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Hi! I'm Hilda, the owner, photographer, secretary, book keeper, photo editor and album designer of Angel Eyes Photography. I'm non-stop but I'm doing what I love. I especially enjoy weddings, hanging with cool couples, being in the company of chubby babies, and going on photographic adventures. Welcome to my blog. If you like what you see please leave a comment!



Special needs model | fashion photography | Chicago portait photographer | Cortney



Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Cortney and her Mom Michele. Despite her Cerebral Palsy, Cortney dreams of becoming a model. You can help her by sharing this blog post.  Below are some of my favorite photos from her modeling shoot. Keep reading   to find out more about her story.

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Her beautiful smile is just contagious.

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‘Cortney is a 19 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy. Her CP has limited her physically and mentally. She has been in therapy most of her life and has had several surgeries.  Even with her struggles, she has always been a happy, easy natured girl.  It seemed that every time her parents had her in front of the camera that she would beam!  Cortney loved the pictures and welcomed any opportunity to be in front of he camera! When people ask her what she wants to be when she “grows up” she will tell them, “I want to be a model.” Cortney’s mom tried for several years to get her into modeling.  The bigger agencies turned her down, but Cortney was fortunate enough to be part of a campaign called, “Changing the Face of Beauty.”  This opened up a few doors for Cortney.  She was on Chicago’s WGN news with Karen Myer, was featured in Chicago Special Parent, and was in a wheelchair ad.  She also modeled for a few Etsy jobs.  Then Cortney’s life returned to normal and no other opportunities seemed to come her way…..until This past May when Cerebral Palsy Family Network shared a collage of photos of Cortney letting people know that Cortney’s dream was to be a model.  The images went viral! She had over 1.5 million shares.  This led to many opportunities! Cortney was featured in a commercial for “Differently Awesome” clothing, modeled for Etsy shops and boutiques, modeled shoes for Sseko, and is getting the chance to walk the runway in Branso,MO in August for Runway Loud.  This is a huge fundraiser for the March of Dimes.  She is touching the lives of many and changing people’s perceptions of people with disabilities.  She wants to be a model.  With this dream she defies her disability, and teaches people that ALL dreams are achievable! ‘

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Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel | Thank you from a happy couple



Thank you so much for your sweet card Christine and Matt, it was truly our pleasure to capture your beautiful day!

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“Dear Hilda,

We want to send you a warm and hearty THANK YOU for all that you did to make out wedding day so special. You & Carol truly went above and beyond to make sure that we were well fed, hydrated, dry, happy, sane etc on our wedding day. Furthermore thank you for expertly navigating with the bus driver to make sure we got all of the photos around the City! Please share our heartfelt thanks with Carol- it was amazing to witness the seamless team work-truly amazing!

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It was amazing that throughout such a crazy and busy day, you an Carol were able to stay so positive, upbeat and humorous. I think that is the only thing that kept us smiling & upbeat-even though the sprinkles of North Ave. Beach! The ‘sneak peek’ photos on Facebook are amazing and we can’t wait to see the rest! (no rush!) Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you serve as a reference-Whatever! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 

Christine & Matt”

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Can’t wait to share the rest of the photos with you :)





The Metropolitan Club at Willis/Sears Tower Chicago downtown wedding – Catherine & Pat



I loved every minute of this beautiful wedding. I worked with two of my absolute favorite vendors  Dori Mae Makeup and MDM Entertainment. One of my favorite Angel Eyes Photography ‘fans’ just happened to be the Bride’s cousin (hi Marie!)  Carol and I lost our minds when we created the most amazing night time Bridal portraits ever! And of course the happy couple who made my job  so fun and easy :)

 Dress: Preownedweddingdresses.com

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Hair: Todd Fischer, TAF HAIR

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All the pretty Bridal treasures.

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 Shoes: Kate Spade Glam

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Well of course you play “patty-cake” with your sister while getting  dressed, who doesn’t?

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 Belt: Etsy – AppliqueRhinestones

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I always recommend Dori, she is just the best…clearly you can see why I love working with her.  Make up: Dori Mae Makeup 

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Love this moment during the first look.

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 Flowers: Addison Ashland Florist

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North Avenue Beach, Chicago.

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I’ll bet this photo bomber didn’t know she was going to make my blog…cracks me up that the maid-of-honor was trying to shoo her off with the bouquet!

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Venue: The Metropolitan Club at Sears Tower

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 Cake - Bittersweet Bakery

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 DJ – Nick from MDM Entertainment, always highly recommend Nick…he will make you dance!

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For your viewing pleasure some stunning bridal portraits, I freaking LOVE these so much!! BTW these are NOT done in Photoshop, and they are not a double exposure.

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I do love me a Bride who will laugh at my jokes, you are so gorgeous Catherine!!

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From the Bride…

“Venue: The Metropolitan Club at Sears Tower

We wanted to get married at a Chicago staple and everyone knows the Sears Tower (aka Willis Tower). The views were AMAZING. More importantly, everything was done in one place; ceremony, cocktail hour and ceremony, which made it easy for our out of town guests. Ashley at the Metropolitan Club was phenomenal. We had a very long engagement, but we’ve had our date and venue picked out from the beginning. She was on top of email and questions I had for 2 years! Also, the staff was impecable the day of. We had so many people on staff that I didn’t have to worry about a thing.

 Dress: Preownedweddingdresses.com

I know I’m going to get some weird looks about this one, but my wedding dress was not my number one priority. I challenged myself to find an affordable dress, after all, it was only one day. I googled pre-owned wedding dresses and I stumbled upon preownedweddingdresses.com. Brides all of the country resell their dresses and I lucked out that the one I loved was being sold in Chicago. I reached out to the seller asking her if I can just try it on in person and she was kind enough to let me try in on. It was fate that we were the same exact size and I didn’t have to pay for any alterations. I was able to get my dress and veil all for $400.

 Belt: Etsy – AppliqueRhinestones

I don’t understand why wedding sashes cost so much. I bought an appliqué on Etsy for $20 an sewed it on a $5 sash…success!

 Shoes: Kate Spade Glam

I’ve had my eye on these shoes since they came out. My biggest splurge during our whole wedding…worth it!

 Make up: Dori Mae Makeup

I can not express how happy I looked the day of my wedding. Dori couldn’t have done a more phenomenal job on my makeup. She really has an eye for beauty. She did my sister, mom, and mother in law’s makeup, and the results were incredible. My mom, who rarely ever wears makeup, looked like my sister after Dori was finished!

 Hair: Todd Fischer, TAF HAIR

For those who don’t know, I have a beast of a hair. Todd was able to tame my hair and make it look gorgeous. I haven’t gotten my hair done since my senior year of high school, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t look like I was going to prom. My hair was absolutely perfect and it stayed curled the entire night!

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 Flowers: Addison Ashland Florist

I know nothing about flowers but luckily, they know what they’re doing. My bouquet was beautifully made with roses and peonies and the rest of our wedding party had elegant lilies that smelled wonderful. We wanted simple centerpieces since we didn’t want it to take away from the view and it turned out very classic. Best of all, Addison Ashland was incredibly affordable.

 DJ – Nick from MDM Entertainment

I can’t say enough about MDM. From the very beginning, Patti was so easy to work with. She paired us up with Nick and it couldn’t have been more of a match in heaven. Pat and I have extremely different taste in music, but he was able to make it work. During dinner, we made a last minute change to our schedule and Nick took the initiative to inform the necessary people. We didn’t even have to get up from our seats. The most important thing to us that night was our wedding was a huge party, and Nick far exceeded our expectations.

 Cake – Bittersweet Bakery

Fortunately, the Metropolitan Club works exclusively with Bittersweet Bakery, and it’s no surprise why. We didn’t know what to expect when walking in for our tasting, but Nancy was phenomenal on exactly what we needed to do. She made the whole process so easy and fun, which is what wedding planning should be about. We had a flavor in mind that they didn’t offer, so Nancy went in the back and they whipped up something special for us. Pat walked away saying he was so impressed with how Nancy was so personable.

 Bridesmaid Dresses – Pearl by Georgina Chapman

I know I wanted long dresses, but I don’t love the cost of long bridesmaid dresses. Your girlfriends spend a fortune being in the wedding party and I wanted to make sure the dresses were affordable. We picked out a black dress with beautiful lace detail that had tulle at the bottom. You couldn’t even tell they were prom dresses from JC Penney!

 Tuxes - Men’s Wearhouse

Our wedding party is all over the place, so it was convenient for all of us that we all had one close by. We we’re able to pick out what we liked and easily coordinate it with all the groomsmen.

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 Favorite Wedding Purchase – Hilda (Angel Eyes Photography)….no brainer

I contacted Hilda 2 years prior to my wedding. I’m pretty sure my email said “I’m getting marred in 2 years and I need you there.” Hilda and Carol are really the dream team of wedding photography. They have such a creative eye. You don’t know how it will turn out, but you know it’s going to be amazing. It takes a talent to do what they do, but it takes even more to deal with brides and their wedding parties, which is truly a gift.

 Favorite Wedding Memory

When Pat and I did our first look, it was a really special moment for me. He got teary eyed and a little choked up. He said ‘You’re beautiful everyday, but this is a whole another level’. It was nice to have that alone time before the craziness of the wedding started.

 Advice to Brides:

 Everyone who got married before me told me how fast the day goes by. I really made the effort to enjoy every single moment of the day, which seemed to slow the day down. There is no sense in rushing through the day to get to the next place or event, which is how your wedding day can slip from you. Everyone will wait for you and this is the only day where you don’t have to apologize for anything.

 Cut costs where it makes sense. Together you have to decide what is really important to you both. For us, it was our photographer and DJ. Don’t skimp on things that are really important, because you get what you pay for. We’ve both been to weddings where they have to re-do their photos because they were so unhappy with the results and weddings where no one is dancing. You both put in the time and effort to plan this big day and you want to look back and not regret a thing.

 When doing photos, I highly recommend having a guy friend tag along in the limo. They can help with running back and forth, carrying the girls’ bouquet, unloading Hilda and Carol’s camera equipment, and grab anything you need.”

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The Armour House, at Lake Forest Academy | Kate & Eric-photo of the week



 

This amazing venue is perfect for couples who are looking for a unique place to have a wedding. It’s a mansion so breathtaking that I can’t even believe it exists in the Chicago area. This is the main staircase at the Armour house.

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Check back soon to see the full blog post. More photos on Facebook.

 





Oak Brook Hills Resort | Chicago wedding photographer| Oak Brook IL wedding planning | Dani & Matt



This was the view from the room where the ladies got ready.  The venue and everything around it is just gorgeous. The food and the service were impeccable. I would highly recommend this place for any happy couple looking for the perfect wedding venue.

Venue: Oakbrook Hills Resort

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Flowers: Phillips in Westmont

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The kids were a huge part of this wedding and they definitely gave me plenty of photo ops. This little cutie especially.

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Umm yeah, kind of obsessed with her gorgeous eyes.

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Dress/Bridesmaids: Crystal Bride in Geneva

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Church: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lombard.  She wanted to go down the isle right now!!!

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Tuxedos: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse.

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Love!

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Cake: Oak Mill Bakery in Niles.

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Flowers: Phillips in Westmont

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My favorite appetizers, bacon wrapped scallops.

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Why is important to have two photographers at your wedding? Because while I’m inside getting detail shots, my lovely and talented assistant Carol is there to capture moments like this!

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DJ: Toast & Jam

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From Dani & Matt…
Venue: Oakbrook Hills Resort, no complaints, venue was beautiful.
Bride and Bridesmaids: Crystal Bride in Geneva
DJ: Toast & Jam, they were great.
Wedding Consultants: Tying the Knot Hinsdale, they were great.
Flowers: Phillips in Westmont, they were beautiful.
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery in Niles-We chose their red velvet cake and it was awesome.
Tuxedos: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse.
Makeup:  Christine Swain-  Christine was such a pleasure.  She was very patient and extremely professional.  If you are looking for a make up artist she is amazing.
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Church:  Sacred Heart Church, Lombard
Venue:   Oak Brook Hills Resort, Oak Brook – The Marquis Tent at the Oak Brook Hills Resort was a spectacular venue with a beautiful outdoor patio and scenic views.  The minute we walked in, we knew it was the perfect spot for our wedding and we were blown away by the beauty of the room at our reception.  Check it out if you are looking for something other than the standard banquet room.
Flowers: Phillips Flowers, Westmont – Don Phillips brought our vision for the perfect floral arrangements to life with his talented artistry. The ambiance he created in the room was breathtaking. We highly recommend Phillips in Westmont.
Wedding Consultants:  Tying The Knot, Hinsdale – Christine and Ann were a pleasure to work with.  They had our backs through the whole planning process and kept us on task.  On our wedding day, we were able to relax and enjoy the day, knowing they were taking care of everything behind the scenes.  We highly recommend Tying the Knot in Hinsdale if you want to plan the perfect wedding.
DJ :  Toast & Jam – Shannon kept the dance floor packed all night with her music expertise.  So many guests commented that they had never danced so much at a wedding reception.  Give them a call if you want your guests to dance all night.
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A special thank you to Hilda and Carol for capturing every moment of our wedding day.  You are both phenomenal and were so much fun to work with.  We really appreciate yourenergy and eye for detail.  Your work is absolutely top tier.  




Chicago engagement photos | Buckingham fountain downtown | Ellen and Jason



How cute are these pups? They are Ellen an Jason’s  fur-babies. They tagged along for some of the photos, so well behaved.

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I asked all 538 people to move so I can get this shot ;)

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Buckingham fountain is one of Chicago’s  treasures.

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Chicago IL photographer | Michigan avenue wedding photos | previews for Catherine & Pat



I just received the loveliest note from a Bride that just made my day! Thank you so much Catherine for your kind words and for trusting us to capture your wedding day.  Here are a few more photos for you to enjoy…the one below is one of my favorites.

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Maggiano’s Little Italy, Chicago downtown | Olive Park wedding photos | Meg and Michael



What a  great day this was :)  Meg is a super chill but highly organised Bride. Mike looked pretty spiffy in his uniform ;) Since they had a small wedding party, this allowed us just to take cabs to the photo spots.  The getting ready was at the Aloft Chicago City Center Hotel, which was right across the street form he original Maggiano’s where the ceremony and reception took place. This is the view from the Bride’s room.

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Dress- Halcyon Gown from BHLDN

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Flowers- Mariano’s

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Gorgeous!!

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First looks are awesome!!!

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From the Bride…

“Venue ( Ceremony and Dinner)= Maggiano’s Banquet Hall (Downtown Chicago)
Flowers- Mariano’s ( West Loop)
Cake- Beautiful Cakes ( 5814 West Higgins Ave, Chicago, IL 60630)
Grooms Attire-  Kenneth Cole Suit/ US Army Dress Blue Uniform
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Favorite Wedding Purchase- I would have to say my favorite wedding purchase was my dress. I’m not a ballgown, strapless, corset style lady. I wanted something to fit my personality. Then I found this dress! I went to visit it a few times before I actually tried it on. It was a match made in heaven.
Favorite wedding memory- Probably the “first look”. I had no idea how to prepare for this. But as soon as it happened, I just knew everything was meant to be :)
something done differently- I’m not sure I would have changed anything. Of course things happened which I wish didn’t happen, but they were all minor and it didn’t change the wedding.
Advice- My advice to all brides is to make a schedule for the day. I know it may be overly nerdy, but I was so helpful. Everyone knew where to be and when and I didn’t get any panic phone calls! It gave time, location and who was involved in each activity so no knew had to guess where to be and when. Always add a little time in the schedule for bumps and traffic. It’s better to be ready early then show up late!
 Don’t forget to add in 15-20 minutes right before the ceremony to relax.”
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Thank you for your Military service Michael.
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Chicago portrait photographer| fun fashion photos | outdoor portraits | beautiful Aleksandra



Wow was this a fun shoot! I love a girl with style and fierceness, Aleksandra has plenty of both.  Here are some of my favorites we did in the woods, the pretty yellow flowers were a bonus!

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Chicago engagement & portrait photographer | Park Ridge IL wedding planning | Mallory and Andrew



I love having dogs at engagement sessions!! Especially if they are as well behaved as Daphne was. She was a total sweetie.

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 Do you see it? Oh my goodness I love this photo!

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A special thank you to Mallory’s sister who came along to keep Daphne busy while I photographed the happy couple.

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