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 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, […]

March 24, 2017

I get it. You were skimming through Pinterest and saw the most darling little photo shoot that had balloons, chalkboards, cake, life sized letters, colorful banners…the works. I actually love that stuff too, I think all of those things are adorable and make for great decor at birthday parties, bridal showers and baby showers. However, when […]

March 21, 2017

I just adore this family! They were among those Chicago families that I practiced on when I bought my first camera, and have remained faithful to me as my business has grown! Every year they reach out to get updated portraits done for the twins’ birthday. Kids are definitely in the business of growing, and before […]