When I was a young child, my very favorite thing to do was to visit with my cousins!  Cousins were fun friends to hang out with, have sleepovers with, and generally get into mischief with.  They were truly my first best friends.  So when this Mom contacted me about doing a little impromptu session with her children and their visiting cousins….I was all in!IMG_3725We met up at a local park on what had to be the sunniest day ever.  There wasn’t much shade so I did the best I could to capture great shots wherever we could.  First I met this guy who was quick to tell me that he wasn’t planning to pose for any photos…IMG_3994IMG_4059Let’s just say that that was not a problem for me.  I love this one…it almost looks like I photoshopped him in but he just photobombed the girls…IMG_3729Let’s talk about the girls….so much cuteness!  They were shy but so sweet and I loved seeing all of their love for each other.IMG_3742IMG_3767IMG_3777I tried to capture individual photos of each child…just in case the large group shot didn’t happen.  You just never know with 5 kids under 6 years old.IMG_3799IMG_3915IMG_3804IMG_3809We had lots of action shots…IMG_3942IMG_4015IMG_4016IMG_3870And, once they warmed up a little bit to me and my camera, we attempted some posed shots of them all.  I think we did pretty well…..all things considered….IMG_3858IMG_3909 copyIMG_4098 copyI couldn’t resist a few cute cousins quotes of course.  Perfect for framing!  IMG_4124When I saw the stylin’ shoes that the girls were wearing I knew that they needed a photo all on their own.  I love this photo!!  Sparkly shoes are the best!

I had so much fun with this gang!  I hope we get to do it again soon…


A fun family photo session!

A few weekends ago my niece asked me if I could snap a few photos of her family.  I was honored to capture these memories for them!  There is something special about taking photos of someone you have known for over 27 years.  In fact…she caught the bouquet at my wedding when she was only 12.   I dug out this oldie….there she is with me!Scan 1Now she is all grown up and she has the most gorgeous children..seriously..they are beautiful.  We started out at one of my favorite places because it has shade (for those super sunny days) and nice green space for winter/spring sessions.IMG_2346We tried to do some whole family poses…little Zoe wasn’t exactly on board for these!IMG_2451Then we visited the popular double swing.  IMG_2423Her boys are both so cute but that little guy….oh my…he is a riot!  I knew that he and I were going to have so much fun together and boy was I right…IMG_2492IMG_2491IMG_2489IMG_2487Those eyes….look out little ladies…here he comes!  IMG_2461IMG_2462Once we finished up outside, we headed back to the studio to take some candid shots. When I saw this I knew I had to get it for these guys.  They are all rock stars (literally) and it was just so cool.IMG_2616IMG_2549IMG_2581Of course my buddy had to be his funny self here too!  IMG_2586IMG_2585IMG_2598I also got to capture a few photos of my other cutie great niece…IMG_2540And then…it was on to Zoe’s milestone photo session.  She is such a doll baby! IMG_2533After a little nap with Mom, she was ready to be a star…IMG_2648IMG_2665IMG_2690IMG_2641IMG_2700And we even captured the photo I have been hoping for….relaxing in the pool!IMG_4662I am working hard to blog about more of my sessions!  I love sharing the fun that is going on in my new studio!

My spring calendar is almost full!  If you would like to book a summer session, let me know soon….




When I got the call that this Mom hoped to include a live bunny in her daughter’s Easter/6 month photo session…I panicked a little.  Where would I get a nice, friendly bunny to spend a couple of hours in the studio?IMG_2946  I asked on my Mom’s group and got such a negative response that I was forced to take my post down. Seriously?!?  I have rescued and released 12 abandoned baby squirrels, adopted pets from rescues, and generally am the most animal friendly person ever.  I wasn’t going to buy a bunny and then abandon it at the end of my session!  I just wanted to borrow a friendly family bunny for a couple of hours.IMG_2961Just as I had given up on finding a bunny to borrow, my daughter overheard us discussing the situation and told me that her friend happened to have a pet bunny.  What?!?!  I have no idea why I didn’t just ask her to begin with .  So I called his Mom and she said “Yes” and our bunny session was on!IMG_2985Sassy was the happiest, softest, and sweetest bunny ever!!  Seriously…I could not have asked for a better bunny to pose with this little cutie.IMG_3415IMG_3414IMG_3440We had so much fun watching her reaction to the bunny.  She made the best faces!IMG_3009Once the bunny photos were over…we moved on to the other Easter setups in my new studio.  I am pleased to say that it went really well and it was exciting to know that I could photograph an older baby in studio.IMG_2793IMG_3002IMG_2905We also did a few shots with different looks and with the bunny ears.IMG_3217IMG_3101IMG_3084IMG_3088And, finally, we took some more traditional 6 month photos without all of the Easter trappings.IMG_3049I just love her with the hot pink!IMG_3676IMG_3595I had so much fun with Miss Carli. She is a doll with smile that lights up a room.  I love that I photographed her Bump session, newborn photos and now 6 months!

I look forward to our next session today….cake smash!!


Meet Abby…

Back in January I sponsored a little give-a-away in a Facebook group that I am a member of.  It was my way of saying ‘Thank You’ to this group of women who supported and encouraged my business over the past year.  This Mom was one of the winners of a complimentary newborn photo session.

Meet Abigail…IMG_2008 copy 2She is a sweet, yummy, little gal that gave me lots of opportunity for baby snuggles!IMG_2014IMG_2012IMG_2123IMG_2126IMG_2129I love the simplicity of neutral colors but I am also a fan of pops of color…IMG_2039IMG_2054IMG_2082IMG_2105And she is the first baby to take a photo in my new ‘nest’ prop.  IMG_2068IMG_2077And, of course, I love black and white newborn photos…IMG_2002IMG_2029Abby brought along her cute brother who was a natural model…IMG_2192IMG_2209IMG_2255IMG_2217And her parents of course…IMG_2279IMG_2295IMG_2167IMG_2324IMG_2312And, because I am making up samples of some of my new photo line that includes wording added to the photo….great for birth announcements, photo books and framing, I did a little bit of practicing on some of their photos.  Bonus!!IMG_2118 2Look for a blog post devoted to this new line….coming soon!

Booking for Spring now…


Wedding Bells…

I love weddings!  I remember planning my own wedding and the months of stressful decision making that went into it.  It took every single second to pull off even the simple event that we had.  So when I was contacted on a Tuesday about photographing a wedding ceremony on that Friday I was intrigued!IMG_1520It turns out that a treasured family member was going to be in town unexpectedly so the couple decided to tie the knot and all of the planning had to be done in two weeks.  Mom was up for the challenge….and I was the last item on her list.IMG_1466Under normal circumstances, I probably wouldn’t have been able to help them out on such short notice with my kids in school and activities but, since it was spring break, I was excited to say YES!!

I had never photographed (or attended) a wedding at a courthouse before so I was thrilled to be able to document this special day for this lovely family.  I had heard that the Kane County Courthouse was older but beautiful and it didn’t disappoint.  Gorgeous old architecture for sure.IMG_1462The lobby was a buzz with the nervous energy of the various brides, grooms and their families all waiting their turn to step into the courtroom and say “I do”.  I was able to squeeze into the tiny ladies room to grab a few photos of the bride getting ready. IMG_1440I also snapped up a few of the anxious groom.IMG_1436Next up was the ‘first look’.  The weather outside was blustery and drizzling so we chose the stairway for the moment when the groom first sees his beautiful bride in her dress.  These moments are always magical…IMG_1446IMG_1453IMG_1456IMG_1457One of my favorite touches was the photo locket displayed on the bride’s bouquet with a photo of her Mother and Sister who had both passed.  This photo is of the bride’s hand along with her stepmother and the photo of her mother.  So special.IMG_1469We were # 5 on the docket so I squeezed in as many photos as possible prior to the ceremony.  I think it was good for them as it gave them something to focus on besides how nervous they were.IMG_1475IMG_1494IMG_1503IMG_1515IMG_1524IMG_1530IMG_1532IMG_1553IMG_1557And then we were up.  Inside the courtroom it was all business….and ‘I do’s’.IMG_1611IMG_1625IMG_1627IMG_1632IMG_1643I always get a little weepy at weddings….even when they aren’t mine.  A few more photos after the ceremony…IMG_1668IMG_1669IMG_1696IMG_1690We attempted some outdoors photos but the weather was not very cooperative.  Here are my favorites…IMG_1734IMG_1709And then it was off the the restaurant and reception.IMG_1850IMG_1918IMG_1835IMG_1841Once the weather cleared up a bit, I asked the bride to step outside to take a few additional photos.  I had noticed her body art and knew I wanted to capture that (a passion of mine) as well as a nice portrait in the natural light.IMG_1932IMG_1948I thoroughly enjoyed this day…meeting this wonderful family…and sharing in their joy.


Fun x 2….Twins!

I was recently invited to spend a morning with these two cuties!  We chose an In Home Lifestyle session to celebrate them turning 6 months old.  Sometimes lifestyle sessions are better for small children who are happier and more comfortable in familiar surroundings.

I asked their parents to come up with some fun facts about them at this point in their lives and then we made up these collages that can be printed like photos and framed.  It’s a fun way to keep track of the little things that you think you will never forget….but do.Elsie CollageTJ collage 2Lifestyle sessions are meant to tell a story.  The story of you.  I like to take some snapshots of things around the home that are meaningful to my clients or represent where they are at that time.IMG_0455IMG_0461IMG_0460Of course I also snap some great shots of the kids. IMG_0876IMG_0873IMG_1064And I always bring along some lights and simple props to get some more ‘studio like’ shots for framing.  IMG_0582IMG_0641IMG_0652IMG_0910Of course I like to include the parents.  Sometimes they protest….they aren’t looking their best, their hair isn’t great, etc.  But I like to explain that 1. I have photoshop. and 2. Your kids won’t care some day when they look back at these treasured memories.IMG_0777IMG_0756I love black and white photos.  A good black and white photo can elevate something simple to something amazing.  Little fingers….tiny toes…those long eyelashes….and, most importantly, the cute little butts!IMG_0846IMG_0805IMG_0463IMG_0860IMG_0928IMG_1024IMG_1097These two were simply the cutest!  They made my job so easy.IMG_1267IMG_1254IMG_1226I love this shot of them holding hands.  Sweet.IMG_1109Lifestyle sessions come in all shapes and sizes.  They can be an hour snippet or encompass an entire fun day.  If you are interested in exploring a Lifestyle Session for your family…let’s talk!


Camila~Newborn Photos

Here I am…back to playing catch up.  I don’t post about every session but some are just too good not to share.img_0529You might remember that back in February this sweet couple contacted me to do their maternity photos.  It was unseasonably warm outside so I was excited to find a location that allowed us to create nice photos that didn’t look like the middle of winter in this…img_0563A few weeks later I got the call that baby Camila was on her way!  We had intended to do a hospital session but things didn’t go quite as planned and we ended up having to change up to a more traditional newborn session a few weeks later.

So…introducing….HeaderInformationCamila CollageIMG_0350IMG_0270IMG_0172IMG_0196IMG_0050IMG_0038And my very favorites…IMG_0244IMG_0260IMG_0257I rushed to complete this rainbow blanket just in time for her arrival.  I love this hippie flower headband that goes along with it.

She was such a sweet girl and we really captured her dainty beauty.

Stay tuned for a few more ‘catching up’ posts…it’s been a pretty busy spring for sure!