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

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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

Familypalooza: 2 parents, 5 kids, 8 grandchildren, and a whole lot of good times

Hey y’all! I’m back with photos of the largest family session I’ve done yet: 19 people! Pat and Jim are the proud parents of five kids; those kids have four spouses and eight children (ranging in age from 5 to 12) between them, and they all met me at a great preserve in Wheaton for a full family session. Despite it getting warm quickly and the bugs coming out to nibble us, this shoot was tons of fun, as these kids were seriously like professionals–they were great sports, totally enthusiastic, and willing to try anything (especially if it involved climbing/sitting/leaning/perching on a boulder of some sort). We took full group photos, sibling groups, individual families, and just about every combination we could imagine–and, of course, a bunch of candids.

My friend Kate is one of the five children of Pat and Jim, and she’s one of my closest friends whom I’ve known since we were just killin’ it (a.k.a. wearing awkward ’90s clothes) in junior high together (FYI: Kate LOVED Jared Leto and Leo DiCaprio back then–she was ahead of her time). I’d tell you that she’s the one with red hair, but, well, you’ll see that there are a couple of very cool redheads in these photos. 🙂  It was so nice to hang with her entire family, and I’m really pleased with the color and vibrancy of these photos. Those kids brought this session to life, and it was a blast to shoot.

No family is too large to photograph! Can anyone beat my current record of 19 people for one session? Just let me know if I can take photos for your whole family!

Enjoy the day!

Kristin

Fun at the Farm with a Four-Year-Old

Hi all! I’m back with some pics taken at a super cute “farm” (it’s not a working farm, clearly, or they wouldn’t let me cavort about on the grounds with cameras and such) where I met the focus of the session, 4-year-old Olivia, called Liv.

Liv is the daughter of Nicole, who was one of my funniest classmates at good ol’ LoPo (you’ll figure it out) High School. As you can see, Liv is just gorgeous, and she certainly kept me on my toes during the shoot, running from spot to spot and just being her spirited self! Nicole and Liv sported some fabulous coordinating outfits for some great mother-and-daughter shots, and later, we were joined by Nicole’s boyfriend, Chris (also a nice throwback to high school!) and then Liv’s three incredibly sweet cousins–Eddie, Brianna, and Francesca–so that Nicole and her sister could get some group photos for the grandparents.

I love the variety of backgrounds here for these kind and good-looking folks, from barn to grassland to trees, and I hope you enjoy perusing these pictures!

Cheers,

Kristin