Winter?

This winter ceases to amaze me.  December, which typically is pretty moderate, was full of snow and frigid days, little did I know, I would be shooting in February outside, enjoying the parks and playgrounds!  

Needless to say, I have been kept on my toes to find locations that will accommodate this yoyo weather!  

In December, I had the pleasure of shooting in the beautiful town of Long Grove, more specifically, the gracious owners of Scout and Forge, Matt and Meg, welcomed us in from the cold, to shoot in their stunning space.  Scout and Forge is filled with the most unique compilation of antique and repurposed furniture.  If you haven't been to Long Grove, I highly recommend a visit to this idyllic town, and be sure to stop in and say "Hi" to Matt and Meg!  https://scoutandforge.com/shop

And just last week, I had planned to do a shoot indoors at greenhouse in Elmhurst, but February blessed me with sun and 50s?!?! we were able to take full advantage of the beautiful grounds.

Check out these two shoots, both winter, two very different settings.  Thanks again to Matt & Meg.  You guys are the best. 

6 months!

6 months is such a sweet spot!  Your baby is filling out, sitting up (even if only for a few seconds at a time), smiles all the time and has those infection laughing spells.  Ohhh how I love this age.  If you waited on a newborn shoot and feel like its too late, I highly recommend considering a 6 month shoot... Its such a great age for a stress-free family session and is be sure to bring the smiles.  

Check out this beautiful family enjoying time with their home with the newest addition!  SWOON! 

1st Birthday Fun!

Your baby has turned 1! Hoorah, you survived the first year.  I vividly remember when my twins turned 1, I felt like, wow, we survived.  We threw a big party, that I am pretty sure was for us and not them. But heck, they were happy and healthy, we were starting to sleep again.  All good reasons to celebrate.  

Another way many people celebrate this accomplishment is with a milestone shoot. 

As I learn from my clients, and grow as a photographer, I have developed a strong preference for lifestyle / documentary style shoots.  Shooting in your home, in your kitchen, in the bed you sleep in... Your life, through my lens. 

I think about you looking back at the pictures when you're children are grown and as you look at these images, I feel the emotions that will flood back.  Pictures taken in your kitchen where you cooked meal after meal, pictures of the kids jumping on that couch you picked when you first purchased your home, that probably had 1 too many baby stains on it, or the whole family snuggled up on your bed, that very bed where maybe it all began.   

What better backdrop, than the home that you have created and will remember year after year.   

Happy New Year!

A huge thank you to all I have worked with in 2016, and those who help support the growth of the business and me as a person.  

2016 was a benchmark year, and I know 2017 will be even bigger and better. 

Happy new year to your and yours from my family and friends.  

Family, Love & Life

There are so many wonderful things about being a photographer, but I find nothing more gratifying than being welcomed with open arms to the inner sanctum of peoples families.  

Occasionally, its for a brief moment in time, and others (like this beautiful family displayed below) I witness, first hand, the growth and the evolution that these families experience.  

These are the moments that make our lives so spectacular and they demand spectacular photographs to look back on year after year, change after change. 

 

Breaking the ice.

You might think that this title refers to actual breaking of ice, given the these sub-zero temps we are having... but not quite.  I am referring to getting our little ones, and lets face it, our "big" ones, comfortable in front of the camera.  We want natural, loving emblematic photos; and I have found the best way to achieve that, and build a rapport with the children I meet, is to create a loving, fun, and exciting environment for our session.  What that means for every child is different, but with this family a good game of hide and seek helped us find those sweet tender moments that you just can't fake.  Take a look.

Looking back on fall.

While fall isn't technically over, all this snow is certainly making it feel that way.  

My Sept, Oct and Nov were filled by spending time with amazing families all over the Chicago-land area.  Now that I can actually catch my breath its gratifying to marvel at the fun, tender and loving families I am so lucky to share time with.  

First up, is this adoring couple and their two beautiful children.  We had such a nice time enjoying Patriots Park in Downers Grove, and captured the obvious love for each other in these images.  Enjoy!