A new family of three!

I recently met this sweet family of three and loved every minute of photographing them. Their love for their two-week-old little lady was so clear and I was so happy to document this time for them. I hope our paths cross again, but for now, take a look!

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Then we headed to a local park to get a few more. It was a gorgeous morning for this! 

Congrats on your new addition, you two!

A personal post: Porto, the Douro Valley and Caiscais

You have all seen my post on Lisbon, but now it is time for Porto to really shine. I loved this part of Portugal, you guys. The textures, the water, the food. You really can't go wrong. Go!

Here is my trusty partner in life and travel. 

Here is my trusty partner in life and travel. 

Most nights were spent on this little patio at our Airbnb, drinking vinho verde and watching the sunset. We loved the Portuguese way of life.

After exploring the hilly streets of Porto, we headed to the Douro Valley with Marco from Douro Exclusive. We learned all about port and tasted so many types, I began to loose track. The day trip was exceptional and I highly recommend taking it during your visit to that region! The daystarted with a tour and wine tasting at Quinta de Tourais. It was our favorite stop.

From Porto, we headed south along the coast. We visited beaches, small medieval villages and eventually ended the road trip in Caiscais, Portugal.

A quick stop in Óbidos had us wishing we didn't have to keep driving. Once we got off the main drag, we loved every little bit of this amazing little fortified city.  

Dave even snapped this one of me on this picturesque stoop.

Dave even snapped this one of me on this picturesque stoop.

Then we were off to Caiscais for a little rest and relaxation before heading to Copenhagen.  I know, random.

Stay tuned for more travel goodness coming soon.

A personal post: Lisbon, Portugal

It probably isn't a surprise, but when I travel, I get really excited to photograph all of the things. I love documenting people, their culture and the essence of a place. Also, food! Travel allows me to push myself photographically and beyond my comfort level. And, those of you that know me know that I love a good adventure. Staying at home is not my strong suit. 

Here are some of my favorites from our time in beautiful Portugal last summer. 

Then we were off to Sintra. The land of castles and more castles.

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The next stop was Porto with a side stop in the Alentejo region. On to the next adventure! 

Family-Time, Unscripted and Filled With Love: My 2016 Roundup!

I am sure you all have seen my wedding photo roundup by now, but now it is time for my favorite families to shine. I have absolutely LOVED documenting families over the years and seeing the kids grow up. It is SO. MUCH. FUN!

This time around, I am throwing in some of my favorite personal photos as well. While I do a photo-of-the-day project on Instagram, I often overlook my life and somehow forget the 'real camera' at home when I am out and about. Always. This past year was luckily an exception. We finally took our honeymoon to beautiful Portugal and Copenhagen. Yay! I did my best to photograph my own family as well.  

In 2016, I had quite a few families return as well as some new clients. I travelled to the suburbs, Indiana and all around Chicago to get the perfect photograph of the most adorable moms, dads, newborns, toddlers and the occasional portrait. Thanks for trusting me, year after year, with these most intimate of moments. It is a huge treat. Seriously.

Take a look!

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2016, what a year!

You guys! I have been putting this off for some reason and I truly do not know why. I loved 2016 and all that I did! The couples I met last year were incredible and I was honored to travel to both coasts for some extra special weddings, elopements and sessions. If you know me, you know that I love to travel and this year I got to combine travel and photography. Bonus! I photographed in mountains, skyscrapers and castles and while I was busier than ever, I didn't want it to end. 

Take a look, won’t you?

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If you are curious what I look like while documenting these extra special and amazing moments, here is a shot of me while at a ranch on the Olympic Peninsula. Thanks to my husband for the photo.

Thank you for sharing these moments with me. I am beyond honored!

The Gundersons

A couple of weeks ago, I got to photograph these two again. I last photographed them on their wedding day and it was so much fun to catch up with them nearly three years later. Since their wedding, Jessica has been working pretty hard on her etsy shop and making some pretty fantastic lettering pieces and she needed some new branding photos for her site

We also took some couples shots, because why not? It was so much fun and I always love it when couples come back to me for photos. Thanks for spending your Saturday with me, you two.

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Then we were off to their favorite local bar, The Hopleaf Bar, for a quick beer and photos. 

And, that's a wrap!