Williams Bay | Spring Engagement Session | Kristin and Mike

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Sunny Spring Engagement Session

It all started with an Oreo. And when it comes to love stories, there are few better ways to begin than that. Mike met Dan in college, over guitars and Yellowcard. And when Dan introduced Mike to his sister, Kristin, who happened to be enjoying some flavored Oreos at the time, it was intrigue at first sight, and the birth of an inside joke. A few Facebook messages later, and the two were hanging out, playing games and eating pizza — […]

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates

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A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him, she sang: I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be. Mother’s Day is drawing near, and as we pause to remember how much our mums have done for us over the years, one question stands out: What’s the perfect gift to show mom (or the […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Winter Engagement | Anna and Shawn

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Geneva, IL Engagement Session, Island Park

Kind hearts and carefree spirits.  Anna and Shawn are the type of couple you meet and instantly want to call your friends.  They are warm, outgoing, and quick to laugh.  From the moment we met in person, I knew their marriage would be a long and happy one. We began our session together at Á Salute Lounge & Grill, in St. Charles, IL, where Shawn proposed to Anna in November.  Shawn teamed up with Á Salute to play a video montage on their […]

Ride the Pony | Family Portrait Session

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family portrait session

Some families just know how to relax and have fun. If you follow me regularly, you’ll recognize this family.  I’ve taken their portraits for the past 2 years, and each time we have a family portrait session, they give me some form of hilarious gold.  This time, Anthony and Sara had me bent over laughing when they brought their son’s rocking horse in for their portraits.  I can totally see that image posted mockingly above a mantel with an overly extravagant gold […]

Holiday Portraits

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With the holidays quickly approaching, there’s a whole lot of anticipation in the air these days. I for one am excited to spend some quality time with both sides of my family, as well as Tyler’s. This time of year, family and friends seem even more important.  Although I definitely feel we should appreciate our loved ones year round, I think this time of year many of us slow down, appraise our blessings, and give thanks to the people we […]