Pilcher Park | New Lenox Commons | Joliet, Illinois | New Lenox, Illinois | High School Senior Photography | Hannah | August 10, 2019
Meet my baby sister (in-law). The youngest of 6, and the only girl. Last in the bunch, but definitely not least. She's beautiful and unimaginably smart. Your big brothers are so proud of you!
It was in 2004 when I first met this cute little blonde girl. I remember her being a bit shy when I first came around. I watched her grow into an incredible young woman. I can't wait to see what the world has in store for you, Hannah.
College is all about building – building friendships, building experiences, building connections, building relationships and more importantly, building your future. Don’t let anything come in-between you and your dreams because nothing is worth giving up on your destiny. It will be a journey as awesome and exciting as you let it be. Put aside your inhibitions and be hungry for success! As long as your heart tells you that you’re on the right path, as long as your gut tells you that you’re doing the right thing – never look back because those are the only things that will give you wings.
Love you, girl!
This adorable little guy is Aidan. He surprised mom + dad a month early, and stole their hearts instantly! He was snug as a bug throughout the whole session. I don't even remember him making a peep! This just meant a whole lot of cute sleepy baby pictures! Don't forget the fur baby! Scroll down for a totally sweet doggy and me capture. Congrats Jenna + Drew! You've truly been blessed!
South Ridge Park | Hoffman Estates, Illinois | Twins | Child photography | Emma + Eve | August 5, 2019
Did you miss Twin Day? We celebrate the special bond between twins, whether identical (monozygotic) or fraternal (dizygotic) during the first weekend in August. Yes, a whole weekend!
To honor such a miracle of life, I wanted to photograph this bond between sisters, Emma + Eve. Two beautiful, yet different flowers from the same garden. Golden hour light was magic and the girls loved it! Thank you for letting me capture these fun moments!
Riverview Farmstead | Naperville, Illinois | Family photos | Pancreatic cancer Awareness | july 7, 2019
Today heaven gained an angel: a father, husband, grandfather, United States Navy vet, but mostly a great man.
I'm so grateful that we made this family photo session happen during his last days. Though it was a hard one to get through, I knew how important it was. It's still hard. I'm having a difficult time typing without getting choked up. All I will end with is...
Gary, I hope you have one sweet ride up there in heaven.
Gary Wilmoth, 1963 - 2019
Citizen's Park | Barrington, Illinois | Family photography | One Year old | Siblings | Mila + Chase | July 14, 2019
I was just photographing newborn Mila in her cute little tutu and adorable bunny ears and just like that she's ONE! We captured Mila's milestone with a family session at Citizen's Park.
Citizen's Park was already a special spot for this beautiful family. Mom + Dad had their wedding photos taken here, and big brother Chase modeled for his 6-month photos in the same location. It would be perfect if Mila got her turn here too! And that's exactly what we did! Chase couldn't have been sweeter with his baby sister. There were so many "buzi" kisses to go around that Sunday evening! So much sibling love! Mila, you're in good hands, baby girl. Big brother Chase will protect you and love you to pieces.
Ah, yes I know. I'm so behind on my blogs! Forgive me!
Needed to share this totally super-awesome family. I can come up with a million adjectives to describe them. But they are truly the "funnest" and silliest family you will ever meet. You should see their holiday cards! Brothers Alex, Brandon and Mikko let their personalities shine, but they mesh so well together at the same time. FIVE makes FAMILY. Love you guys!
Evy + Jonathan. Probably the most entertaining brother + sister duo I have seen in a while! From so cute and loving to totally silly in a nano second. Especially Evy, she really kept me on my toes! Though I have to admit, it wasn't hard to get smiles out of these two, so let the silliness continue!
Prairie Center for the Arts | Schaumburg, Illinois | Family Photography | Parker + Family | June 8, 2019
Finally, a rain-free weekend day! Little Miss Parker + family met me at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. The grounds there are great for photo sessions. And I think everyone thinks so too! The places was swarming with families and photographers.
I first met Parker as a precious little newborn. I can still picture her beautifully decorated nursery and her itty-bitty feet! She's no baby anymore! She's an adorable little girl, who loves to dance, spin and jump! And collect pine cones? Pine cones are very cool, Parker. I must agree!
It was a pleasure hanging out with you guys! You are so much fun, and I'm looking forward to capturing these fun moments for years to come!
Sweet Oliver is about to be ONE! It's always crazy how time flies. I was just doing his superhero newborn photos...like YESTERDAY! Well I don't think we abandoned the super hero theme all together, but BABY SHARK is what this little boy wants at the moment! And of course a shark smash cake too!
Happy Birthday to you...DOo DoO DoO DoO DoO DOo!
Josie! The smiliest of babies I have ever had the pleasure to photograph! Perhaps it is the warmth and comfort of her mommy and daddy nearby, OR the jazz music playing in the background that soothes her instantly. Well we can't blame her for loving good music! With daddy being a music teacher + opera singer, she has it in her blood. We can't wait to see what incredible talents you will share with us, Josie!
Congratulations Tony + Allie on your beautiful baby girl, Josephine Fernanda! Your loving Italian family has been blessed and I wish you many more joys to come!
We called her Smalls. The popular multi-sport athlete who joined the bowling team and kicked everyone’s butt! And I’m so glad I had met her then. She was good! Like state finals good! And I always admired her robo arm.
Now Smalls has a Smalls of her own! Just 10 days old and cute as a button. I will have to give this little guy mad props for being so cooperative the entire time! He made this so easy for me. Heather (she does have a real first name) and Chad have been immensely blessed with this little boy. Congratulations!
This spunky, shoe-loving adorable little ONE year old is Hannah! Her bright yellow dress and headband were the perfect color for this little ray of sunshine! LOVE HER!
March can have pleasant, cool weather or it can make the lion-esque entrance that it did in the Midwest. The wind and cold kept us mostly indoors, but it didn't keep us from having fun. Hannah + big sister Paige made the lobby of the Hotel Indigo their own! And guests and staff loved it!
Happy Birthday Hannah!
Once again it didn't feel like a Midwest winter where we were this weekend! The Wilder Conservatory provided the perfect indoor backdrop for a beautiful Spring day that this 6-month cutie could enjoy! He was dressed appropriately for a garden party and he brought his infectious smile to melt my heart.
Though he can't talk quite yet, be sure that this fella will be trilingual almost as soon as he can put together his first sentence. Whether it will be "Kocham cię mamo" or "Σ' αγαπώ μπαμπά" Athan will make his mommy + daddy very proud! Congratulations Wioleta + George! Athan is such a blessing!
After our polar vortex I think everyone is in need of a little bit of sunshine and warm weather. Stella and her mom had plenty of sunshine, and some tropical temperatures here in Illinois! Well, okay it was inside a greenhouse, but we got to "get away" for an hour and pretend.
It feels like just yesterday when I was taking baby Stella's newborn photos, and now she has surpassed the half year mark! We say this all the time, but it's true: time really does fly! There were tons of kisses, cuddles and even some dancing as we explored the greenhouse. Baby Stella was happiest when mommy held her tight and danced around singing and cuddling her baby girl. It was the sweetest thing ever! It will be such a blessing watching you grow, Stella! All your cousins are thrilled to have added another cousin to their Cousin Crew!
Deer Grove Forest Preserve | Palatine, Illinois | Winter Maternity Shootout | Jaclyn | January 27, 2019
What do photographers do in the winter during our slow season? Well naturally we get bored and coordinate our own photoshoot or as we call them, a shootout! So why not plan one for a balmy 7-deg day? Outdoors. Great idea!
Our model and fellow photographer, Jaclyn, braved the bone chilling temps and gave us the most gorgeous maternity session we could have hoped for.
Though the temperature was definitely not ideal, the landscape and light was beautiful. Shimmering untouched snow, glistening around our model was quite the sight! The colors of both of Jaclyn’s gowns looked amazing against the crisp white snow.
Thank you to all the photographers that made it out! Special thank you to Jaclyn who volunteered to potentially become a human popsicle (though she rocked it like it was 70-deg outdoors!). Another thank you goes out to my good friend and fellow photographer, Sheena, who helped dig my car out of the snow when I got stuck and the stranger who helped push me out! Never a dull moment!
Now enjoy this beautifulness below!