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This winter has been the winter of baby boys in my studio… Here are a few images from my most recent and very sleepy little guy (he was a rock star during his session)… This super sweet family has two littles under the age of two now and I have a feeling his big sister is going to give him a run for it when he is old enough to keep up!
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Its that time of year… Chicago winter, a particularly frigid and blustery one at that. What’s a photographer to do you say?
Well, what all photographers are doing right now… give a bunch of kids some glitter and let them go crazy.
Seems simple enough, but kids are never really given free reign to throw, feel and play with glitter; the ever spreading, self adhering, shiny virus that it is.
This experience leaves them all wanting to come back tomorrow, but not til next year kids or maybe never if I don’t have amnesia about the clean up required, HAHAHA. Only time will tell.
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Lets see a show of “likes” (yes I mean click like on the post if you experience this)… How many of you out there have Facebook and Instagram feeds FULL of images of your kids, your kids happily playing on the swings at the park or walking into school for the first time or running down the soccer field or just being their goofy selves? How many of you have photos of your kids all over the house on display with pride? Now, how many of you have nary a photo of yourself, on Facebook, Instagram, or your walls? How many of you have pictures showing the love you have for your little ones while you embrace them and someone else is behind the camera like those shown here?
I bet you most of you are saying, well I’m the person taking the pic with my iPhone, unless i’m running around with a self stick all day, I have to be the one taking the pictures, right?
I’m here to tell you, get out from behind the camera and do a photo session with a photographer that can put you at ease to be yourself with your littles, a photographer that will capture images like these showing the love and fun that your family is experiencing. Get those pictures of running and playing with them, not running after them with the iPhone. These times are very brief… but pictures last a lifetime, don’t forget to take a day and do this for not only yourself but you kiddos. Something to look at and remember these fleeting moments.
Photo sessions aren’t always the easiest to plan, and maybe make some people feel a little uncomfortable, but with the right photographer, you will be at ease… photographers will help you plan your outfits, they will position you… All you need to do is bring the love and willingness to be yourself. I implore you to do this for yourself, so that you may have images like these to look back on and remember the fun you had with your little ones before you blink.
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When I met family "P" their beautiful baby girl was turning one... a couple years later and we have seen each other again for a maternity session and most recently I had the opportunity to take the first images of their beautiful baby boy. This is what makes my work so fulfilling... What other job do you get to be a part of peoples' most important moments... it makes for really happy work! XOXO "P" family... until next time.
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This is what its all about... I had the pleasure of snuggling Henry for his newborn pictures... and in the blink of an eye he is a chunky 6 month old with an adorable mohawk. Whats not to love.
And just like his newborn session the entire family was able to get involved for the 6 month milestone; because in the end its all about the family and how life has grown and blossomed!!
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What better way to beat the cold than snuggling newborns!?! This Chicago winter has been cold, snowy and full of adorable little bundles! These three families all have new members, but are at very different stages in their lives. We have a first born, a new big sister, and 6 kids become 7... Check out a few of my favorites.
Just playing around in the studio with my little ballerina. I am not going to lie, I am sitting here scratching my head wondering how and when my little baby girl started to posses such grace. I am also contemplating how much trouble I am in when she hits her teens... Wish me luck people!
Fall weather can be a bit all over the place, especially this year! But have no fear, if your session is set for a day that might not be exactly optimal, we can turn lemons into lemonade... or chocolate into hot cocoa in this case.
We managed to get some amazing family photos, and then wrapped up with a warm cup of cocoa. Check out these amazing shots on a chilly evening in November.
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Perspective can mean the difference between a tosser and an amazing composition. The perspective on this particular shot creates a bit of an illusion... children that appear to be running up hill with the sky in the distance are actually running down hill to a lake.
Warmth overload! There is no such thing. I can't get enough of this beautiful redhead... the fall oranges and the warmth of sunset.
These beautiful babes in buffalo plaid look perfect for fall photos... and will make for awesome holiday cards!
Fall photos are well underway... and can sometimes seem like a daunting task with the little ones. But have no fear, I recently wrote an article for www.mykidlist.com about photoshoot preparedness and what you can do to create a "perfectly you" session that I think might help!
What do I mean by a "Perfectly You" session? Every family is unique and not all kids cooperate or say cheese exactly the way you might hope, but if you embrace your family and kids as they are, and work with your photographer, you can capture amazing pictures that are completely unique to your family; perfectly you. Check it out, whether I am your photographer or someone else, these tips should help. PS this picture is a great example of a "perfectly you" shot!
Mini sessions are a great way to
1) snag a photographer that you love but might not be able to afford the full session for
2) get a shorter session, if you don't believe you need a full
3) takes the guess-work out... the photographer will have specific times and location, you just need to show up (on time) and ready to take pics.
Here are a few samples from recent mini sessions at Emerson Creek Pottery and Tea Room.
Making time for family photos, in particular extended family photos, can seem like a daunting task. Our lives get so busy. And as the kids grow old, go off to school, move away and start their own families it can seem even more so.
Then comes along one of those all too rare moments where everyone is in town at the same time... you jam as much in as possible that it doesn't seem another activity can fit... but let me suggest trying to sneak an extended family session. Its a great way to treasure those moments together, and it doesn't need to be the overwhelming commitment that it might seem.
This extended family came from 3 different states, one couple was leaving for the airport directly from the shoot and yet, they were able to get in a quick 1 hour shoot and be on their way. Now they have these precious images to remember the time together. Check it out!
Wishing this warm and beautiful couple a lifetime of love, happiness and compassion. Thank you for letting capture your big day.
You will here me say time and time again! Opt for the golden hour session. It can be difficult with bed times, I understand, but if you can swing it... its well worth it! Check out these beauties.