natural light photographer

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. :)

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!

Zluky Family || Chicago Family Photographer in Millennium Park

I'm closing the books and reminiscing on the past year and finding some sessions that never made it to the blog to share with you! This is a lovely session from the fall; it was a beautiful golden evening that we spent wandering through Millennium Park for some classic Chicago photographs.

It always takes a few minutes for the little people (and sometimes the big people) to warm up to me and the big black object I keep holding in front of my face, but Harper was a gem for the whole evening. She's full of spunk and personality, and you'll see in these images how much her mom and daddy adore her!

And my goodness look at that dreamy autumn light. I love winter and all, but I'll be happy for the return of that warm golden sunshine.