Teddy

Meet Teddy. The most handsome little dude on the block. With an adoring set of parents and two older siblings, he’s got it made. When my childhood friend asked if I would document her last pregnancy I was so excited. Such a bitter sweet time I am sure, the closing of a chapter. But what a tremendous souvenir- photos to document this sweet time of life and the beginning of a grand adventure, with all their children. Viergutz family, I hope you look at these photos and feel truly blessed for your three sweet gifts. The days are long, but the years are short. #documentyourdays

linda and jeff

I had the recent privilege of photographing this sweet family on a chilly October day at the beach. It was super crummy and rainy in the early morning but I am so glad Linda and Jeff were up for giving it a go! The clouds parted and it ended up being a great day. I have to say, watching these siblings interact with each other was my favorite part! I grew up in a family of all girls, so I can only imagine the brotherly bond these two will share forever. I mean just look at the two of them! I am so grateful for this opportunity to document life for this beautiful family. Linda and Jeff, I hope you will look back on these pictures and smile!

rachel and chris

What an honor it was to photograph a grad school colleague of mine who I haven't seen in many years! Rachel and I met at DePaul University in Chicago, where we both received our Masters in Education. After teaching for several years, we have both put our teacher's caps aside temporarily and have taken on the primary role of stay-at-home mom. Reconnecting with Rachel was such a joy and getting to watch her beautiful family play on the beach in late September was a bonus! Rachel and Chris are amazing parents to their gorgeous little guy, Oren. I am so glad they took the time to document moments like these, because we know all too well how quickly time flies. Having photos of memories like these to look back on is something I am hopeful they will cherish for a lifetime. 

Janet + Gia

Meet my good friend Janet, mommy-extraordinaire, and her little ballerina Gia. Janet and I met in a mommy-and-me class and have been connected ever since. I love the way motherhood does that- it brings women together in such cool ways and forms bonds much quicker than ever imagined. Her daughter Gia is quite possibly the sweetest little girl I've ever seen, am I right? Not to mention she has the most endearing personality. Janet and Gia drove down across state lines to do a motherhood session with me, and I am forever grateful. Just look at how precious their bond is? I am so thankful I was able to make and capture some memories with the two of them, and I hope that they will serve as a reminder of their love for each other, years from now. Thank you for allowing me to document life for you, Janet! What a joy it is to stand behind the lens and watch these moments unfold. 

Nikki + Mark

Recognize these faces? One of the things I love about this job is having the opportunity to capture families over time. I photographed these beautiful people one year ago, and now had the joy of doing it again. Things have changed just a little! Sweet, newborn Olivia, is not so little anymore- after just having celebrated a first birthday! And her big brother Will has settled into his roll as big brother so perfectly, it is just precious to watch the bond that they have. Nikki and Mark, you make parenting look easy and graceful, and I am so appreciative to have the chance to peer through my lens and capture simple, life moments of you and your family of four. I hope that these photos will bring a smile to your face for a lifetime to come!

Claire

Meet Claire and her beautiful mom, Lauren.  Lauren is one of my best friends from college, and when I heard we were expecting baby girls just a couple months apart, I was ecstatic. Not to mention we live about 1 mile away from each other for the first time in many years! Lauren handled pregnancy so beautifully and watching her take on motherhood has been no different. When first meeting Claire, I couldn't get over how precious her little features were and how much she looks like her mom! I can't wait to watch her change and grow, but for now, let's just freeze time. Thankfully, that's what these photos will do- freeze a moment in time that Lauren can look back on when Claire is running around the back yard. Time flies, am I right mamas? Treasure each day and each step of this crazy-beautiful journey, Laur!