Riley + Connor, the dynamic duo. This is the third time I got to photograph this fun bunch, but the first time we scheduled photos for the Fall. And once again, they kept me on my toes. No shyness at all with these two! This made for a fun, giggle-filled session!
I think I comment on Riley's curls in every one of her session blog entries, but who can ignore those Shirley Temple locks?! She's cute and super spunky and she can beat the Spider-Man game like a pro. And let's not ignore the fact that Connor grew like 2-feet since I last saw him! Gonna be a heart-breaker that one!
Maya Orion! Now 8 years old, but I've been taking her photos since she was a newborn! The tiny overlord she was! With Maya I know that I'll always have a fun and interesting session. She's fun and unpredictable, and I love it! Barbie came to this one!
We have sweet Maya, curious Maya, giggly and silly Maya, inquisitive Maya; sometimes even NINJA Maya! I never know which one I'm going to get or when. That winking photo, all Maya! She gives me so much to work with. She pretty much runs her session. I think it comes from having such a fun mom + dad (Mike + Kristen, you guys rock!) There hasn't been a photo session without laughter and some humor thrown into the mix. Looking forward to so many more fun sessions to come!
Sophie! I have seen photos of you since the day you were born. And this weekend I was finally able to meet you! And let me say this, I totally waited too long! Cuteness overload! Those curls. Those eyes! Do you see little hearts appearing everywhere around each picture? I do!
We initially tried to do this back in May and due to weather (well you know...MIDWEST!) we had to reschedule. And as midwest weather goes, we had torrential rains the day before and sporadic rains the day of our shoot. But we did it! If anything, the misty conditions brought out more of those beautiful curls. Sophie is also quite the mover and the shaker. Shaking her bum to the rhythm of her own rain dance! Had such a great time with you guys!
Finally some sun! Some beautiful golden sun! We had to reschedule this session on multiple occasions due to rain going all the way back to May! But we finally made it happen, even though the rains the night before had us worried.
Courtney and brother David were awesome! Courtney was no stranger to having her photo taken. She'd strike a pose of her own like a pro! David had some warming up to do, but once he got there his adorable smiles made the photos shine! I loved when giggles turned into silliness, which turned into cute photos of brother + sister!
Settler's Park | Plainfield, Illinois | Family Photos | Rylie, McKenna, Brady + Clark | August 31, 2019
Kat has been a client of mine for several years now. And I'm always so thrilled to get to do her family photos year to year. This time I got to meet baby Clark! Lashes for days on this cutie! Big sisters McKenna + Rylie are the prettiest girls you'll ever see! I think they look just like their momma! Girls, I need to know where you get those trendy glasses! LOVE!
Big brother Brady is as handsome as can be. Can't believe how much he's grown in so little time! But most of all, everyone is excited for the newest addition, coming soon!
Congrats to this adorable family! Thank you so much for letting me capture photos of your beautiful, growing family.
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!