CHICAGO MINI SESSIONS // lincoln park zoo

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.

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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 brittany@brittanybekas.com for scheduling.

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CHICAGO HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS

Holiday mini sessions are here just in time for your holiday cards! They are perfect for any type of shoot (family, engagement, kids, couples, just for fun … whatever!)

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TIME // Saturday, November 23 >> 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Session times: 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30)

LOCATION // Chicago (exact location TBD)

COST // $195 (includes 25 hi-res digital images with printing rights. Prints can be purchased too.)

If you are interested in booking a session, contact me at brittany@brittanybekas.com with your preferred time slot. Hurry though, I only have 5 sessions available.

If you are interested in booking but time times don’t work for you, please send me a note.

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CHICAGO FALL MINI SESSIONS

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I’m so excited to finally be announcing my fall mini session date. For those of you who like a quick and easy photo shoot, this is for you. These mini sessions are great for couples, families, seniors, and babies … and they are perfect for anyone looking for photos for their holiday cards.

Each mini session is only $150 and is held a single location (location is TBD but will likely be in northwest Chicago suburbs), is 30 minutes long and includes 25 digital, high resolution images printable up to an 8 x 12.

The fall mini sessions will be held on Saturday, September 28th. I am starting with 4 evening sessions (4:30, 5, 5:30, 6) and once these fill up, I will open up 4 morning sessions (9, 9:30, 10, 10:30).

Mini sessions booked prior to Thursday, September 19th will receive an ‘Early Bird’ bonus – a complimentary iPhone/Android gallery app with images from your 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 brittany@brittanybekas.com for scheduling.

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CHICAGO 1ST BIRTHDAY PHOTOGRAPHY // PEYTON

When I got to Peyton’s house, I could not believe that he was officially ONE! It really feels like yesterday, I was there photographing him at 3-months …. sleeping in baskets and on Dr. Seuss books. Relaxed and low-key.

This session was so different, but I loved every minute of trying to keep up with this little cutie patootie.

We were all over the house … making a mess everywhere (sorry, Jen & Kyle)! We were crawling through green tunnels (well Peyton was …. I am pretty sure I would not make it through it), tossing around balls, and playing with his puppies. It was non-stop action and beyond fun to document.

We wrapped up his one-year session with a smash-the-cake set. I’m not sure if it was the green frosting or this small little cake, but Peyton was more intrigued by it than interested in eating it. Not really the photos we were hoping for, but still super adorable.

So here he is! Peyton …. already … ONE!

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Illinois Baby Photography Photos 1st Birthday One Year SessionHappy (belated) birthday, Peyton! I can’t wait to continue to watch you grow, little man.

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LIBERTYVILLE 6-MONTH BABY PHOTOGRAPHY // WILLIAM

When I first met William, I instantly knew that this little guy is going to grow up to be a little heartbreaker. Look out ladies! At 6-months, he has the most gorgeous long eyelashes (that I am beyond jealous over), big blue eyes and a wardrobe of little 3-piece suits and ties that is just too dapper for words.

William had this shy, timid personality when I first arrived but within 20 minutes of tickling, laughing, and playing with his little piano, he was all giggles and smiles.

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CHICAGO NEWBORN // HAYLEY

I was beyond excited to meet Hayley because I was one of the lucky people to know that Lori and Brian were expecting this little cutie back in August. Lori and Brian decided to do a maternity reveal session to announce they were pregnant with me, so I was thrilled to be able to document their first little when she arrived in February.

Hayley is just perfect. She is so tiny! I immediately fell in love with her little hands and the sweetest face I have ever seen! Oh, and she pretty much has a room that every little girl could only dream of. It is ALL pink and her closet … well let’s just say that she has a wardrobe Rachel Zoe might be jealous of.

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Congrats again, Lori & Brian!

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CHICAGO EDITORIAL FASHION

If you have been following my blog, internet, you know I have been craving a personal project. A little something, something where I could just create without worrying about the 1,000 thoughts that run through my head during a session. I wanted to be a true art-tist for the day.

So, I teamed up with Annie from AK Style & Edit to pull together a creative team that was AMAZING. These ladies rocked all day long at Flux Salon in Westmont. Annie styled the whole shoot, and she came up with some awesome looks. Seriously. Wait to see them. Swoon….

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Marie and Morgan from Morgan Marie Beauty made up our gorgeous models all day long.

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Peggy from Flux Hair Salon styled the girls’ hair. I mean how great does their hair look in every shot? Ama-zing.

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Editorial Lifestyle Photography - Brittany Bekas Photography Editorial Lifestyle Photography - Brittany Bekas PhotographyAnd a huge shout out to my beyond fabulous models – Sandra & Christina who endured the chilly December weather without a compliant. You guys were SUPER MODELS. :)

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CHICAGO 9-MONTH BABY // PEYTON

It amazes me how quickly this little stud is growing up. The last time I saw Peyton, he was just starting to sit up on his own. So when I got to my cousin’s house for his 9 month photos, I could not believe that he was almost walking! It was definitely a different session with him on the go, but so so much fun!

Peyton has two puppies – Audrey and Rusty – who are so sweet to him. We tried to get a photo of the three of them, but Peyton was not having it. Instead, I snagged this adorable moment of Peyton watching Audrey outside.

I had to sneak in a shot of his cute little butt in these Seven Jeans … mostly because I bought these for him, and I was SO excited that he can finally wear them. I only had to wait 11 months ….

Peyton LOVED playing with these balls on the mirror. So I knew we were going to get some great photos for the holiday pictures when he saw the ornaments.

I’m not sure how Jenni and Kyle, Peyton’s parents, are going to keep these on the tree now that we introduced them as toys for the session …. :)

And this was the shot I was hoping for …. I mean these Santa p.j.s are too cute!

NAPERVILLE BABY PHOTOGRAPHY // PARKER

I met Karen and Gene at their beautiful home in Naperville on a sunny, November afternoon to photograph their growing family and their first little one – Parker. Parker is a little over 4 months old and SO adorable. She loves to move. I have a feeling Karen and Gene might have their hands full when she starts crawling and walking because Parker was constantly kicking her feet or waving her hands throughout our session. :)

Seriously how cute is she with this little smirk!?!

This photo is by far one of my absolute favorites from our session  Look at those little lashed. I adore!

Parker loved trying to eat her little toes. But I mean how stinkin’ cute?!

We finally got Parker to take a nap at the end of the session so I could sneak in some photos of her little body parts. Even in her sleep, she was moving and shaking.

Karen & Gene – Thank you for welcoming me into your home and your fabulous living room (now you can say it has been used!) to document your family. It was such a fun way to start my weekend. Parker is just so adorable.

 

CHICAGO MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY // RACHEL + STEVE

Last Sunday, I met Rachel and Steve at their home in Chicago for some maternity pictures. Just from spending a short amount of time with these two, I could see how excited they are for their first baby. Rachel’s eyes light up every time she talks about being a mom, and her excitement was contagious.

After making guesses as to what sex their little bundle of joy is (I think boy!), we headed to a nearby park to brave the cool (ok, very, very cold) November temperatures.
Rachel + Steve – Congratulations again. You are going to be amazing parents! Thank you for rearranging your whole house for your pregnancy photographs and for being troopers in the cold. :)

independence grove senior :: mckenna

Outgoing. Sassy. Type A. Interested in photography. Um….sounds like my kind of lady! I met McKenna at Independence Grove to take her senior pictures, but what I didn’t realize was that I would basically be oodling over all the fabulous outfits she brought. Such the fashionista!

McKenna is an athlete and a brain. I mean anyone who has an AP Calc exam the next day and shows no signs of stress is a smarty pants in my book. She is that high school girl who is the total package. Fun, responsible, and gorgeous.

McKenna – I had SO much fun spending just a few short hours with you. Best of luck with your college apps and the final months of your senior year. If nursing doesn’t work out… there is always modeling. :)

independence grove senior :: allison

I had a feeling that Allison was very responsible and mature just after our quick conversation to set up her session, however our afternoon together only confirmed it.

Allison is not your typical high school girl. She runs at least 7 miles a day through the very area that we took her senior photos at (which are STUNNING). She runs because she loves the “runners high”. On top of that, she works at a pathology lab. Applying to some top notch ivy league schools, Allison is quite the smarty pants. Her career goal … become a surgical oncologist. Oh, and she could pretty much be a part-time model based on the stunning photos from our session.

Allison – Thanks for picking me to create photos for your senior year (and allowing me to move elements of nature for the photo). You are a beautiful girl – inside and out! I wish you the best with your college applications and in the years ahead.

Here are my favorites from our session. It was SOO hard to only pick a few to post….

naperville riverwalk senior :: andrea

I spent Columbus day with gorgeous weather in downtown Naperville creating senior photos for Andrea. Andrea is laid-back, ambitious and kind. She is a bit of a musician. She has been playing the viola since 5th grade and mentioned that she will likely continue to play it in college next year while she studies business.

Downtown Naperville was the perfect location to document Andrea’s senior photos because she and her friends love to hang out there on the weekends. And with fall being Andrea’s favorite season, I knew we had a great location when we found a park covered in fall leaves.

Andrea – Thanks for having me capture your senior photos. Best of luck with your college applications and enjoy this year! It goes so fast so cherish every moment!

downtown libertyville senior :: rachel

Every senior session I have shot this year has made me realize how much I am LOVING shooting these girls at this exciting point in their lives. I met Rachel this week at Starbucks in Libertyville. We had the chance to explore downtown Libertyville including all the little nooks throughout the area … all while sipping on some coffee. I guess there was more exploring and less coffee drinking if you ask Rachel. :)

Rachel is a total left-brain so I loved that I could chat about all the creative ideas I had in my mind. Right now, she is working on her AP Photography project where she is learning photoshop and all things digital. She in the process of applying to colleges now, and she is hoping to go into a creative field: graphic design or interior design are the top of her list currently.

Rachel is sweet, fun, and a totally Starbucks junkie. Rachel, enjoy your senior year and all the fun moments that come along with it! It goes SO fast. :)

Following, Rachel’s session, her two younger sisters met us for a couple family photos. How beautiful are these girls?!

 

independence grove senior :: alyssa

When Alyssa met me late afternoon on a Sunday, I knew we were going to fun shooting her senior photos because she had this great, energetic personality. She came with a whole carload of shoes, clothes, and accessories to choose from. And, I LOVE when my clients bring options and trust me to give input on what they should wear.

As I shopped the options – both for our shoot and for my personal clothing wishlist…..I could tell Alyssa was a little fashionista with great taste. What made our session even more fabulous is that Alyssa is really into photography….so I could talk aperture, shutter speed, and post-production with her – hello, photo friend!

Here is a little peak at some of the photos from our perfect Sunday at Independence Grove in Libertyville.

Alyssa – Enjoy every moment of this year….it goes by way too fast. My advice … document all of the little and big moments like a true photographer. You will treasure those photos as the years go by more than you did in the moment. Best wishes for the journey ahead!

independence grove senior :: alissa

I am absolutely hooked on shooting seniors after this amazing session with Alissa last weekend. She was up for whatever crazy ideas I threw out at her (including climbing through cattails with NO clue what could be lurking underneath the tall grass), and she brought little elements of personality into the photos.

Alissa is a cross country runner, viola player and aspiring guitar player. She has this great go-with-the flow attitude and is beyond sweet.

We met at Independence Grove in Libertyville with one goal in mind: create something different from the boring, colored backdrop photos that most seniors get in the studios.

Here is a little peak at some of the fun photos we ended up with. Alissa, you look so gorgeous! Thanks for letting me document this exciting moment for you. I wish you nothing but the best for the years ahead…. and my vote is for University of Illinois…. :)

Peyton :: 6 Months

Peyton is back! For those of you who haven’t met Peyton, this little man is my cousin Jenni’s first baby who I fell completely in love with when I first met him. It has been so much fun watching him grow over the last few months, and I love being able to photograph him at each of his milestones.

So when it came for his 6-month photos, we decided to head to a park in downtown Naperville to bare a warm August morning. This was a big day for Peyton, you see. It was his first time in grass (which was a complete distraction) and his first time on a swing (where he laughed and smiled the whole time). He was a little bundle of happiness for the whole session. Take a peak at some of my favorites of him with the most amazing parents I know. :)

maternity reveal :: lori + brian

Lori and I met over four years ago. I was a little intern working at a public relations agency downtown, and she was my officemate’s supervisor. Whenever she would come into our office, she would stop and chat about life with us….always being bubbly and energetic. She was the type of person I gravitate toward and one of the few people I really connected with while working in PR.

So when Lori reached out (such PR speak!), a few weeks ago with a big secret that she wanted me to document, I couldn’t have been more excited or honored. It had been nearly 4 years since I last saw her, and I was thrilled to capture some photos of her, her adorable hubby, Brian, and their photogenic dog, Drake, to announce the important milestone for their family. You see, being the marketing brained lady Lori is, she wanted a fun, creative way to tell their friends and family that they were preggers.

We met in the West Loop just a few blocks from Lori and Brian’s place and spent time at a nearby park with beautiful afternoon light, tons of fun props and a sense of total excitement that we were getting some of the first pictures for Baby O’s memory book. Here are a few of my favs. And Lori, I’m sure this post isn’t written or punctuated in AP style….but I’m an “artist” now. :)

Congrats again, Lori and Brian! I can’t wait for Baby O to get here.

baby eddie

Eddie is the latest addition to Denise and Eddy’s family, and I was honored to capture him at one month. His parents love the outdoors, so we opted to have his session at Independence Grove Beach in Libertyville.

He was such a little trooper bearing the warm temperature, rap music from a nearby picnic and his perfect little owl hat. I had a blast shooting this new family, and I’m beyond excited to share some of my favorites from his session.

To see more of this little nugget, watch below or click here to view Eddie’s 1-month slideshow.