All Grown Up | Classic Chicago Family Photos

This beautiful and classic session was a birthday gift for mom. It had been a few years since their last family portrait, so we picked a classic Chicago location and were gifted with a beautiful summer afternoon. If you know this family, you'll know they're some of the most warm-hearted people in all of Chicago. It took very little nudging to bring out the sense of love, respect, and connection this family shares.

I just love Lurie Garden in Millennium park for the way it changes with each season. It's always beautiful, but the colors of the flowers and foliage are different every time I visit! Photos on the Nichols Bridgeway that connects the Art Institute with the park were the surprise addition to the photo session and they happen to be my favorite images. That gorgeous Chicago architecture makes for the most wonderful backdrop. 

I'm currently booking for sessions in September and October. If Lurie Garden is a special place to you too, let's create some beautiful photos that celebrate autumn in Chicago!

August | 10 on 10

So many enjoyable shoots happening around here! I compiled some favorite candid shots from recent sessions for this 10 on 10, and yes, there's a very strong beach theme going on. ;) Click each image to zoom, and then follow the blog circle to see images from my photographer friends around the world. Tricia lives in Virginia and has an incredible knack for finding beauty in simple moments. Find her blog here.

Heart and home | Chicago Lifestyle Family Photography

"Home is where the heart is."

We've all heard that little quip, and I saw the truth of it clearly when I photographed these sweet friends in their Bridgeport, Chicago home a few months ago. They have made their home a warm and welcoming place and I instantly felt at ease there! 

These friends have welcomed a sweet foster child into their lives in the last few months, and witnessing their open hearts and open home in such a tangible way is beautiful. I have so much respect for the sacrifices of foster parents - they give, and give, and give. I spent some time photographing the new parents cooking breakfast together and enjoying some quiet morning moments during naptime, and then photographed all three for their first family portraits. What an honor!!

I've hidden his face for privacy in the images below, but there's no way to hide the tenderness and sweet new love of this beautiful family. ♡