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!  

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.  

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!

 

So big!

The absolute best thing about working with families is seeing them grow.  I had the pleasure of taking pictures of this family when they were only three with 1 on the way; I held this baby girl as a newborn and had the great honor of taking some of her very first pictures in this world, and now she is a smily 6 month old, and oh so big!  It is such an honor to be a part of peoples lives. 

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.  

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.   

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.