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JULY GIVEAWAY

Enter to win an Engagement Session with City Lights Studio! Let us capture your love story with fun & fresh portraits! Includes a 75 minute session at a location chosen to best suit to your vision, and a gallery of finished, high resolution images for personal usage, valued at $525. GIVEAWAY ENDS 07.31!

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Recent E-Sessions

Buffalo Engagement Session | Brian & Lauren | Silos, Outer Harbor, Gallagher Pier

I loved my time with Brian & Lauren during their e-session last week! We started late in the evening to make theView full post »

July Giveaway!

JULY GIVEAWAY Enter to win an Engagement Session with City Lights Studio! Let us capture your love story with fun &View full post »

Chicago Engagement Photography | Kelly + Ethan (+ Phoenix) | Lincoln Park

Last month, I had some family things pop up in Wisconsin, and my brother & I decided to make the long haul outView full post »

Buffalo Engagement Photography | Natalie & Chris | Crag Burn Golf Course Winter Session

Another beautiful winter engagement session! I just love when my couples are up for a bit of adventure, andView full post »

Buffalo Winter Engagement Session | Krista & Justin | Remedy House, Delaware Park

Right after New Years, I kicked off my 2018 shooting schedule with Justin & Krista! We met at Remedy House, theView full post »

Buffalo Engagement Session | Jessica & Mike | Tifft Nature Preserve & Silos

Meet another one of my gorgeous 2018 couples, Jessica & Mike! We met at Tifft Nature Preserve early one morning. IView full post »

Buffalo Engagement Session | Maureen & Casey | Delaware Park, Greetings From Buffalo Mural

The weather we’ve had this month has been such a gift! It’s given us the most dreamy light for all of ourView full post »

Buffalo Engagement Session | Jenna & Nate | Knox Farms

I told you I had more gorgeous fall e-sessions to share! So excited to show off Nate & Jenna’s shoot at KnoxView full post »

Buffalo Engagement Session | Taylor & Corey | Tifft Nature Preserve & Gallagher Pier Beach, Outer Harbor

Let the gorgeous fall e-sessions continue! I’m excited to share my favorites from my time with Taylor &View full post »

 

 

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Have you been following along with our 2018 giveaways?! We’re doing one BIG giveaway each month, in honor of our 10 year anniversary! Ready to see what’s up for grabs next!?

JUNE GIVEAWAY

Enter to win a LUXE Portrait Session with City Lights Studio! This unique session blends traditional headshots with fashion-inspired beauty portraits, to give you a portfolio of images that honors your best self! This is for any woman wishing to take some time to celebrate herself, and her own beauty, in all its forms! Let’s journey to a beautiful place for earthy or city-inspired shots, get creative, and have some fun capturing YOU. Includes a 75 minute session at a location chosen to best suit to your vision, a private, an in-person viewing consultation at the studio with 5 finished, high resolution images for personal usage, valued at $475. GIVEAWAY ENDS 06.30!

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Guess what? We’re turning TEN this year! And we want to celebrate! Starting in March, City Lights will be doing one big giveaway every month for the rest of 2018! That’s 10 fun giveaways for 10 fun years!

As a young photographer, I was very lucky to have worked alongside many talented and established business owners. They taught me many things, and I will always be grateful for their inspiration and encouragement to help me get to where I am today! For this month’s giveaway, I want to give some of that love back!

I’m very excited to announce our May Giveaway, a Mentoring Session complete with Headshots! This session is for business owners of all kinds; not just photographers! Valued at $475, one lucky aspiring business owner will receive the following :

  • Initial 30 minute phone or Skype interview to meet, connect, and establish basic business goals to work towards together
  • Full 90 minute in-person or Skype session of ask-anything brain-picking, including but not limited to:
    • Portfolio review
    • Pricing review
    • Design & branding
    • Social media advice
    • Goal-setting, and more
  • Follow-up 30 minute phone or Skype interview to reconnect, review progress, and talk about what’s next for your business!
  • PLUS
    • A mini-headshot session for YOU!
    • Show potential clients who you are during a 30 minute headshot session with City Lights Studio
    • Includes 5 finished professional and fun images for your website & social media

This is ideal for established business owners looking for a refresh, or brand newbies, excited to jump in! Open only to the first 100 entrants. Giveaway ends 05.30 or until all entries are filled; winner announced 06.04. Good luck!!

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Guess what? We’re turning TEN this year! And we want to celebrate! Starting in March, City Lights will be doing one big giveaway every month for the rest of 2018! That’s 10 fun giveaways for 10 fun years!

Our April Giveaway has just been announced!

We have a BIG giveaway this month! This April, one very lucky family will score a complimentary Storytelling Session with City Lights Studio! This special package will include 120 minutes, at your home (and/or favorite family location) of documentary-style, unposed natural moments, a personalized blog post, a private customized online gallery with sharing and ordering access for professional prints, albums and canvases, and a download link for digital images. Don’t miss your chance to win one of our biggest giveaways of the year, at a $675 value! Open only to the first 100 entrants. Giveaway ends 04.29 or until all entries are filled; winner announced 04.30. Good luck!!

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To our March winners, The Hanretty Family! They won a beautiful 16×24″ professionally printed canvas of their favorite City Lights Studio image! Enjoy & thank you to all who entered!

Ten years ago, I graduated from college, started my first & only full-time job, quit after three months & decided I would never work for anyone else again. I opened my first credit card, bought an iMac, Adobe license, & Canon Rebel. All of it was so thrilling & so terrifying; I felt like I was on the verge of throwing up at every turn. I hustled HARD. I networked, I assisted incredible photographers, I watched, I learned. During the days, I spent my free time wandering with my camera, playing with lighting, taking strangers’ portraits to learn posing for every age & body type. At night, I would sit in front of my computer & learn Photoshop & Dreamweaver (I’m old!) so I could launch my first website. I was young, single, broke & determined as all hell.

In the summer of 2008, I shot my first-ever paid wedding on my own. I had done things for friends and family, but THIS was real. It was a job I booked after answering a Craigslist ad (yikes!) & I had anxiety for weeks before. I brought everything I owned (one camera, one lens & a small flash…. double yikes) & prayed for the best! And guess what? It was AMAZING. I was hooked.

Some of my first wedding photos ever… Back when selective coloring was HOT. Oh, how we’ve grown!

Ever since I started, I have been blessed beyond words with clients who believed in me & this little business that I’ve built. I know I’ve said it before, BUT I just have to express my most sincere gratitude. You’ve allowed me to live my truest dream, working for myself and doing what I love. I hope you understand how much that means!

I’ve been so supported over the years, and I’d like to share some of the love I’ve received… SO, if you’ve made it this far into this post, I have an exciting announcement for you! I fully believe in celebrating all the milestones, and ten years is no small feat! So, let’s make it BIG.

Ready!? Starting today, City Lights will be doing one GIVEAWAY every month for the rest of 2018! That’s TEN fun giveaways for TEN fun years!

Our first giveaway is live now! This one is for all of the clients that have helped me grow over the years! One lucky past client will win a FREE 16×24″ fine art wall print from your photo session with us! Simply upload your favorite photo taken by City Lights Studio to be entered to win! $175 value. Open only to the first 100 entrants! Giveaway ends 03.30 or until all entries are filled; winner announced 03.31. Good luck!!

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