Riverview Farmstead Preserve | Naperville, Illinois | Family Photography | Clancy Family | August 5, 2018
Riverview Farmstead!!!! A fellow photographer told me about this place and I thought I would give it a shot (pun intended!). I am so happy that I did. This place is the cutest little farmstead with so many backdrops and variety to offer. I had to really contain myself. The excitement was real! And thank you to this adorable family for letting me pick this location. It was simply perfect for them. We could have done without the 90+ degree heat and the wind gusts (oh, heavens the flyaways...) but aside from that, this was perfection.
Ava, Emma and Declan were so awesome! The sisters were truly two distinct flowers from the same garden. I heard this quote somewhere and thought it was so fitting for these two little girls...surrounded by wildflowers, wearing flowers and with flowers in their hair (check out Mad for Bows on facebook! Shout out for making these awesome bows! Thank you!)
Brother Declan is such a stud muffin. Walking around the preserve, with his hands in his pockets like he owns the place. LOVED it! Though he is the little brother, I'm sure he will protect his sisters no matter what.
And please, if anyone in the Naperville/Plainfield area is interested in a shoot there, please let me know! It's awesome!
Yes, the yellow couch again! Everyone wants a session at Cantigny and I don't blame them. The place was crawling with photographers that Sunday evening, but what a beautiful evening it was. Since it was photos of his Auntie, Uncle and cousins, I brought my little assistant with me, my son Konrad. Can't say he was much help, just scroll down to the last photo to see one of the outakes of the cousins playing and just being kids. Super cute!
Wedding day is soon approaching for Nick and Ashley and we needed to snap some engagement photos before the big day. This was really a family engagement session, because these two kids are their world. Like I said before...welcome to the family Ashley, though you were really already family from day one. Congratulations! Can't wait to celebrate this September!
Cousins! My assistant slacking on the job....smh. LOL!
This potential Fourth of July baby arrived a bit early, but that's just because she couldn't wait to meet her big brother Chase, doggy Bentley and of course her two loving parents.
I've got to say this was one of the most content babies I ever had the pleasure working with. She pretty much slept for the entire session. She was so comfy cozy, I was almost afraid to move her, though nothing seemed to aggravate this little firecracker. I was able to capture a lot of lifestyle photos with brother and sister and the family just enjoying each other and the company of their newest, sweetest pink and rosey addition. Notice that big rose bow and tutu! How freakin' cute is that! Congratulations Amber and Kamil on your two beautiful children. You are truley blessed!
This dance sensational duo is so much fun. Not only did I get a lesson in "flossing" I also had the pleasure to watch these two do a dance routine. It took a good two days to get "Hair Up" from the movie Trolls out of my head.
Naperville Riverwalk on a hot and muggy day wasn't exactly ideal, but we made it work. We hung out in the shade as much as possible and took hydration breaks. Violet and Alice are super adorable and I was thrilled to be spending that morning with them. Scroll all the way down for VIDEO! Disclaimer: I'm not a videographer :-)
Thought I'd switch over to video to catch part of their routine.....HAIR UP!
Prairie Center for the Arts | Schaumburg, Illinois | Family Photography | Noga Family | June 23, 2018
When I returned to photography this year, I basically needed to reintroduce myself to potential clients. A little ol' app on my phone was just the way. It connects you with your neighbors! This is exactly how I met the Noga family. Three beautiful girls, with totally different personalities! That is what made this photo session so fun...and the bubbles too! Hope we run into each other again!
Welcome to this crazy world Oliver James! You don't know it yet, but you will love Marvel Comics, hockey and soccer. Your dad already has all of his FIFA World Cup predictions in, I saw them on facebook. And your mom is super crafty so you will probably inherit that creative gene of hers as well.
New parents Megan and Ryan welcomed little Oliver on June 1st! If these proud parents look familiar, perhaps you've see their engagement photos on my blog! I'm thrilled that I get to continue to photograph their little thing called life. Let's scroll down to that last photo of this post. I've said this before, but Oliver already has super powers. He will make you fall in love with him instantly.
Mini Sessions and More | Citizen's Park | Klehm Arboretum| Barrington, Illinois | Rockford, Illinois
I started off the season with some mini sessions at Citizen's Park in Barrington. I had four beautiful families that jumped right in, made the drive and got up early to make these happen. Below are some of my favorites from that day. Here's to a another great photography season! I'm back to doing a couple weddings as well. Looking forward to sharing the wonderful stories I capture with all of you.
Oh and my baby brother is getting married! They have picked an awesome photographer to capture their day and I can't wait for October! We recentely visted their wedding venue, Klehm Arboretum in Rockford, IL, Hey, let's practice taking photos because "when in Rome..." Congrats to them!
The month of October hasn't been kind to us. We had a lot of very wet and rainy weekends, and unfortunately this means a lot of my photo sessions were cancelled and/or rescheduled. This beautiful family scheduled and rescheduled just to wake up to rain, sometimes even torrential rain, with no clearing in sight for a photo session to take place. Every available weekend in October we tried to get together, but it wasn't in the cards. Rain, rain and more rain! Finally on the last Saturday in October we made it happen!
Despite the chilly temperatures, dreary skies and random drizzle this awesome family rocked it! They had so much fun with the shoot. I bet you couldn't even tell that it was 30 some degrees and I was wearing a heavy winter coat! The boys had so much fun, running around and keeping each other warm. In every photo you can see their personalities shine through. I couldn't just pick a couple photos to share because I loved so many of them! As we took our last set of photos, snowflakes stared falling. It was such a great way to end the photo session.
You guys did amazing! Not to start quoting Disney movies, but the cold never bothered you anyways :-)
I won't lie or sugar coat the fact that we simply have no color this fall. The weather was just not favorable for fall colors this year and it's somewhat disappointing. However, we still have the light to play with. And light can cast some really pretty color. This was the case last Sunday morning. After a rainy Saturday, the sun appeared again the next morning and made for some warm and bright images of this awesome family. LIttle Jack you are growing like a weed! Not so little anymore! Mom + Dad must be really proud of you!
Photography allows me to get the opportunity to capture images of so many wonderful people, families and couples. It also gives me a chance to contribute to great causes as well. During this session I got to do both! King and Vicky are collegues of mine who participated in a charity auction for a great foundation. I donated my services, and their generous bid won them the auction.
Both families met at Gallery Park in Glenview, Illinois. One day shy of October and the weather was simply gorgeous!
Fall is by far the busiest season for most photographers. This is preciously why I haven't been blogging much these last few weeks, but I'm back! I'm back and with a super adorable family session at a totally new location. Brother and sister duo and their parents met me up at Gallery Park in Glenview. Thanks to a recommendation from a fellow photog! Thank you!
This location is super cute, especially the Little Bear Park section where we took all these shots. Splash pad one minute to playground the next! Such an active and super sweet little boy! His little sister, just as adorable. Just look at that hair! Curls for days!
It's been nearly a decade of a great friendship with Alan and Jen! I still remember doing their engagement photos at Montrose Harbor in Chicago. One of the very first engagement shoots I have ever done. And just 9 short days ago they welcomed their second daughter into the world. Welcome Maggie Grace! Big sister Hallie is thrilled to have new playmate, sorry Hunter (dog).
We already know these fun facts about Maggie's future:
1. She will inherit the undying love for the Chicago Cubs (duh!)
2. She will make frequent visits to the firehouse
3. She will be compassionate, nurturing and kind
4. She will lookup to her older sister and have a best friend for life
5. She will look just like her momma! (sorry Alan, I see more Jen)
Remember, when a new baby comes along, your love doesn't get divided, it multiplies. Congratulations!
It feels like just yesterday when I was shooting Aarav's newborn photos, and now his little sister Ananya just turned ONE! I say this all the time, but time sure does fly. We strolled around the Naperville Riverwalk on a gorgeous day and captured some family photos along with a mini cake smash for the birthday girl! Big brother Aarav was so much fun to shoot as he challenged me with so many different faces, never knew which one I was going to get. But just looks at the photo with his sister! Happiest little boy in the world. So much sibling love!
Happy Birthday Ananya!
I must say, this was a first for me. I've done weddings at golf courses and country clubs, but never a family session. And you know what, I LOVED IT! It wasn't smooth sailing right off the bat as we had to reschedule due to inclement weather, though the 2nd time was the charm! Rolling Green is a 105-acre, private country club founded in 1924! The property is simply spectacular, so much to offer! It was the perfect backdrop for this special photo session.
Howard + Barbara have been blessed with five beautiful grandchildren. I was happy to capture photographs that they can treasure forever. Make sure to remember that what children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies!
This little guy will be 2 very soon and it's crazy how fast time flies! I'm sure by just looking at these photos you can tell this boy has so much personality. I call this collection "The Many Faces of Blake" --- obviously! A blonde little stud with hair for days! Bluest eyes you've ever seen and the cutest smile in town! Gonna be a heartbreaker, this one.
Blake and his mommy and daddy met at a totally new location for me. Citizen's Park in Barrington, Illinois. The location is park district owned and has won several awards for its design. It even has a tree house you could rent out for birthday parties! How cool! With that being said, the tree house was being used for a party so we weren't able to take photos there, but a sure place to check out!