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Grace and Kaitlyn

LOVE THESE LITTLE SISTERS! I admittedly have a soft spot for photographing little sisters…since I have a sister and two little girls, myself. So imagine my delight when it just so happened I had a second set of sisters hang out with me last Monday! Not to mention they were Grace and Kaitlyn, two of the cutest, most fun kiddos I know. We had a gorgeous evening for photos last week at Half Day Forest Preserve. Perfect temp, perfect light, and Grace and Kaitlyn were all smiles, laughs, and cuddles. Their pup, Louie, was also a top model. We had such a great time together. Thanks so much for spending some time with me, Tracey and Jacob! I just love your family!

 

Jaelyn and Ariana

I was so excited to see my little friends, Jaelyn and Ariana, last week when they stopped by my studio for some fun holiday photos. They have both grown so big over the past year, and I got such a kick out of them. Thanks for coming by, Jenn and Rashad! It was wonderful to catch up with you all.

 

Family Reunion at St. James Farm Forest Preserve

It’s always special when the whole extended family gets together for photos. I’ve been taking pictures for Hollye and Mike since their oldest, Hadley, was a newborn, so I was thrilled to meet more of their wonderful family. It was a gift for Mike’s parents, and his brother and sister and her family joined us. The little cousins were adorable together, and despite the freezing temperature and wind, everyone did a great job snuggling close and smiling. St. James Farm Forest Preserve is a gorgeous backdrop…perfect for this awesome family. Thanks so much for sticking it out with me Dan, Julie, Jen, Terry, Danny, Mike, Hollye, Hadley, Paxton, Lincoln, and Dan!

 

Logan, Cooper, and Finn at Wrigley Field

The season may be done for the Cubbies, but that didn’t stop some of the biggest baseball fans I know from paying homage to their favorite team when in Chicago for a visit. To say I was thrilled when Lisa reached out about a photo shoot is an understatement. Lisa and Jeff were some of my first ever clients. Their oldest son, Logan, was just a newborn when I started capturing memories for them. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed getting to know them as friends and to watch their family grow over the years, especially when little brother Cooper entered the scene. When Cooper was a toddler, the family moved to Texas. Lisa and I have kept loosely in touch via social media and through holiday cards. I always love seeing photos of the boys…especially the baby of the family, Finn, who was born after the big move. I was so excited to meet him a few weekends ago for the first time. The day of our photo shoot dawned bright and dry…but COLD. 30 degrees and windy…but that didn’t stop us! These are some tough Texans. What a wonderful time. It was SO GREAT to see you again, Jeff, Lisa, Logan, and Cooper, and to finally meet you, Finn! Mike, Eloise, and Mae also loved getting to catch up at the end of your session…it was so cute to see all the kids hit it off so naturally. Thanks again for spending some of your visit with me!

 

 

Emmy, Claire, and Maeve

I was SO excited to photograph this adorable family. It’s been fun getting to know Erin, Mark, Emmy, Claire, and Maeve over the past three years. We met shortly after our move to our new neighborhood when my Eloise and Emmy were in preschool together. My baby, Mae, was only three months old, Claire was a tot, and Erin was expecting Maeve. It’s so trippy to see Emmy as a confident 2nd grader now, and I’m thrilled to bump into Erin back at the same preschool, only now we are dropping off the younger three! The day of our scheduled shoot was sunny and bright…until an hour before we were supposed to meet at Independence Grove. After consulting three different weather aps, we decided to take a gamble, bump the session up a little bit and cross our fingers the rain would hold off. And, for once, IT ACTUALLY DID! It started spitting during our last few shots, and was a full-blown downpour before I made it back home. PHEW! You guys rock! Thanks for taking the chance with me…that was a blast!