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Interview with Kate Johnson – my favorite make up artist! – Chicago Boudoir Photographer


About 5 years ago when I started to photograph more portraits of women for boudoir sessions and glamour sessions, I was lucky enough to meet Kate Johnson. Many of you may have met her as she is my go-to person for hair and makeup! Not only do I use her services for my clients, but also for myself. She is someone I trust to give me the real scoop on all thing makeup and beauty related.

Kate is a bad ass boss babe – she is an artist with a team of people behind her but she is also an entrepreneur


How to create unique gifts and mementos from all the photos you have! – Chicago Family Photographer


Summer is finally here and if you’re anything like me, you have a bunch of photos from the end of the school year. Last day of school, maybe a graduation from kindergarten, 8th grade or high school. And also like me, they are all on your phone. Hey! This is a judgement-free zone here, I also use my phone for A LOT of photo taking! But if they’re on your phone, how will you enjoy them – or, how will your kids/family enjoy them if they can’t see them? Luckily, there are so


Summer in the Park – Family Photography Chicago


Outdoor sessions are in full swing! This is the time when Chicago can show off all the beautiful parks and green spaces – in addition to the miles and miles of lakefront. When a family chooses to have their photo session outside,  I have several parks throughout the city that are my “go-to” parks. Much of where we go has to do with where the family lives – I try to make it easier for them to get there. This is one of my favorite places – Winnemac Park. It never disappoints


Glamour Studio Session – Chicago Glamour Photographer


“I will look at these everyday and I will smile.” That’s what she said she saw these images of herself. I couldn’t ask any better than that! Every woman deserves of a photo of herself that she absolutely loves. One that every time she sees it, she smiles.

Daddy and Me – Chicago Family Photographer


What could be better than seeing a Dad totally wrapped up in his kid? I love capturing these moments – when dad and kid connect. Happy Father’s Day to all of those celebrating this coming weekend!

Slow down! – Chicago Family Photographer


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


Mommy and me – Chicago Family Photographer


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


Looks of Love – Chicago Family Photographer


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