Chicago Maternity Session | Montrose Beach

There are a million places I’d love to visit, a million beaches I’d love to venture to. Sometimes I wish I lived out West to have the ocean and mountains as our backdrop. But, Chicago is a great city and although we don’t have the ocean or mountains we do have an amazing lakefront and I am thrilled to shoot here for sessions. These new parents to be were all for capturing this special time for them at the beach. I had the best time with them and it was a pleasure to capture their love and this mama’s beautiful growing belly.

Chicago Family Session | Garfield Park Conservatory Family Session |

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.

Lifestyle Newborn Session | Chicago, IL | Chicago Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

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.

Chicago Family Session | Fall Family Session | Chicago Family Photographer

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!

Evanston Beach Family Session | Chicago Photographer |Emotive Family Sessions

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.

Family Session | Evanston Beach Session | Chicago, IL Photographer

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.

Beautiful Mom & Son beach session | Chicago Family photographer

This beautiful mom and son session seriously gave me all the feels. There is something so indescribably heartfelt when you see yourself in your clients. I saw myself in her...i saw myself in them. I remembered when my son was this small. I remembered the embrace, the playfulness, and the nurturing. Time passes so fast, I say this alllll the time. Only because I've seen it, with my own son. I'm incredibly grateful that I get to witness and capture these memories for another family. It brings me peace, and for a moment's time it brings me back. I know she will love these and look back someday, and remember this day, and that embrace, and the way he looks at her.  The beach was absolutely perfect to capture this connection. I'm so glad that we were able to bottle these memories up for them. It was a perfect evening, to say the least. 

Maternity Session

This is one of my favorite maternity sessions from last year. I'm getting so excited for warmer weather and thought I'd share this one. This is my best friend and her beautiful family. She had her rainbow baby not to long ago and he is the sweetest little boy. I was so honored to be able to freeze this moment for them and for their little ones to cherish later in life. 

I had a conversation with my mom not to long ago about why she was not in a lot of photographs when she was younger. She had mentioned all the common things that you often hear; "I hated my teeth, I don't think I photograph well, we just didn't take a lot of pictures", etc. etc, etc. But the funny thing is, she says now she regrets it. We searched for photographs for when she was pregnant with me and I think we found one. Only one. When I look at old photographs of her, I don't care at all about all those things that bothered her then. And to be honest, she no longer cares about those things either.  I wanted to see how she "carried" me in her belly, or how she cared for my older brother while having another on the way. I wanted to see her life as a young mama. That's a piece of her that I don't really know. 

It's so important to get in the frame. I'm truly an advocate for this.  I know we don't always feel our best when we are expecting. We feel large, swollen, uncomfortable, not ourselves. But your babies won't care, I can promise you that. Document this special time, mama's.