One of my long time AHHHHMAZING families surprised me (via email) last week and let me know that they added to their family… Gahhh!! Cue the jumping out of my seat with excitement response!! J Family, thank you, thank YOU for allowing me to capture your little girls first few days. <3 FYI: She has two adooring older brothers who love holding, kissing on her and seeing her milestones (Biggest brother sprinted into the room to see her in the crib for the first time — – CMON, isn’t that the cutest!?) Just a few sneaks to introduce this sweet baby girl to the world!! <3 World, meet Piper!
Annnnnnnnnd my 2016 season is officially over. That totally FLEW BYYYYYY.
As always, I wanna give THANK YOU to each and every one of my families! It blows my mind that you allow me into your homes, your lives and you grant me the HONOR of capturing these precious moments in your lives. I am soooooo lucky to have such wonderful and incredibly AWESOME families. I photographed 94 families, 12 newborns, 167 children and traveled 3600 miles around the Chicagoland (and Arizona) area. <3 To those that have either used me as a photographer, recommended me to your families/friends or in general supported me on this crazy journey of mine… THANK YOUUUU.It’s been a great year. I could not ask for better families to “work” with. XoXo.
I wish you all the best and only hope that 2017 brings you nothing but absolute goodness.
Annnnd that’s a wrap! Much love to each any every one of you. I am craaaaazy behind on blogging 80% of these sessions, but I’ll get there! Happiest of holidays to you and yours. Thank you, thank you!
I love love love when clients give me free reign to PLAY. And that is just what this session is 100% about. They are all at an age where they find me funny (yay) and love to play tricks and joke right back WITH me. So so so in love with this family and the magic in their eyes when they start to play and seek. Sneakity sneak:
I met this family last fall for a mini session and was soooo excited that I got to see them for a full session this September! Full sessions give us time to play a little bit more and really run around and have a blast. We first met up at the Riverwalk on a HOT and HUMID Sunday morning. We rocked it out, but felt it was best to try again so everyone (including the photographer) could be a tad more comfy. So glad we did… b/c let me tell you, give a boy some rocks to through and some bridges to run across? Everyone was happy! Sneak a peek at some of our moments:
Introducing the newest addition to my extended family… my nephew Bennett Jeffrey Tomasek. The first baby boy on either side (the first of 5 grand kiddos too). August 26, 2016 at 10:18 am. 8 lbs and 6 oz.
Big sister Laine reallllllly loves on her little bro. I’ve actually never seen a big sibling take so well to a new arrival before. Congratulations to my brother, Jay and my Sister-in-Law, Meg and family on the arrival of this little guy. Just a few sneaks at some of my favorite moments during our newborn session. <3 <3
Annika is ONE!!! I first met this family last December on a frigid (but GORGEOUS day)… and this little darling rocked that shoot then too. We had the most gorgeous, perfect summer night along Lake Michigan (you know, the kind of night that reminds us why we love Chicago so darn much). Absolute perfection. Sneak a peek at this little muchkin, who is SOOOO close to walking it’s not even funny!! Happy Birthday, Annika! 🙂 <3
And just like that… this little munchkin is ONE! I’ve had the absolute pleasure of photographing miss M for her first year of life. Her playful, joyful, sassy personality is one of my favorites – her smile lights up a room (including makes her parents glow). Her little giggles are contagious and it’s no wonder why – It’s been a wonderful journey and I am so glad I got to meet you and your sweet family. <3
Ashley and Charlie are nothing but hilarious, awesome and a blast to photograph – the whole time we were shooting just played, laughed and told stories about how they met, fell in love and what came next… But now, biggest adventure is about to begin. In just about a month, these two will be the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy. I couldn’t not be happier to show off a few of my favorite shots of this beautiful mamma (and papa) to be:
And just like that… they were a family of FIVE!!! I met this family when big sis was just TWO years old and mama had Bud Bud in her belly – its such a treat for me to reunite with families and see how they’ve grown and changed. I spent a sunny Sunday with the wonderful C family and captured their newest addition! Sebastian was born just FIVE days ago and rocked the heck outta this session. Sneak a peeek at some of my favorite moments below:
Cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey.
“Making the decision to have a child—it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” — Elizabeth Stone
A little girl can be sweeter (and badder) oftener than anyone else in the world. she can jitter around, and stomp, and make funny noises that frazzle your nerves yet just when you open your mouth she stands there demure with that special look in her eyes. A girl is Innocence playing in the mud, Beauty standing on its head, and Motherhood dragging a doll by the foot.
— Alan Beck
“We are not only deeply in love with each other, we are just so in love with the family we worked really hard on creating. “
I mean… if that isn’t a perfect couple… I don’t know who IS. I asked Kristen to sum up their relationship in one sentence and boooooom – my heart exploded. Lucky for me, I got to spend a wonderful (perfect weather) friday night with these two!! So.freaking.fun. K + J are actually getting married in just a few weeks, but wanted to capture a few enagement shots for their big day. Sooooo happy we were able to meet up and also able to sneak in a few shots in with their two adorable boys – Theo and Charlie (soooo flipping cute).
Check out a few favorites from our session and please wish them well on their upcoming wedding!