Sunny Summer Portrait | Lifestyle Photography

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One of the interesting phenomenons I’ve encountered as a photographer is the perception some men have regarding portraits. They value nice images, have the desire to be professionally photographed, but feel conflicted because they’re afraid that having portraits taken might be seen as an indulgence reserved for women, teens, couples, or families. However, I can happily say that each of the guys I’ve photographed for solo portrait sessions have been pleasantly surprised by how fun the experience can be, even though it […]

Wandering With Friends | Lifestyle Photography

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When I’m not out photographing clients, editing photos, or writing, I’m often outdoors, enjoying nature’s brilliance. From time to time, I do so with my camera in tow. (Okay, most times I have my camera in tow.) And while I thoroughly enjoy solitude and focus quite a bit of energy on nature photography, walking around outside in the company of good friends is more than enough to make my day. This past Sunday encompassed just that. Two good friends and I took […]

The Best Place To Be Is In A Loving Family | Newborn Lifestyle Portrait Session

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and as you may have noticed, the site is in the midst of undergoing some changes. But, if you’re here reading despite that, I’m grateful, and I promise, more good things are soon to come. In the meantime, I’m excited to share some of the images from a recent newborn lifestyle portrait session. And, on some level it’s poetic, because not only are these the images from the winners of the newborn lifestyle […]

First Birthday Cake Smash!

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One Year Old Birthday Boy Portraits, Cake Smash, blue and green balloons, Lisle, IL

What better way to celebrate a first birthday and capture one year old portraits than with a cake smash? Of course, I’m usually more of an ice cream girl than a cake girl, but when it comes to birthdays, cake is king. And when my friends and past clients told me they were interested in including a cake smash in their 1 year old son’s portrait session, I was all in. Not only are Bob and Diana great parents and a […]

Modern Glamour Portraits

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Modern Glamour Portraits, Lisle, IL, Redhead

March has regularly been an interesting month for me, and March of 2015 has been no different. This year, professionally speaking, March came in like a lamb and left like a lion – a glorious, action packed lion that gave me and my camera creative butterflies. I am so grateful! If you’ve been following me in Social Media, you’ll have noticed some really lovely portraits peppering my feed of late. That’s because one of the shoots that brightened up the […]

Headshots and Hatha Yoga

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Late last month, I had the great pleasure of photographing headshots for Ann, yoga practitioner and studio owner at Yoga Seva in Crystal Lake, IL.  Ann is not only beautiful and charismatic, but she is a woman who lives her life in true pursuit of spiritual awareness and growth.  I have known Ann for many years, and have always been inspired by her personal strength and dedication to the empowerment of other women.  She teaches through example and guidance, not only in […]

Newborn Lifestyle Portrait Session Giveaway

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Hey friends, as some of you may already be aware, I’ve been running a contest this past weekend. Since spring is around the corner, bringing with it all sort of new life, this contest is all about celebrating babies and baby bumps. The lucky winner will receive a Newborn Lifestyle Portrait Session Package (a $600 value) from Blueverve Studio once their baby is born. Check out the contest, and enter below. And, if you have friends and family expecting, be […]

Lifestyle Portraits

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Father and Son Lifestyle Portraits

Many new clients are curious about lifestyle portraits, and what differences there are between this more documentary style of photography and traditional portraiture.  Some of you know the difference and have clear views on what works for you – you either want polished and posed, or more relaxed and candid.  And really, that’s what the difference comes down to.  There are a handful of things we can plan for lifestyle portrait sessions – location, wardrobe, even events for you and […]

Windy City Wandering

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I spent a little bit of time downtown near the magnificent mile yesterday evening, focused on capturing a few images of Water Tower Place and the surrounding area.  Despite the cold, it was a lovely night to be out on the streets of Chicago.  As is in the midst of testing freelancers, there were plenty of other photographers around, which is always nice, and I ran into a few people outside of polling stations who managed to stay in […]