We had a random toasty November afternoon, so I dragged the kids, dog, and pjs to the park for some photo-fun in hopes to capture Christmas card images.... Voila... I saved the best for our card, but here are a few.
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.
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.
These beautiful babes in buffalo plaid look perfect for fall photos... and will make for awesome holiday cards!
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.
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 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!
Wishing this warm and beautiful couple a lifetime of love, happiness and compassion. Thank you for letting capture your big day.
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."
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.
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.
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 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!
You say parking garage door, I say cool geometric backdrop. Its hard sometimes to see what we see on the other side of the camera. And hey, sometimes, it doesn't work out, but most of the time we can find the beauty in even the most basic of places. Here are a few examples of pictures taken in unexpected locations that make for some really neat photos.
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.