Crave Chicago: Smart Dating Academy

Bela of Smart Dating Academy is a real life Hitch, instructing the lovelorn of Chicago how to date successfully. For you Millionaire Matchmaker fans she is Patti Stangerminus the crazy. Even without seeing her in action I could tell she is the real deal. She has a demeanor that instantly puts you at ease and a warmth that just makes you want to open up and tell her everything. By the end of our session she knew how Thomas and I met, how crazy our dog is and what pregnancy cravings I’ve been having. I can just imagine her using those conversational skills to really get to know her clients and helping them find their perfect match by being themselves! Want a firsthand look at what her days are like? Her video for Crain’s “A Day in the Life of an Entrepeneur” contest is currently a top 5 finalist. See the video here and while you’re at it, vote for Bela!

It was a beautiful September Saturday when we met up for our photo shoot and I had Thomas aka my pack mule for the day along for the adventure (that camera gear gets heavy!). We met by the Lincoln Park Zoo, a location I love, although I may have underestimated how packed it would be. We got some great photos though, despite having to work around lots of families and two wedding parties. Seriously, how gorgeous is this woman? I cannot believe that smile, it just lights up every photo!So if you are single in the city, Bela is definitely your guide on the path to lasting love!

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