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!




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!



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!


A Lovely Morning in the Forest Preserve

Happy Sunday! Today I’ve got some great pictures from a family shoot that allowed me to meet Brian, Meredith, Brian (2 1/2 years), and Anna (8 months). It was a gorgeous morning that allowed us to traipse through the grounds, from trails to grassland to the banks of a pond. We encountered a number of dogs, including a sled dog team (for real)–the first I’d ever seen and certainly never expected to see in Illinois!

Fun fact: these kids are the cousins of baby Elizabeth, who was featured just a few posts ago in my blog. This family is so kind, good-humored, and easy-going, and Brian (the younger) was a bundle of energy who loved exploring the trails, and I swear that Anna never stopped smiling the whole time. Oh, and these kids have just the most beautiful eyes–am I right, or am I right?

Enjoy the pics! I enjoyed hanging out with this wonderful family.



Welcome to the world, lil’ Elizabeth!

Hi all! Well, as a follow-up to the two adorable newborn boys featured in the blog a few days ago, today I have a beautiful little baby girl session for you to peruse. Elizabeth is the first child of Erin and Larry, and she was almost four weeks old when I took these pictures, so she was starting to really wiggle and discover the ins and outs of her world (mostly her arms and legs!) when I met her. Elizabeth is lucky enough to have awesome parents as well as a big extended family filled with tons of aunts, uncles, and cousins–she’s going to have a blast as she grows up!

Enjoy the photos! Contact me at if you’d like to book a children’s or family session of your own!



Boy, oh boy!

Hi all! Today I have a 2-for-1 deal for you: two sets of newborn baby boy pics in one post! The first little guy is Jack, and he was photographed when he was just a week old. He’s the firstborn of Beth and Tom, who are both teachers, and he’s adorable, calm, and sweet–but little does he know that in 17 years, his mom and dad are going to be sparring about whether he attends the University of Illinois (mom’s choice) or the University of Missouri (dad’s choice)!

The second handsome little guy (his first pic is in the striped grey-and-taupe hat) is Lucas, who is the son of Melis and Troy and the little brother of beautiful 2-year-old Julia. I was able to photograph and meet Lucas when he was just four days old, and he was super easygoing and pretty darn alert for much of our time together. Then, once he fell asleep, he squirmed until he was sleeping on his side–in the same position that his big sister likes to sleep. Isn’t that so sweet?

Enjoy the pics of these adorable guys! Email me at if you’d like to set up a session of your own!



Have You Met Greta?

Hey all! Happy, happy, happy summer! This teacher gal is ready to usher in the sunshine and warmth (not to mention a couple of months during which I have no essays to grade). Thanks for your patience in my updating this blog, and let me introduce you to sweet Greta! She’s six months old in these pics from the spring, and she lives in a really gorgeous historic home in Oak Park with her mom, Virginia, and dad, Eric. Fun fact: in some of the photos, Greta is wearing a pink dress with a white collar–and that was the same dress her mom Virginia wore at that age. Cool, right?

As you can see, Greta has the most beautiful skin, an adorable grin, and just gorgeous eyes–and she was happy, sweet, and totally willing to change locales and outfits during our shoot. Sweet Greta, indeed!

Summer is great time to make family memories and put them in digital file form; please let me know if I can help do that for you and your kids!