Navy Pier Senior Portrait Session | Lara

It's no secret that Chicago is kind of miserable in the winter, which can make it difficult to take the type of senior pictures that I specialize in and adore - natural light, beautiful floral backgrounds, and gorgeous locations with wind that catches my girls hair. Because Lara's shoot was planned for one of the coldest weeks in winter here, we had to get creative with locations and keep our options open. The beach was out of the question - the wind would have knocked the poor girl over and I would have lost her! - so Lara and I picked some gorgeous indoor spots that would still have a touch of nature and match her urban/girly style.

We started at Navy Pier, sitting between the plants, listening to music from a concert Lara had gone to the night before and was excited to tell me about, and laughing at the funny looks we got from families passing by our little party. From Navy Pier we moved onto the Chicago Cultural Center, with it's gorgeous stained glass ceilings, massive windows, and long trails of light that we followed around while the sun was setting. I had such a fun day with Lara, listening to her hilarious stories about New Years (too bad about your phone again!), learning about her dreams and goals, and her journey through high school because she is one of the busiest and most dedicated teens I've ever met. This sweet girl and I have so much in common that the hours we spent together only felt like 15 minutes and I hope to see her again soon. :)

Lara's photoshoot ended with us at Shake Shack where I had never been before because it's not very vegan friendly, but I have to admit, A+ fries at that place. :) Lara finally got her strawberry shake and her cheese fries, so it was definitely a good place to end the session. Thanks again Lara for spending the day with me, giving me an afternoon that leaves your tummy sore from laughing, and gorgeous pictures that I can't stop looking at! Good luck in your last semester of senior year!


Katharine Hannah

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.