Cake smash in the studio! - DuPage County Photographer

First smash cake in the studio!  

And so excited it was this awesome family that I have had the pleasure of working with year after year!  So much has grown and changed over the years.  I can't wait to see what is in store next!

Baby Crazy in Chicago

What better way to beat the cold than snuggling newborns!?!  This Chicago winter has been cold, snowy and full of adorable little bundles!  These three families all have new members, but are at very different stages in their lives.  We have a first born, a new big sister, and 6 kids become 7... Check out a few of my favorites.  

Hot Cocoa Session

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

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.  

Buffalo plaid!

These beautiful babes in buffalo plaid look perfect for fall photos... and will make for awesome holiday cards!

FALL!

Fall colors are in full swing!  Check out the beautiful warm bokeh backdrop it has created for this beautiful family.  www.juliannegreen.com and https://www.facebook.com/juliannegreenphotography/.  

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.

The gift that keeps on giving!

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."  
 

Sunset!

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.  

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.  

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. 

 

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!