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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. ♡

3 years old | Chicago Child Photographer

I honestly can't remember what life was like without him.

My son turned three last week, and I took these portraits so we can always remember what life looked and felt like at the milestone of 3 years old. We rode a water taxi into the Loop for a fun little adventure, and the rest of the photos were taken in the heart of the city on the Chicago Riverwalk. When I look at these images, I see his thoughtfulness, enthusiasm, joy, and the beautiful lightheartedness of childhood. 

I'm so happy to have these photographs that celebrate my boy and the hum of our city!

The Chicago Riverwalk is my new favorite location in downtown Chicago for photos and meeting up for an after-work walk. If this spot is a favorite of yours too, I'd love to photograph you here! Just send me an email and mention this idea. See you there. :)

Baby Brother | Oak Park Newborn & Family Photography

The first few days at home after welcoming a new family member into the world are nothing short of magical. Those of us who are parents know all about the sleepless nights and the mealtime drama and the upheaval of schedules and sanity, but it often seems like the first days are gifted with an extra dose of happiness and cloud-nine-living!

I certainly felt like I had stepped into a magical place when I photographed this sweet family in their Oak Park home a few weeks ago. The love was thick and the joy was evident as the three of them welcomed a baby brother into their lives! I spent the first part of the morning photographing all four of them and then ended with some solo images of the new baby.

When I photograph a family or couple or child of any age, I always prefer to let life unfold in the most natural way rather than arranging and posing. Somehow this seems to be even more important when there's a newborn baby involved - it's as if the sense of wonder and beauty of new life is so real that I don't dare intervene! That's why you won't find any unnatural newborn poses below; just raw, beautiful, brand-new baby and his adoring family.

It's magnificent. Don't you agree?

Expecting a baby and love this style of fresh, organic newborn photography? Need real, honest photographs of your family connection? Then let's talk. :)