Glitter in the deep freeze. {Naperville family photographer} {Chicago Family Photographer} {Hinsdale Family Photographer}

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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Perspective

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.  

Stars perfectly aligned!

Sometimes everything just lines up... from outfits, to children's moods, lighting, etc.  This is one of those instances where it all just worked.  I think that all sessions can be like this, it takes a little preparation, and a laid back, go with the flow attitude when the day of the shoot arrives. 

 

Preparation

There is something to be said for the person who prepares... I can't emphasize this enough.   It is important to think about your photos prior to the shoot... coordinate the outfit, discuss it with me, so on the day of, we already have a sense for what the mood is.

We all get busy and sometimes its hard to prepare beforehand, but if you are investing in a session, I recommend investing a moment to pull together outfits that mimic the kind of shoot you want.  

I am always happy to look at pictures and ideas before hand, in fact, I welcome them!  So please don't hesitate to ask for my assistance.  Another great resource is pinterest.com.  

In these photos particularly, I love the look of the soft skirt blowing in the wind against the city backdrop, but also, how it contrasts with the more edgy, urban shots.  And the kids are decked out... From vans and vintage tee that are softened by a blazer, to the peekaboo shoulder dress with ghillies.    It all works and it shows!

 

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.  

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. 

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.