The Giving Tree Sessions

As we all know, a few weeks ago mother nature got pissed. Really really pissed. Seeing image after image of her devastation was heartbreaking. Feeling a little bit helpless, I decided to offer up donation based mini sessions to benefit hurricane relief. They'd get a 10 minute session for a $20 donation (or whatever they could spare!) to www.directrelief.org, along with 3-5 images. And people showed up! It was awesome! 

Generally, I don't offer mini sessions. You have to work fast, they can be tiring, i never feel like my subjects have enough time to warm up, and- honestly- they just feel like work.  But these families were a joy and MORE than giving. We had such a fun afternoon. Here's a little glimpse of our day!

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william+alex+john// chicago, illinois

i do not shoot maternity sessions enough! i just love a glowy mama and a growing family. 

maybe i'm biased because this is my own sister's fam- but they are the fricken cutest! they're so fun, so effortless in front of the lens, and love donuts as much as i do (dare i say MORE?!) this is our third time using Stan's Donuts Chicago as our photo location (2 maternity sessions and a 1 year session)- and i suspect it won't be our last. 

 

kelly+tom // chicago, illinois

this sweet mama bear is my very first friend. i've known her for 30 years. THIRTY. and when tom asked me if i wanted to photograph their maternity slash SURPRISE PROPOSAL, i couldn't have agreed faster. i love them! i love baby bumps! i love sparkly new jewelry! and i looooove being sneaky! 

the weather was perfect, she looked incredible, he somehow stayed completely cool, and the proposal went flawlessly.  i am so honored to have been able to capture their big moment through a tear streaked lens.