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!

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 | 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!  :-)

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!