I was so happy to see this family again. The boys have gotten so big, I know I say that all the time but it's so true! Last time I saw them, they could barely stand (check out their 1st birthday here) and now they talk, run and jump. We had such a great time at Lincoln Park, thanks for everything R Family, I can't wait to see them again!
Sweet Baby M, I had the honor of photographing your sister as a newborn and on her 1st birthday. Back then, she didn't talk. You could imagine how wonderful it was to hear her voice and how she asked me questions and wanted to help with your photos. Makes me wonder how alike you'll be. You certainly look very different, but your home will be just as nice, just as supportive and just as loving. Baby M, it was great meeting you and seeing how you fit into your family. See you on your birthday sweet girl!
Baby S is my beautiful niece. She has brought so much joy to our family, we love her sooooooo much. Sweet Baby S, I’m looking forward to showing you how amazing spicy foods can be, puzzles, brain teasers and just playing whatever you like. Thanks for choosing us!
Donna & Nathan wanted a LOT of fall color. It's hard to beat the Morton Arboretum is the color department. We headed over right at sunset, got some of that low sun and shadows. We stopped at my favorite spots and ended up at the maze! Towards the exit, we caught a preview of the Illumination show, you simply must go! Thanks Donna & Nathan for a sweet, chilly, colorful evening, we are very much looking forward to the wedding!
I met Tina 2 years ago when she was maid of honor for her sister Eileen (check her out here). Well, she met an amazing man and they will wed in 2018. I had so much fun enjoying the brisk weather, the flowers and even the rain. I can't wait for the wedding!
We've got so much tell you about Jackie & Kevin's wedding day. First off, they chose an amazing new luxury venue, it's called Company 251 in Aurora, IL. They got ready in their sweet suites (see what I did there?) with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. Afterwards, it was time for their first look. It was so heartfelt and we were luck to miss the rain. We then took advantage of pre-ceremony time for family and wedding party photos, yay!
Her brother officiated the ceremony AND her other brother (along with his girlfriend and Jackie's maid of honor) sung a fabulous duet. The duet music was provided by their piano teacher, how awesome is that?
Everyone then headed upstairs for dinner and toasts, the room looked gorgeous! The food was amazing, I've now had the best salad of my life, no joke. During the reception, the photo booth was a huge hit. Oh, and you must check out the best bouquet throwing face ever! During the garter finding portion, Jackie surprised Kevin with tickets, he was shocked! Jackie & Kevin, thank you so much for choosing us to capture so much sweetness, cheers to you and your marriage!
Tiffany & Anthony chose the William Tell banquet hall for their amazing day. We had so much fun with them! We started the day with hair, makeup and all that. Once everyone was ready, the girls and guys took turns at the courtyard for photos.
The outdoor ceremony was very windy. The officiant bravely protected their unity candle and helped them light it, it was so sweet. During the reception, the guests voted on whether Tiffany or Anthony would get a cake-jul to the face. Scroll below to see who won. We absolutely loved being there, congratulations again!
Chanel & Keith met through her brother, who just happens to be, drumroll please... our very own Jason! I was thrilled to be a part of such a loving, intimate day. Chanel & Keith chose a Monday and the Kane County Courthouse to make it official. The courthouse building was so rich with architecture and history, I'm so glad we had time for a few photos inside.
After the ceremony, we headed to the Fabyan Forest Preserve for family and couple's photos. This park will always be a favorite for me, specially those arches, and the gate too. Their dinner reception was at Patten House in Geneva, it was wholesome and low key. They had just a few speeches, doughnuts and lots of rain outside to set the mood. At the very end, they stepped out for a quick rainy night photo and, well, it was the perfect end to their first day of marriage. Chanel & Keith, we are so very happy for you both, thank you for inviting us along!
Say hello to Baby E, born in the fall. Just about a year after her parent's wedding last year, check it our here. She was such a good baby, loved all the noise and cuddles. Her big brother Ozzie is doing great with her too, he kept an eye on me the whole time. I'm so excited for her to grow up in the same farm her father grew up in. Baby E, I can just picture you climbing over everything, getting muddy nails, getting lost in the corn fields, I'm so happy for you.
LeeAnn was a bridesmaid for Caitlyn & Will's wedding last year. Long story short, we'll be photographing her wedding with Mario next year, yay! For their engagement session, they wanted a super Chicago and baseball vibe. He actually proposed at Wrigley during the world series that the Cubs won, so obviously we went there. They also wanted murals, skyline, the works. We ended the night at North Ave beach while the rain viciously and romantically came down.
We are very much looking forward to the big day, congratulations!
Sweet beautiful boy, I'm so happy you're finally here. You were born in Florida, as Hurricane Irma was closing in. It took so very long to get you home, so worth it though. Your parents and sister are over the moon with every sigh and sound you make. Thanks for letting me wrap you and squish you, you were a total champ, specially in the boat. Oh, and thanks for sharing your session with your sister, we celebrated her 4th birthday as well.
Dear R, you are one of my first Cloud Babies, so hard to believe you are already 2! Our story began with your parent's wedding back in 2013, then I got the call about a maternity session. I was so happy for you to land into their loving arms and learn about Harry Potter, Disney and art. Then I got to meet you, bend you and squish your newborn little self (check out her newborn session here). Some time passed and I got to see you for your first birthday. You were standing tall and smiling big with your brand new teeth (check out her 1st birthday session here). Look at you now! full on running, discovering, climbing on everything and demanding snacks along the way. I'm very much looking forward to some deep conversations next year, maybe a tea party with some of your stuffed animals? I want to thank to your parents that have let me capture your journey form the beginning. Hugs to you all!
This is Mayra and her fiancee Matthew. Back in 2013, we had the honor of photographing her sister's wedding and then her brother's wedding in 2015. Next year, we get to do hers and Matthew's. Words cannot describe how giddy and excited I am to get all 3 siblings in one family.
For their engagement session, these two wanted to go all over Chicago. We starting at the United Center, where he proposed. Then a pit stop at Logan Square where we saw the perfect taco truck and a couple of murals. Maggie Daley Park was next, so fun going down the slides and hanging by the forts. Our last stop was Merchandise Mart and the bridges by there. It was a magical day, I can't wait for the wedding!
This family will always be incredibly close to my heart. Five years ago, I photographed their wedding, shortly afterwards, their maternity. Then came Baby L's newborn and 1 year sessions. Their child is 2 now. Her vocabulary is impressive, she talks in full sentences, people! She follows two step directions like a champ, loves her dog as a sister and thinks I'm hilarious. I couldn't have asked for a better session. Thank you!
I met Baby V when she was 6 months old. Back then, her mom told me all the things she was planning for her birthday. There was talk of traditional Mexican dresses, a beautiful smash cake setup and some of my ideas made it in (you know, you KNOW). She was incredibly smiley and had a great time with her maracas and little guitar. She wasn't into the cake as much. Maybe you are like me Baby V, maybe you just prefer a spicier selection of foods. I'm so happy with this session. Thank you for making it so memorable!
As soon as I met them, we clicked. They are going to have an amazingly nerdy wedding and I cannot wait. Naturally, for their engagement they wanted to echo the theme and visit their favorite comic book store, Challenger Comics in Chicago. Afterwards, we went around the block for some shots with the murals. Aquaman, Wonder Woman, I can't wait for the big day!
Baby A is my itty bitty honorary niece. I love this family so very much, we've known each other for years and have celebrated many family milestones together. Baby A was so calm and loved all my soothing techniques. welcome, welcome, welcome. What a lovely home you landed in, your mom and dad have been waiting for you for such a long time. I'm looking forward to everything with you!
Maddie & Glen were one of the most organized, couples ever! When Krista & I got there, they were running over an hour ahead! We of course got to do some family photos then, all while avoiding an accidental first look. Once the ceremony began, my favorite part was the hymn. There is something so special about having everyone singing together, melts my heart.
After the ceremony, they jumped on the party bus and headed to the park for photos, I love that vine tunnel so much, they rocked their session! Then it was off to the reception at the Meyer Ballroom in Aurora. You can't beat the view of the Fox River, the outstanding food and the whole ambiance. Maddie & Glen, thank you for having us capture your day, we wish you the very best in your marriage.
Ashley & Mario love each other, their converse shoes and those sweet doggies. They chose Riverview Banquets in Batavia, right by the fox river for their big day. We started hair and makeup offsite and then headed to the hotel to get dressed and put on lots and lots of glitter, at least the girls did. Before going to the ceremony, we stopped at home for photos with the doggies, they were so good!
The ceremony was outdoors with the most beautiful weather. We stayed outside for a long time doing family photos and of just the two of them. Congratulations you two! Best wishes for your new life together in beautiful Wisconsin!
Manliest...baby session... ever! We started with the classic white backdrop look at home and an equally classic baby outfit with hat and suspenders. Then we went outside so he shows us his muscles and how well he stands up at 7 months old.
Baby N, your momma said you were cranky but you didn't show it one bit, you could be my model any day!