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    JAMES CURRIE PHOTOGRAPHY is a Chicago area studio with a strong passion for capturing the unique experience of people's relationships and interactions with each other. We love photographing destination portraits and weddings in a creative, journalistic style at locations that inspire you.

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Connie + Stephen | Chicago Engagement Photography

Chicago River walk engagement photography

“How do you guys feel about playing in traffic a bit to get some cool shots?” I asked. Stephen’s eyes lit up. “Heck yeah!” he said. After our session was over, we headed over to the Thai restaurant a few blocks from the Chicago River walk where Connie and Stephen had their first date. “Thanks for being willing to dodge traffic and climb some bridges with me tonight, you guys are great sports.” Stephen squeezed Connie and said through grinning teeth, “Are you kidding? That was my favorite part!” Connie loves city life and Stephen loves Chicago architecture, so it seemed fitting that they chose the Chicago River walk as the backdrop to their engagement session. Check out a few of my favorite images from our evening together in Chicago.

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Bethany + Phoenix at the Mill Creek Hunt Club

Mill Creek Hunt ClubLifestyle portraits are all about bringing out what makes an individual unique and special by capturing them in their element, in places that are special to them, doing activities that make them who they are. Bethany has grown up around horses and has made a career out of caring for them. It was a pleasure to watch Bethany’s care and work with her new friend Phoenix at Mill Creek Hunt Club on a bright Summer evening. Here are a few of my favorites from this elegant lifestyle portrait session.

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Wendy’s 40th Surprise Garden Party

If you’ve ever been a fan of the NBC series, “Parenthood” you’ll be familiar with the frequent Braverman family dinners around the table, often held in their backyard. Well, that kind of meal around the table has been a fantasy for my wife Wendy for years. When it came to celebrating her 40th birthday, I knew I had to create a garden party for her under cafe lights and surround her with with a group of people that care about her. I knew if I could add enough of her favorite details, her fantasy would come together in style; lights were hung in the yard, color schemes were designed, flowers were arranged, our grandmothers’ china and silver were laid out and friends gathered. Come rain or come shine, we were going to pull off a surprise. She had no idea it was coming and the look on her face and the fist pumps that followed made all the secrecy and weeks of planning pay off tremendously. Check out a few photos from an evening in the garden to celebrate my wonderful wife’s 40th birthday. Happy Birthday, Wendy. I love you more than life itself!

Devon + Dave | Lake Ogemaw Engagement Photography

I always tell couples I work with that engagement photos become incredibly much more meaningful and special when we photograph them in a setting important or unique to them. Some couple’s share a unique hobby or activity and others wish to return to the places they fell in love. Devon and her family grew up with a lake home in northern Michigan, it’s became an important retreat from busy Chicago city life for her and Dave. It’s so fun to see their romance and sense of adventure captured in this session. We risked it all in a nearby river and later took a plunge off the dock at sunset. What could be more fun than a Summer engagement session that ends with a splash in the lake?

Eleanor + Michael | Museum Campus Engagement Photography

Museum Campus Engagement Photography

Museum Campus Engagement Photography

When the told me they would be showing up to their engagement session on bikes, I knew Eleanor and Michael’s session was going to be special. I love to photograph couples in places that are special to them, doing activities that are an important part of their life; that’s what puts the life into lifestyle photography. Eleanor and Michael are from completely different parts of their county, but after meeting in Nursing school, these two call Chicago home and are ready to build a great life together serving others in their professions. He loves that she’s smart and sarcastic and she loves that he’s fun and easy-going. They are awesome people, and we had a wonderful evening on the museum campus capturing the essence of their love and relationship. Check out a couple of my favorites from their session.