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sweet baby – chicago newborn photographer


Is there any better place to fall asleep than in the arms of mommy or daddy? I don’t think so! For being only two weeks old, this baby girl was one smart cookie!!

all fun, all the time – chicago family photographer


The question I always ask families or anyone I’m about to photograph is what they’d like to capture in the images, what is their vision for the session? I’d say that one of the most common answers for families is that they are looking to capture the personality of their family, “candid” moments, they don’t want to looked too posed, etc.
I love these kind of answers!! To me, this means that this person has clearly looked at my website or my blog and has seen that this is the type of photography that I love to do! Family sessions are fun and silly and full of laughs – kids get to do things in my studio that they don’t get to do at home and often they don’t want to leave when the session is over!

This fun family was referred from another amazing family that has been coming to me for years – and that is the biggest compliment I could


Beauty inside and out


You know when you meet someone and you think “well, this is a nice person!” and then you get to know them a little better and then you really see how great they are?!!  Yeah, that’s exactly what happened when I met Ingrid! She’s one of the most positive people I’ve ever met – so encouraging and upbeat! But not in a phony way – she manages to be sweet, funny and kickass all at once. She is a fellow photographer and we had an amazing day together taking each other’s photos. Here are a couple of her photos that I took. I will be blogging about my experience on the opposite side of the camera soon!! Professional makeup by the fabulous Kate Johnson Artistry

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Elsie - I super proud and honored to be a part of your life and to call you one of my best you cuachita!!

Mary Carmen García Tapia - Beautiful

girl crush – chicago headshot photographer


Let’s talk girl crushes for a minute. everyone has one.  Some have a crush on Gywneth, while others have one on Princess Kate. Currently mine are Brittany Howard, lead singer/guitarist of the Alabama Shakes and Noelle Scaggs, the co-lead singer/songwriter for the Fitz and the Tantrums. (see a theme here?) I think I may just add someone a little more local to my list. Enter – Chris Bell – owner of the store Flatts & Sharpe. Not only does Chris fit the criteria of uber cool rocker chick (raspy voice included) but she is also a really sweet and caring woman, who really cares about the community she lives and works in, and the people that come into her stores. My two boys have been taking classes at her Rogers Park store for nearly four years and one thing that strikes


art director in the making? – chicago family photographer


this sweet boy had big plans for his studio session!! from the backdrops to who was being photographed, he had an opinion!! he was a kid after my own heart. obviously, i put him straight to work!!! his baby brother was just as sweet (although a little less vocal!)

sunshine and bubbles – chicago baby photographer


it may be 40 below here in chicago (ok, that’s a slight exaggeration) but we can still stay inside the studio where it’s nice and toasty and sunny and blow bubbles and not even think about the arctic tundra that is happening outside. at least that’s my plan…and i’m sticking to it!!!

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springtime in paris! – chicago family photographer


it’s official!! it’s been in the works for awhile but now it’s happening! and now i can talk about it without feeling like i’m going to jinx it! i’m going to paris in the spring to photograph a sweet baby boy (and his family!) i’ve photographed his sisters and mom the last few summers in chicago, but when mom suggested i come there to photograph the newest addition to the family i jumped at the chance!!! my husband has offered (very kindly ) to be my assistant this trip so we will also be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary while there. as you can imagine i am counting down the days!!

you may recognize these adorable sisters from summers past:

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Christine - Jaloux!

Karen Fincannon Thibodeau Bliesath - How wonderful Shalimar! All those children are beautiful! So happy for you!

shalimarb - thanks mom!! (love that my mom always comments on my blog posts!!! at least I always know that someone is reading them!!)

sweeties for valentine’s day – chicago newborn photographer


how’s this for a valentine’s day sweetie? holding hands and dimples? it’s too much cuteness. it’s always so fun having twins in the studio – especially when they are as dreamy as these two!!