documentary photography

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. :)

Monday Camaraderie | Chicago Lifestyle Couples Session

I was so excited to photograph Ninelle and Stepan in their home because I knew from their Instagram feeds that both of them have impeccable style and a love for slow mornings with good coffee. I was right about those things, but I got to witness something else between them throughout our time together that was so much richer - their camaraderie.

That's a good old-fashioned-sounding word, but it perfectly describes the mutual trust and friendship that these two share. They've been married for 4 years, and there's no shortage of love and laughter and genuine companionship in their home and I think the images we made together display their beautiful connection so well.

Both Ninelle and Stepan own successful small businesses; she creates beautiful wall tapestries sold in her Etsy shop and in botiques throughout Chicago, and he operates Highland Park's most fashionable barbershop. They take Mondays off work to rest and spend time together, and this Monday unfolded like all the rest - with tea and chill tunes in their gorgeously decorated home followed by brunch. It was an honor to document the connection and camaraderie between these two lovely humans - can't you see it?

Are you a couple who share the same kind of camaraderie and connection that these two do? I'd love to document it for you. Get in touch with me by clicking below and let's talk about what makes you click!