Maniscalco Family Session || Humboldt Park, Chicago

I met the Maniscalcos at Tastee Freez, the best ice cream spot in Logan Square if you ask me. It was a lovely summer evening and I gave them my business card and asked them to contact me if they wanted some family portraits. Some people might find it quite odd for a perfect stranger to do such a thing, but I did it anyway and I'm so glad because I did get to officially meet them and take some family photos a few weeks later!

Even though we spent just a few hours together winding our way through Humboldt Park, I don't feel quite right about calling these lovely people strangers any longer. That seems to happen after I spend time with each of my clients; the line between client and friend becomes a bit more blurred, and that's a very good thing! The best photographs happen when you feel at ease, natural and comfortable. That's the moment you feel at your best, isn't it? And the way to let that happen when you find yourself in front of a camera is to find yourself trusting your photographer. The Maniscalcos did just that, and the images that came out of their end-of-summer photo session display the effortless beauty found in natural, un-posed moments. This family is a dream, and I think you'll agree.

And yes, ending a photoshoot at the best ice cream spot in the neighborhood was totally planned and totally worth it.

End of summer Chicago family photographs taken in Humboldt Park and Logan Square. Book your own session here.

Big Sister, Big Announcement : Dayton OH Family Photography

I did a very special photo session in September for these lovely friends, and had to keep it all a secret until the news was public that their family was growing. In that time, I forgot to blog about it! So it was a lovely little surprise to find the session featured on the Lemonade & Lenses blog today! Here they are, along with the little blurb I wrote about our time together.

When my dear friend asked me to help announce an addition to their family, I was delighted to bring to life her idea of photographing their daughter practicing for a new little sibling. Here’s the best part – big sister didn’t know she was going to be a big sister until this night! You can watch mom and dad telling her the happy news at the end of the series of photographs, and their joy is just palpable. I may have been hiding a few happy tears behind my camera – it was such an honor to be a part of this special night!

*cue awww!'s.


Look at their joy! It's almost palpable, and I'm pretty certain I was tearing up behind the camera by this point. :)


This is the stuff life is made of, isn't it?! These are the moments you want to last just a little longer. I was so deeply honored to be a part of this special evening with my friends - I hope these images really do help you relive the happiness!

The Kaufmans : Dayton Family Photography

There's just something about families. Maybe it's because the addition of our son last year made us an official family, and I'm just beginning to discover what it's like to have a house full of life! All I know is that when I watch families love on each other, it seems like all is right in the world.

I don't doubt that these lovely friends of mine also have a house full of life. They're as beautiful as can be, and I love the way they've embraced the real meaning of family by inviting 2 darling foster children into their home! The meaning of family is even deeper than simply sharing the same genetic code - it's loving each other from the deepest parts of our hearts.

Can't you see it?!

I also took some photos to celebrate their darling blonde boy turning two. Isn't Fenner just the cutest? And that grin...