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Hadley, Paxton, and Lincoln Explore Lilacia Park

I had a gorgeous, sunny morning a few weeks ago to explore Lilacia Park in Lombard with three of my favorites. Hadley, Paxton, and Lincoln gave me some terrific smiles, and had a great time scoping out statues, flowers, and a waterfall in this pretty park. It was the perfect session to ring in the summer season. It was wonderful to catch up, Hollye and Mike! I can’t get over how much the kiddos have grown. Enjoy all of your fun summer plans with them, and Happy Father’s Day, Mike!

Katie at the Coffee Shop

I was so excited when Katie reached out about a set of fun new headshots. She is one busy lady, juggling a fulltime marketing job, writing for Chicago Parent and The Every Mom, and blogging about life with her active, growing family. I love following the stories she shares on her blog, Live Half Full. When Katie suggested shooting at Tala Coffee Roasters in Highwood, I jumped at the chance. I love the vibe in these pictures, and feel like they really capture Katie’s beautiful, creative, sincere personality. Thanks for a fun time, Katie! It was terrific getting to know you.

 

Afton and her sweethearts

I had the best time taking photos for Afton and her little sweeties the other day in my studio. A Mother’s Day mini session was perfect for this lovely mama and her growing crew. Jack and McKenna are absolutely adorable, and I am so thrilled for the family, who is planning to welcome another family member later this year. Congratulations on your impendng arrival, Afton, and thanks for coming over! 

Grace and Kaitlyn love their mom!

Mother’s Day Mini sessions have been so much fun this month! This was one of my absolute favorites. Tracey, Grace, and Kaitlyn were just wonderful, and we had a great time getting to know each other when they stopped by my studio last week. Maybe it was the fact that Grace and Kaitlyn remind me SO MUCH of my own two little girls, or that they were both super cooperative top models, or that these three beautiful ladies didn’t stop smiling and laughing and enjoying each other’s company our entire time together. Whatever the reason, I can’t get enough of these photos! Thanks so much for coming by, Tracey. I loved meeting you and the girls, and hope to see you all around soon.

 

Jack

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of getting to know Jack when he stopped by my studio for senior portraits. I had a feeling Jack would be super impressive, since I have met his mother and am in constant awe of her. I was right: he’s a mega talented chamber singer and history buff who is heading to Columbia this Fall to complete a duel BA program, the first half of which takes place at Sciences Pro in Reimes, France. If that isn’t awesome enough, Jack decided to make his photo shoot the coolest ever by pulling out his guitar and playing for me and his mom while I snapped pictures. He regaled us with tunes from “Landslide” (my favorite) to the “Friends” theme song, after I referenced it to try and explain my husband’s awful 90s poses in his senior pictures. (Very funny, Jack.) Sara and Alex, you have one heck of a kid. So polite, fun, and interesting, I wish him all the best on this next big adventure. Thanks for having me capture these fun portraits.