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!

SIKORSKI | FAMILY

WARRENVILLE, IL


I recently had the pleasure of photographing the sweet Sikorski Family!  You can't tell from the photos because they completely braved the elements, but it was absolutely freezing and so, so windy the day of their session (even though it was at the end of April, mind you).  The girls were so cold but they were still such good listeners!  And let's talk about that light...it was just perfect! Check out my favorites from this beautiful session!  <3

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!  

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!   

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!!

TANGLIS | FAMILY

BOAT DOCKS AT BLACKWELL FOREST PRESERVE | WARRENVILLE, IL


I recently discovered the boat docks at Blackwell Forest Preserve and wow am I glad I did!  It is so serene there and makes the perfect backdrop for sunset sessions!  When my friend Elizabeth asked to book a family session, I suggested the boat docks and she was all for it!  Since this family is good friends of ours, and I know Olivia (she's two) is well behaved, I wasn't worried about having them on the dock and near the water.  We had the most perfect weather after having days and days of rain so I was so excited to see the sun and do a sunset session!  The girls were perfect, even baby Claire was a trooper since it was close to her bedtime!   I just love how peaceful these photos look!  And I love this family too!  Check out some of my favorite photos 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 | 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...

BURGHRGRAEF | NEWBORN

IN STUDIO NEWBORN | NAPERVILLE, IL


The Burghrgraef Family was such a pleasure to work with last week!  Kate and I had talked awhile ago about a newborn photo session but she actually scheduled her session after she had baby Anna, and I'm so glad she did!  The Burghrgraef Family was so sweet I felt like I knew them already!  Kate wanted a few family photos but mostly wanted some of big brother Michael with baby Anna and then photos of just Anna.  Oh my goodness little Michael was the sweetest two year old and big brother!  Most toddler siblings are not very interested in taking photos with their new baby, but Michael sure does love his little sister!  He was so eager to sit and hold her, give her kisses, and snuggle her and it was the cutest thing ever!  Kate and Matt are raising such a sweet boy that will be an amazing big brother, protector, and friend to Anna!  Take a peek at some of my favorite photos from the session!  <3

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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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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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!

HERNANDEZ | EXPECTING


KNOCH KNOLLS, NAPERVILLE, IL

I met this sweet couple a few weeks ago and now their baby boy is here (a little early but healthy and a Christmas baby I might add)!  We will be doing their newborn photos in the next few days and I can't wait to meet the little peanut!  The maternity session was at beautiful Knoch Knolls in Naperville, right before it started to really get cold out.  The grass was a bit damp the morning of our session, but they were troopers and rocked their session!  These photos are seriously gorgeous and get this - they said they had never taken professional photos before, yet they look like models!  I'm in love with all of their photos, but here are some of my favorites!

MCELROY | FAMILY


KNOCH KNOLLS, NAPERVILLE, IL

Recently I had the pleasure of taking photos for the McElroy family at Knoch Knolls in Naperville! Not only do I love Knoch Knolls because it's beautiful there but it was fun to reconnect with Christina, who I had gone to high school with, and also meet her husband and sweet baby Ava.  Ava is so precious and has such a little doll face!  They are a beautiful family and we captured some really great moments!  Here are some of my favorites from the session!

CARTER | FAMILY


HIDDEN LAKES, BOLINGBROOK, IL

A few weeks ago Brittany emailed me asking to schedule a fall family mini session at Hidden Lakes in Bolingbrook.  I was excited (I'm excited for every session, though!) because I love Hidden Lakes.  It truly is a hidden gem.  The scenery is so beautiful there and it's just so peaceful, especially in the morning.  It's typically quiet there with some people fishing in the ponds.  Sometimes it's bustling with people riding their bikes on the trail that runs along the East Branch of the DuPage River, but everyone is so friendly.  As part of the bike trail at Hidden Lakes, there is a beautiful wooden bridge that makes for a perfect backdrop for photos (we just need to keep a lookout for people riding bikes along the bridge :))  Brittany, her husband Jarrod, and their adorable baby girl Caroline were all so sweet and we had so much fun at the session!  Here are some of my favorite photos (it was hard to choose!)