SIKORSKI | FAMILY

WARRENVILLE, IL


I recently had the pleasure of photographing the sweet Sikorski Family!  You can't tell from the photos because they completely braved the elements, but it was absolutely freezing and so, so windy the day of their session (even though it was at the end of April, mind you).  The girls were so cold but they were still such good listeners!  And let's talk about that light...it was just perfect! Check out my favorites from this beautiful session!  <3

ON MOTHER'S DAY...

TO THE ONE WHO MADE ME A MOTHER AND TO THE ONE WHO COMPLETED OUR FAMILY...


As I've sat here thinking about all the things I could write, happy things, sappy things, etc. about being a mom on Mother's Day and motherhood, I really just want to say what I appreciate most about my children.  Yes motherhood is hard and yes my children are not perfect.  I am far from a perfect mom.  But flaws and all, difficult moments and all, what I love most about my children is their unconditional love.  Their love of life, and playing, and pretending.  Their creativity.  Their laughs.  The way they keep me so very grounded.  The way their little cheeks feel when I kiss them goodnight.  Their big beautiful smiles with their little dimples.  Their ability to make me love more deeply and unselfishly than I ever thought I could.  The way they remind me that life is precious and short and we should enjoy it to the best of our abilities.  So I sit here today being so incredibly thankful that they have given me the ability to feel and experience all of these things.  I'm so very proud to be their mama today and every day.  <3  

ALLY AND B PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

NAPERVILLE, IL


I'm very excited to debut photos of one of my favorite places to be!  My downtown Naperville studio!  Vintage inspired, my cozy studio showcases my neutral, organic style of studio photography.  During sessions, clients can rest easy knowing they are in a pristine space, and can relax while they help themselves to snacks and water.  Clients will enjoy the multitude and variety of gorgeous high quality props and accessories that I have available, as well as shop the Gift Shop, where I am selling items with a hand painted and written logo I designed, gorgeous neutral infant headbands handmade by me, and the most adorable handcrafted home decor signs made by Kristen of Blue Door Co.!  I'm so excited to invite my clients into this wonderful space that I love so much!  Take a look!

xo,  Marie

NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, MAY 5TH | GLEN ELLYN, IL


PHOTOGRAPHERS!!  YOU ASKED....WE LISTENED!  PRESENTING A UNIQUE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP!

I am SO excited to announce that the very talented Francine of Lillybelle Rose Photography and I will be joining forces to present a unique upcoming learning opportunity!  Join us on Saturday, May 5th at Francine's gorgeous studio in Glen Ellyn, IL, as we present our full day newborn workshop!  I will spend the morning demonstrating my prop posing workflow, wrapping and transitioning techniques, safety, and best lighting and camera angles for prop only newborn photography!  Francine will spend the afternoon demonstrating her beanbag posing workflow, session philosophy, safety, soothing techniques, and more!  Along with discussion and demonstration of editing, we will also have time for Q&A, business and SEO topics!  Lunch will also be provided!  Attendees are welcome to bring their cameras and snap some portfolio photos throughout the day!  Attendees will also leave with a super cool goody bag valued at $150!  You do not want to miss out on this amazing opportunity! 

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Book now!  Space is limited to allow time for each photographer to capture the models and build their portfolios!

Your business or home studio must be at least 15 miles from 60137 to attend. 

Yes, we’ll check. ; )

{ GRAB YOUR WORKSHOP SEAT HERE! }

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We cannot wait to see you in May!!

BRANDON AND ALLY | CHILDREN

NAPERVILLE, IL


Today is Ally's 4th birthday.  She's getting tall and looks so beautiful and so grown up these days.  What I love the most though is that when both my kids smile, genuinely smile, like during a belly laugh, they flash me their dimples and I immediately see their baby faces and my heart melts.  But they are growing up so fast and I can see the changes in them in every set of photos I take, even if the photos are only taken a few months apart.  I took these photos about a week ago when we had a warmer winter day and lots of sunshine.  Brandon was actually about to lose his tooth (he did lose it later that night) and he was worried about it, but both kids knew how important it was to me to take a few photos of them to document their 6th and 4th birthdays.  So they braved the chilly evening air and gave me the gorgeous photos I so badly wanted.  And now my not-so-baby baby girl is 4 years old.  She's sweet, sassy, smart, kind, and we are so proud of who she is and who she is becoming!  

Happy 4th Birthday Alexandra!  We love you so much!  

MARTEN | FAMILY

NAPERVILLE, IL


This past fall I had the pleasure of meeting and working with the Marten family!  They were just the sweetest and so easy to work with!  They braved a very chilly November day and their photos came out just beautifully!  The girls are super sweet and well behaved and did great taking their sister photos as well as their individual photos.  Take a look at some of my favorites from their session!

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...