Gina Santellano

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.

Traverse City Michigan getaway | Beach all day everyday | Chicago Photographer

We love Michigan! This was our second time traveling to Traverse City. It was my daughters first time. We live in Chicago and are about 5 hours away. The drive is not too bad and it is well worth it. We explored 9 beaches while we were there. To say that we were beachin hard is an understatement. haha!! We loved all of them! We ventured to beaches in Traverse as well as outside of the city. We explored Sleeping Bear dunes, Empire, Honor, Geln Arbor, and made a pit stop in Ludington on our way back. It was pretty amazing. Of all the beaches our favorite was Platte River Beach. This was in Honor, MI and it is where the River meets the lake. We had a 2 hour lazy river float and it ended right at the beach where we stayed the rest of our afternoon. 

We will be back. Michigan was absolutely beautiful, and it was so much fun to explore.