This amazing family, and what an honor it was to photograph all of them. Extended family sessions have been such a big hit this year. I love photographing them, because not only is the entire family together, but each individual family gets their own time & photos too. Wishing all the dad's out there, including mine a very Happy Father's Day & to Don, Bri, Bergie & Tommy, wishing you all a wonderful day!
Congratulations Class of 2019
As many of you are graduating, or have graduated, I'm starting to get the calls for Class of 2020. It's never too early to get on the fall calendar, since that is the busiest time of the year for us photographer's. I'm happy to help with location, outfit choices, any props from sports, etc.. you'd like to include.
I've been honored to photograph Tara, and both of her older sisters' Senior photos. We not only re-created ones I did almost 8 years ago, but also some new ones that fit perfectly with Tara's personality. We lucked out with gorgeous weather, & fall leaves. The sunset was just stunning. This is why we call it, the "golden hour" and why it's by far one of the most popular times to schedule a session. Tara, wishing you an amazing experience as you head to Arizona! College was the best four years of my life. Please, send some of that weather back home to Chicago with you!
Spring in Chicago. Well, this weekend alone we are having Summer, Spring and Fall weather. So when we did MerryBeth's (MB) maternity session, we lucked out with perfect Spring weather. I've been photographing MB & her family for years, and watching her family grow is simply amazing. Cannot wait to meet & photograph this family of three, Davis John who was just born this week.
Mike & MB are pure naturals in front of the camera. MB is a maternity fashionista. From a perfect fitting dress to show off her adorable baby bump, to the fashionable black hat. Mike, in the creative industry himself, suggested the Hubbard Street Mural Project in the photos. Needless to say we found a perfect Chicago Skyline, adorable animals, that could even be used in the nursery. Making our way back to their home, we stopped at this brick wall, where an amazing reflection from the stop sign, gave me an idea.... I wanted to create a shadow of MB's baby bump. After we got that WOW shot, we made our way back to their home & did a more relax setting of photos. Being pregnant it's wonderful to get all dressed up, since some days it feels like nothing fits anymore as your in your last trimester, but there is also something about when you get home, and put on your comfy clothes. I had asked MB & Mike, what is something you both do when you are home, together? This last image says it all, Mike rubs MB's feet in this position on the couch, daily. THIS! These are the moments you want to cherish & remember.
2019 is the year of babies. First up in January, meet Blake Elizabeth. There is something extra special about Blake's Mom, Katie. We've been friends for over 25 years, since the first grade. So needless to say, photographing your best friend becoming a mom, well tears appeared in my eyes. And then Kevin, whom I've known since high school, was a pure natural with his daughter. And the way Blake just looked at her Daddy, melts your heart. Katie & Kevin were high school sweethearts, so watching your dear friends through life's major milestones and then becoming parents is amazing. Take a peak at Blake's newborn session, she smiled, slept and had such an amazing session.
Meet Andrew, a personal trainer in Chicago with Element 80 Fitness. When he first reached out to me, he had a vision of what he wanted for his head shots. After a call, and a few emails, we were all set. Now, photo day, all visions changes. We met, clicked instantly and between our personalities, visions, we collaborated so well and created magic. Everything we originally were going to do completely changed. Andrew let me take my vision to the next level and test different lighting, ideas, and well just about anything. Thank you Andrew for allowing me to be inspired by you, your work, logo, and letting me just do my thing. Wishing you the best in your new adventures and can't wait to see you in your environment soon!
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