The Importance of an Engagement Session

  • Published March 29th, 2016 by Al Behnke

When we book a wedding for a couple, one of the first questions we ask is 'do you want to do an engagement session?' Why, you ask? Here's the deal:

Obviously, wedding days have a tendency to be extremely stressful. One of the more hectic things couples have to deal with is having a photographer they may barely know stick a camera in their face for anywhere from 6-12 hours while they deal with dozens of other aspects of their big day. So having an engagement session with your photographer (whether its us, or anyone else) is crucial to developing the trust necessary to create beautiful images together.

For many couples, their wedding may be the first time that they have ever been photographed professionally, so having an engagement session with you wedding photographer months before is a great way to get comfortable in front of a camera. It also serves as a great way for your photographer to get to know your personality and your likes and dislikes.

When you're comfortable with your photographer and your photographer knows exacty what you're looking for, it makes for a much easier experience for everyone involved.


Katelyn & Tim

  • Published January 29th, 2016 by Al Behnke

There's something infectious about couples that love letting loose on their wedding day. We photographed Katelyn and Tim's wedding at CD & Me in Frankfort (shameless plug :) and they weren't shy about trying something a little different when it came time to doing wedding party portraits.

The thing about wedding parties is that, as much as the day is about the couple getting married, there's a reason that they chose certain people to stand up at the altar with them while they committed themselves to each other. These are their nearest and dearest in terms of friends and family and sometimes it can be difficult to tell individual stories within a big group shot. We weren't trying to reinvent the wheel by spacing each couple out (including the ushers, flower girl, and ringbearer), but we wanted to give each member of the party their own identity. Plus, when you have really pretty surroundings, why bunch everyone together?

Remember, when you're looking at wedding party photo ideas for your upcoming wedding, don't be afraid to go a tad against the grain. Sometimes you can get a completely different look and story by creating mini-groupings inside of a single frame. Plus, its a cool way to give everyone in your party a little piece of the spotlight on your big day.


Amanda and Hans

  • Published May 19th, 2015 by Al Behnke

For Amanda and Hans' wedding, we got to go back to CD & Me in Frankfort for a Spring ceremony and reception. CD & Me is known for their amazing outdoor areas, but Amanda really fell in love with the architecture and wood inside of their loft. We shot this at the distillery on CD & Me's second floor and wanted to capture some of the amazing ambient colors that the loft's lighting system created, hence the purple hues from the background. With the barn wood door and whiskey barrels as a backdrop, we were able to create something that combines modern and rustic, while still getting a glam vibe that the bride adored.

Anita & Bill

  • Published May 19th, 2015 by Al Behnke

We loved creating this image of Anita and Bill at the reception at Royalty West in Willow Springs. They had a Valentine's Day wedding with a really intimate feeling. Since it was a second marriage for both of them, we wanted to create something that really focused on the couple together as they started a new life as one. They great thing was that we also got to use their children in some shots that highlighted the idea of bringing two families together, which is really important when you're doing a second wedding. Royalty West has a really cool castle-like vibe and we shot this through a door to give it a narrow, focused perspective. 

Katie and Christian

  • Published July 21st, 2014 by Al Behnke

We were very fortunate to be able to work with Katie and Christian at their CD&Me reception last week. They were married in the Caribbean in March and Katie's parents threw them a wonderful island-themed reception, complete with fire dancers, island flowers, and a live parrot for the guests to get their pitcure with. Plus, they tons of amazing hand-made details! There was so much time and effort put into the island theme, so we really tried to capture Katie and Christian at their most relaxed (and what's more relaxing than adirondack chairs!). They were an absolute delight to work with and we couldn't have been more honored to capture some beautiful images for them. 

CD & Me Spring Tasting is around the corner!

  • Published May 1st, 2014 by Al Behnke

On Wednesday, May 21st, we'll once again be at CD & Me for their Spring Tasting! It an awesome opportunity for couples to come out and see some of the amazing wedding vendors that work with this truly fantastic venue. We'll have a table set up with all kinds of prints, albums, and products for you to check out. It's an awesome way to see the scope of our work on a full wedding day, instead of just online galleries. Plus we always have some cool giveaways, so make sure you stop by and say hi!

Wednesday, May 21st


CD & Me

23320 S. LaGrange Rd.

Frankfort, IL 60423

Follow us on Instagram!

  • Published April 4th, 2014 by Al Behnke

Hey all, if you haven't taken the time to follow us over at, get on it! We'll post all kind of fun, behind-the-scenes images. Drop in and check it out!