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Slow down! – Chicago Family Photographer

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I’m feeling sappy today – and I’m not really sure why. I even made my kids let me take their photos before they went off to school, as if it were the first day of school. (to be fair, though, I am taking a class so I was practicing some new techniques.) When I sat down to write this post and I started looking at these images of this sweet family, it really made me think of time and how quickly it goes. Could I be anymore cliche? But, man, is it true.

Before I meet a family

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Mommy and me – Chicago Family Photographer

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Sessions when mom gets in the photos are my favorite types of sessions! True story.

Isn’t mom always the one who is the family historian? Always taking photos of everyone else, but not getting in the photo herself? I’m guilty of this too – once my son and I were flipping through family vacation photos from when he was very little. He turned to me and asked, “Mom, were you on this vacation?” Wow!! That was an eye opener. I tell moms who are a little reluctant to get

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Looks of Love – Chicago Family Photographer

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I love this image of my beautiful client. I mean, she’s gorgeous and she always looks radiant. But you know what I love the most? I love how her husband and youngest son are looking at her. Like she’s the only woman in the world. And to them, she is. 

I hope she knows that. Maybe every time she looks at this image she will be reminded. 

Being a mom isn’t easy. (Thanks, Captain Obvious!) It moves at a fast pace. It’s messy. There is usually crying involved – sometimes from

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Complete connection – Chicago Newborn Photographer

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It’s always a privilege to photograph a family – whether it’s to capture a milestone or a new baby or yearly photos. For the time I spend with that family, I feel a part of it. I feel connected. I’m getting a peek into their lives, their interaction, love and connection. And that’s what I want the images to show.

I have a questionnaire that I send out to clients before our session and one of the questions I ask is “What do you want your children to see in these

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Hold the Cheese! – Chicago Kid Photographer

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I’ve been going thru photos as I prepare for a website re-vamp. I came across this little sweetie and the non-smiling image really caught my eye. Kids don’t always want to smile for photos – and that is OK! Personally, sometimes I like the non-smiling photos better and I’ll take non-smiling over fake smile any day of the week! Another reason why I will never ask a child to say “cheese!” What I will do is some pretty silly things to elicit a real smile from a

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Be Yourself! – Chicago Child Photographer

Connection – Chicago Family Photographer

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Connection. That’s my word for 2018. Not just in my personal life where I want to focus on my connections to family and friends, but also in my photography business where I want to document the connectedness of your family! So watch this space for more posts about connection. In the meantime, here are a few favorite images from 2017!

Lenore - Shalimar- I love your photography - not just because you take great pictures (which you do) but because you take pictures that portray the beauty/truth that lives in all of us.

shalimarb - Wow - thank you for your kind words, Lenore! When I take someone's portrait - that is exactly what I try to do!

Welcome 2018!

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What a great year it was!! Thanks to all of my fabulous clients in 2017 – ones that were new to me and especially the ones that come back year after year. It is a privilege for me to capture the love and connection of your families – there is nothing I’d rather be doing!

Here’s to an amazing 2018 – I hope it’s your best year yet!