Blogger Mini-Shoot {Christine Kay, Chicago Photographer}

Just a few pictures from a mini-shoot with my new friend, Gillian. Gillian is a Chicago Special Needs Parent Examiner, blogger, and writer. Just last month she finished her book, KRASATA, which is a memoir of the “unexpected beauty in grieving, accepting and loving my child with Down Syndrome”. I don’t have any children with Down Syndrome, but I can’t wait to read her book. She is refreshingly honest and open about those 5 words that changed her life forever- “Your daughter has Down Syndrome.”
What do you think of when you hear those 5 words? What if it were you learning this diagnosis about your new newborn baby? Would you handle it all with a smile on your face- “Well, every child is a blessing, you know” . . . or would you maybe curl in a ball on the couch and stare at your baby in someone else’s arms and wonder how you will manage to bond with a baby who is not what you had expected? I’m not putting words in Gillian’s mouth- you’ll have to read her story for yourself, but suffice it to say, hearing and processing a diagnosis like this was no cake-walk.
Gillian now has two daughters with Down Syndrome, the second coming from an international adoption from Ukraine. Yes, Gillian not only came to accept those 5 words, but then went out looking for them. It’s an awesome story and I can’t wait for it to be published!
Gillian needed some quick headshots (and pictures with two of her four daughters) for updating her blog and for her web publications. We went around the corner and did a little mini-session. She is truly gorgeous, inside and out. Love you, friend!

LOVE this one. Nothin’ beats a cheek hug from your baby girl.


monica - April 23, 2011 - 6:04 pm

Oh the last one makes me want to cry. Just beautiful C. xo

Anonymous - April 23, 2011 - 6:06 pm

so, so sweet! thanks for posting and making me smile!!! 🙂

Shannon D. Wyatt - April 23, 2011 - 7:46 pm


Christine Kay, Chicago Photographer - April 24, 2011 - 1:02 am

Thanks, girls! Yes, Monica, that last one is my ultimate favorite. Precious when you can capture a true moment of love and contentment.

Jeff and Steph - April 24, 2011 - 3:05 am

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!! ALL of those are so great! Some really great shots!

Sarah - April 26, 2011 - 11:45 pm


Amy Teraberry - April 28, 2011 - 6:32 am

You have a gift with the camera; these are beautiful both asthetically and in the story they tell.

Anonymous - April 29, 2011 - 2:01 am

Christine, this is SO precious. You do have an amazing gift:-) Susu

sarah - May 1, 2011 - 1:50 am

that last one is PRECIOUS. love these pix, christine–and love YOU!=)

Caryn - July 18, 2011 - 11:56 pm

Loved looking at your beautiful family.
What a blessing!
You are truly a gifted photographer!!

Christine Kay, Chicago Photographer - July 19, 2011 - 12:11 am

Thank you, Caryn!!