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!

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 […]

June 27, 2017

When you are planning a June wedding, you really never know what kind of weather to expect!  The day could be rainy, stifling hot, bug-filled OR it could be gorgeously sunny, the sky filled with big puffy white clouds with a high temperature of 75 degrees!  Sam and Hope got their dream day to get […]

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 […]

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