A Breather ~ Chicago Wedding Photographer

Life lately has been…. BUSY… to say the least.

Thanks to the overflow of sessions and weddings while I was still working full-time at the law firm in August & most of September  – combined with our crazy move in early October – my transition to working for myself didn’t feel much like a transition at all. Instead, it was more like diving off the high dive into really deep water, really far from shore. (I realize that’s not really possible, but just go with me here…)

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I started out already behind on editing, dove right in hoping to catch up, but no matter how much I edit or how long I work – I just can’t seem to get caught up.

Thankfully, I have the sweetest clients in the world and they have been super patient with my slightly longer-than-normal turn around time. However, due to all this craziness, I’ve basically been working around the clock day in and day out, 7 days a week – either shooting, editing, or replying to emails. This isn’t what I would call ideal – but I feel like it’s necessary right now until I can catch up and then I can get into a normal routine.

James claims he’s okay with it because at least I’m in a good mood, and I’m home – where he can see me and talk to me if he wants to or needs to. I guess he’s right, but it still doesn’t feel so awesome to be working constantly and not getting much real quality time together to just relax.

This weekend, however, we finally got a bit of a breather Saturday night (at the expense of getting a good night’s sleep) after shooting a wedding in Prairie du Chien all day. We drove back to Madison where we were crashing at my sister’s house, but upon arriving there around 12:30am, we realized we desperately wanted to have a beer and relax – but there was no beer in their house and they stop selling alcohol at stores in Madison at 9pm. (I know! It’s crazy to me now that I’m in Chicago where you can buy beer or a bottle of wine at the grocery store pretty much any time of day!) Anyway – we finally decided we’d hop in the car and go to a brewery a few minutes away and grab a beer together to cap off our day.

On the drive there I wasn’t sure I was up for it, because after shooting a wedding all day – the only thing on my mind was putting on sweatpants and curling up to sleep. But, when we arrived to the relaxed but pleasantly busy brew pub, I quickly changed my mind. We each grabbed a beer and headed towards the back room where we (happily!!!) found a couch in front of a fire place! Heck yes. We sat there, drinking our beers, feet up, chatting about life – for what felt like the first time in quite a while.

No chasing a crazy puppy around. No computers/homework/editing calling us from the other room. Just us, a couple beers, and a crackling fire.


It was nice. It was a breather that we both didn’t realize we needed.



check out OUR VERY



chicago & worldwide

Christy & James are Chicago based but happily travel anywhere in the world that beautiful love stories take them!