Independence Day | Wilmette and Evanston Celebrations 2014

My family has a tradition of meeting lots of other families from our church to picnic/dessert before the Wilmette 3rd of July Fireworks. One of our friends always gets to the park early that morning and stakes off a huge area and the rest of us benefit. 🙂 My kids...

Life and Death | Blog Circle

I just returned on Sunday night from spending two days in Salt Lake City, attending the funeral of our good friend, Matt Harker. He was struck by a drunk driver while he was riding his bike to work in Casper, WY, and died the next day. There was no warning, no...

Family | Photography Blog Circle

Welcome to my first Blog Circle post! Each month, I will join a group of incredibly talented women as share what we see through our lenses. I hope you’ll take the time to click the link at the end of my post to continue around our circle and discover some amazing...

Squirrel Spotting – 18 Months Old

Watching for squirrels with my littlest son out of our living room window. Love this age and all of the fun that comes with raising a feisty, curious little toddler. I have lots of sessions from the last few months to post, so more to come...

The S Family | Wilmette Children’s Photographer

I'm excited to share the images from Ben's second brother who was in town visiting us a little bit ago! Just like the session I just posted below of Aaron and Emily, we took these at the Baha'i Temple grounds on a bright, sunny morning. I was so amazed at how sweet my...

The S Family – Wilmette Family Photographer

My husband comes from a family with eight children (yes you read that right - EIGHT!) - there are two girls and six boys, with the girls on either end, first and last. We had a family reunion earlier in the summer down in Nauvoo, IL, about five hours from here. Before...

Andrew at 7 Months Old | Personal

This baby is a bright spot in my life. I absolutely love this stage, when babies can sit up, smile and start to babble at you, and are squishy and soft. It's so fun to see this little guy grow and be a part of our family. He has the most infectious giggle and we are...

Andrew at 6 Months | Personal

I love this baby. He's my third boy, about 3 1/2 years younger than my middle child. My first two boys are 20 months apart, and this time around has been a world of difference. I love that my older two are so close in age because they are best friends and play so well...

Capturing Life Right Now | Evanston Photography Classes

I'm grateful for my three little boys and their sweetness. And for lazy, rare mornings on days off when we aren't rushing off to school or a million activities. I'm happy to soak up this phase that we're in - ages 5, 4, and 5 months. I'm feeling very blessed for these...

Andrew at 5 Months Old | Evanston Children’s Photographer

We went out of town last week to visit my husband's family in Northern California. We soaked up some sun, enjoyed quality time with my husband and three boys, and had fun connecting with friends and family that are out that way. On Sunday, we had a few quiet hours...

The Many Faces of a Four-Year-Old | Personal

January is one of my favorite months. Sure, this month tends to be bitter cold here in Chicago, but I love the calm after the craziness of the holidays. Winter is a time of hunkering down, getting organized, staying close to home, and setting new goals. Last week I...

Introducing Andrew | Evanston Newborn Photographer (personal)

I am thrilled to announce the arrival of our third little boy, Andrew, who arrived in a cozy size of 7 lb, 1 oz, 20 inches long, last Friday. I came home from the hospital on Sunday evening and could hardly wait to pull out my newborn photography supplies and start...

One Month Left | Evanston Maternity Photos

My wonderful, talented friend, Liz Hansen, offered to take maternity photos for me, and I'm so grateful to have the images! Below are a few of my favorites of my belly at 35 weeks (for clarity - I've watermarked them with my name, but they were taken by Liz). My due...

How to Get Your Kids to Cooperate for Photos | Photosanity Workshop

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I am a mentor for Photosanity, a national online workshop that helps parents take better photos and get a handle on organizing, editing and sharing those photos. This week's lesson focuses on how to get your kids to cooperate. Such...

The First Big Chicago Snow | Evanston Kids Photographer

Today I threw our plans out the window and welcomed the first big snow of the season with my kiddos. We threw most of our snow gear on (though I didn't have it in me to do snow pants quite yet) and ran outside into the storm. Eli was more than happy to throw snowballs...

Freedom | Evanston, IL Children’s Photographer

Happy Independence Day! We had a great day celebrating, especially while watching the Evanston 4th of July parade. My oldest son loved all of the flags everywhere, and my younger son was a little mellow after staying up wayyyy too late for fireworks the night before....

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