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 26, 2018

In the days leading up to Friday, the weather looked like it may drop a whole bunch of rain on this wedding day.  The location was set to be beautiful Starved Rock and rain was NOT in our plans!  It was a good thing we ignored that call for rain…because it only rained in the […]

June 13, 2018

When I walked into the brides getting ready room on Saturday, I found so much peace and calmness.  Lauren was eating some lunch with her matrons of honor and it was just so laid back and still.  It was much like this throughout the whole wedding day as Scott & Lauren became husband and wife. […]

June 4, 2018

Lauren and Scott met by being set up by a mutual friend and it didn’t take long for them to know that they had each found someone they didn’t want to let go.  Her two young boys took so well to Scott and they make the cutest family! While photographing their Engagement Session, I said […]

May 24, 2018

It was Andi’s birthday, and she and Logan had decided to go to County Line Orchard with some friends to spend the afternoon.  Of course…this is what she thought was going to happen.  A simple afternoon at the orchard in the Fall…who would have have thought otherwise?  Logan did 🙂 He had planned to ask her […]

May 18, 2018

Wow!  Do I have a pretty wedding for you all today!  I had the pleasure of photographing Caroline and Michael’s Springtime wedding this past weekend and it was such a delight!  After a Winter Break from weddings I officially kicked my 2018 wedding season off, and I couldn’t have picked a better one to start […]

March 31, 2018

It was a chilly Autumn Sunday and they were relaxing and watching football. Half time arrived and Michael (having something up his sleeve) suggested they walk to their favorite donut shop and grab some sugary goodness.  Why donuts? Because donuts are their thing. They had their very first date at Stan’ Donuts (excellent first date […]

December 22, 2017

I finished up my 2017 with a lovely Engagement Session that was the cherry on top of a pretty great year!  Rebecca and Cody are getting married next Fall and we thought it might just be perfect to do a Winter Session.  The glowy light on a Winter Evening just can’t be matched and let […]

November 16, 2017

When I first opened up the email and saw Monica’s inquiry…I got SO excited!  They hadn’t even set a date yet and were already inquiring…the excitement was contagious!  Although we didn’t have any direct connections, we had both been following each other on Instagram for awhile and they had just gotten engaged!  When we met […]

November 8, 2017

They had technically “known” each other for a while.  They went to the same small high school but were in different graduation classes, and then they went off to study at different colleges.  She was to become a special education teacher and he was to become an electrician. Completely different path. Completely different states. But […]

July 25, 2017

One of my most favorite things about being a photographer is that no two sessions are ever alike!  When Lauren called me and let me know that they wanted to do their session downtown Chicago…I wanted to let out a giant squeal but instead I let a semi-giant…”YES!!” I LOVE new landscape and new places […]


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