Category Archives: Children

California Lovin’ & The Heffernan Family

It’s so hard to keep this blog post short and sweet! Seems like just yesterday I photographed this beautiful couples wedding in Santorini, Greece!! Fast forward a few years and these two are now a beautiful family of three!!! My friendship with these two beautiful people goes back nearly a decade. I’ve never been more thankful to call two people my friends. Seeing their love grow to a marriage and now a family is one of the most special things I’ve had the privilege of being a part of. On my recent visit, I was finally able to meet their beautiful daughter…. the most perfect and amazing combination of the two. I’m so proud to share with you some images and moments captured on my visit with them. Here are a few of my favs!!!

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Until next time…..

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Sloan + Crosby

It’s so crazy how time flies and what seemed like time flying with the first baby, has now led us to a second. Welcome to the world baby Crosby!!!! There are no words for how much I love this family. They’ve entrusted me to capture all of these incredible moments with their children. There is no greater compliment or task than to capture children as they grow and discover their lives. Though I’ve only known this family a matter of years, I consider them like my own family. They always have welcomed me into their home as one of their own. They’ve made me laugh and some of my fondest memories are with them. So it was with such great pleasure that they asked me to capture the beautiful new addition to their family. Let’s be honest… baby shoots aren’t always the easiest. Sometimes they take HOURS just to get one good shot. Luckily for me, Crosby is a natural just like his mom, dad and sister, Sloan. In no time at all I was able to capture some of my most favorite moments with them. So, lets take a peek at these beauties!

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CONGRATULATIONS Kollmorgan family! Thank you for welcoming me into your lives and for being a part of mine. You are beautiful human beings inside and out! xoxo

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Baby Love!!!

One of the greatest honors of my career is when a client comes back to me to capture more of the important moments in their lives. Today’s session was the culmination of years of friendship, trust and understanding. I photographed Jess and Eddie’s wedding a few years back, so to walk into their home today (with the wedding photos I took adorning the walls) to capture Jess’s first pregnancy was just completely humbling. I never take for granted that my clients will come back for other life moments, so when they do it’s almost a little emotional for me. I realize every time this happens that I’m not just someone who shows up on people’s doorsteps to take some photos…. I am documenting the beautiful moments of peoples lives that make them who they are. Have I mentioned that I literally have the BEST job in the world?!??! I’m beyond excited to share my favorites from this beautiful maternity session for Jess and Eddie. They are family to me in so many ways and it’s just so exciting to see their family growing. I couldn’t be happier for them both! They are two of the kindest, most loving people in this world and I know they’re going to make the best parents! I love that when their son looks back on this session, he will see the overwhelming amount of love his mom and dad have for each other and for him. I’m going to start with my two most favorite photos of Jess and Eddie in this session. Before I do, let me just say this… These first two photos are the true Jess and Eddie. They are the Jess and Eddie that have been best friends for as long as they can remember… The Jess and Eddie that love each other endlessly, are inseperable, are best friends and are about to be the most amazing parents. I hope you love these as much as I do, because I’m just beaming in my heart looking at these!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS Jess and Eddie! I love you both very much and I wish the three of you decades of love, health and happiness!!!! I absolutely cannot wait to meet your perfect little man!!! xoxo

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Two Sweet Parents & A Little Lady!

AHHHHHH!!!!!!! I know, I know… I’m already loud enough without the screaming but I just had to!!! I seriously love this family. I’m sure you all recognize them from previous posts. For those of you who are new to my blog, I’ve been photographing this beautiful family since maternity. They are the reason that I do what I do. Honestly! They have welcomed me into their lives to consistently capture moments like these. Not only are these two the epitomy of loving parents, but they have this cool, laid back, city style that I aspire to have when I’m a parent someday. They are fun, sweet and are the true definition of love and devotion. Here are a few of some of my favs from our last session. I honestly can’t wait to see what spring brings us!!!! Enjoy!!!

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Until next time!!!

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A Story Of Best Friends

Well, it’s official! Wedding season is in full swing and amazing as ever! I couldn’t be more excited to share this story with you all. Not only do this beautiful couple have an amazing friendship and story, but I also have been blessed to have an amazing friendship with the both of them. I met Lauren almost two years ago now. From the moment we spent time together, I knew she was going to be one of the few people in my life that I knew I could count on. Lauren and I quickly became best of friends and I just cannot imagine my life without her. As she has for her husband, she has stood by me and helped me through good times and bad. She is the most incredible mother, wife, friend, sister and daughter I know. She is constantly going the extra mile to make sure that everyone else is okay. Through some tough times of my own, I just don’t know what I would have done if it weren’t for her love, support and constant encouragement. This is a woman that understands the true value of love and friendship, so it’s not any wonder that her husband could hardly wait to marry this incredible woman! From engagement to marriage it was just a matter of months before these two made it official. Lauren’s husband, Terrance, immediately made an impression on me when I met him because, like Lauren, he is a pillar of strength and peace in good times and bad. The way he has stood by Lauren, embraced fatherhood with the most amazing little boy, and really kept his family together is inspiring. I mostly love how much love he has for Lauren and their son, Joshua. He is a true definition of a man in every single way. I couldn’t be more honored to have captured such a special time in their lives. Here are a few of my favs from their amazing day!

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To Lauren and Terrance, I love you both so much and couldn’t be happier to be a part of your lives. May you be blessed with decades of health, happiness and love. xoxo

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A Winter Wonderland!

This beautiful family is one of my favorites of all time!!! I have loved seeing them every couple of months to capture the milestones that seem to creep up faster and faster with each one. This little darlings birthday happens to fall just before Christmas, and what better way to ring in the season than with family!!! Here are some of my favs from this wonderful family winter shoot!!

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To all of my amazing friends, family and clients (whom I consider family), I wish you all a happy holiday season!!! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014!! xoxo

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Delights of December!!

For many photographers, December is part of the “off season” whereby things tend to slow down and there is a bit of a break. I’m blessed to be able to say that I don’t really have an off season. My December has already been filled with so many amazing photo shoots, including this one I’m about to show you. You may recognize this family from the spring when we got absolutely gorgeous, sun-filled shots of them in the beautiful town of Evanston. Though we have quite the change in weather from last time, it’s their smiling faces that absolutely light up these photos. I just cannot believe how fast this handsome little guy is growing up! How lucky am I to be able to see my clients children grow up before the lens? It’s always a tremendous honor…one that I do not take for granted….when a client asks me to do another shoot for them. I have absolutely loved working with this amazing family and being part of their lives. Here are a few of my favs with them!

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Happy December y’all!!!!! xoxo

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FALLin’ In Love!

Part of the benefit of having a photographer in the family is that you always know you’ll have access to great photos, even when you’re doing something simple. A day at the pumpkin farm, isn’t just a day at the pumpkin farm! I went along for the apple cidar donuts and ended up with hands clutched around the camera. This beautiful baby boy is my nephew and godson… how could I not go crazy with the photos?!?!? Though I’m insanely biased I know you’ll agree that this family is something special. Before there were three, there were just us three girls….me, and my two sisters. Though I knew we’d all get married someday, I had no idea what I was in store for having boys around the house. Recently I’ve stopped calling the amazing dad in these photos, “brother in law,” because I’ve really just come to think of him as my brother. Same goes for the amazing man that has married my other sister. I am truly blessed to have the most amazing family anyone could ever hope for. I hope you enjoy these photos of my incredible family as much as I enjoyed taking them. Here are a few of my favs!

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To my brother and sister…. I love you more than words can ever express. I am forever grateful for your love and support in pursuing my passions and standing by me through good times and bad. You both are the truest definition of family. Thank you, also, for bringing my amazing godson into the world. I can honestly say that I did not know what true love was until he and our beautiful niece were born. You mean everything to me in this world. I love you with my entire being! xoxo

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Serene City Love….

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…. nothing makes me happier than when a client calls and asks me to capture their family again. It is by far the single greatest compliment I receive. That call literally makes my heart happy. Needless to say, I was doing a happy dance when this beautiful family asked me to capture some more photos for them. I met them when this little cutie was just days old. I don’t care how many times I photograph families, it never ceases to amaze me how fast these little ones grow up! Baby Julia has the most stunning blue eyes you’ve ever seen… and with her sweet, and sometimes stoic, smile she absolutely just warms your heart. Though it was a bit rainy, the day could not have been more perfect to spend time with and capture this family. I chose a place that I knew would be a perfect combo of nature and softness with a little hint of the cityscape in the background so that if and when this beautiful family decides to join their family in Michigan, they have these photos to fondly remember these times. Here are a few of my favs!!!

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To all of my AMAZING clients that continue to welcome me into their lives to capture their most precious moments, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I am truly so blessed!!! xoxo

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Family…What It’s All About!

I really don’t know how it is that I am so beyond blessed to be able to photograph such amazing people. It’s hard for me to find the words for this family other than to say, I just absolutely love them like my own family. Maybe that’s because I grew up with this family… I consider the adults in this family an extension of my own siblings. We went to school together, played in the neighborhood, went on vacations and had countless dinners together. So, it is with great honor that I accepted their request for a photo shoot to capture some of their greatest memories. Every moment of this shoot was fun… I’ve never seen such a large family have so much fun together. You can tell that they really do appreciate not only each other, but the time that they spend together. With all the craziness in the world today, I love that there are still families like this that value and appreciate what it really means to be a family. I also loved seeing the love everyone has for all of these beautiful children! It’s everything that a family should be. Capturing this families memories is the least I can do for a family who’s always loved me, accepted me and treated me like one of their own. So here are just a few of my favs!! I am forever grateful for this experience!

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To the Chiarito Family- Thank you again for the honor of capturing such fun and special moments! Thank you for always being there for me and my family, and for always treating us like your own. I love that you are not just our neighbors, but our very dear friends. I can’t imagine growing up without you all. I love you guys so much and look forward to capturing many more years of the love, fun and happiness that your family embodies. xoxo

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