I Do ~ Ellen and Will

This past Saturday was 11 years in the making and I know the bride and groom would tell you it was worth every day of waiting! Will and Ellen said, “I Do” on a beautiful Fall day in Chicago and what a day it was! The day was packed full of family, friends, love, and special touches. We traveled all around the city capturing images at some of Chicago’s most stunning locations. Ellen and Will’s friends and family really went the extra mile to make sure that everything was just perfect for their wedding day. So many people offered their time and creativity to throw the perfect celebration to honor the newly married couple. The couple planned a glamorous Hollywood-movie-premier style reception (Will has a love affair with all things film) and I can’t wait to show you all the details. I think this might take the cake as wedding blogposts go, so dim the lights, pull your laptop to the couch, maybe even pop some popcorn! – and enjoy the “show”!!

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Wang!





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Baby John Comes Home

It was so much fun to photograph this baby and family. They are friends of mine who moved to the suburbs, following God’s call on the dad’s life to pastor a church there. (So I was ecstatic when I was asked to do their newborn photos!) Baby John was born 2 months early and spent those next 8 weeks in the NICU so there was so much joy when I got to their home just a few days after he came home from the hospital. These girls were just absolutely the most adorable they could possibly be, jumping up and down (and all around!) waiting for their turn with their baby brother. Each one was so tender and attentive to their baby bro, it was just melting my heart in every way. Mom and Dad were just so happy to all be under one roof, . . . ahhh! It was just happy happy happy all around.

Another great day to be a photographer!! Lucky me! Enjoy the images!

This little piggy went to market, This little piggy stayed home, . . .

Singing Twinkle, Twinkle to their little baby brother . . .

Ohhhhh, I love that last one . . . I love images of mamas comforting their littles. Just perfect.

Congratulations, “H” family!!! Thank you for giving me this privilege.

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“C” Family Shoot

This sweet family of three and I met up at the Lincoln Park Zoo a few weeks ago. Baby Cameron was such an adorable little ham. His expressions kept me laughing and laughing behind the lens. We got some incredible shots thanks to the fact that he is bubbling over with personality. (That and the fact that he was fresh from a nice long nap and super happy to play around!) I asked Cameron’s mom to bring along a few special toys/activities that he especially loves. Wait ’til you see the pictures of this kiddo looking at his reflection in a mirror. . . ahhhhh! That smile!!! Just so good for the soul. Thanks, Baby Cameron. You da best!

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“G” Family Shoot


I’ve been able to photograph this family several times since meeting them a year ago. The occasion for this shoot was both Emilia’s 1st birthday as well as her parents’ 10th anniversary! Both huge mile-markers! We caught the most beautiful end-of-the-season summer day at the Chicago Botanical Gardens which turned out to be the perfect backdrop to celebrate so much life and love in this sweet family. Congratulations and happy birthday! 

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“M” Family Mini-Session

I am once again months behind on my blogging! I’ve had so many fun shoots this summer/fall that’s it’s high time I start sharing!

Today we’ll start with this wonderful family who are very dear to me. They recently moved out of state and so before they left, we did a mini-shoot over at Montrose Harbor in the Bird Sanctuary. It was early summer/late spring and the pink blooms on the trees were stunning. Gillian and Sergei have a heart for adoption and specials needs support and I love how their family reflects the unconditional, self-giving love of God. Their family is so dear to our family and I was thrilled to provide them with some family photos before they moved.

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