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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.

Emily Weaver x Cafe Henrie | NYC Blogger Photos

Emily is a one of those creative souls who helps your own creative soul come to life a little more. I first met her at a retreat we both attended, and was drawn to her friendliness and effortless style right away! When we found out we were both moving to NYC at the same time, we promised to hang out as soon as the dust settled. This little photo shoot at Cafe Henrie and the real talk shared over matcha and coffee was our fulfillment of that promise, and I'm so glad we made it happen.

Emily blogs her creative journey, styling, and photography at, and she requested these images for a style post. If you have a minute, go read her words about creativity, finding your niche, and using your gifts. She offers some good wisdom.

You can also find Emily on Instagram @emilyrweaver; tell her I sent you!

Lifestyle Blogger Style Photos taken at Cafe Henrie in the Lower East Side.

Top + Jeans - American Eagle Outfitters / Coat + Boots - Zara / Bag - Baldwin Sample Sale / Necklace + Rings - American Eagle Outfitters / Belt - Thrifted