! Every thing about Ashley is amazing. She is truly beautiful inside and out... and Greg adores her, which makes him so adorable! They make the sweetest couple... and just wait until you see their wedding photos! I'm posting them next!

xoox!

~ Dawn

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Posted by Dawn  -  11.19.14

Engagements, News / Press

We're Engaged | Our New Book



We are proud to share our new book on our blog "WE'RE ENGAGED: Photographing Vibrant and Joyful Portraits of the Happy Couple". It was a fun collaboration by Bob and I and we are proud to share it with you all. We are so thankful to Amherst Media and Harvey Goldstein for asking us to collaborate with them on this book. What an honor! And thank you to all our amazing couples who trust us with these special moments in their lives. We hope that you all enjoy this book as much as we do!

Here's a description of what our book is about:
Today's brides and grooms-to-be have grown up inundated by world-class photography on the Internet, television, magazines, and social networking sites. Therefore, it's no surprise that these savvy, image-conscious consumers have high expectations when commissioning their engagement portraits. They want unique, innovative images that make them look great and reflect their personal style as individuals and as a couple. In this book, acclaimed photographers Bob and Dawn Davis show you how to rise to that lofty goal and deliver memorable, personalized images from each session. Covering the process from start to finish, you'll learn how to select locations, work with clients on their styling, get great poses even from camera-shy subjects, and find (or create) amazing lighting indoors and out, all day long. Lighting diagrams paired with each final image selection, along with supporting image variations from the same session, make it easy to learn!

You can find it at book store near you or online at at Amherst Media

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Posted by Dawn

09.11.14  -  Engagements

Rocio & Cyrus | Chicago Engagement Photography



When you know, you just know. I can tell that when Rocio and Cyrus met, they just knew that they were meant to be. Look at the way he looks at her! I love it. They met at work, and after a few weeks of subtle flirting, they went on their first date. For her birthday, Cyrus took her to Maui to celebrate. Little did she know, he was preparing for his proposal. He took Rocio out to dinner for her birthday and then wanted to give her a "gift" so he walked her down to the moonlit beach and proposed. She said "yes" and the rest is history! I'm pretty sure this was an amazing, birthday, vacation, proposal...!!!

Bob and I met this gorgeous couple through Claire Weller at Big City Bride and we are so happy for the introduction. Bob photographed their engagement session last year in early November at the Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pool where they sipped wine and walked amongst all the beautiful fall colors. So pretty! And they wanted some sunset evening photos along the Chicago River which are always a favorite of mine.

We recently photographed their wedding and talk about colorful... I can't wait to share those images!

Enjoy!!!

~ Dawn

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Posted by Dawn

06.18.14  -  Engagements

Alex & Chris | Chicago Engagement Photography



Oh my gosh, how cute are Alex and Chris? WAY CUTE! I died when Alex's mom said that Chris was into boxing and that the boxing ring may be an option for their engagement session. And then when Alex agreed… I was like YES!!!! When Bob and I meet with our potential couples we always like to let them know that our style is all about the couple. Sure, we consider our photography timeless and classic with a fun, fresh twist. We are not formulaic and we, very much, like our photos to reflect who our clients are, not who Bob is as a photographer. These special events in peoples lives are about them, not us. So, when a fun shoot like Alex and Chris's engagement session comes up, we are always thrilled!!!

Bob, and our assistant who is also our daughter Alli, met them at Franklin Street Boxing Club Gym in Chicago where Alex boxed her soon to be husband and it was a TKO! Haha… seriously so cute, Alex in heels with her pink gloves! I love it!

They headed off to Eleven Lincoln Park, the cutest old school Jewish diner in Chicago! Sipping on a milkshake and hanging out in the candy shop made for some really cute photos! Then off to Chicago Union Station and Chicago North Avenue Beach for a crazy fun feather pillow fight! I just love that Alex and Chris were up for some fun!

We are beyond thrilled to be working with this family again, as we photographed their sister, Jillian's wedding to Brad in 2010 at the Chicago Hilton. Alex's parents, Debbie and Steve are so gracious and so fun… and we can't thank them enough for trusting us to capture their daughter's weddings! And a huge thank you to Reva Nathan for introducing us years ago to this wonderful family!

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did editing them!

Much love and blessings!

~ Dawn

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Posted by Dawn

05.17.14  -  Engagements

Sara & Ross | Chicago Engagement Photography



Yes, please…. can we say g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s…! Ross is a lucky man! Honestly, they are absolutely perfect for each other. I love that Sara said she knew by their fourth date, that he was the man she wanted to marry.

They met through a mutual friend and dated for a year before Ross proposed. I'm such a sap when I hear proposal stories and I really love the way Ross asked Sara to marry him. They have this cute tradition where Sara takes Ross's dry cleaning tag off the bottom button hole of his shirt. Almost everyday when he puts his dress shirt on for work in the morning, he will walk up to her and she will take the tag off his shirt. It has become part of their daily routine. Well, I'm sure you know where this is heading… yes, Ross asked Sara to come over to take the tag off his shirt. When she walked over to him, she looked down and saw that there was a ring hanging off of a tag on his shirt. Ross then popped the question…… and she said YES! Both their families were just waiting to celebrate at the Trump International Hotel for dinner. It was a magical night!!!

I'm excited to share their engagement session with you. It began where they had their first date at Sable Restaurant in the Palomar Hotel. A couple of cocktails always loosens up the fiancé so he can smile comfortably for the camera… say cheese! lol. Bob photographed them at the Trump and then onto the streets of Chicago for some evening shots! I always love those!

I can't wait to share their wedding photos…… SO DREAMY! Thank you Stacy Saltzman of So Stacy for introducing us to Sara and Ross!!!

Enjoy!!!

~ Dawn

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Posted by Dawn

02.02.14  -  Engagements

Tracy & Chris | Engagement Session | Chicago



A photographer's dream to photograph a beautiful couple in a beautiful kitchen, right?!!! And what a fun engagement session this was with Tracy and Chris! Truly, so genuine and in love, they were up for anything! They started in the kitchen, where Chris made an Italian pasta for lunch, and Tracy assisted along the way. They even slurped spaghetti until their lips met, just too cute! They watched the movie Rocky in their theater while snacking on popcorn and Twizzlers. They even played pool in the billiards room. I really love their playful side, they goof around with each other and love on each other, it's so nice to see.

Bob and I are really blessed to have amazing clients around the world. These two are so kind, so funny, and just so real, and so very appreciative. Their wedding was the first wedding we photographed in 2014 and I just can't wait to share the photos because their wedding was …. s.p.e.c.t.a.c.u.l.a.r….!

Thank you Vince Hart from Kehoe Designs for sharing us with this amazing family. I can't wait to share your work from their wedding with you!

Much love!

~ Dawn and Bob

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Posted by Dawn

01.24.14  -  Engagements

Jillian & Matthew | Engagement Session | Private Residence



Jillian and Matthew are adorable…. I mean beautiful… ummmm gorgeous! They are just too cute for words. Jillian describes how they met at the Swedish Day Festival in Geneva while in High School and Matthew couldn't stop flirting with her. I mean, can you blame him?

But it wasn't until years later did their story begin. While Jillian was driving along the river, windows down, blaring "Tangerine" from the radio. There he was, Matt, jogging along the river. So she decided to send him a "it's been awhile, just saw you jogging" text and he replied "it wasn't me but let's hang out anyway!" He took her on their first date to her favorite pizza place, she said it was the best date she'd ever been on… and so their story continues…

They were dating for 13 months before Matthew proposed. It happened on a Friday night. Jillian had just passed her Pilates test, so he took her out to dinner at Catch 35. She had no idea what he was up to, she thought a nice dinner, some cocktails, and then head home to watch "Dexter". Matthew was very nonchalant about the box he put on the table. She opened it and said there was there most beautiful dainty ring she had ever seen. She recalls it all happening so fast, after he put the ring on her finger and asked her to be his girl, they celebrated with their family and friends. "It was the best night of my life" says Jillian "Oh, and we didn't end up watching Dexter!" That part cracked me up!

Their engagement session was nice and laid back at Jillian's private residence. Of course, we always love when our couple's want their puppies in the photos, so these two cuties, Jack and Bella, got to share in the fun. Jillian and Matthew are so sweet and have such a dreamy love. The way he picks her up and smiles into her eyes… can make a girl just swoon for that kind of love!

We are so excited to be part of their wedding day! We can't thank Susan Cordogan from Big City Bride enough for sharing us with this family!

xoxo!

~ Dawn and Bob

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Posted by Dawn

01.20.14  -  Engagements

Renee & Kevin | Engagement Session | Chicago



We met with Renee and her mom, Barb, at our local Starbucks and we just clicked immediately! I love that Renee has a very laid back approach, which is good since she's an ER physician and knows how to deal with crazy, stressful situations on a daily basis. We talked about how her and her fiancé, Kevin, met and how he proposed, what their plans were for their wedding and why they wanted us to photograph their wedding. We got to know them and laughed a lot, it was wonderful. Barb was so happy for her daughter and you could just see it in her eyes, the way she looked at her daughter, it was beautiful. I knew they we were all a great fit.

Renee and Kevin are a fun couple with a fun attitude and all about sharing experiences together. Their engagement session began at Soldier Field where Renee and Kevin showed off their favorite Bear's players Walter Payton and Brian Urlacher by sporting their jerseys. It was so cute to see Kevin teaching Renee how to throw a football, but I think he enjoyed tackling her more! I love the photos under the columns at the stadium! Ahhhhh, so fun!

Afterwards we headed to Lincoln Park where they showed off their love of winter sports with their skiing and snow boarding gear. It made for some fantastic photos. They kissed under a pale pink sky as the sun set over the Chicago. You just couldn't order better weather! Grant's Memorial made for a castle like backdrop to show off their casual sense of fashion. And for a final shoot they wanted a backlit skyline photo, and those are always a favorite!

I hope you enjoy their engagement session photos as much as we do! Up next will be there wedding which is going to be featured in Inside Weddings magazine's next edition! So very exciting…!

xoxo,

~ Dawn

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