CRAIG | MATERNITY

CHURCHILL WOODS FOREST PRESERVE | LOMBARD, IL


I recently had the pleasure of photographing the super sweet Craig family again!  I've been taking photos for them since Olivia was one and we have a great time at every session!  When Lauren contacted me and told me she was pregnant and needing maternity photos, I was so excited to hear the news they're expecting again!  Not only are Ryan, Lauren, and Olivia some of the nicest people, but they are so photogenic!  And miss Olivia is just the most gorgeous little girl with that bright blonde hair and beautiful eyes!  I had such a great time capturing her little personality!  She already knows all about her little sister in Mommy's tummy and can't wait to play with her!  And I can't wait to meet that sweet baby sister in a few short weeks for their newborn session!  Take a look at some of my favorite photos from their gorgeous maternity session!  

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...