She said yes!

Nicole reached out to me back in October with a secret up her sleeve. You see, she was planning a vacation to Chicago with her girlfriend and wanted to propose while she was here. In my opinion, she picked one of the best views of Chicago as the backdrop and we crossed all of our fingers and toes for decent weather. It was such an emotional and sweet thing to be in on the secret and I loved every single second of it.

Thank you so much for including me during this most exciting time. Congratulations, you two! You were a dream to work with.

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Thanks again for letting me part of such an amazing night.

Cheers!

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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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? 

Casey & Tanveer are engaged!

These two are getting married next summer in Ohio's Cuyahoga National Park, but they wanted to take a few photos in Chicago. We had so much fun touring the city and stopping in at some places a bit off the beaten path. I love it when my clients have fun ideas.

Also, what is that saying about a couple that laughs together? They stay together! Their laughter is infectious. 

Take a look. 

Then we were off to see about a couple of bridges with some views. 

And, that is a wrap! I can't wait for June 23, 2018! 

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!

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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Morgan, Drew & Ueli!

Morgan and Drew are expecting their first baby next month and wanted to document this time before their new arrival. We started out in Olive Park near where it all began in downtown Chicago. They lived near here until recently, so it was the perfect place for a photo shoot. Of course, we made sure to include Ueli—their photogenic pup. He was slightly distracted by the other dogs in the park, but he was great! In fact, I think this whole family could be models and I can’t wait to meet their first born. 

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Then we headed to Ohio Street beach to change it up a bit.

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