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!