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!
Baby A's Family and I go way back. I've been lucky enough to photograph his cousin as a newborn, 1 year old and recently 2 years old. I'm very grateful to have met you and hope to be there for all your big boy moments. Your parents are awesome, you are in such great hands, you lucky baby, you!
Jennifer & Lazir live in New Mexico. While planning to visit Lazir's family in Illinois, they decided to get married too. They chose to wed at White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville, IL. They had a very intimate wedding with just a handful of guests. The pastor and his wife sang while they lit their unity candle... and they danced, it was very heartwarming. We then started brunch and some live entertainment. We did sneak out for a few photos of them on the beautiful course.
Congratulations and safe travels you two!
So much to tell about this day and these two! The day began getting with them getting ready at the Hilton downtown with their bridesmaids and groomsmen, oh and Daisy (their sweet pup) was there too! Once they were ready, we all got down to their beautiful staircase lobby for a first look.
It was hot, so freaking hot that day. They wanted to stay close so we simply crossed the street for their photos, yay! Then onto the school bus and headed to Glessner House Museum for their ceremony. As they were about to start the processional, it started to rain :( we of course, turned to the internet. There are apps nowadays that predict the exact moment the rain will stop. I checked Dark Sky and we were 9 minutes away from dryness. The plan was hatched and once the rain stopped, the groomsmen (armed with paper towels) dried every seat and the wedding began. My favorite part was the calligraphy portion, so awesome!
Everyone hopped back on the bus and headed towards New Furama Restaurant for the reception. Stephanie changed outfits for the tea ceremony. What a wonderful way to honor their families and for the family members to wish them well in their marriage.
The cake was sweet and nerdy, the dancing was very heartfelt. Steve also danced with his grandmother to her weddings song! I also found my new favorite tradition, table toasts! Stephanie, Steve, their parents and wedding party went to each table to toast with the guests; everyone loved it! The photo booth was a huge hit too, I love the shenanigans that ensue late at night.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for choosing us to capture your day And what an incredible day it was. Best wishes in absolutely everything you do!
Jackie & Kevin met me at one of my favorite spots, Merchandise Mart! We started with the sun sweetly coming down on the gorgeous city. I absolutely love the buildings, bridges and of course, the river. They then changed outfits and we walked around the riverwalk and all over Wacker Dr.
Thank you guys for a perfect night, can't wait for the wedding!
Cloud foto has been at the last 4 of the Aurora GreenFest celebrations and they just keep getting better and better. It took place at the Prisco Community Center and attached McCollough Park. There truly is something for everyone. The volunteers handed out totes, guided cars and kept the water refilling station in shape. There was live music, dancing, electric vehicles, bubbles, science demonstrations, environmentally conscious vendors, henna tattoos, animals... so may beautiful, exotic, majestic animals. Most were up for a cuddle, or at least a hello. Congressman Bill Foster stopped by, as did former Aurora mayor Tom Weissner. You could get your water tested, grab seeds and plants and learn about just anything here. Thank you so much for having us, we look forward to it every year!
Four years ago, I took her High School senior photos (check out a few below) I got a call in the spring that she'll be a college graduate soon and wanted to celebrate with a session. R, I'm so thankful to be a part of your journey and so very proud of you! Keep following your dreams!
Some of R from 4 years ago!
Marilyn & Jack just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, what a milestone! They chose the Orchard Valley Golf Course for all their loved ones to celebrate with them.
Before everyone arrived, I got us a golf cart, check out which number cart it was, he he. They had a couple of toasts, a lot of cake and a beautiful day. Congratulations!
MacKenzie & Will had one of my favorite weddings of 2016 (check it out here) I was thrilled to hear she wanted to book a session for her family this summer. We went to Cantigny Park in good 'ole Wheaton, IL. This park is simply fantastic! even though the tanks were off limits, we still had the gorgeous bright furniture, staircases, flowers and gardens to wander through. At some point between shooting their imaginary album cover and ambushing mom with a hug, I lost my phone... and they helped me find it, so thankful!
I had the honor of photographing these kid's baptism last year. I'm so grateful they spent Mother's Day morning with me this year too! We had fun getting lost in the park, finding dandelions and having a slow motion race. Thank you L Family, I loved seeing you!
When Melissa & Noel told me about their Wizard of Oz wedding plans, I was incredibly excited. You could say I was a bit skeptical they could pull it off, yet remained cautiously optimistic. Well, it was waaaaaaay better than I imagined. The flying monkey flower girls were my favorite! No wait, it was the ruby red shoes. No, it was the yellow brick road aisle runner. Can't decide, it was all magical!
They chose VFW in Montgomery for it all to happen. The ceremony was outdoors on a beautiful April day. We then stayed out for some family photos and some with their wedding party. During the dancing, Melissa's stepdad surprised her by wearing a shirt with her dad's face on it... not a dry eye in the house. Towards the end of the night, we stepped out for a couple of colorful photos of just the two of them. What a day, congratulations you two!