From a Family of 3 to a Family of 4…

Hi all! Today, I’m posting photos from two sessions: a family shoot from January 2015 featuring Kelly, Tony, and not-quite-2-year-old Tyler, and then a follow-up session from April 2015, with the same great people plus one new addition, 10-week-old Elsie. Kelly and Tony are just really darn awesome–genuine, easygoing, and funny (and they always seem to have coffee brewing that they share with me, so that’s the best), and Tyler is a super sweet, silly, and good-natured toddler. And then, on my second visit to their home, it was a pleasure to meet beautiful Elsie; she has a wickedly gorgeous shock of dark hair and adorably chubby cheeks, and she is quick to give the sweetest smile you’ve seen in a long time.

This set of shoots was the first pre-baby and post-baby combo that I have done, and I LOVED doing it; it was so cool to come back and meet the newest addition to the family and to check in and hear how things are going for them as they adjust to life as parents of two kids under the age of 2! Enjoy the photos, and let me know how I can record some memories for you and your family–summer is a great time to take photos!

Cheers,

Kristin

Happy Summer! Back and bloggin’!

Hi all!

Well, admittedly, it’s been a bit too long since I’ve added a new post here (darn you, full-time job!), but this is the long-awaited “Part Two” of the aforemetioned Fall Pics Bonanza. There are some great reminders of what makes fall beautiful in the Midwest, and of course, there are MANY adorable children and beautiful families as well. In particular, I must give a shout-out to Landon, Nora, Matthew, Lauren, Meg, Erin, and Nora (the baby) for being such awesome kid subjects–they were a blast whether we were in a forest preserve, climbing trees by the Naperville Riverwalk, or traipsing around a barn and its surrounding fields.

Enjoy the pics! There will be more coming from a few winter and early spring sessions (promise). Oh, and now that it’s summer, it’d be a great time to take those photos of the family or the kids that you keep meaning to get–just let me know how I can help you capture memories!

Cheers,

Kristin

Fall Photo Bonanza (Part One)

Hi all! Forgive me, as it’s been a bit of time since my last post, but the fall was just so wonderfully busy with photo sessions and work commitments that I’m just now catching up on my posts! In order to efficiently give you a sense of some of the work I’ve done this fall, I’m going to deviate from my traitional posting methods and combine “highlights” of several sessions into one blog post. (Note: this is TREMENDOUSLY difficult for me, as I have so many loved photos and a hard time making decisions, especially when those decisions mean eliminating options. Seriously, I take forever with a restaurant menu because I love all the choices and simply don’t want to just have to choose one thing to eat. I know. #TheStruggleIsReal)

Anyhoo, here’s Part One of what I’m calling the Fall Photo Bonanza, and just be prepared: it’s adorable child overload time! We have sweet 8-day-old Harper in some of these pics, with cameos by older sister Heidi; there’s the red-haired dynamic sister duo of Keira and Kayla; and there is a pair of plaid-shirted brothers named Andrew and Blake, repeat clients who are a total hoot and have both graced my website’s cover page. There’s also a blond-and-brunette sister duo dressed in pink named Alivia and Addison, also repeat clients, and they simply get more beautiful each time I see them. Keep an eye out for 3-month-old Blake in his dapper t-shirt/tie combo (too. cute.) as well as his Chicago Bears gear, and nearly-2-year-old Tommy will charm you with his auburn curls and big blue eyes. Also, we have a bro-and-sis combo from another wonderful family of repeat clients: 6-month-old Jack and 2.5-year-old Caroline, who simply rocked her hot pink pants in our forest preserve session.

Enjoy these photos, and look for Part Two soon! I hope the new year is already being kind to you.

Cheers,

Kristin

Welcome to the world, Conor James!

Hey all! Happy autumn! This past Monday, I wore sandals and a skirt as the temps neared 80 degrees, and yesterday I sported my down coat and saw snow flurries during my workday–oh, fall, you can be so temperamental!

Anyway, I’ve been very busy taking and editing photos (oh, and going to my full-time day job), so I’ve definitely been in need of a website post. This one is one of my newborn sessions from the summer; sweet little Conor was just adorable, and he did a little bit of sleeping for me and a lot of wide-eyed looking around. I snuck in a few pics of mom Jen while Conor’s dad and loyal pup, Ruby, were nearby–Ruby definitely kept checking in on her new “brother” and made sure that I did right by him.

Enjoy these photos of a cute little guy! More session posts soon to come.

Cheers,

Kristin

Family Fun in the Summer Sun

Hi all! Forgive the delay in recent blog updates; I’ve been taking photos like crazy, but my Internet connection has been in and out due to powers beyond my control [shakes fist at Comcast powers-that-be]. However, all is well now, and I’m posting session highlights of a beautiful family: Laura, Jake, 4.5-year-old Claire, and 2.25-year-old Molly. Laura and Jake were my first “clients” before I even had an official business, asking me to take pictures of Claire when she was 6 months old, so I will always be grateful to them for the encouragement and motivation to turn a hobby that I love into a job that I love!

Anyway, these pics were taken on a beautiful morning in a forest preserve, and at the end of the shoot, we added some extended family to the shoot: Laura’s sister Melissa (my BFF from college), brother-in-law Troy, niece Julia, and nephew Lucas. These kids are all just gorgeous, funny, and good-natured, and we ended up with lots of shots that I totally love. Enjoy!

And happy autumn! As I type this, the rain outside looks to be on the borderline of becoming snowflakes, so fingers crossed that the weather rebounds and gives us the beautiful fall we deserve!

Cheers,

Kristin

Living the Lake Life

Hi again! Today I’ve got some super fun pics of Erin, Larry, and their sweet 4-month-old daughter, Elizabeth, whom you may remember from her newborn session in February. Earlier this summer, they invited me to take photos on Larry’s dad’s boat, which Larry has driven all over Lake Michigan (even up to Saugatuck, MI, a couple of times, which is one of my favorite places ever). Clearly, lucky little Elizabeth will grow up knowing the boating life, and it was so nice to spend a morning on the boat–we even took it out for a quick spin to see if the fog had dissipated a little further from shore.

Enjoy these adorable nautical-themed photos! The fall is coming up and I’m booking up dates quickly, so let me know if you’d like to capture some autumn memories for your family!

Cheers,

Kristin

Hangin’ with Will and Emmy

Hi again! Today I’ve got some great shots courtesy of 2.5-year-old Will, 7-month-old Emmy, and mom Laurie and dad Mike (with a cameo by the super sweet and well-behaved black lab Roxy). You may remember them from an earlier post in which Emmy was just a sweet little newborn. Now, she’s still gorgeously wide-eyed, and she’s also full of smiles and loving being able to scoot/crawl all over the place. On this visit, big brother Will greeted me at the front door with his red vaccuum (unplugged, but he was still vigorous in its use), and after a minute or so of greetings, he looked me straight in the eyes and earnestly asked, “How are you doing?” He’s a hoot. He is such a genuine and fun-loving little boy, and I had such a great time getting to take photos for this family again.

Oh, and that sweet pink-and-white collared dress that Emmy is adorably wearing in a few pics? That was Laurie’s when she was a baby. 🙂

Hope you like the pictures and are enjoying this last month of summer!

Cheers,

Kristin