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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
I say, time and time again, lifestyle newborn shoots are where its at! I love the idea of a newly formed family coming home, and having those moments forever captured. Here is an example of a beautiful family finding their new normal!
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!
This beautiful momma to be, is just glowing! Growing another human can be downright difficult, painful and tiring... its nice to take a moment to appreciate how beautiful a mother to be is. Bringing another human into this world is, in my opinion, one of the most amazing things a person can do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.