This little peanut had me smiling all afternoon long (I mean how can you resist this face?!). Aubree and her mom, Deanna, hung out at the studio one afternoon for some adorable “mommy + me” photos and what ensued lit me up.
WARNING, this handsome little guy will melt your heart! I had so much fun with him in the studio last month as we let him do his thing and documented all the joy, smiles and silliness that he brings to the world.
Last month, I had the honor of documenting my dear friend, Amy and her growing family at their gorgeous home in Naperville. The family welcomed, Reed, the most perfect baby boy into their hearts. Bailey, their sweet Morkie, stayed close by as we photographed this season of life as it unfolded just as it should — full of love, joy and laughter (and lots of tickles!).
The unpredictable spring weather caused us to reschedule our session three times, until we finally had a gorgeous May afternoon. It was worth the wait so that I could met Val, Geoff and little Elle in Elmhurst to photograph Elle’s one year photos. I love photographing families that like theirs; they were singing, dancing, and laughing ….. all of which created amazing candid moments rather than posed photos. Our time together was oh, so, sweet.
Surrounded by love, Jonathan arrived a few days earlier than expected, but his presence instantly filled the hearts of first time parents, Matt and Lisa. He is the sweetest little thing …. no doubt, and I was honored to document this little peanut. We spent the day relaxing at Matt and Lisa’s home in the suburbs of Chicago …. allowing Jonathan to lead the way for our photo session. Jonathan slept peacefully in the arms of his parents the whole time, while Spunky, Matt and Lisa’s adorable Yorkie, cuddled on up on Matt’s lap to watch over his new baby brother.
Matt and Lisa – I hope these images serve as a permanent memory that you can look back on for years and years as your little one will no doubt grows up way too fast. Thank you for inviting me into your lives to document your little blessing. He is already loved so much. With love and appreciation – Brittany
Matt and Lisa are huge Disney fans (they got married at Disney in Florida), so we had to photograph Jonathan among his basket of Disney stuffed animals.
I love documenting raw, authentic moments … like this one.
I have known Matt and Lisa for over a decade, so it was extra special to photograph Lisa as she gushed over her little boy.
And I’ll end with this photo …. it seemed that Jonathan was happiest (and most content) when he was right where he should be … cuddled up in the arms of parents who love him more than anything.
This little guy has graced this blog five times now, and every time I get to spend time with him, I love him more and more. I photographed Colin as a newborn, at 3-months, 6-months, 9-months and now at one year. It has been so amazing to document him over the last year and to watch his little personality develop.
His mom, Kristin, picked out really cute outfits for Colin – ties, birthday hats, and a Blackhawks jersey for his one year photos. However, Colin was not as excited as we were about his photo shoot. So we decided to let him do his thing. We read books, played with Elmo, went for a ride in his new sled and watched Mickey Mouse. What resulted, was real, authentic moments showcasing Colin. And those are my favorite way to tell a photo story.
Colin LOVED being outside in his sled! If it wasn’t so cold out, we would have stayed out there for the whole time because he was thrilled to be pulled in it.
My favorite moments to document are usually the ones that unfold naturally like this photo of Colin reading his book in his chair.
And I’ll leave you guys with this one because his face says it all.
When Liz emailed me a few months ago asking if I could document her family when Luke turned one, I couldn’t say no. We agreed that a casual lifestyle session at their beautiful home would be the perfect way to document Luke.
When I arrived, Luke was still sleeping from his afternoon nap. We let him wake up slowly and rather than calling his name non-stop and getting him to smile, we let him be. My camera was in hand, but we let the moments of the session unfold how Luke wanted to. We played with his barn, his trucks, bubbles, and his puppy. We read books. We played outside. We surprised him with balloons.
And throughout it all, beautiful moments unfolded. Smiles and laughter. Authentic and genuine. Happy birthday, Luke!
Every time I see this little cutie, I am so excited! Besides being one of my dear friend’s first son, he is literally one of the most perfect babies ever. And he is extremely adorable – especially in front of my camera. When Colin’s mom, Kristin suggested we try to sneak in a his 9-month session while we were all in Punta Cana for Hillary and Jim’s wedding, I knew it was going to be a super cute session. This was Colin’s first trip outside of the U.S., and he just loved the sun, sand, and Caribbean water. (I mean who doesn’t. Smart baby, right?)
We used the last bit of golden afternoon sun and just let Colin be him on the beach. There is nothing better than capturing my littles when they are in their own element … and Colin proves why.
Colin, colin, colin. Let me just tell you how much I adore this little guy. While I have a little bias because he is one of my dearest friend’s perfect little guy, I fell in love with him even more during his 6-month photo session at the Lincoln Park Zoo. His mom, Kristin, packed the most adorable little man outfits as we explored the farm animals and the beauty surrounding Lincoln Park. But what made our session so great was all of the perfect facial expressions Colin showed us. From beaming smiles to “what the heck, guys?”, Colin was the perfect little subject. Be prepared for a whole lot of cuteness …. you have been warned.
Little Miss Natalie. You may remember this adorable face from her 4-month photo session. Well, let me tell you … she just keeps getting cuter and cuter each time I see her. She just woke up from her afternoon nap when I met her, Lisa and Chris at Citizen’s Park in Barrington for her 8-month photos. She was all smiles which just made my heart melt and my job so easy. I always have so much fun photographing this family, but we had such a great time during the session especially when we photographed Natalie in the swing. This was her first time in a swing at a park, and I was so excited I could be there to photograph all the joy on Natalie face. Be prepared for a whole lot of cuteness ahead…..
Pre-season football is starting … back-to-school shopping sales are everywhere … and I am digging out my boots which only means one thing … fall is right around the corner. I love summer like a high school girl adores her first love, but fall … well it is my happily ever after. I could, and would, photograph only in the fall. So in honor of my love for cozy knit sweaters, hot apple cider and chili, I will be hosting fall mini sessions. This is the perfect way to get in a short mini photo shoot to update the photos in your house or get a family photo for your holiday cards.
Fall mini sessions will be Sunday, October 12 at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. I adore photographing at this location, and I know it will be the perfect spot for these fall sessions because of all the amazing trees in this spot! I am starting with 5 afternoon sessions (3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00)
Each mini session is only $195 and is 25 minutes long and includes 25 digital, high resolution images printable up to an 8 x 12.
A deposit of 50% is due within 7 days of booking in order to reserve your spot. These sessions will fill up fast, so book early. E-mail me at email@example.com for scheduling.
Do you remember this cutie? It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was meeting him for the first time for his newborn photos, and well, now he is already 3 months, and I cannot believe it! But let me tell you, this one, he is just getting cuter and cuter with each day.
When I got to Kristin and Jordan’s house for Colin’s 3-month baby photos, Kristin had picked out a ton of cute little outfits for Colin and had some really perfect hats. We laughed as we dressed up Colin in our favorite looks that one day, when he is all grown up, he will likely give us a hard time for putting him in these goofy (but oh-so-adorable) hats … but since he couldn’t really tell us that now, well, we decided we would forge ahead.
Colin had enough photos for the day and was getting pretty fussy, so I was so happy when he fell asleep, and I could snap these authentic moments of him and Kristin.
And I’ll leave you with this too-cute-for-words-face of Mr. Colin. I mean … c’mon!
Could it be? Spring is actually here with summer right around the corner?! I hope so! Which means it is the perfect time to get some gorgeous outdoor photos taken. My spring mini sessions are perfect to grab some photos of your family, little one, senior or your other half and you.
Chicago mini sessions will be Saturday, June 21 at the Lincoln Park Zoo. I am starting with 5 evening sessions (5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30).
Each mini session is only $195 and is 25 minutes long and includes 25 digital, high resolution images printable up to an 8 x 12.
The first person to book a mini session will get a complimentary softcover book with images from your mini session. A deposit of 50% is due within 7 days of booking in order to reserve your spot. These sessions will fill up fast, so book early. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for scheduling.
One of my favorite things about my business is that I get to document special moments in my clients’ lives. But what is even better is that many of those clients come from different times of my life, and I get to reconnect with people from high school, my college sorority or the handful of pr/marketing/advertising jobs post college. So when Jen messaged me a few months back letting me know that her and her husband, Dan, were expecting their first baby, I was giddy with excitement. Jen and I interned at our first job in public relations when we graduated from college. We became fast friends, but as we both got different full-time jobs after our internship, we slowly lost touch.
Luckily for good old Facebook, we were able to reconnect. Jen reached out to me Naperville to have me photograph her first little girl, Maddie when she arrived just a few weeks ago. Maddie is simply perfection! Sure, she was less than pleased when we put her in a wooden box (I mean would you want to be put in a wood box for a photo?!) but when Jen or Dan had her in their arms, she was all smiles. She is one gorgeous girl who was a dream to photograph. Jen + Dan – Congrats on your new little family! I am so happy for you both. Thank you for inviting me into your home to document Maddie!
Ok, so do you remember when you used to carry around those plastic photo cases in your wallet full of all the VIPs in your life?! You know, the days pre-Facebook or Instagram where you actually had to have a physical photo on you to show someone. If you don’t remember, then you are clearly way younger than me …. but I remember I carried those wallets around with me EVERYWHERE. I never knew when I would need to show someone a picture of my hot BFF.
But let’s face it. No one does that anymore. If you can’t show someone a photo of your dog, baby or love of your life on your phone, then people may or may not believe you that Charley / Payton / Mike even exist. Ok, maybe not that extreme … but it seems like if it isn’t on Facebook / Instagram or on your phone … it didn’t happen, right?
Now as much as I love for all my clients to have physical prints from their sessions with me, I realize that it is sometimes MORE important for them to always have their images with them. Which is why one of my favorite products that all of my 2014 clients receive is their very own custom smartphone gallery app. This little app also works great on tablets.
It is an app custom designed for each client with photos from their wedding / session. You just download it on to your phone and/or tablet, and you always have your photos with you. Best of all, the app is designed so you can share with with friends and family. So all those loved ones who are out of state or your Mom who loves to brag about you, can add the app to their phones so they can whip out their phones to show you off. No more plastic wallets for them. ;)
I hope you are prepared for an overwhelming amount of cuteness because that is what this session is all about. When I arrived at Lisa, Chris and Natalie’s house last Sunday, I was immediately in love. Between Natalie’s grey and purple nursery (hello, my favorite color palette) to the most amazing wardrobe options for Natalie, I knew I had just walked into a perfect baby session. And little, sweet, Natalie was a dream the whole time. She was all smiles and giggles. And I even got to witness first-hand her love for her puppy, Buckley. This family is beyond sweet, and I cannot wait to continue to photograph Natalie over the next year during her baby milestones.
When I first found out that Kristin was going to be mom, I was beyond thrilled for her and her husband, Jordan! I am always excited when my past clients are starting a new chapter in their lives, but this was extra special for me because of my relationship with Kristin. Kristin and I became friends through our high school job at Nordstrom when we were just 16. We were basically just kids when we met when I think back to it.
I was lucky enough to photograph the wedding of Kristin and Jordan, two high school sweethearts who started dating around the time I met Kristin, on a gorgeous beach in Mexico last January. It is one of the best feelings when I can photograph people I have known for years for major life moments. So when Kristin told me last fall that I needed to clear my calendar for the arrival of their first baby come March, I knew I was going to do everything to make it happen.
Only days after I landed back in Chicago from Thailand, I rushed over to meet Colin. This little one is a dream in so many ways. From his adorable strawberry blonde hair that sticks up in all the right places to his precess sleeping mumbles (I could only wonder what he was dreaming about), I couldn’t get enough. And on top of Colin’s cuteness, Kristin and Jordan’s first “babies”, Lloyd and Stan, their two dogs wanted to be right in the action of our photo shoot the whole time. If Colin even made a peep, they came running to check in on him. It is amazing when dogs are so protective over the little baby in the house – it melts my heart. I could go on and on about this new family because they are so dear to my heart, but rather that listen to me talk about my love for them, let me show you.