Newborn Photography

You know how people get around babies.  Smiles spread across faces…voices get softer and sweeter.  Joy just seems to emanate.  It was exactly like that when I met with Justin and Leah to photograph their little one.  I work with Leah and seeing her light up while holding her little person was beautiful!  It is amazing to me how a person so small can bring so much joy but they do.  I kept musing on about how darn adorable their little one was and Leah kept saying in the soft motherly tone she’s GREAT!  She is right.  Her little one is definitely great 🙂  Here are some of the photos I took.

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Baby Photography

I was really excited when Jenny and Brent said I could photograph their little girl.  She was wide eye and awake almost the whole time I spent time with her.  Just a little bundle of curiosity getting to know her new world.  I love being able to watch parents with their little ones.  Everything is done with such care and love.  It is amazing that someone so small commands so much attention.  Here are a few of the shots of this new little person 🙂

Jellies

The Shedd Aquarium is a blast and a half.  My little one could have spent all day there if we let her.  She would spend all of her time playing in the activity areas for little ones and if I’m honest I loved playing as well 🙂  It is awesome to get out as a family in the city.  I also got to take some photos of the Jellies exhibit.  I could have spent hours watching jelly fish move.  The rhythm is hypnotizing.  The exhibit will be there through the end of May and I think it is well worth the trip down to the museum campus.

Filling up

This year I have really focused on getting more information crammed into my brain.  Photography as a career Aaaahsome…learning all about business challenging.  I think it is big time, huge important for me to spend time at workshops since I’ve  learned photography outside of a formal setting, and the workshops almost always spend time focusing on the business of being in the photography business.  So just about every month I have been watching CreativeLive.com which offers free workshops on photography when you watch it live.

In March I went to Jasmine Star’s theFix and found it to be a wonderful way to meet new photographers and expand my mind with new ideas.  She is a very animated speaker as you can tell from the photos and an excellent bizwoman!


This past week I went to the Salle School workshop and got filled up on photoshop ideas.  Now I like my photos to look like photos but the things people are able to do with photoshop amazes me.  I’m also trying my best to fit in extra reading and I hope to share soon!

Annie & Cliff

Annie and Cliff shared their marriage with their family and friends with an intimate, and elegant dinner at the Everest.  Their friends and family toasted to them and their commitment.  It was wonderful to watch them enjoy their celebration with those closest to them.  It is an honor to have people allow me into their lives to capture their special moments.

Their smiles and laughter were a pleasure to capture.

Family Time

It’s amazing to watch people enjoy their loved ones.   When one of my co-workers allowed me to spend time with his family, it was nothing but pure pleasure.  I loved every moment.   I feel incredibly lucky to be invited into people’s lives and be able to capture some of their life together.

Andy’s three ladies are beautiful.  I was so lucky to be able to capture the four of them together.  All of them were so much fun to photograph.  Oh and watch out world for the oldest little lady.  Modeling here she comes.

Thanks for letting me spend time with your family!

Rainy Days

I love rainy days.  I especially enjoy them when I get to play with my little one.  She can make the smallest raindrop entertaining and a big puddle cute!  As rain splashes against her face she looks up at me with awe, her big eyes looking to me to explain how the world could produce such wonders.

On this particular day we had an umbrella with us.  For my little explorer it was a great tool to hide, crawl under or schlep through puddles.

Enjoy!

Family Shoot

At the beginning of the month I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time with a wonderful family. It was pure joy to watch them interact. Their little one is completely beautiful…really, she lights up the camera. I’m so grateful that they let me spend time with them and capture some of their smiles.  Enjoy!

ps I’m sorry I took an extremely long time to finally get these photos on here, but to my defense I was working on the whole getting married thing ☺ I’m a wife now (Wedding planning down, still the Chicago Marathon to go)!

What’s the point?

She wondered What’s the point?  He wondered Would she ever stop saying that?  Though they lived states apart there was an undeniable connection.  As her friend I noticed a difference because she talked about this guy.  Yes she continuously said What’s the point?  (poor guy didn’t know what he was up against), BUT she wanted to talk about him and spend time with him.  Amazing!

Even though their initial dating was kind of intense (hey they crossed state lines to see each other.  her in Illinois with her heart in New York and him in Kentucky), it was always comfortable.  They enjoyed each others company.  Caitlin and Kyle didn’t take long to settle in the same state.  Then over Turkey weekend with their families together, he proposed.  AND my friend, who truly cared less about any boy before him, said Yes!  I guess we know the point now and if you ask me she always knew too 🙂  Congrats Cait and Kyle!  I can not wait for your wedding.


Family Photo Session


I spent Friday doing a hundred and one things to get ready for my family trip and my wedding in Cali. There was last minute packing, last minute purchases, and last minute see you laters (yet I still forgot swimsuits…what kind of trip will this be without some swimsuits).

Among all the little things I did for my family I got the opportunity to do something for another family. I took photos of a lovely family. I really enjoyed watching them play together. They obviously love spending time together. The lake was blue. The sky a dusty blue gray and all of it was beautiful. I cannot wait to share some of the shots with everyone later this week. Until then enjoy the scenery we had to work with.