RECKELHOFF | FAMILY

NAPERVILLE, IL


I love working with this family! Not only do they take stunning photos, they are so sweet and fun to work with! Kent and Ann’s girls are so well behaved and we had the best time being silly and giggling! We really lucked out with the weather the day of their session, too! It was windy but it was one of the only warmer, sunnier days we had had in the beginning of spring. The light was perfect and I just love how their photos turned out!

BISKUP | FAMILY

NAPERVILLE, IL


The Biskup’s family session last fall was one of my favorites of all time. Several things about this session made it so special. What’s ironic is that certain things you would think would make it a terrible session happened, but it was so so good. This sweet family had gotten a horrible stomach flu a few days before their original session date and so we pushed the session back a week so they had time to recover. The weather was already starting to be typical Illinois fall hit-or-miss so when the we saw the weather for the rescheduled date was going to be sunny and not freezing, we didn’t want to change the date a second time. But the virus the family had was a rough one and their poor little guy still wasn’t feeling well a week later. He had fallen asleep in the car on the way to the session and was so exhausted and icky feeling all he wanted to do was snuggle his mama. Mom’s zipper on the side of her skirt also busted wide open toward the end of the session, go figure! So of course Mom was a little stressed (because all of us moms want everything to go well), however, I reassured her we would go with the flow and still get some great shots. We were even able to improvise with her skirt and she was able to hide the wide open zipper. Let me tell you, despite what went wrong, the circumstances of the session made it such an authentic one. It was full of family snuggles, giggles, exploring, and just being together (with me following them around sneaking photos). The sunset was absolutely gorgeous through the clouds, and Mom styled the family so beautifully. Check out this gorgeous family!

BABY GIRL | NEWBORN

NAPERVILLE, IL


This family is one of my favorites to work with! They are so gorgeous but most of all they are the absolute sweetest! I’m so honored every time they contact me for a photo session. Their daughters are so beautiful and although big sister was not crazy about laying with her baby sissy, we were able to catch a couple quick photos of the two of them together! Check out this beautiful newborn session!

GREEN | FAMILY

NAPERVILLE, IL


In the beginning of the summer, I had the pleasure of doing a family session for fellow local photographer (and my good friend!) Julianne Green of Julianne Green Photography.  Julianne Green Photography is located in Downers Grove and Julianne and her family are the sweetest!  We had so much fun during this session and she and her family are gorgeous!  I had such a hard time culling this session because every photo was so beautiful.  Her girls, Avery and Anna were so sweet and so well behaved, and we just had such a fun time playing and laughing!  They also brought along their adorable poodle Charlie, who also did great!  Take a look at their stunning sunset session!

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  

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!