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I received an inquiry from Betty last summer saying she and her husband David found out that they were pregnant, and they wanted to set up a session with their families to surprise them with the news. So we did exactly that! We met at the Bahai Temple in Wilmette, IL on a beautifully sunny […]

March 8, 2022

Betty & David | Pregnancy Announcement

I’ve been photographing these three since their maternity days, and every year since. I cannot express how much fun it has been to document their family throughout the years. From maternity to the newborn stages to the toddler years, and now onto the little girl years. They moved to a new home recently, and this […]

January 13, 2022

Velez-Luce Family

I photographed the Blackburn family on a hot summer day in downtown Chicago. I actually met Danni on Instagram— She and her family had moved to Chicago from England for the year and I loved following along with all her stateside adventures! Needless to say, I was beyond excited to capture their sweet family. The […]

December 6, 2021

Blackburn Family

My brother and his wife welcomed little Luca into the world last year, and I had the privilege of photographing their family of three for the first time! It was a special session. Every newborn session is so special, but I definitely felt all the emotions seeing my brother hold his own son during these. […]

March 26, 2021

Baby Luca

2020. What. A. Year. To be honest, I can’t even believe it’s already over. The whole year feels like a giant blur that happened so quickly but so slowly at the same time. When COVID started I remember how many uncertainties there were surrounding it. One thing I was very certain about, however, was that […]

January 1, 2021

Best of 2020

I photographed Tommy and Kitchie’s wedding back in 2017 so it was so fun to get to photograph them again in this new chapter of married life where they bought their first home together! Photo sessions with these two are never without lots of laughter and joy. It was such a fun time documenting this […]

December 23, 2020

The Bakkens | Home

Lisa contacted me this summer asking about an extended family shoot for her in-law’s 50th anniversary. I love these types of sessions for so many reasons, one being that there are so many different relationship dynamics to capture, and so many different stories to tell. We started our time together with some 50th anniversary couples […]

November 29, 2020

Applequist Family

These two friends of mine just welcomed the most precious baby boy into the world! It was such a special session, photographing their family of three for the first time. Sweet little Ollie is one lucky little man. Photographing new families will never stop being a magical thing to me. These sessions are always so […]

November 1, 2020

Baby Ollie

I photographed the Clary family in November on a collllddddd fall day. By the end of the shoot we all had cold faces and cold hands, but they were all troopers through the whole thing! Idk what it is, but something about colder days in this city is so magical to me. Kat emailed me […]

December 18, 2019

Clary Family

Zoe Grace, the girl who made me an aunt for the first time ever, was born this past January (I’m a little late to posting these…). I might be a bit biased, but she is one of the most adorable little baby girls I have ever laid my eyes on! I was lucky enough to […]

July 31, 2019

Baby Zoe