2017 in review

2017 was a different year for me. I photographed a few less weddings this past year, but I photographed more couples, people, events and things near and dear to me. It all balanced out and I absolutely love that about this business of mine. It is so much fun to see what comes in the year and what amazing moments I will get to photograph. That is truly what it is all about.

It was a year of slowing down and being intentional while also pushing myself to be more creative. I tried being open to new things and took on a project with The Mom in the Yellow house to document her journey to health. After each session, she left me inspired to do more projects like hers. It didn’t end the way we were hoping and it left a hole that I wasn’t expecting, but I am grateful for her openness and strength all the way to the end. I photographed new families. Some that I’ve watched grow and some that were brand new to this world. We traveled to lands both near and far and spent as much time outside as I could.

It’s been wonderful, you guys! I’m so grateful for your trust to document these important moments. I’m honored. Now, buckle up... this is a long post.

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Vanessa & Wioleta are engaged!

These two are getting married next year in a sunny location, south of the border, but they live here in Chicago. Turns out, Vanessa seems to love winter just as much as I do and Wioleta was a great sport, so we took advantage of the snow here in Chicago for an engagement session a couple weeks ago. I met them on a perfect snowy afternoon in Millennium Park that ended in the most incredible sunset.

Take a look.

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Congratulations, you two! I hope you two have the most amazing wedding! 

Melissa and Ed are expecting!

A couple of weeks ago, I got to photograph another dear friend of mine who is due in March. It was such a treat to photograph Melissa and Ed who are about to become parents for the first time. I absolutely loved documenting this time for the two of them.

We started out at North Avenue beach and let's just say, they were troopers. It was a chilly January day in Chicago and they were freezing, but I am so glad we did it anyway. 

Take a look!

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After a quick little session by Lake Michigan, we headed back to their place for a different view of the city and also heat.

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And... it is a girl!

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Congratulations, you guys!

Rhian & Ian are expecting!

These two are dear friends. We have traveled together, visited each other's homes many of times despite living in different states, put intense puzzles together, laughed so many times and have continued to get closer as the years go by. That is no easy feat.

We knew it was a dream of theirs to become parents, so when we heard the news that they were expecting and due in March, we were absolutely ecstatic for them. I cannot wait to see them as parents and it was an absolute treat to document this happy time for these two parents-to-be.

Take a look!

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The Olson Family

Here is a recent session I did with this adorable new family of three (well four, if you count the adorable pup) in their Chicago home. I believe this little lady was around 3 weeks at the time of this snuggly session and she slept through most of it. I truly love these in-home sessions, and this one was no different.

Anyway, take a look!

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Gina, Matt and Kai: The 2017 Edition.

As the year is wrapping up, I am realizing that I didn't blog some of my favorite fall sessions. But really, how did 2017 go so fast? This is one of those sessions that I just adored. The light was just right, the leaves were just starting to change and these three weren't afraid to show their true selves in front of the camera. You truly cannot go wrong. 

I am honored to have photographed them a few times throughout the years. You see, Gina is the inspiration for me starting this little business of mine. True Story. So, here is Gina of the former Imaginative Studios with her lovely family... taken back in October when the light was still warm and the leaves were still present. Take a look!

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Thanks for stopping by!

The Safarik Family, 2017!

This is my fourth time photographing this family and I love it so much. I know I say this all of the time, but I really love these annual 'dates' with my families. It is so much fun following along with them as they grow. This year, we met up at this amazing barn in Plainfield that they discovered and it was complete perfection. The textures combined with nature really made this place great. I hope to be back one day! We were greeted with the best October light and the weather was perfect, so I feel like we really lucked out this year. 

Take a look!

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Let's do it again in 2018, shall we?