Margo + Sam | Engaged

This is my first shoot of 2018 which means I had to create a new folder on my laptop... and I realized this is my fifth calendar year doing this little side hustle! How in the world did that happen!? Thank you to everyone who has followed along my work--it has evolved so much over the past few years and I hope to continue growing as a photographer in my free time in the years to come!

Margo & Sam are such an easy going light hearted couple. They reached out a few weeks ago and we lucked out that on the day of our shoot we had a heat wave in Chicago! And by heat wave, I mean it was just above 20 degrees. This didn't deter them at all! It was a bit windy by the lake but the water was the most gorgeous blue--almost looked like an ombre background in some shots. And the best part is that we were the only people around--it felt like our little snowglobe! I've never done an outdoor shoot in January, but I've gotta say, it was quite lovely! Margo & Sam--thanks for trusting me and sticking it out through the cold. Best wishes to you both with the rest of your engagement!

Woerfel Family | Portraits

The Woerfels are the quickest & quite possibly most fun picture takers! A family of boys is surely an adventure all the days, and I have had so much fun capturing the upbeat lighthearted lives of these 4 the past two years! And Simonie is literally the coolest mom running off to play tag in her chic booties--#momgoals. See some of my favorites from our session this year below!

Because after a few photos who doesn't want to play a quick game of tag?

Arizona Film Scans

I thought I'd break up some of my latest portrait sessions with some photos from my latest trip! With a camera at our fingertips literally every moment of the day, I feel like I've gotten more and more 'snap happy' and it's taken away from my presence of being in the moment (especially on vacations). I decided to buy a film camera a few months ago with the hope of getting back to the basics and focusing more on the art of creating a photo rather than capture, capture, capture! It's also a fun completely challenging new skill to work on. My goal with this film camera is to slow down, only take photos of the most precious moments, and really enjoy setting up each frame before firing the shutter. I want it to enhance my trips--not take away from.

My first roll was mostly crummy pics (gotta start somewhere, right?), but these two rolls David & I took in Arizona had more photos I loved than I was expecting! To be honest, I think David might be enjoying it slightly more than me (which I adore!!!) See some of our favorite captures in Sedona & Scottsdale below.

Meyer Family | Portraits

This sweet fam (along with the Garofalos) win a medal for braving the weather! Though it looks like a gorgeous fall day, it was truly a 'looks so beautiful but was oh so cold' shoot! I am still amazed at what a little ham baby Mae was with the mid 20s windy whipping away! She had so many adorable expressions and seemed excited about the chilly weather! Thank you Meyers for having me capture your first holiday photos as a family of 4 in one of my favorite places!

Garofalo Family | Portraits

After some all over the place weather, we finally had a lovely sunny (but freezing!) day for the Garofalo family in Glen Ellyn. Megan & Craig have the sweetest little babe, Jeffrey, and I had so much fun capturing these cuties along Lake Ellyn. They all did so well despite the temps!