When Costco gives you lemons! {Chicago Family Photographer} {Naperville Family Photographer

When Costco has HUGE bags of lemons for sale, you get two and come to my studio in downtown Downers Grove!  Well at least that is what this creative momma did!  We had so much fun playing around with the set up, and the little one had fun trying to eat them... check it out a few highlights from this lemon-tactic session!

These sweet sisters had some time to themselves in front of the camera before showing off some snuggles and funny moments :)

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We took a quick break, cleaned up the lemons and snapped a few of these cuties on a nice clean backdrop... we had such a fun morning playing around!  Cant wait to see you guys this fall!  And hope to see you in the studio or on location soon too!!  

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New life!

What better way to start the new year than with a session honoring new life?!?  From baby toes to pouty lips this little one has it all!

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.  

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.  

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/ 

Check to these "Baby" blues!

This family has the most intense blue eyes I have ever seen, and they have grown by a 1.  I never get over spending time with a family in their home, while they are getting used to their new normal. Big brother was such a trooper as the crazy of a new baby has entered the home and even took time to read his new brother a book.

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!  

The gift that keeps on giving!

This session was a present to Mom!  As we near the holidays this is something you might consider for your own mother or grandmother.  It is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Not only do you spend a morning together enjoying each others company and making mom/grandma oh so very happy, but you are creating new memories.  At the end of this special experience, you will take these moments with you forever, both figuratively and literally.  

Check out a couple of my favorites from a recent "gift."  
 

Sunset!

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.  

Late Summer Blooms

Spring and fall are often coveted times of the year to take your family photos, but do not overlook the august early September bloomers!  The purples, yellows and whites are abundant and make for stunning photos.  

Cherished Heirlooms

I am in love with the jewel tones in this beautiful sari, which was worn at their firsts' baby shower, and woven through the children pictures!  

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.  

These are the moments!

I love how families an ever changing, living thing.  One of the best parts of my job is helping tell your stories... you are the narrator, I get to be your pencil.   As your families grow and evolve I love seeing how each chapter unfolds.  

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! 

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.   

Headshots with the founders of B-Wel

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the ladies of B-Well on a very chilly Sunday in November.  B-Well is an organization focused bringing health and wellness events to the education sector.  

Lisette and Renee met me in downtown Downers Grove, to snap a few headshots for their events and website.  We also popped into the Downers Grove Spenga, where they graciously let us utilize their space to come in from the cold.  

Many thanks to both B-Well and Spenga. 

Fun in the snow!

These children make me feel young again... we had such a fun time playing in the snow and capturing sweet moments as the kids frolicked in the fresh snow.  Ahh to be young again.