BRANDON AND ALLY | CHILDREN

NAPERVILLE, IL


Today my Brandon turns six years old.  It's so true what they say - the days are long, but the years are short.  The years are truly flying by so fast and it's so bittersweet.  I remember drinking wine and bawling my eyes out the night before Brandon's first birthday.  I couldn't believe where that year had gone.  One thing is for sure though - I am so grateful for all the photos I've taken over the last six years.  In the moment, I always tell myself to really try and make a mental picture of what my kids looked like at this age, or this phase, or in this moment, etc., but sadly as the years go by those crystal clear pictures in my head get a little less clear.  When I look back at photos, it pulls at my heart strings to see exactly what their little faces looked like, their cute dimples, their beautiful happy smiles and just how small they looked.  I took these photos last August, and although that was only 6 months ago, both Brandon and Ally look so little in these to me!  As much as I wish time could slow down though, I'm so proud of who both of my kids are becoming, turning into amazing young kids and I'm so excited to see who they become in the future!  Right now, though, I'm going to sit back, sip my coffee, and look through some more photos of them :)

Happy 6th Birthday Brandon!  I love you so much!

BRETL | FAMILY

LOMBARD, IL


I've known the Bretl family for a little over a year now and I just love seeing them every time they come for photos!  They are one of the sweetest, most down-to-earth families I know!  They also have a great sense of style :)  Missy planned perfectly coordinated outfits for their fall session last October and they all looked great (I especially loved her adorable ankle boots!)  It was so much fun taking tons of cute pictures while they all played, giggled, and snuggled!  Check out their stunning session!   

HOFFMAN | NEWBORN

STUDIO | NAPERVILLE, IL


I recently had the Hoffmans in for their newborn session and what a beautiful family they are!  Danah and JR own a local business in Westmont called Artisan Concepts Cabinetry (they do amazing work - if you need any custom work done for your kitchen, bath, mudroom, etc go check them out!).  Not only do I love that they are fellow small business owners, they are such a sweet family, too!  Their two boys Brendan and Ashton are so well behaved and they just love their little sister to pieces!  They did such a great job snuggling her for photos!  Check out some of my favorites from Miss Avalynn's newborn session!

WHALEN | FAMILY

NAPERVILLE, IL


Last summer I did a session for my good friend and fellow photographer Gina Whalen (of Gina Whalen Photography) and we had the best time!  First of all, she and her family are gorgeous!  Second of all, we had the best weather that evening and it made for an amazing sunset session!  Gina and her family are so laid back that we just had fun the whole time while I snapped away!  Take a look at her beautiful session!   (Gina (and her photography business) has since moved to South Carolina and I miss her but wish her all the best out there!  I know she's enjoying the milder weather there!!)

RYAN | FAMILY

NAPERVILLE, IL


I recently had the pleasure of photographing the Ryan family and we had such a fun time!  The day of their session it was a rare 90 degree day at the end of September - Kate had planned on a fall photo session with fall clothes, but had to figure out new outfits to accommodate the heat!  The Ryan family looked great and were total troopers in the heat for their session!  Even little Lilly, their daughter did great!  We had perfect golden hour light and I just love the warm tones of their photos.  Since it was so hot, I also suggested they take a splash in the water next to the boat docks at the end of the session.  They were totally up for it and we had a great time!  Lilly also had a blast digging in the sand before the session ended.  A perfect end of summer session!  Take a look at some of my favorite shots from this session!

TUMINELLO | FAMILY

NAPERVILLE, IL


I recently had the pleasure of taking more photos for the Tuminello Family!  They have actually been clients of mine since I first started out and I always love seeing them!  It all started when little Owen was born and I took his newborn photos!  Fast forward one year and it was time for his milestone photos!  Molly wanted a few family photos, too, and because he has a summer birthday we were able to do an outdoor family session!  Not only is this family super gorgeous, they are some of the nicest people, too!  They also braved the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes for their beautiful sunset session.  There were so many great photos from this session I had a hard time culling through them and narrowing them down!  Here are my favorites!!

CRAIG | MATERNITY

CHURCHILL WOODS FOREST PRESERVE | LOMBARD, IL


I recently had the pleasure of photographing the super sweet Craig family again!  I've been taking photos for them since Olivia was one and we have a great time at every session!  When Lauren contacted me and told me she was pregnant and needing maternity photos, I was so excited to hear the news they're expecting again!  Not only are Ryan, Lauren, and Olivia some of the nicest people, but they are so photogenic!  And miss Olivia is just the most gorgeous little girl with that bright blonde hair and beautiful eyes!  I had such a great time capturing her little personality!  She already knows all about her little sister in Mommy's tummy and can't wait to play with her!  And I can't wait to meet that sweet baby sister in a few short weeks for their newborn session!  Take a look at some of my favorite photos from their gorgeous maternity session!  

TANGLIS | FAMILY

BOAT DOCKS AT BLACKWELL FOREST PRESERVE | WARRENVILLE, IL


I recently discovered the boat docks at Blackwell Forest Preserve and wow am I glad I did!  It is so serene there and makes the perfect backdrop for sunset sessions!  When my friend Elizabeth asked to book a family session, I suggested the boat docks and she was all for it!  Since this family is good friends of ours, and I know Olivia (she's two) is well behaved, I wasn't worried about having them on the dock and near the water.  We had the most perfect weather after having days and days of rain so I was so excited to see the sun and do a sunset session!  The girls were perfect, even baby Claire was a trooper since it was close to her bedtime!   I just love how peaceful these photos look!  And I love this family too!  Check out some of my favorite photos from this session!

MCCOLLUM | MATERNITY

MCKEE MARSH AT BLACKWELL FOREST PRESERVE | WARRENVILLE, IL


I recently had the pleasure of photographing a super fun couple and wow, their photos came out so beautifully!  Brittany and Mac are not only gorgeous people on the outside (they should just sign baby Wyatt up to be a model now, because we know that will be one good looking child!), but they are the nicest, most down to earth people as well!  Due to the awful weather we've been having here, we had to reschedule their session twice, but it was worth the wait!  We finally had the most perfect, beautiful evening for their session and Brittany was super excited because she said it had rained for both their engagement photo session and on their wedding day!  The sunset at McKee Marsh at Blackwell Forest Preserve is so gorgeous and serene and it was the perfect backdrop for this maternity session.  Brittany and Mac are so photogenic and what's even better is they love to have fun!  They made this session so easy and it was so fun capturing them in their natural element (and check out Mac's awesome "signature jump" that he likes to sneak in every photo session ;-) )!  Take a look at these stunning photos from their sunset session!  I cannot wait to meet baby Wyatt in a few weeks!  He's one lucky baby and is so loved already!

BRANDON AND ALLY | OUTDOOR

CHURCHILL WOODS | LOMBARD, IL


The other night I took my babies out (they're not babies anymore really but they'll always be my babies) for a few quick photos at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve in Lombard.  I'd actually never been there before so we went to scope it out and wow, it was absolutely gorgeous and so serene. It was a cloudy day but sometimes it's better when I take photos of my own kids on overcast days because they both have really sensitive eyes and tend to squint a TON!  While we were there we just explored the rocks and creek, had fun on the bridge, and of course made wishes on dandelions!  And what do you think the kids wished for?  Ally wished for a pink unicorn (bless her little heart) and Brandon wished for a Darth Vador costume (haha can you tell they'd just watched Star Wars with Tony?).  

I love capturing the easy, everyday moments.  I love that I can look back at these photos and remember the expressions on my kids' faces, how they laughed and played with each other, and their sweet dimples on their little faces.  Sometimes I wish I could just freeze time.  Moments like these, when I slow down and really take in life, I'm reminded how grateful I am for my family, but especially for my children, who are happy, healthy, and feed my soul with unconditional love.  So on this Mother's Day, this is my gift to myself.  Beautiful photos of my children, that I will cherish forever, that will help remind me what life is really all about.  It's not about things, it's about the little things...

BURGHRGRAEF | NEWBORN

IN STUDIO NEWBORN | NAPERVILLE, IL


The Burghrgraef Family was such a pleasure to work with last week!  Kate and I had talked awhile ago about a newborn photo session but she actually scheduled her session after she had baby Anna, and I'm so glad she did!  The Burghrgraef Family was so sweet I felt like I knew them already!  Kate wanted a few family photos but mostly wanted some of big brother Michael with baby Anna and then photos of just Anna.  Oh my goodness little Michael was the sweetest two year old and big brother!  Most toddler siblings are not very interested in taking photos with their new baby, but Michael sure does love his little sister!  He was so eager to sit and hold her, give her kisses, and snuggle her and it was the cutest thing ever!  Kate and Matt are raising such a sweet boy that will be an amazing big brother, protector, and friend to Anna!  Take a peek at some of my favorite photos from the session!  <3

LANCASTER | NEWBORN

IN STUDIO NEWBORN | NAPERVILLE, IL


This was my first time meeting the Lancaster family and they were so fun to work with!  They are already amazing parents to baby Liam, he is one lucky little guy!  He also totally rocked his session!  He is such a good baby, he slept through most of his session so I was able to get so many great shots!  He also had amazing skin for a newborn!  I love the simplicity of this newborn session, the neutral colors really allow the focus to be on the emotion of the family and the details of baby Liam.  Take a look at some of my favorite photos from their session!  


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CARTER | MILESTONE

IN STUDIO MILESTONE | NAPERVILLE, IL


I met the Carter family last year when Brittany contacted me about having fall family photos taken.  Her daughter Caroline was also six months old at the time so she wanted to use the session for family photos and milestone photos.  We had so much fun at that session - Brittany and Jarrod are so laid back and incredibly nice!  Little Caroline was adorable and we got tons of great shots!  Fast forward to a few months ago and Brittany emailed me again asking to schedule Caroline's one year photos.  It was so hard to believe how fast six months went by!  Since my shooting and editing style is moving toward more of a stylized look and approach, Brittany and I discussed what Caroline's outfits would be and we finalized that Brittany would bring a little pink floral one piece outfit and light pink headband for Caroline to wear and I would provide her second boutique outfit to wear during the session (a cream colored chiffon top and light pink shorts), along with a natural inspired twine headband.  Caroline looked so cute in both outfits, but what I really love are her big beautiful brown eyes!  They really are captivating!  I love everything about this session - the look, the style, and the emotion!  Take a look at some of my favorite photos (it was hard to choose!).


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L FAMILY | NEWBORN

IN STUDIO NEWBORN | NAPERVILLE, IL


I first met the L Family back in November when they booked a holiday mini session with me.  C was about 8 months pregnant at the time so they used their session as a holiday themed mini maternity session :)  They were the sweetest couple and so fun to work with.  We laughed the entire time!  Seriously, my face hurt from laughing so much with them!  When she saw her gallery of holiday photos, she emailed me to thank me and said she wanted to book her newborn photo session with me.  I of course was super excited because of how fun they were to work with!  They had a precious baby girl (with tons of gorgeous baby hair :)) and she was so good during our session.  She was even awake for some of the session so I caught some photos with her beautiful eyes open!  Take a look at some of my favorite photos from this session!  

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KIRCHHOFF | MILESTONE

WILDER PARK CONSERVATORY, ELMHURST, IL


Yvette recently contacted me about taking her daughter's two year photos I was so excited because she said she was also pregnant and wanted a few pregnancy reveal photos.  Yvette has great style and had a great vision for the reveal (a giant "big sis" balloon she found and bought - it was simple, but made a statement (perfect!)) and it perfectly coordinated with the adorable outfits she picked out to have her daughter Ana wear.  I loved her color choices, which were mostly neutral but had a pop of color (bright, deep gold!  Love!).  Because the weather here is still awful, I suggested we do the session at a greenhouse.  Yvette actually lives in Elmhurst so she was super close to the Wilder Park Conservatory.  This greenhouse is fairly small, but it's beautiful and it made the perfect backdrop for Ana's photo session!  The bold colors of the greenery and flowers looked so great with Ana's outfits.  I had such a blast just playing with Ana, looking at the fish in the greenhouse pond, and sneaking in photos in between :)  My editing for this set of photos was a bit more matte, which I love because it looked great with the bold colors and gave them more of a fine art look.  This is one of my favorite photo shoots to date!  Take a look - I couldn't even decide on a few favorites so I included most of the gallery!  :)

HERNANDEZ | NEWBORN

IN STUDIO NEWBORN SESSION, NAPERVILLE, IL


I first met the Hernandez family last fall when I shot their maternity session.  Alicia and Alberto were just the sweetest, sweetest people and we had so much fun during their maternity session.  Their sweet baby boy Jariel ended up making an early appearance, coming 3 weeks before his due date.  Thankfully everything was ok and they were able to bring him home and start their new routine as a family of three :)  When they came for the newborn session, they were as sweet as ever and handling the new feat of parenthood graciously.  Little Jariel was as adorable as ever and even though he was awake for the majority of the session, his beautiful brown eyes just added to the beauty of his photos.  Take a look at some of my favorites!