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!

SALOMONE | FAMILY

FULTON MARKET, WEST LOOP, CHICAGO, IL


I met the Salomone Family last fall and had such a blast with them!  When Tracy contacted me about a photo session, she knew exactly what type of session she wanted - they were looking for a unique, industrial style session, something I had yet to do!  I was so excited for it!  Tracy and her husband lived in the West Loop for a few years after they got married so they knew the area around Fulton Market was "industrial" looking, with interesting textured walls, colored doors, and graffiti.  The spots they picked out were super cool and Tracy styled the family perfectly for the session.  Take a look at some of my favorites from their session!

HERNANDEZ | EXPECTING


KNOCH KNOLLS, NAPERVILLE, IL

I met this sweet couple a few weeks ago and now their baby boy is here (a little early but healthy and a Christmas baby I might add)!  We will be doing their newborn photos in the next few days and I can't wait to meet the little peanut!  The maternity session was at beautiful Knoch Knolls in Naperville, right before it started to really get cold out.  The grass was a bit damp the morning of our session, but they were troopers and rocked their session!  These photos are seriously gorgeous and get this - they said they had never taken professional photos before, yet they look like models!  I'm in love with all of their photos, but here are some of my favorites!

BRANDON AND ALLY | SNOW MINI


HIDDEN LAKES CONSERVATION AREA, BOLINGBROOK, IL

Now what kind of a photographer mom would I be if I didn't take my own kiddos out for a quick snow mini?!  Last weekend it snowed a ton here and it was so fresh and pretty!  (Disclaimer - I actually really, really dislike winter because I'm always freezing and it makes me crazy, BUT I do love the look of fresh snow outside covering everything and making the trees look so pretty!)  I had three sessions scheduled on Sunday (originally not intended to be snow sessions), but my clients were awesome and totally willing to brave the snow for some quick mini sessions!  My client sessions looked so awesome that of course as soon as I came home I told Tony I was going to take Ally and Brandon out for some quick snow photos!  The kids were really good sports about the photos, even though it was snowing a ton and they were freezing!!  We were out for about 10 quick minutes but I got some really cute shots of them and then got them back in the warm car under warm blankets :)  They know mama loves her pictures so they were excited to do this for me (and even though they were freezing they still had fun playing in the snow for a few minutes!).  Snow mini sessions are totally worth braving the cold for!  :-)

MCELROY | FAMILY


KNOCH KNOLLS, NAPERVILLE, IL

Recently I had the pleasure of taking photos for the McElroy family at Knoch Knolls in Naperville! Not only do I love Knoch Knolls because it's beautiful there but it was fun to reconnect with Christina, who I had gone to high school with, and also meet her husband and sweet baby Ava.  Ava is so precious and has such a little doll face!  They are a beautiful family and we captured some really great moments!  Here are some of my favorites from the session!

CARTER | FAMILY


HIDDEN LAKES, BOLINGBROOK, IL

A few weeks ago Brittany emailed me asking to schedule a fall family mini session at Hidden Lakes in Bolingbrook.  I was excited (I'm excited for every session, though!) because I love Hidden Lakes.  It truly is a hidden gem.  The scenery is so beautiful there and it's just so peaceful, especially in the morning.  It's typically quiet there with some people fishing in the ponds.  Sometimes it's bustling with people riding their bikes on the trail that runs along the East Branch of the DuPage River, but everyone is so friendly.  As part of the bike trail at Hidden Lakes, there is a beautiful wooden bridge that makes for a perfect backdrop for photos (we just need to keep a lookout for people riding bikes along the bridge :))  Brittany, her husband Jarrod, and their adorable baby girl Caroline were all so sweet and we had so much fun at the session!  Here are some of my favorite photos (it was hard to choose!)

DICIANNI | FAMILY


ELDRIDGE PARK, ELMHURST, IL

I took photos for the DiCianni family back in the Spring when baby Nora was just six months old. She and 3-year-old big brother Joey were so cute!  I took some of just Nora for her six month photos and then I also took a few of Nora and Joey together.  Joey was so adorable and sweet with his little sister!  Fast forward six months and Erin emailed me asking if I could do a family session with a few of just Nora for her one year old photos as well.  I couldn't believe how fast time had flown by!  Needless to say, the DiCianni family was as sweet as ever and Nora and Joey were just as cute together!  Joey loves trying to make his sister laugh and loves to give her snuggles!  Here are a few of my favorites from the session!

Vivian Turns One! | MILESTONE


PIONEER PARK, NAPERVILLE, IL

I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet family back in the spring when Vivian was just six months old!  Vivian's mom, Leah, emailed me asking to schedule a cake smash session for Vivian's first birthday and I was of course honored to do it!  Leah knew exactly what look she wanted for Vivian's photo session so it was a piece of cake (pun intended)!  ;-)  Leah made Vivian an adorable headband to match her dress for the beginning photos and then she also made the cutest rainbow tutu and matching headband for the cake smash photos!  To complete her vision, she brought with pink and purple paper lanterns to use for the cake smash session!  We had a blast, Vivian loved her cake (if you can't tell from the photos ;-)), and Leah and Alex shared with me that they are expecting baby #2 soon!!  So happy for them!  Vivian will be such a great big sister!!  Here are some of my favorites from the session!

 

Seamus Turns One! | MILESTONE


EATON PRESERVE, PLAINFIELD, IL

This little cutie is about to celebrate his First Birthday!  I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet family back in March for Seamus's 6 month photos.  Oh my goodness was he cute!  Jamie, his mom, recently contacted me asking to book a cake smash session for his one year photos.  I couldn't believe how fast the past six months have flown by!  But of course I was honored and so excited to see them and take more photos for them!  Jamie knew she loved the look of sunset photos and wanted a rustic looking session, so we chose to do the shoot at Eaton Preserve in Plainfield.  It was the perfect place with the old barn and the tall prairie grass.  And not to mention, Jamie dressed Seamus in the most adorable outfit that totally completed the look and feel of the session!  Although Seamus was not a big fan of the cake part of the session, we still got so many adorable shots!  This boy seriously melts my heart!  Check out some of my favorite photos from the session!  <3

 

TANGLIS | EXPECTING


NORTHSIDE PARK, WHEATON, IL

When my friend Elizabeth asked if I could take her maternity photos for her, I was beyond excited!  I had been wanting to do a "fancy" maternity session for a long time, and I knew she would totally be up for it!  Kosta and Elizabeth's daughter, Olivia (who we call Livy) loves to dress up, too, (and has a slight shoe obsession already ;-) ) so I knew she would love to be a part of this photo session.  And she felt like a princess!

I decided to make Elizabeth's and Livy's outfits and they came out perfect for what I was envisioning!  My sister helped me sew the lace tube dresses and I made the tulle skirts to go over. They looked great on the girls!

We went to Northside Park in Wheaton for the session.  I'd been wanting to try it out for a photo session for awhile because I knew it had pretty grounds and cool bridges.  We went in the evening close to sunset and it was the perfect, serene setting, complete with a log cabin!  

To say I'm in love with these photos is an understatement - it was hard to even choose a few to include in this blog post!  But here are a few favorites I wanted to share...