June 15, 2017

Just when you think you’ve shown up a tad early and the light seems too harsh, you find a little grove of trees that diffuses it beautifully and creates a glow around everyone. Every photo session I look for it, that one perfect spot that will create a halo around the little ones I’m photographing. […]

June 11, 2017

Beautiful family portraits are the goal, but how does one arrive at the final product? The things listed below are aspects of my portrait experience that I didn’t fully realize until I inquired about testimonials and saw some patterns. You know how after you take a personality test and you’re like, “Oh yeah, that’s me.” After reading […]

June 1, 2017

I can’t believe it’s already June. Wasn’t it just Christmas? It often feels that way, time does what it does, it goes on.  If parents aren’t careful, the cares of life, laundry and work can cause them to wonder how their children are already 3 feet tall when they could have sworn they were just […]

May 24, 2017

Don’t you just love spring time? Let’s go over some fun reasons why we love it (mostly because lists are helpful to me): -Most importantly, it’s warm enough for portraits outside -Flowers in bloom everywhere -Fresh fruits and vegetables -Blue skies -Farmer’s markets -Graduations -Weddings -Days are longer -School is out soon! -Summer vacation planning is […]

May 18, 2017

I’m a big fan of farmer’s markets, and this one I found in Lincoln Park was just lovely. In fact, hopefully I can tour other Chicago neighborhood markets throughout the spring and summer and share a series. Every neighborhood in Chicago has it’s own character and vibe, so I’d expect those markets to reflect their […]

May 1, 2017

What a privilege it is to continue to be invited into the most intimate season for a family – the welcoming of a newborn child. I am always amazed at how calm these sessions tend to be, even though I know this season can be very stressful and challenging. But the homes I walk into […]

April 26, 2017

What are people looking for when they hire a family photographer? What I’ve come to learn is that your photos are not enough. There are thousands of photographers out there with great equipment who know how to use it, and are talented artists as well. There are also people who have a decent quality DSLR […]

April 20, 2017

Let me just prepare everyone for one adorable twin portrait session. These boys were the cutest, chubbiest little pair I’ve met. Poor things, they were just getting over colds and so we weren’t sure what to expect. But I’ve come to learn that you will never know what to expect, so I roll with it. Turns […]

April 10, 2017

When I think of classic portraiture, immediately what comes to mind is a black and white picture with a person laughing or experiencing some kind of candid joy. Is that true for anyone else? I mean, what could be more timeless than a candid black and white photo? They will just never grow old. Like I’ve […]

March 30, 2017

As I’ve raved about before, Montrose Harbor is one of my favorite Chicago portrait spots for any season. I especially love how in the fall/winter the tall grasses coupled with the light over the horizon create the most beautiful glow around my families. This extended family was especially fun. Everyone was in town for Thanksgiving, […]