Lifestyle | Jameson One Year

Oh how this little nugget has changed since his newborn session last year!  I had so much fun with Jameson and his mommy and daddy documenting these sweet everyday moments that mark out his first year.  I love portrait-y sessions, but I'm telling you--these everyday moments are so important to capture too.  Messy, shirtless eating, tiny toes, sip cups and favorite books...these are the moments that become the very best memories.  Here are just a few of my favorites... 

Lifestyle | The Benter Brothers

Ohhhhh...this session made me want to travel back in time to take my own kids pictures in this spot, with that light, at those ages.  We trekked wayyyyyy out into this field to get to this beautiful, buttery light, and I'm so glad we did.  I had so much fun with these energetic, silly, sweet brothers, and I'm so glad to have had the chance to capture these images for their mama. 

Lifestyle | Kieft Family

I first met this sweet family last year when we captured their fall family pictures, so I was SO excited to see them again this year!  Hemlock Crossings has quickly become one of my favorite locations for sessions, especially in the fall, because the light and the colors are absolutely amazing.  It was so good to catch up with Mark and Tina and their kids--I am so in love with every shot from my time with them.  This session is definitely one of my favs from 2016.  

Maternity | Videtich Family

These guys are really looking forward to Christmas this year; their new addition is due on Christmas Day!  In the meantime, we had a perfect evening to capture some maternity and family pictures.  I am IN LOVE with every shot from this session...the colors and the light were perfect, and this family was just the sweetest.  Looking forward to meeting their little one soon!

Newborn | Annaleigh

This perfect little peanut was long-awaited and is so incredibly loved by her family.  She and her mama came to see me on her 7th day, and she was the sweetest little thing.  She slept for most of her session, but was awake toward the end, so we were able to get a couple of awake shots--bonus!  Here are just a few of my favorites from this sweet session....

Lifestyle | Partridge Family

I think for some parents, the thought of family pictures can be a really stressful thing.  What if they don't behave?  What if they don't look at the camera or smile?  What if this turns into a 3-ring circus??  Let me tell you: you can stop stressing out.  Really.  Because kids will be kids, and that's totally ok!  We will capture them smiling at each other, teasing each other, tickling each other, running, jumping, and loving on each other, and it will be beautiful.  Because your kids are beautiful, and it's so, so good to capture all of that character and personality when they're this little.  This is the approach we took with the Partridge boys; they were absolutely *the* sweetest, and we had so much fun capturing them just being kids.  And the matching outfits??  High five, mom!  So stinkin' cute. 

Lifestyle | Kutches Family

One of my favorite things about doing what I do is getting to see babies I've photographed as newborns come back for milestone or family sessions.  I hadn't seen little Miss Parker since her newborn session, and it was so much fun to see how much she has grown and changed in the last 6 months!  She is just as sweet as she was when she was tiny, and is *so* loved by her mama and daddy.  

Lifestyle | Allen Family

Hemlock Crossings Park was the perfect backdrop for this adorable family's lifestyle session, with it's gorgeous light and beautiful colors.  I immediately fell IN LOVE with this family when we met, and it was so fun to spend some time getting to know them while we captured these sweet moments and memories...

Newborn | Dylan

This little guy was the perfect gentleman during his studio newborn session!  At 7 days old, he slept like a champ, and was the curliest, sweetest little thing.  I absolutely love the timeless simplicity of these minimalist sessions, and how womb-like these poses are.  Here are just a few of my favorites.....

Studio Milestone | Maddie

Milestones are some of my favorite sessions to do, so I was so excited when Maddie's mama called me to schedule her one year session!  Maddie has *the* prettiest brown eyes, and these simple, neutral setups were the perfect showcase for her brown-eyed beauty.  

Senior | Claudia

I can't say enough about this night, this session, and especially this girl! Claudia and her family drove all the way in from Rockford for her lakeshore session, and we had absolutely the perfect evening for it.  She was a complete natural in front of the camera, and had the sweetest personality to match.  We covered a lot of ground that night, and it was so fun getting to know Claudia and her family while I snapped away.  Here are just a few of my favs.....

Newborn Lifestyle | Aubrey

We had the best of both worlds with this sweet little peanut and her family--I got the pleasure of a studio session with her to get some styled/posed shots of her at only 4 days old, AND we did an in-home lifestyle session on top of it!  I absolutely LOVED capturing this sweet family in their own home, as they welcomed their beautiful daughter.  Thank you for sharing these special moments with me, Marc and Elizabeth! 

Senior | Sydney

You know those people in your life who are not *actually* family, but have become just like family through years of sharing life?  Well, that's who Sydney and her family are to us.  So I was thrilled when Syd's mom Sandy contacted me to do her senior pictures.  We had a gorgeous evening for her session, and as an added bonus I was able to include my new-to-me vintage red couch in some of her shots.  We LOVED how her session came out.  Here are just a few.....

Newborn | Minimalist Collection

A couple of months ago I tried my hand at something new: minimalist newborn photography.  The idea is to keep things very simple, pure, and organic, with all of the focus on baby, rather than styling or props.  I absolutely fell in love with the timeless simplicity of these photographs.  This collection of images are a sampling from three separate sessions using this "less is more" concept.   Enjoy:  Simple + Pure   

Lifestyle | Addison's Birthday Wish

I LOVE it when I get to be part of secrets and surprises, especially when it involves making a sweet eight-year-old girl's dream come true!  Addison's mom contacted me about a special type of session; she had made arrangements for Addison to have a few riding lessons at Cloverfield Stable in Nunica for Addison's birthday, and wondered if I could be on hand to capture Addison's excitement as this birthday wish was coming true.  Of course, I said yes!  We had a gorgeous evening at the stable, and while Addison did know about it a little in advance, the excitement was written all over her face.  I absolutely loved being part of making these memories with Addison and her mom, and I hope they enjoy these images for many, many years to come.  Special thanks to Geneva at Cloverfield Stable for her help with making this session possible.  

Newborn | Charlotte

Having just opened my new commercial studio, I was so excited to have my first newborn in my sweet and cozy space.  I thought I was going to have ample to get settled in before Miss Charlotte made her arrival, however she had other ideas, surprising me and her entire family by arriving a couple of weeks early--before we were even able to get mama's maternity pictures done!  While her early arrival threw us for a bit of a loop, she was a perfect angel for her session.  Here is a sample of some of the sweet and simple images we were able to capture of her on her sixth day.   

Senior | Spencer S.

I get it.  Most guys don’t love to have their picture taken—even if it’s for something as awesome as senior pictures.  But this guy absolutely rocked his sessions—yes, I said sessions, plural.  We met at the football field one late-summer evening to get pics of Spencer in his element, doing what he loves.  We met again a couple months later (on a decidedly chillier afternoon) to get some portraits.  And both times, Spencer’s positive attitude and awesome personality shone through.  Congratulations, Spencer….I know you will go on to do great things, and I’m so excited to see what the future holds for you!

Lifestyle | The Lewakowski Family

One of my very favorite locations is Crockery Creek Natural Area, and this was the site of my meeting with the lovely Lewakowski family.  The air was definitely crisp the evening we met, but this family wasn’t daunted.  I loved everything about this session, but what I think I loved most was capturing these two sweet sisters together.  They are absolutely adorable individually…but together?  Magic.   

Lifestyle | The Fite Family

Gorgeous autumn light.  Laughter.  Love.  So much obvious love for one another.   All of these came together to result in a relaxed, laughter-filled mini session for the Fite Family.  Their laughter was contagious!  When I’m cracking up right along with my clients…yup. This is what it’s all about.  And so much a part of why I love what I do.