Chicago Board of Trade Building Engagement Portrait
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Chicago Board of Trade Building Engagement Portrait

Engagement portrait by Bart Galbas

Photographed by the columns of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago next to the Chicago Board of Trade Building. It's modern architecture serves as one of Bart's favorite spots to take his couples for engagement and wedding portraits. The columns serve as a great background rich with patterns. Surrounding buildings block direct sunlight for big part of the day allowing for a great flattering, diffused light to come in. What makes this spot even more attractive is its close proximity to Bart's other favorite spots, like the La Salle Street Bridge, Chicago River Walk, Wrigley Building and Michigan Avenue.

Engagement session is a big part of the wedding photography coverage. It creates memorable and beautiful images of the couple that can be used, among other things, for the save the date cards and display prints at the wedding. It also serves as a great way of getting to know the photographer who on the other hand will learn about couple's personalities, likes and dislikes. After all, just like the bridal party, the photographer will be with the couple for the majority of their wedding day.

This engagement image was taken with Bart's favorite, newest edition, Nikon 70-200mm 2.8E FL ED VR lens on a D4 body. Only small amount of flash was added behind and to the left of the couple to add more dimention to the image. This is the appealing part of this location. It allows for a controlled light throughout big part of the day.

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Location: 141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604.