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  • hi! we’re gina&tony!

    here are some things you should probably know about us - we love weddings! and we especially love when people hire us to take photos at their weddings. we also love babies, families, and pets. (especially pets!) so we'll take photos of that too. we're based in the chicagoland area, but we will travel anywhere. our favorite locales include milwaukee, st. louis, southwest michigan, and fiji.

    feel free to poke around. make sure you leave lots of comments on those blog posts! and if you're getting married - make sure you click on that contact link and get all the awesome details about hiring yours truly!

the bartas|portraits // at home, chicago


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it’s a baaaaaaaby post! are you as excited as i am? because i’m SUPER excited. this completely adorable little family are the friends of stefanie&mike! if you look closely, you’ll notice that mommy, kara, is the bridesmaid with the uber cute baby bump. well, little lucas was born just a few weeks after that wedding and OH MY GOODNESS. kara&tom – you guys sure cook up some cute progeny!

mr. lucas was six months old when we popped by their gorgeous home to take some photos of them. i love at-home sessions with babies because they’re just so intimate. nothing better than a good old cuddle session in bed, in my oh-so-humble opinion. (amongst yourselves, of course. we just take the photos.:Dunless you WAAAANT us to snuggle… ) and let us not forget to mention the real member of the family that stole my heart – baxter. that little stud can come over our place anytime.;)


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chicago family photographers, chicago baby photographers, at home baby sessions

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chicago family photographers, chicago baby photographers, at home baby sessions

baxter decided he just could not be left out any longer.
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chicago family photographers, chicago baby photographers, at home baby sessions

chicago family photographers, chicago baby photographers, at home baby sessions

i couldn’t leave out the details in a nursery this darned cute!
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leave lucas some blog loving so mom and dad can get a free 8×10!

-gina

gina&tony

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March 23, 2012 - 7:41 pm

Stef - I love that little one so so much, and these photos are (almost) as gorgeous as he is. You guys rocked it, once again!

March 23, 2012 - 9:29 pm

cindy barta - Lucas smiles so beautifully because he has the best mommy and daddy. The photos maximizes their natural glow and everyone is well positioned.

March 24, 2012 - 9:01 am

christina wagener - your right, baxter stole the show…. as did the amazing paint job on their house!! (hahaha inside joke). But these pictures are amazing!! Love them…. and how could you not with such a cute family!!

March 24, 2012 - 9:09 am

Hank Barta - Great session with Lucas, Tom and Kara. You’ve really captured them.

October 17, 2012 - 4:59 pm

the bartas|portraits // wicker park, chicago | gina&tony|photographers - chicago wedding photographers - [...] back! if this adorable family looks familiar, it’s because it’s the second time we’ve hung out with them this year! we met up this time around because the adorable lucas [...]

February 17, 2013 - 1:50 pm

the bartas|portraits // wicker park, chicago - [...] back! if this adorable family looks familiar, it’s because it’s the second time we’ve hung out with them this year! we met up this time around because the adorable lucas [...]

stephanie&drew|engaged // architectural artifacts, chicago


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ok, so if you thought last year’s couples all looked dead sexy, this year’s couples are quite possibly even sexier. now, i know what you’re thinking. “gina, it’s not humanly possible for you to feature so many attractive people on one blog.” and you may be right. we MAY break the internet. but gosh darnit, i’m going to try.

so for this week’s incredibly-attractive-smoking-hot couple it’s stephanie&drew! we did their engagement session back in january at architectural artifacts in ravenswood. we say it every time, but it is hands down one of our favorite and most eclectic locations to shoot in the city! we were super excited stephanie&drew wanted to check it out. and we were equally excited to meet their adorable vizsla puppy, finn. she stole my heart in about 10 seconds flat.

can’t wait for their lake geneva wedding this fall! enjoy the photos!


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click here to view their slideshow!

it may be a new year, but we are still playing the same old game! the win free prints game! all stephanie&drew need is 25 comments to get a free 8×10.:Dcome on. do it for finn!

-gina

gina&tony

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March 9, 2012 - 8:16 am

donna mueller - Thank you for such beautiful pictures!

March 9, 2012 - 2:37 pm

Nichole Manning - These pictures are stunning. You look fabulous together, and I can’t wait to see you on your special day!

March 10, 2012 - 11:37 pm

Pam Hartshorn - Just beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing.

March 13, 2012 - 10:50 am

Jillian Haupt - WOW, WOW, WOW…..these just may be the most beautiful pictures ever!!! Congrats to Stephanie and Drew!

March 15, 2012 - 10:05 pm

krista schomig - These pictures are stunning! Can’t wait to see the look on Drew’s when he sees you walk down that aisle. Much love!

March 16, 2012 - 7:53 am

karen nolen - love the pictures and love you! can’t wait to see more from the big day!

February 16, 2013 - 11:37 pm

stephanie&drew|married // the abbey, fontana - [...] awesome facts about stephanie&drew’s [...]

nicole&gerald|married // hotel allegro, chicago

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man oh man, i hope you are ready for some wedding gorgeousness that will brighten up this otherwise dreary day we’ve had outside! i’m so happy to finally be blogging the december wedding of nicole&gerald. nicole is literally my dream bride. she’s detailed, organized, has GREAT taste, and made sure to incorporate a gazillion little things in their wedding to reflect the two of them. from her metallic brocade dress (to die for!!) to the soft blue and silver wintry accents, i was in winter wedding heaven the whole time. nicole is also big into genealogy (me too!! :D) and had dozens of old family photos that she collected displayed at the wedding.

other things that made this wedding amazing (in no particular order):
- the hotel allegro. one of our favorite venues ever. simply gorgeous.
- anthony navarro from liven it up making sure the day ran smoothly and perfectly. AND he had me laughing pretty much all day. the man is a wedding genius.
- freakishly warm december weather that let us play outside under the el!
- encore liquid lounge for making everyone tasty drinks and letting us use their awesome interior to take photos!

to nicole&gerald – you guys are fabulous. what a killer end to our wedding season! thank you so much for choosing us to be a part of your day!


// chicago, il //

ceremony venue // hotel allegro
wedding gown // ellana couture; bolero jacket from upoppy; veil from blue bow millinery
shoes // badgley mischka
hair // kyndra beaudoin
makeup // latoya de’shaun
florist // fleur
stationery // shine wedding invitations
wedding planner // anthony navarro from liven it up
reception venue // hotel allegro
cake // sharon walker-williams (family friend)
dj // nick castle
diy projects & resources // etsy!

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click here to view their slideshow!

if you were a guest at nicole&gerald’s wedding, be sure to check out their full wedding gallery at this link. the password is nicole’s maiden name.

25+ blog comments mean nicole&gerald get a free 8×10!

-gina

gina&tony

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February 22, 2012 - 10:59 am

Francine Beechum - This wedding….this wedding! My baby bro is All grown up! And Nicole…..only words I can say is…..thank You, Lord! I now have a direct in-law who is absolutely wonderful, compassionate, and simply the best!! God’s blessings to you both & your generations!

February 22, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Helen Coleman (aunt Helen) - JJ, she is BEAUTIFUL! and you of course sooooo….handsome. That is after my own 3 sons Roth,Derek,and Cedric. Where in the world did you find that “Beauty Queen”? God Bless you both with the most beautiful-Godly marriage possible…Love her dearly JJ. That’s a COMMAND from Aunt Helen.
Much love to you both. Look forward to meeting her.

February 22, 2012 - 7:05 pm

Corrin - Beautiful!!!

February 23, 2012 - 11:24 am

Tameka - Simply Beautiful. You all look stunning :)

carey&david|engaged // lincoln park, chicago


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oh. my. goodness. my sincerest apologies for completely neglecting our blog recently. we’ve been super, crazy busy meeting with and booking some AMAZING couples for 2012 and 2013. i am SO FLIPPING EXCITED for this year. it really is going to be the best year ever.

and now finally we are blogging the engagement session of the adorable and hilarious carey&david. these two live in kentucky and we’re so pumped about getting to travel there for their march wedding. while they were in the area visiting family for the holidays, we were able to squeeze in an engagement session thanks to the freakishly warm winter we’ve had this year. we hung out around the lincoln park zoo and old town, which as you all should know are some of my favorite parts of chicago. i’m so glad we were able to hang out before the wedding! can’t wait for this year’s wedding season to get started!


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seriously?! #HOWCUTEISTHIS
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click here to view the slideshow!

if carey&david get 25 or more comments they get a free 8×10! don’t leave them hanging!

-gina

gina&tony

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March 20, 2012 - 11:28 am

Tom - I’ll get the ball rolling…Really love the coffee cup shot. Did the couple bring them or did you just happen upon them? Really perfect!

February 17, 2013 - 12:46 am

carey&david|married // madison ballroom, covington - [...] carey&david are just the kind of couple that you click with instantly. they are sweet, hilarious, and pretty snappy dancers too! i was extra excited for their big day, not only because it was our first official wedding of 2012, but also because it was in kentucky! i had never been to kentucky before. this was a big deal. and apparently covington, kentucky, is literally across the river from cincinnati, ohio. so we started the day in one state and ended in another! [...]

January 30, 2014 - 10:04 am

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