Happy 1st Birthday! - Naperville Family Photographer

Happy first birthday to these adorable twins... I love how their personality shines through even at age 1.  

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Baby Crazy in Chicago

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.  

Hot Cocoa Session

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.  

BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!

BLACK FRIDAY IS HERE! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to book next years family photos and save! OR do you have a loved one that deserves the kind of gift that they will treasure for years and years?  This is the perfect gift for them!  It literally keeps on giving!  

All the pretty reds!

Warmth overload!  There is no such thing.  I can't get enough of this beautiful redhead... the fall oranges and the warmth of sunset.  

FALL!

Fall colors are in full swing!  Check out the beautiful warm bokeh backdrop it has created for this beautiful family.  www.juliannegreen.com and https://www.facebook.com/juliannegreenphotography/.  

Emerson Creek day 2!

September benefited from much better weather than we are seeing in October! I am thankful that I was able to get in so many wonderful sessions!!  Check us out on Facebook... https://www.facebook.com/juliannegreenphotography/ 

When photographers go to dinner...

What happens when a bunch of photographers decide to go for dinner?  We stop and take pictures of each other before hand, of course!  Lucky to have such beautiful and talented friends, inside and out.  

Mini Sessions

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

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!  

Prairie style wedding at The Danada House.

Wishing this warm and beautiful couple a lifetime of love, happiness and compassion. Thank you for letting capture your big day.

The Eye of the Beholder.

You say parking garage door, I say cool geometric backdrop.  Its hard sometimes to see what we see on the other side of the camera.  And hey, sometimes, it doesn't work out, but most of the time we can find the beauty in even the most basic of places.  Here are a few examples of pictures taken in unexpected locations that make for some really neat photos.  

Spring has sprung!

I can't not get enough of these kiddos.  I have the pleasure of taking pics of them a few times a year and every shoot gets better than the next.  AND BONUS, things are popping in the chicagoland area!  XOXO.  

2 + 1 in the oven!

Mothers-to-be always have the most beautiful glow... and this one literally beams!

Flanked by big sis and big brother; momma is surrounded by love.  I can't wait to get my hands on baby C in just a couple weeks.   

Baby toes!

There is nothing much better than holding a 5 day old.  As many of you know I have 4 year old twins, and its a distant memory, the cooing noises and snorts, the peach fuzz, the smells that are newborns, all seem so long ago.  So I can't tell you enough how much enjoyment I get out of holding a newborn for a couple hours to both awe at how amazing life is, but also reminisce a little.  

The times I spent with Family M has to be one of my favorite shoots of all time... just see for yourself.  PS get ready to say awwwww, a lot!  Enjoy.

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! 

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!