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!

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!  :-)