Chicago first birthday photograher

Chicago Family Photos at the Beach {Glencoe Family Photographer}

Chicago Family Photos at the Beach {Glencoe Family Photographer}

It’s never “too late” and there is never a wrong time to schedule a family photo session - babies don’t keep.

Happy First Birthday to YOU! {Chicago Smash Cake Photography}

Happy First Birthday to YOU! {Chicago Smash Cake Photography}

One of the best parts of having a studio now? Hands down, it's the cake smashes. (Just ask my children, who will shamelessly  sneak in before I've finished cleaning up to see if there are spoils to reap, and are always disappointed not to have half a cake left to smash themselves).

Happy Birthday to Quinn! {North Shore first birthday photographer}

Happy Birthday to Quinn! {North Shore first birthday photographer}

I can't believe how fast this year flew by, both for me and for baby Quinn and his family.  I met them last February for Quinn's newborn photos, and he was just the sweetest new little squish.

One last round of Chicago city sessions {Chicago baby photographer}

One last round of Chicago city sessions {Chicago baby photographer}

As I creep toward my due date, I reached a point where I just couldn't manage the commute to the city for family sessions. Thankfully, I am so lucky to have so many wonderful suburban clients and city clients who are flexible about taking a quick trip up the Edens Expressway to meet me in the near north suburbs.

Family Photos at the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk {Chicago Family Photographer}

Family Photos at the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk {Chicago Family Photographer}

When families in the city reach out to me for family photos, I always include the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk in my list of suggested locations.

Big kids at the Beach {Wilmette Family Photographer}

Big kids at the Beach {Wilmette Family Photographer}

As much as I absolutely LOVE photographing babies and young toddlers, it was so much fun getting to spend an evening with this family with two older kids too.

Happy first birthday Mason! {Chicago Cake Smash Photographer}

Happy first birthday Mason! {Chicago Cake Smash Photographer}

As a mother myself, I know that even those who regularly find themselves taking photos have a hard time ensuring that they capture all the can't-miss-moments at family events.

When Family Session Meets Smash Cake {Chicago First Birthday Photographer}

When Family Session Meets Smash Cake {Chicago First Birthday Photographer}

Nothing says joy like watching your child freak out in the face of his first birthday cake. Ok, not really. While this little man wasn't impressed with his cake at the start, some snuggles and help from mom and dad had him chowing down in no time.