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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.

Ready for Easter

Baby Rose is “hoppy” to celebrate her first Easter this Sunday! I had the BEST TIME playing around with her and her mama in my studio earlier this week, and couldn’t resist sharing these pics before the holiday. More cuteness from her session coming your way next week!


Maddie and Porter

I was excited to try a colorful, fun new backdrop idea, and Maddie and Porter came dressed perfectly for the occasion! How adorable do they both look in their Easter best? I can’t get enough of their sunny colors and all of the cute little faces they made as we played around together in my studio space. Thanks for bringing them over, Stephanie, and for jumping in a photo with them! You all look so wonderful!

Leila Z - April 17, 2019 - 9:08 am

Lovely and so fun!