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!

urban chicago engagement :: sandra + chris

She had a very specific vision in mind. She knew what she wanted, and she was going to get it. When I first talked to Sandy about engagement photos, I felt well…a little nervous. You see, Sandy is a family friend of many, many years…and I wanted to make the most. amazing. photos. ever. for her. I wanted her to be as happy with her photos as she is with Chris.

Sandy met Chris by chance. She was at dinner with her dad on a random Sunday night when Chris and his guy friends walked into the restaurant for drinks. Sandy found out that both her and Chris had a mutual friend in common, so the whole crew headed out for drinks at another location that same evening. The two clicked right away….and two nights later they went on their first date. It might not have been love at first site, but rather love at their first date.

I know these two will look at each other the same way in 60 years as they did during our engagement session. Congrats to you both….I loved shooting these photos for you guys!


To see more photos from Sandy + Chris’ Chicago engagement session, click the link or watch it below.

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…. :)