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Have you thought about a family portrait session but start feeling overwhelmed and full of dread when you consider what all goes into it? You’re not alone. Many clients report that they put off family photos because it seemed like a lot of work and stress or because they had an experience that just wasn’t […]

Family Portraits

March 11, 2021

Tips to Nail Your Family Photo Session With Less Stress | North Shore Chicago Family Photographer

brother and sister sitting smelling flowers

Perhaps the most important decision you make after saying “I do” is choosing your wedding photographer. After all, the photographer captures and records all those important details from the dress to the first kiss right down to the last dance, and they are who you will spend most of your time with on your big […]

Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Engagement Photos

March 11, 2021

How to Make Your Engagement Session Part of Your Love Story | Chicago Botanical Garden Engagement

couple posing for engagement photos in snow

If you were wondering what love in 2020 looked like: look no further. In September, a late afternoon played host to one of the most fabulous black-tie affairs that Elawa Farms has ever hosted. Having been together for over ten years, Jim and Barbara decided to commit to each other at this working, organic farm […]

Elawa Farm, Weddings

March 9, 2021

Jim and Barbara’s Elawa Farm Wedding | Intimate Black-Tie Wedding in Lake Forest

bride and groom portraits

Built in 1917, Elawa Farm in Lake Forest was initially a gentleman’s farm; it is noted for its refined design from the North Shore’s premier estate architects, David Adler and Alfred Hopkins. Named for its original owners, Elawa Farm is one of the last remaining Midwest estate farms. The Garden at Elawa is a slice […]

Elawa Farm, Family Photography

March 5, 2021

Rustic Romance & Fabulous Family Portraits at Elawa Farms | Lake Forest Family Photography

A new baby makes you a new family, no matter if this is your first baby or another addition! Just like no two babies are alike, professional photos taken after they come into the world should capture these moments in a way that is the most comfortable for your family. I offer a variety of […]

Chicago Newborn Photography, Fresh 48, In Home Newborn Session, Newborn Photography

January 20, 2021

Fresh 48, Newborn Sessions and Lifestyle Sessions; What’s the Difference? | Lake Forest Newborn Photographer

Newborn baby in white wrap

When Feifei contacted me for a newborn photography session in Chicago, specifically to celebrate his son’s 100th day of life, I was soooo very excited. I had never photographed this traditional Korean celebration before and I was looking forward to heading into Chicago to capture this momentous day. For those who aren’t familiar with this […]

Chicago Newborn Photography, Newborn Photography

November 21, 2020

Newborn Photography Session in Chicago, IL | Baby Leon

mom and son on bridge in chicago

No flower can lift someone’s spirits quite like sunflowers. They are bright and cheery, and as warm and inviting as the sweet summer sun. Sunflowers bloom in abundance for only a few weeks each year. This year I will be offering family sunflower mini sessions in SE Wisconsin! I find myself writing this post on September 11, […]

FamIly Session

September 12, 2020

Sunflower Mini Sessions in SE Wisconsin!

twins in sunflower field

A maternity photography session at Oak Brook’s Mayslake Peabody Estate

Maternity

February 7, 2020

Mayslake Peabody Estate |Maternity Photography

pregnant woman in white dress by window

A Fresh48 Photography session at Lake Forest Hospital

Fresh 48, Newborn Photography

January 17, 2020

Baby Gabriel | Newborn Fresh 48 Photography| Lake Forest Hospital

Fresh 48 newborn photography lake forest hospital

A few weeks ago, I did a maternity session with Yvette. Yvette is expecting her third child, a baby boy. and had been looking for a Chicago area maternity photographer. I have to say, she is a mama warrior. She is a full-time working mom and is expecting her third child with two older toddlers. […]

Maternity

September 12, 2020

Preparing for Maternity Photography | Chicago Maternity Photographer

A lifestyle in-home newborn session in Chicago

Newborn Photography

July 19, 2020

Chicago In-Home Newborn Photography Session

Heather contacted me to get some family pictures for her three children Tommy, Maia, and Ascher. She said it had been way too long since she had been able to get some candid photos. So they all joined me for a family session in Lake bluff on what turned out to a beautiful afternoon filled […]

FamIly Session

June 29, 2020

The Fowler Family | Family Pictures | Lake Forest Family Photographer

mother and daughter portrait outdoors in lake bluff