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! 


Here are a few photos from a mini headshot session I did back in 2016. Full disclosure, this is my sister-in-law and it was so much fun to photograph her in her beautifully styled home. She is an entrepreneur and arts educator here in Chicago and I continue to be impressed with the amazing things she is doing. She was selected to speak at TedX Normal last fall and needed some professional photos to use.

Here they are.

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Check out her work with Design Dance here! Or, see Debra in action on her site. 

The newest Tabor

I was lucky enough to snap a few of this family before and after their newest addition. I loved documenting this special time for some of my favorites.

Take a look!


Here is J at 2 days old!


Once again, another delayed posting from the fall. This was the second time I got to photograph this little guy and I have to say, he is simply getting cuter and cuter and he is growing up. I loved photographing him in the park, on a perfect autumn day. Take a look!

The Franks

I was introduced to the Frank family via the Venter Family. Luckily they were up for a little snow session as well, so we headed out right away to take advantage of the beautiful snowflakes. I loved meeting them and am so excited for the new arrival that is coming soon. Here are a few of my favorites from their session in the snow.

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Thanks for playing in the snow with me!