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Why golden hour? This is why. {Chicago North Shore Family Photographer}

Why golden hour? This is why. {Chicago North Shore Family Photographer}

I will admit, I am a mom who thrives on routine, and because of it, my kids do too. I know I'm not the only one. My kids are early birds, and by 7:30 pm, everyone is safely tucked into their beds, cozy in their cribs, and I am enjoying some much welcomed peace and quiet.

Here Sleeps a Girl {Wilmette and Chicago Newborn Photographer}

Here Sleeps a Girl {Wilmette and Chicago Newborn Photographer}

The month of August was filled with sweet newborn baby girls. So many baby girls.  It was so much fun working with so many wonderful families - parents of first babies, several kids, or fur babies.

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.

Family Photos in the Park {Northbrook Family Photography}

Family Photos in the Park {Northbrook Family Photography}

When I was first contacted by this mom, I could tell right away that we would be a great match for one another.  Not only did it turn out that she was referred my way by several past clients who I absolutely adore, but in talking with and meeting mom and dad, they are just the warmest and sweetest couple and such excellent parents.

There's no place like home {Kenilworth Family Photographer}

There's no place like home {Kenilworth Family Photographer}

As a photographer without a home-base studio, I am always going from location to location to photograph my clients. While I certainly have a collection of favorite places to capture images, there's something special about capturing family in the intimate setting of their own home.

No longer a newborn, not yet a toddler {Morton Grove Baby Photographer}

No longer a newborn, not yet a toddler {Morton Grove Baby Photographer}

Little boys, could they be any sweeter? I want to share two stunning family sessions of two little guys whose smiles and bright eyes just melted my heart.

Two Gorgeous Families, One Stunning Location {Winnetka Family Photographer}

Two Gorgeous Families, One Stunning Location {Winnetka Family Photographer}

Little boys, could they be any sweeter? I want to share two stunning family sessions of two little guys whose smiles and bright eyes just melted my heart.

From Bump to Baby {Evanston Maternity Photographer}

From Bump to Baby {Evanston Maternity Photographer}

Getting this inquiry made me so excited, because this mama has a unique name that I recognized right away. My next door neighbor had been gushing to me about her part-time nanny that her girls absolutely adored, but would be leaving them soon to have a baby.

Spring Mini Sessions {Wilmette Family Photographer}

Spring Mini Sessions {Wilmette Family Photographer}

There are a lot of photographers out there who don't love shooting mini sessions.  I am not that girl.  I love getting to have a sneak peak into the lives of families and capture their love for one another, even if it's just for a super short session.

Smash Cake Outdoors {Evanston Family Photographer}

Smash Cake Outdoors {Evanston Family Photographer}

My friends and I joke sometimes about my youngest son, who as a baby rarely gave up a good smile - one of them called it "giving up the wow".  Her son, conversely, was so easily amused by anything from peekaboo to silly sounds, songs and just about anything.

Family Photos at Glencoe Beach {Chicago Extended Family Photographer}

Family Photos at Glencoe Beach {Chicago Extended Family Photographer}

When Beth contacted me, she told me that her in-laws were all coming in from California, and that they wanted to capture their whole family together. From the moment we met at the top of the hill at Glencoe Beach, they showed me that distance doesn't keep a family from being incredibly close.

From Bump to Baby {Highland Park Maternity + Newborn Photography}

From Bump to Baby {Highland Park Maternity + Newborn Photography}

So many moms I speak with about newborn photos tell me that they are unsure about capturing maternity images because they are self conscious about the way they look. They don't realize that not only is pregnancy so incredibly beautiful, it is fleeting.

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.

Maternity Family Session at Garfield Park Conservatory {Chicago Maternity Photography}

Maternity Family Session at Garfield Park Conservatory {Chicago Maternity Photography}

What better place than the Garfield Park Conservatory to capture the excitement and freshness of a family about to embark on a major change.

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.

It's new baby central over here!

It's new baby central over here!

Over the past two months, I have gotten to take some gorgeous photos of four new babies.  And each time, my heart just melted from the cuteness.  This is a job that never gets old - there is just something about a brand new baby.

Mini Session for Mini Twins {Wilmette Family Photography}

Mini Session for Mini Twins {Wilmette Family Photography}

These twinsies were so funny on picture day. All dressed up, they took turns being the grumpy one. Because of course, as every mom knows, it's nearly impossible to have both kids all fancy for photos and then get them both to smile simultaneously.

Welcome to the World, Baby Henry! {Chicago Event Photographer}

Welcome to the World, Baby Henry! {Chicago Event Photographer}

Being born a Jewish boy is tough. Only eight days into the adventure known as this life, your parents throw a big party for your very first Jewish milestone: your circumcision. Friends and family gather, and over a bagel brunch, they witness this monumental event and support your parents through the ordeal.

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas Card Season {Winnetka Family Photographer}

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas Card Season {Winnetka Family Photographer}

Sometimes, it feels like fate when I meet a family.  This incredible family was referred my way by one of my mini-session clients, and it turned out that we had other friends in common without even knowing it.