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At Home | Aurora, Illinois | Family | Kids Photography | Josie | July 12, 2020

Children, Family, Lifestyle, Photo Blog

Allie + Tony, along with daughter Josie, have just purchased a beautiful little home with such incredible land. Backing up to preserve, it has everything you'd want in a backyard. Frequent wildlife, trails, lakes....it's a dream! And I have to say that the macrame hammock is the most perfect touch!

We just had to capture this new chapter in their lives. Congratulations!

This is not the first time I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family. If you recall, I captured little Josie's newborn photos! This little shop girl has grown so much since then! She frequently makes an appearance in her mommy's marketing videos for the Occasions gift shop in Naperville, Illinois. It has been voted #1 gift shop in Naperville (more than once!).

Occasions was founded in 2007, and remains a neighborhood family run gift store tucked away in Naperville. Allie originally started working at the shop in college. She spent 5 years managing and learning the ropes from founder Donna Smith, prior to purchasing Occasions in May of 2016. In the midst of this pandemic, many small businesses have been suffering. Some are just trying to recover; some will never reopen. Allie has given me some hope for my own small business. Through all this she has stayed so positive and optimistic, and mostly grateful. Seeing her happy face on facebook (and Josie!) has been the start of many of my days. If you are ever in Naperville, please, please check them out.



Fringed Macrame Hammock

Chicago Tribune - Allie Pape