Beach session

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.