Hello and welcome to the SKP Blog! I'm Sara Mannino and I am a Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in Chicago/Northwest Indiana. I've been blogging both professionally and personally since 2005. I get to tell love stories, share my own family's happenings and tell you more about planning weddings! Thanks for coming by and I look forward to connecting with you!

June 23, 2017

One of the very best parts of my job is the families that return every year for an SKP Family Session.  To get to watch these families grow and change is an absolute honor for me and this family is NO exception!  We were chatting as we photographed about how long it has been…and we […]

May 12, 2017

Oh friends…are you ready for this adorable Engagment Session?! I first met Hope & Sam on a sunny Sunday afternoon and INSTANTLY fell in love them! Their love story started all because of a love of running and turned into a deep love for each other.  They were in high school but went to two […]

April 7, 2017

They say that the best of friends can spend a whole lot of time away from one another and then finally see each other and it’s like nothing has changed.  You just pick up where you left off, right?  I met up with the Clinton family recently and although we picked up right where we […]

January 11, 2017

Happy Wednesday friends!  I get to share my FIRST wedding of the New Year but also my last of this “Wedding Season” (March-Jan) I think that Rachel & Elliotts wedding is the perfect way to start AND end the wedding season!  This year has been quite a year of a weddings for SKP and this […]

December 30, 2016

As the years go by, I find myself having more and more difficulty with finding the right words that convey what I want to say about my children.  With every New Year, I realize how fast it is all going and how my time to have an influence on what kind of adults they turn […]

December 22, 2016

This is our last wedding of 2016 and it was a perfect way to finish off an AMAZING wedding year!  When I talked to Nathayn and Clare just a couple of weeks before the BIG day, Clare mentioned that she was really hoping there was snow in the forecast.  Well, her wish came true and not […]

October 5, 2016

The sound of the rain pattering on the window is what everyone in Northwest Indiana woke up to on Saturday morning.  But even though rain was in the forecast all day, you would NEVER had known it.  Because the joyful anticipation as I arrived at the church was contagious and palpable.  No rain was going […]

September 21, 2016

When you meet them…you just feel it.  It is hard to even put into words but all I can come up with is that Erica & Chris never needed to say they were in love because their actions showed that they were head over heels in love with each other!  And then on Saturday I met […]

September 14, 2016

When I first met Kaylin last year, Joe was away at school (finishing up his college degree!) and couldn’t come with.  So Kaylin brought her mama and we sat and talked the night away!  I knew right away that we were a GREAT fit for each other.  I could tell right away the importance that […]

August 18, 2016

I am here.  Faster than I thought possible. I am here.  Where the days aren’t long anymore…they are so undeniably short. I am here.  And while there is a certain joy to being here…my heart is longing for the simpler days. But I am here.  And my daughter is in middle school. Before I knew […]


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