New Editorial Features

February 5, 2015 § 1 Comment

We are so pleased to have had some editorial features!

The Knot Chicago featured Kyle & Todd’s unique wedding in their Spring/Summer 2015 issue! You can see our blog post here for more images and information about their wedding.


We are also so proud that Ryan & Jeff’s lovely wedding was featured on 4 Real Equality Weddings blog! Please view the post from 4 Real Equality here.


2014 In Review

December 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

2014 has been a blast!

We had the opportunity to share in the wedding days of some wonderful couples and their families. This is a round up of images we take of each other during weddings. Sometimes we are testing the light and our cameras and sometimes hilarious things happen in front of our cameras of each other that we just have to capture them.

Thank you to all the wonderful couples we worked with in 2014. Here’s to a fabulous 2015 and all the new adventures we will have!!!

Lizz instructing a couple to make out in a phone booth.


And of course we had to try the shot too!
Nicole waiting for the ceremony to begin at Gallery 1028.

Lizz waiting for a ceremony at the University Club.

Sometimes a silly face is the best face.

Lizz loves it when Nicole goes in for the shot!

Lizz will lie in the sand and work her core for the shot.

Or the grass…


Lizz, and me as Vivian Maier.

Nicole is still smiling after a long day!

Winter in the Lurie garden.


Lizz and Nicole in a rare photo together checking out a new venue on the NorthShore.

Tips for Wedding Day Formal Family Photos

April 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Because you want to get to your cocktail hour…

We’ve devised a list of things to do to get your post ceremony family photos done quickly and beautifully. Believe us, this is the hardest part of your day, and our aim is to make it fun and seamless.


1. Write it down.

A few weeks before the wedding, we will ask for a list of formal family photos that you want. Then, start with the brides’ side, parents, add siblings, add extended family. Same with the grooms’ side. It really helps to have their first names.

2. Tell somebody.

Please notify all family members that they are wanted after the ceremony for pictures. Why not make an announcement at the rehearsal dinner? This way, we’re not rushing to try to find a brother who went off to the cocktail hour. Assure them we’ll get this done quickly so they can get to the party.

3. Assign a wrangler.

If you have a big boisterous family, assign one person from each side as wrangler. They can chase down that brother for the picture.


4. Let us know of any family uniqueness.

If parents are divorced, someone has an illness or there are little kids, just let us know so we can prepare and be aware.

5. Ask family members to allow your photographer to be the only photographer.

Families tend to look at the camera of someone they know. If a niece is taking a picture over the photographers shoulder, chances are great that they will look at that camera. We want all eyes on us!


6. Timing.

Each group can take 3-5 minutes for us to make. Keep this in mind when putting together your must have list. Believe us, you will want to get to your cocktail hour, so it’s great to get this done in under 30 minutes.

7. Groups at reception.

If you want a picture with your college friends or kickball team, or mom wants a photo of all her friends, it can all be done at the reception. Have a friend or family member round everyone up and do a fun picture next to the dance floor. Just give us a heads up when making that original list.


8. Hijacking the family pictures.

Sometimes a family member will want additional pictures, maybe of their family or all the uncles. We get it, it’s not every day you all get together. It’s best to have any additional photos done at cocktail hour or reception. We always let family members know, we’re here all day, just tap us on the shoulder!

9. Bride and Groom together in all photos.

We recommend that the bride and groom are present in all the pictures. This is, of course, your wedding day! Time to join families! It can take lots of extra time to make the photos with only the bride and her family, then to add the groom and vice versa.

10. Have fun!

Formal photos don’t have to be boring. Going outside or in a unique place can make the pictures more true to the nature of your family.


Style Me Pretty Chicago History Museum Wedding

February 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Laura and Ryan’s wedding was gorgeous!

We are so excited to see it featured on Style Me Pretty today. Please click the badge on the right to see all of our weddings featured on their blog. See the story by clicking here.

Thanks to the Chicago History Museum, LOLA Event Productions, and Corneila McNamara for making the day gorgeous.

2013 Wrap Party

December 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Lizz & Nicole style.

It’s become a tradition here at Studio Starling, to end our year with a blog post about us. 2013 was filled with beautiful locations, fun brides and grooms and ourselves being, well, ourselves.

Sharing pocket joy with a bride, elements of danger: laying on LaSalle St. at night, scaling buildings for group photos, not-so-gently nudging guests out of the aisle and out of our shot during a bride’s ceremony entrance (check out detail picture), more dangerous ledges for Lizz to hang a dress, orchards, ivy wall ghost kisses, so many light tests we stood for each other and the joyous exhaustion after a three day working weekend.

Thanks to all the lovely couples and families we met this year, the crew who put together these events and to our families for hanging in there with us!

Here’s to an equally wonderful 2014!

















Style Me Pretty Feature

October 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Kate and Greg’s beautiful wedding

is featured on Style Me Pretty today! See the post here.


Daily Candy Fall Wedding Feature

October 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

We are so proud to be featured on Daily Candy!

Read the post here


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