Have you ever dreamed of taking beachy Chicago engagement portraits? It’s possible when your engagement session takes place on the picture-perfect shore of nearby Lake Michigan!

Erica and Alex got engaged in Chicago. With this in mind, we decided to commemorate the start of their love story by photographing their engagement portraits on the beach of Lake Michigan in Chicago. As you will see, these Chicago engagement portraits look and feel very different than those taken during a classic engagement session in the city.

Erica and Alex wanted to focus on their love for nature during their session. This made a romantic beach location the perfect natural backdrop! Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes, and is actually the second largest of the Great Lakes. You can’t see the other side of the lake from the shore, which creates the sense of standing in front of an endless sea. The soft sand, pillowy dunes, and blue hue of the water combine to create an incredible ocean-inspired backdrop without ever leaving Chicago!


For her Chicago engagement portraits, Erica wore a blue dress that emphasized the color of the water and sky. A soft breeze played with her dress throughout the session and added to the atmosphere. Erica and Alex laughed, cuddled, and enjoyed their time together while I documented their love for one another. I love the images of Erica and Alex seated on the sand next to the green beach grass. We are lucky to have such scenic beauty right here in Chicago! To add a little elegance, Erica brought along a beautiful bouquet crafted by Verdant Company. Organic blooms in shades of white and green complemented the muted colors of Erica and Alex’s outfits. The bouquet reflected the romantic mood of their engagement session perfectly!

Dive into these dreamy, beachy Chicago engagement portraits on the shore of Lake Michigan!