I love first birthdays! I do not just see it as a child growing 1 year old, but it is a celebration for the entire family who have gone through the first year of their baby's life. This Mini Session was also a blessing because Simone was just a few weeks old when I first met her. 1 year later she is beginning to walk, talk and growing into an adorable toddler. It always feels wonderful to see my little clients grow and I hope to continue that with all my clients. For this session, Simone showed off her new walking skills, giggling along as we took a strolled through Lincoln Park's North Pond trail.
With a busy year, comes a Maternity Session that I photographed several months ago. It was about this time last year that I found out I was going to be aunt again! My lovely sister and I had been talking about doing a little session for almost her entire pregnancy. However, being busy with the holidays, working and my sisters 2 growing boys, it did not seem like we could fit it in. I was just 2 days from leaving on a 10 day trip to Hawaii, not to mention my sister's Due Date was just a week a way but I got the call from a sis. I could not ask for a more beautiful momma for this session ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This past year has simple been a new exciting adventure for me! I have started to offer Birth Doula and Birth Photography, which has always been one of my dreams. Growing up in a big family having three sisters, my mom and her sisters and grandmothers I was surrounded by many wonderful female mentors. It's no wonder I chose a career of working with mostly women. And so it simply was a joy to photograph this little guy at just a day old and later with his adorable older sister, which started as a Doula client and evolved to so much more. Here are a few favorites from two sessions. ♡
January, I was truly blessed to be a photographer. It was exciting to photograph many new babies that were welcomed just at the start of the new year. Here's a few favorite photographs from my session with darling, little Haisley ❤ ❤ ❤
This past spring, my sister first told she was expecting again, but I already had a feeling! There was just something new, exciting and different about her, I knew that she must be pregnant. A few months later I had dream that she had her baby, a girl with dark hair! In my head, I thought that can't be with to older brothers who were both born bald and later grew beautiful blonde locks. Minutes before my nephews met their new little sibling, they were chanting "[It's a] Boy! Boy! Boy! Boy!". And to the surprise of my whole family a baby girl with dark hair was born. My family could not be, more in love. ❤ ❤ ❤
A sprig of Rosemary, holiday leggings and an adorable new little one. There was nothing more exciting than hearing about all the new little holiday babies born last month! I was so excited to photograph this little guy.
I can't believe Christmas is just 2 days away! I am so excited to share with you this adorable Holiday Photo Session I had with 7 month old Carter! Holiday decor and jammies, darling Candy Cane Stripped Leggings, an Elf Hat and the beautiful smile of this growing baby boy. ❤
On a frigid winter day in Chicago like today, I thought I would reminisce on this beautiful session that I shot this fall! The Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk has become my favorite Chicago location for the sessions in the city, especially on an early evening. It has everything the Golden Hour at it's prime, lovely trails along a boardwalk and the lovely trees, plants and wildlife of Lincoln Park. Not to mention, this cute family of three, especially little Lyla carrying her favorite snuggly toy in tow. I had so many favorites from this Mini Photography Session ❤️
Cantigny Park is always a dream location! A stunning park filled with beautiful gardens, architecture and greenery. I was so excited to see this sweet family of four. I first met Max and Mason when they were just under a year old and to see them chatting away with each other was adorable. It always warms my heart to see my tiny clients growing every year!
As a Family Photographer, one of my favorite things is to see how much my young clients have grow year after year. It was such a treat is spend another afternoon with this little guy at the beautiful Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk. Check out a few of my favorites from this adorable and happy family!
On a warm fall night I was reminded of the beautiful weekend wedding I shot this past summer at the Lighthouse Lodge B & B in Indiana. I was delighted to discover Helen a few sisters, just like my self. However, unlike my family there were five sisters instead of just four! I really felt the close-family connection not only with the bride's side of the family, but also the groom's side and of course the little family of three with Tim & Helen's beautiful, 1 year old baby girl in tow. Finally, posting my favorites from this lovely wedding day.
Welcome Baby Cruz!
If you have followed me through Instagram or on my Blog this summer you may have caught some favorites from his parents' Maternity Session at the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk. You can only guess how excited I was to photograph baby Matteo. With all the anticipation, he finally made his first appearance 1 week late!
I felt so at ease at Natalia and Jose's home. Even Chloe one of their puppy children joined in for a few photos. Glowing mom and dad looked so in love and baby Matteo was just as darling. It was so hard to choose my favorites for this one!
Long before there was ever a recreational loop for joggers, the playground and the charming little stone animal creatures, I would stroll through Palmer Square Park with my sister, her husband and our pup, Beau. A few years later, the park was renovated into what it is today. Living just steps from this park I took a little stroll with my sister and now nephew. At the time, I remember he had been enchanted by the song, "Little Bunny Foo-Foo". And so, Palmer Square Park got it's little nickname " Little Bunny Foo-Foo Park".
As year have gone by, I spent a lot of time at Palmer Square Park. Photographing my nephews their, strolling through with my own pup, Macchi and even getting married to my hubby there. Last year, I started a my Palmer Square Park Photography Series and love it so much that I decided to offer the series once again this summer.
I was so excited to photograph this Mommy + Daughter Session, Chantille, a former High School classmate of mine and her beautiful daughter, Ava! The best part was that it was all a surprise to her husband. Just spending an hour with these two, I could sense how close, how loving and how special their relationship is. And I could not get over Ava's beautiful smile and sparkling blue eyes! So, I had to share my favorites from this lovely session in Palmer Square Park.
I had quite the adventure with this happy couple as they got married last week. They started with a very intimate wedding ceremony a top the Willis Tower with their closest family members.Then, a few days later, they re-newed their vows in front of a much larger group of family and friends in another Intimate Backyard Ceremony. It was wonderful to be around family and friends with so much spirit and love!
Here's a little SNEAK PEEK from their lovely wedding.
I first met Eli when he was just 1 year old. I had just finished my first year of college and was working as a nanny. I remember the two of us strolling around his neighborhood in his little red push car and he always had a huge smile on his face. I have watched him grow into a very incredible, intelligent and compassionate person. I could not have been any prouder to be photographing Eli's Bar Mitzvah. Here are a few of my favorites from the event ♥ ♥ ♥
To see more photos from Eli's Bar Mitzvah, please check out the link below:
Natalia and I met years ago, when we were studying abroad together in Italy. I met so many incredible people on that trip, including Natalia. I am so happy I am still able to stay connected to so many of them. I was so ecstatic when Natalia asked me to photograph her new little family. Natalia and Jose were just adorable, I saw so much excitement and love in their eyes when they looked at each other and when they started thinking about their baby. There are so many favorites from this shoot that I had to share ALOT. I cannot wait to meet their new little guy or girl ♥ ♥ ♥
Some of the best places I have shot are the most simplest. I have often found that if you walk around a neighborhood street in the city you will find a beautiful community garden. That is one of the things I love about our city. I did not even know about this little gem, if it weren't for my lovely clients. And the day was no ordinary day, this little guy just turned 1! He was such a sweetheart, I had to share some favorites from his 1 year old Portrait Session.
A new beautiful family! I met this darling family just a few weeks ago, their little guy was so precious. I felt so much love between mom, dad, baby...and even their cute kitty that joined us for a few shots! I could not resist to share my favorites.
A beautiful mom, a happy dad and a sweet daughter will soon be welcoming two more lovelies to their family in just a few weeks. I felt so blessed to photograph this adorable family! Not only because Portage Park is one of my favorite city parks, but as Kristen and I discovered during her session, we are both from the same hometown! My favorites are all here, please enjoy and leave a comment or two. And as always I love when my blog gets shared by my viewers!