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Owen, Emery, and Siena explore Lake Forest Beach

School may be starting again, but there’s still some Summer left, guys! The perfect way to hang onto it a little longer was with a beach photo session with this awesome family last Saturday. Keith, Jaime, Owen, Emery, Siena, and I had Lake Forest Beach to ourselves on a gorgeous morning. The kids did a fantastic job, and we all had a lot of fun with some very fun running and jumping shots. Love this family! It was great to catch up with you five…such a blast!


Grayson and Avery

LOVE THESE GIRLS! (All three of them! 🙂 )

It’s always a good time playing around with top models, Grayson and Avery. I was thrilled they stopped by my studio a few weeks ago to show me their best poses, smiles, and dance moves. I was also thrilled I was able to convince their beautiful mom, Jen, to join in on a few photos, as well! Those are some of my favorites of the whole session! Thanks so much for coming out, my dear friend, and bringing your two rays of sunshine with you!


Lily and the Smash Cake

Lily turns one later this month, so to commemorate her big day, her mom, Sarah, brought her by my studio for some smash cake fun! Lily was a star, and so dainty about how she ate her cake and played with the frosting. She has the sweetest little expressions and cutest poses…I can’t get enough of her little leggies, ohmygoodness! Thanks for coming over, Sarah! That was SO MUCH FUN!


Jack and Lucy explore downtown Naperville

I had the best time getting to know these two cuties last Sunday! We had a beautiful summer morning to explore downtown Naperville together. Jack was a “laughing smile” rockstar, and got his little sister, Lucy, to giggle and laugh through the session with him. What a blast! Thanks for coming out, Kate! It was so nice to meet you guys.


Henry and Elena in Lincoln Park

This is a family who loves to be together. Their love and joy is palpable and contagious, and that’s why I was so touched when I read what Corinne had written on my photo contract under How did you hear about me?: “You’re a part of our family now! :)”

That made my year.

Even when you have a job you absolutely love like I do…it’s hard to keep juggling it all, sometimes. But it’s comments like that, and families like this one, who started out as clients and morphed into much more than that, who make it all worth it. I look forward to seeing them every year…chatting, catching up on the latest, and capturing special memories for them as their family grows and changes. They are the reason I love what I do!

I have watched Henry and Elena grow up over the past six years. Our first session together was at this same location, a sentimental spot where Corinne and Todd took wedding photos years earlier…but teeny-tiny Elena wasn’t having it that day. We couldn’t help but tease Elena last weekend about her past baby diva moment!

Thanks for another awesome time, you guys! I loved hanging out with you on that gorgeous, sunny morning, and hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!