Marisa's First Mother's Day // Mini Session in Ukrainian Village, Chicago

I’m totally biased, but celebrating Mother’s Day with a photo session is one of the best gifts a mom can receive. If it’s a new mom and her first Mother’s Day, even better!

That was the case with this mini session in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village. Marisa was gifted a session by her husband and we spent a beautiful spring morning walking the sidewalks in their neighborhood and visiting their home base playground.

There’s something so special about choosing home as the location for a photo session. So many times we think we need to travel across the city to a beautiful park or find a view of the skyline to use as the backdrop. Those spots make for wonderful photographs, but there’s something so meaningful about photos taken at home. That’s where we spend most of our time, anyway, and where most of our memories are made.

At least once, chose home as your location for photos. You won’t be disappointed.

Book your own mini session to celebrate whatever good things your life brings. I offer them year-round now, not just seasonally! Email me and we’ll talk details.

Nova Lux and Her Fanclub // Chicago Family Photos

She had a fanclub from day one. What's not to love about two big brothers to keep watch and give hourly kisses?

I spent some time at this sweet family's home when things had settled a bit after Nova's birth. I was offered invisible cups of tea and witnessed a few lion and leopard impersonations between taking photos of Nova in her natural element. She seemed quite at home in the middle of the action!

Not to be ignored: the beautiful details and carefully curated space that Nova and her fanclub call home. Class act, I tell you!

Ro is an Instagram-friend turned real-life friend and it was a distinct honor to photograph her family to memorialize this special time. All the heart eyes for you, Ro!

Love this intimate family session? Home is the perfect place to be yourselves, and I'd love to photograph you in yours. Email me. ♡

Heart and home | Chicago Lifestyle Family Photography

"Home is where the heart is."

We've all heard that little quip, and I saw the truth of it clearly when I photographed these sweet friends in their Bridgeport, Chicago home a few months ago. They have made their home a warm and welcoming place and I instantly felt at ease there! 

These friends have welcomed a sweet foster child into their lives in the last few months, and witnessing their open hearts and open home in such a tangible way is beautiful. I have so much respect for the sacrifices of foster parents - they give, and give, and give. I spent some time photographing the new parents cooking breakfast together and enjoying some quiet morning moments during naptime, and then photographed all three for their first family portraits. What an honor!!

I've hidden his face for privacy in the images below, but there's no way to hide the tenderness and sweet new love of this beautiful family. ♡