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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.

 

Fun with Nana

I was so happy to capture some special photos with this awesome family last Sunday afternoon. Everyone was in town for Aly’s First Communion, and it was a BIG weekend, so I feel honored that they made time for me! We had gorgeous weather to explore Olive Park together, and had a lot of laughs. As always, Aly and Keira were top models…I just can’t get enough of those two little sisters.  It was wonderful to see you again Jamie, Jason, Aly, Keira, and David, and it was so nice to meet you, Karen and Denise! You have a lovely family, and it’s always a pleasure.

We Love You, Oskar

Lucy really debated whether to take maternity photos. As a superstitious person myself, trust me, I get the hesitation. But, for so many reasons, we were all very thankful we captured these memories for this amazing family last Sunday. A day later, their beloved dog, Oskar, unexpectedly passed away. Everyone is heartbroken by this loss. I know what a special member of the family Oskar was, and I only hope these sweet pictures will bring a little bit of comfort. We had a beautiful morning together, enjoying a picture-perfect Spring day in Highland Park. Leo was a total star, per usual, and gave me some of his best smiles ever. And Lucy, you look gorgeous! I am so excited to meet the newest addition to your family later this year. I’ll be thinking of your family during this time of big changes, and wishing you all the best.

Sweet Baby Rose

This was one of those sessions when the photos turned out exactly how I had envisioned the concept in my head. I give all the credit to baby Rose, who was smiley and sweet throughout our entire session (even when her mama and I went a tad overboard with all of her wardrobe and accessory options!) It’s hard to believe Rose is already 6 months old. I feel so honored to have been able to capture her as a newborn and now at this fun stage. I already can’t wait for our next session together! Thanks so much for coming over to play at my studio, Brianne and Rose! Love you girls so much.

Easter Reunion at Independence Grove

Let me let you in on a photo shoot secret. The key to an extended family session isn’t the perfect location, or weather, or whether you’ve managed to coordinate your outfits without being too matchy (although, I will say, this family did a fantastic job of that!) The key to an extended family session is just being happy about being all together. It’s a special thing when family can come together from different parts of the country to share a special occasion, and I’m always honored when I am asked to document those reunions. My friend Laurie’s parents drove in from Michigan, and her brother, sister-in-law, and baby niece flew in from Texas so that the little cousins could share a special Easter together. It was my first outdoor session of 2019, and while it was mild and sunny…we were all caught off guard by the extreme wind. There’s always something! But this family took it in stride (especially the three girls…they were STARS!), and instead of stressing about the wind-blown look, they cuddled a little closer and smiled. I absolutely love it. It was great to see you, Laurie, Alex, and Felicity, and I was so excited to meet little sister Cecily, along with the rest of your awesome family. I hope you had safe travels back to Michigan, Gretty and Grandad, and Texas, Michael, Elise, and Claire. Thanks for letting me be a part of your crew for a little while.