Day at the office - Chicago Photographer

I used to work in the corporate world; heading to an office every day... but I have long shed my blazer and pumped for a backpack and camera.  It was fun to spend a day at the Talos office however capturing the teams headshot.  Variety is the spice of life!

 

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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.  

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!  

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.

Momma to-be

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.

 

 

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. 

 

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.   

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. 

 

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!

 

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.