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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.

June | 10 on 10

My June 10 on 10 is nothing fancy, just some photos from a weekday evening in our little outdoor space. We spend so much time outside in the summer, and many of our evenings look like grilling our dinner and dining al fresco on a picnic blanket in the grass. It's always a happy time, and I'm delighted that these images capture that so well! We have certainly fallen in love with this urban lifestyle, small porches and all.

Me: "Can I take some pictures of you standing over there in those ferns?"

Him: stares blankly

Me: "You can pretend to be a dinosaur."

Him: instantly accommodating 😂

You probably remember that this 10 on 10 series is a monthly post for the entire year done in collaboration with some incredible photographers from around the world. Please follow the circle to see life as they're living it! Heather's photographs always amaze me, and she lives in Hawaii, so it's always fun to get a peek into her beachy life! Click here to see her post for the month.

 

Taking it Slow Together | Dayton, Ohio Family Session

I know it may sound hyped, but I really do care about the experience that my client-friends have with me just as much as I care about the photographs I make for them. In fact, a great experience produces great images, so it's really not easy to have one without the other! 

When I met this sweet family at a greenhouse just outside of Dayton, Ohio, my goals were no different, and since I wanted to give them an experience to remember, I often found myself stepping back to give them space to connect. And that's exactly what they did. The place was bursting with color, flowers, and sweet little places to tuck into. They worked their magic of togetherness, I worked my magic to capture it, and the results are stunning! 

It's incredible how taking a little time to slow down and sit next to the ones we love helps remind us of why we liked them in the first place. ;) If you have the chance, do it for yourself this weekend! It's such a simple, sweet reminder that our people mean the world to us. Take a blanket to the park, turn off your phones, and take it slow, together.

Want photos of your family taking it slow together? They're a perfect tangible reminder of the connection you share!

Email me for available dates in June and July. I'd be honored!