I love Greenhouses and Conservatories. I’m obsessed with greenery and plants and I wish that I was able to keep some alive longer than a couple months. lol. The Ferns were amazing here and the warmth of the rooms felt soooo good! After a long long long winter the warmth and humidity was definitely welcomed. It felt like for a moment that I had gone to a different state or country with this family. I met them last year and when they told me they were expecting, I was so so excited to work with them again. It was a perfect afternoon and I loved the energy that surrounded them.
This session was a breath of fresh air for me. It’s so cold here in the Midwest and when these two had their little one early on the coldest day of the year, I wasn’t sure if they would still be up for their session. But, after settling into their new roles as first time parents they were ready the next week for their session. I have a small sun-room in my home that I use for sessions if clients choose to not use their own home. It’s cozy and just as if I was in their own home, I capture the very essence of why we are here. To capture them loving on their little one. It’s such a traditional time and it passes so so quickly. I love all the closeness and details. They were so so comfortable and laid back and made my job so easy. I hope you enjoy seeing their joy as much as I did capturing it.
Let me be very clear. Although my self-portrait journey has been one of the most rewarding acts of self love I’ve ever given myself, it has not been easy. 2018 marked my second year of getting behind the frame. Initially, when I started this it was merely to be present in photographs so my kids had proof that I was there. The thought of my kids rummaging through photographs after I’m long gone and wishing that there was more made my heart ache. But, during that first year of this journey I realized that I didn’t want the images to just represent my presence. I wanted them to speak of who I am. I wanted them to depict a time of when I was happy, or playful, or sad. I wanted them to tell my story or at least represent me in a way that my kids or family may not have known.
This year I did not complete the 52 weeks like I did the previous year. Life got in the way and it was so much harder for me to stay on track. But….I do think that this year the self-portraits took on a very different meaning for me. When I did get behind the camera it was usually because there was some kind of pull to be there. It was my voice when I didn’t want to speak. It was my secret space to heal when I was hurting. It was self-love when I didn’t feel like I was capable of giving an ounce of that to myself. I also found that my daughter would come and ask to be apart of my sessions as before I would have to ask her. So I am so happy that there are so many with her in them. I think she feels a sense of bonding when we do these. She even directs them sometimes. I freakin love that. I also noticed that I didn’t pick my self apart as much as I did last year. Maybe I’m on the road to self acceptance, maybe that’s what this thing is secretly teaching me. Whatever it is, I know that there is a crazy pull to keep these going and in this new year I hope to complete the 52 weeks. I’ve said this before but I am incredibly grateful to my P52radness group and for all the ladies I’ve met through there. Here’s to the new year and to a fresh start on this profound journey!
Ohhh Fall has been showing it’s beauty these last few weeks. I met this family a few years ago and their kiddos are always a blast. It has been one of the coldest and gloomiest Falls that the Chicago area has had for awhile, so when the sun makes an appearance I feel so drawn to capture it’s warmth. I always enjoy spending time with this family, and I can’t get enough of their kids energy. I wish it was contagious. lol. I need some!
Gloomy days are my jam. There’s a certain mood that accompanies the overcast skies and dreary weather. I loooove it! I feel that most people are scared of this weather when they have a session scheduled….don’t be!! The magic happens within your families. The weather is just the setting of your story. This mama is a crazy talented photographer (Adridelacruz Photographer) and when she contacted me, I was so freakin excited to work with her and capture her family. It’s been so rainy here in Chicago and after already one reschedule, I was afraid that it was going to happen again. It was calling for rain the day of our session and overcast skies. Thankfully, the rain stayed away and we embraced the overcast day. It reminded me of the beautiful photographs I’ve seen of Oregon. To be honest, there was so much love within this family that it probably wouldn’t have mattered if it was pouring. I left like a kid at Christmas…..and when I came home to this gallery my heart was so full. Perfect gloomy day. Beautiful family. Dream session.
One of the best things about this job is being able to meet clients and over the years be able to call them friends. I love to see my families grow and I love to see all the changes within their tribe. This family right here has been with me for years, and they have the sweetest kiddos. This is the first time we ventured to the beach. It was absolutely perfect. The kids were in loooove with the water and sand. Some of the best captures of a family is with them just…being. Just in the moment. Love these guys so much!
Sweet Sweet Baby boy. I always love meeting the new addition to the family. This sweet family is always a pleasure to work with, and I’m so glad that they welcomed me into their home. I love these sessions! Originally, when I spoke with mom, she opted to not do the lifestyle because they were remodeling. Then she ended up changing her mind, which I’m so glad she did. It was a perfect example that life isn’t perfect, and we don’t all have these non lived in homes that instagram and facebook tell us. Remodels are never done, kids makes messes, beds are sometimes left undone, dishes may be in the sink, etc. etc. etc. the list can go on and on. But that’s just it, real Life is the best thing to document. The best thing to keep those memories fresh. It’s honest, and it tells your story. That in itself is perfect.
Capturing families are my jam, but when a client asks if we can focus on capturing her and her husband because it’s their 10 year anniversary I am all in! This family is pretty amazing and it was so much fun being able to get mom and dad alone for some alone shots. Beach sessions are the best, and this beach has never disappointed.