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!

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!  

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!!)

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!!

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...

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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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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