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Labor day weekend and double digits! – Chicago Children’s photographer


Every year at this time I’m brought back to my own “labor day”.  Ten years ago this weekend, my youngest son was born – which means he will be double digits this year, baby! I can hardly believe it. How can this be happening?

Whenever one of my boys’ birthday comes around I always try and take a moment out of the day and think about the actual day they were born. I think about the events of the day. How I felt. How things progressed. Things we said. The timeline of


Daddy and Me – Chicago Baby Photographer


When you’re the dad and you’re the photographer of the family, it’s rare that you get to see yourself in photos with your child, unless they are selfies or taken in a photo booth. I speak from experience. Not about the dad part.

So I’m always thrilled when this good friend and his wife ask me to photograph their family, not only because they are one of the most gorgeous families on the planet and I love them, but also because I want my friend to be able to see how he looks


Deb Bartel Jafraty - Shalimar what a beautiful blog, you wrote about my son and his family. Your pictures are beautiful. I just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful words you wrote. Dan is a wonderful daddy, I love watching him and Annette with Ben.

shalimarb - Thanks for your kind words Deb! I agree - Dan is a great Daddy and I love watching the three of them together too!

hello summer – goodbye summer!! – Chicago newborn photographer


Summer has gone by in a whirlwhind of travel (more on that later!), family, friends, new clients, and repeat clients. And before I knew it my boys were back at school. The heat wave that Chicago was enjoying (OK, maybe I was the only one enjoying it) was over and the temperature came crashing down to 63 degrees yesterday morning as well as I dropped my guys off for 7th grade and 4th grade.

It feels like summer is offically over. At least in my house.

Anyone who knows me knows how incredibly sad


Baby blues – Chicago Baby Photographer


Is it finally summer here in Chicago? In between the rain and storms that we’ve had here, we have glimpses of beautiful days like today. Where the sky is almost as blue as this sweet baby boy’s eyes.

But not quite. I mean, look at those blue eyes!!

BFF Day! – Chicago Baby Photographer


Raise your hand if growing up some of your best friends were your cousins – that would definitely describe me! It was the perfect scenario – our families were often together so I got to see them all the time! And I had plenty to choose from!! Last week one of my friends texted me that it was BFF Day – who knew that was even a thing!?! Anyway, these girls would certainly qualify (for both cousins and BFF’s) Love that they both brought their Elmo dolls to the session &#8211


Funny not funny. – Chicago Children’s Photographer


“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different . . . ”  C.S. Lewis

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This quote can be applied to so many different situations, relationships, and of course watching children change and grow. Every fall when school starts (technically, it’s still summer when school starts!!) I tell myself


simply gorgeous. Chicago Portrait Photographer


I LOVE doing these mother/daughter sessions!! But I ESPECIALLY love when they come in and see their images for the first time.  Why you may ask? Because most women think they are going to come in and flip through the images and maybe pick one or two they don’t hate. They think that they’ll be at the studio for about 10 minutes. They think that the photo session itself was an amazing, pampering, fun experience that they will remember and cherish but they *know* that they are not photogenic


Meet the team! – Chicago Headshot Photographer


I am so lucky to have two talented women that help me run my business and let me do what I love to do – they make my life much easier and I am so thankful for both of them. Since I’ve taken photos of both of them, I thought I’d show you who they are and tell you a little about them!

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