Due to the miles between, I don’t get to see this little bubba (A.K.A. – nephew) as often as I would like – but when I do….I take every op to get my lens on him.  His cheeks are creamy soft and his dreamy eyes can pull me in every time.  He has started talking up a storm and told me the other day that I was his favorite Aunt.  What, you don’t believe me?!

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Pure joy….the top two words that come to mind when I think of the energy between this family. The candle holders were fitting! Wishing the B clan the merriest of holiday seasons! You are the best…

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You really can’t go wrong in spending time at the Mayslake/Peabody Estate in Oak Brook during the fall. The leaves are deep in color, the air is crisp and the photos come alive.  This is my fourth sessions with little miss Mylie, but our first year attempting photos in the fall.  At age four, she kept me on my toes!  I thought my daughter had energy.  She doesn’t have a thing on this little ball of fire!  Enjoy peeking at the below.  Her eyes and innocence will draw you in like no other.  Just gorgeous!
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Sharing smiles from the triple threat today!  This shoot is what I believe to be the sixth year in a row that I have had the privilege of getting my lens on these three lovelies.  I used to get to see them more often when we lived closer – but this time around I hadn’t seen then in many moons.  Was shocked to see how they have changed and how they are anything but little any more.  My old funnies of making crazy noises and bad jokes no longer worked to get them to laugh hysterically.  Having Mom dance some bad moves and sing inappropriate songs didn’t even work!  We had to up the ante and pull some new tricks out of the hat.  The way that they dive into conversation and interact with each other is a photographers dream! A huge thanks to the B family for always being so easy going on our shoots.  You are the best!

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You have probably seen these two smiling faces on my wall before.  This was our fourth shoot since these twins were born and each year gets more entertaining!  Their Mama is a pro at incorporating props into our shoots – which always keep the kiddos excited and in full gear.  This round we actually headed to the Michigan City family beach house.  I was thrilled to finally get to see their home away from  home.  A huge thanks to the W family for being so fabulous!

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What?  Back to school already?  Miss Gracelyn keeps reminding me that she isn’t going ‘back’ to school since this is her first year…ever!  We headed out on a gorgeous early September morning to find a secluded area to haul a ton of school supplies for a little ‘back’ to school mini session.  I have had this antique treasure of a desk  in my position since my Grandma passed two years ago and have been itching to use it for such a great moment.  I figured there was no better time than my daughter’s first school experience.  Sending positive energy out there to all of you headed back to the classroom!  Cheers to a fabulous year!

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Little Mr. Joseph has turned the big two!  Seems like just yesterday that I was taking his newborn photos.  Joseph is full of energy and smiles all around.  He has the easiest disposition ever!  We had a beautiful day to be outside exploring every inch of nature at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights.  Lucky for me – Joseph loved watermelon!

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I can’t tell you how many times a year I hear my clients tell me that they can’t be in the photos with their children.  They are feeling that their hair isn’t colored perfectly, or maybe there is extra weight to be run off.  I always find myself wanting to give a little lecture to try to get them to look twenty years down the road.  Twenty years into the realization that their kids remembered them for exactly who they were at the time.  Not for the one moment their hair was fixed or they were at their perfect body scenario.  They simply will recall a photo with Mom and Dad and the memory that came into play in that moment.  …..then came my family vacation this summer.  Uh-huh.  I actually was feeling pretty decent the day we were prepping for photos.  Decent windblown hair from the salt air, outfits all matched and the entire family was generally in a good mood.  We proceeded ‘in-tune’ to what would turn out to be some decent photos!  Possibly even one for the wall.  But, I can assure you that once I sat down to edit the photos – my reflection didn’t appear to be the same person I saw getting ready in the mirror back at the beach!  I was a little heavier, my hair had a little more static and I was frustrated with my lack of ‘placing’ people in the best positions that would flatter them in the pic.  After a day of driving myself crazy – I took my own advice and remembered what I try to tell families who trust me with their sessions.  Did any of those things matter?  In the end – nope.   My kids will still love this memory someday and will see me as just plain old Mom.  I can handle that.  🙂  If anything, I’m hoping that I find the determination to find myself again along the path…to the next family photo!

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