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  

CARTER | MILESTONE

IN STUDIO MILESTONE | NAPERVILLE, IL


I met the Carter family last year when Brittany contacted me about having fall family photos taken.  Her daughter Caroline was also six months old at the time so she wanted to use the session for family photos and milestone photos.  We had so much fun at that session - Brittany and Jarrod are so laid back and incredibly nice!  Little Caroline was adorable and we got tons of great shots!  Fast forward to a few months ago and Brittany emailed me again asking to schedule Caroline's one year photos.  It was so hard to believe how fast six months went by!  Since my shooting and editing style is moving toward more of a stylized look and approach, Brittany and I discussed what Caroline's outfits would be and we finalized that Brittany would bring a little pink floral one piece outfit and light pink headband for Caroline to wear and I would provide her second boutique outfit to wear during the session (a cream colored chiffon top and light pink shorts), along with a natural inspired twine headband.  Caroline looked so cute in both outfits, but what I really love are her big beautiful brown eyes!  They really are captivating!  I love everything about this session - the look, the style, and the emotion!  Take a look at some of my favorite photos (it was hard to choose!).


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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!

Seamus Turns One! | MILESTONE


EATON PRESERVE, PLAINFIELD, IL

This little cutie is about to celebrate his First Birthday!  I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet family back in March for Seamus's 6 month photos.  Oh my goodness was he cute!  Jamie, his mom, recently contacted me asking to book a cake smash session for his one year photos.  I couldn't believe how fast the past six months have flown by!  But of course I was honored and so excited to see them and take more photos for them!  Jamie knew she loved the look of sunset photos and wanted a rustic looking session, so we chose to do the shoot at Eaton Preserve in Plainfield.  It was the perfect place with the old barn and the tall prairie grass.  And not to mention, Jamie dressed Seamus in the most adorable outfit that totally completed the look and feel of the session!  Although Seamus was not a big fan of the cake part of the session, we still got so many adorable shots!  This boy seriously melts my heart!  Check out some of my favorite photos from the session!  <3