WPJA Diamond Awards for Chicago Engagement Photography


What a great surprise to see I won five awards in the latest Wedding Photojournalist Association’s contest engagement photography! This competition featured one of my favorite things to document, the Chicago engagement photography! I use my experience in photojournalism to document the amazing moments that tell your story and believe the best images are moment-driven! I love how each of my clients allows me into their lives so what we capture together is real, not posed.

About the Diamond Award for Engagement Portraits:

Since 2002, the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WJPA) has been connecting Brides and Grooms with the best, most renowned wedding photographers from around the world.

The Engagement Portrait Competition is the Wedding Photojournalist Association’s first-ever standalone portrait contest for Engagement Portraits.

Thanks so much, Wedding Photojournalist Association!


I’m really excited for my next Moment-Driven Workshop: Chicago April 10-11 and am offering Fearless Photographers and Foundation Workshops students $100 off!

Want to discuss where you are with your photography and where you would like to be?  Sign up for a free Strategy Session with me!

The next Chicago Moment-Driven Photojournalism Workshop (limited to only 10 students) is April 10-11. We will spend two days telling one person’s story, strengthening our visual storytelling and stepping outside our comfort zones.

If you’re shooting the same thing each week, the same way … this workshop can help.


  • How to capture and package the story of your clients, rather than hundreds of images that don’t connect to their hearts
  • How to communicate with your clients so that you can anticipate which photos will speak most strongly to them
  • How to capture powerful moments during a portrait session that show your clients as an authentic version of themselves
  • How to work through any anxiety and you experience documenting and interacting with strangers and address the self-doubt that keeps you from capturing the powerful shots you know you’re capable of


  • An intimate group experience with other photographers similarly interested in upleveling their skills
  • Tons of feedback from Candice and fellow workshop participants
  • Ample time to apply what you’re learning to make your photographs even stronger
  • A 15-minute follow up call with Candice after the workshop to identify areas for growth
  • Access to a private Facebook group of Moment-Driven alumni for future support!


  • Shooting assignments in downtown Chicago documenting strangers and telling their stories. This is a hands-on workshop where you apply the feedback and techniques you’ve learned immediately.
  • Feedback sessions where you practice identifying what makes a strong photograph so you can learn to quickly shoot and cull your own shots. Many photographers take days to edit a shoot — it should only take a few hours, once you know what to look for!
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