lord- mike and jackie make some freakin cuuuute humans! check out their sweet summer portraits below! XO
i have a niece! she's an itty bitty, peanut, baby babe and i'm completely obsessed.
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!
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.
the johnson's...they're 1000x cooler than i could ever hope to be. i've taken their family photos for the last three years and i'm loving watching them grow up! mom+dad are complete babes. they're always perfectly coordinated. and clyde is somehow endearing in his surliness and does NOT just give smiles away. these three are so perfect.
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.
the perfect fall day, one sassy babe, and a couple of fiiine parents. that's all it takes to make me beam through a marathon editing sesh. all three were so laid back. baby hazel is too cool and needs snacks to keep her tude in check. so, we have a lot in common ;)
love this gorgeous family!