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A Darling Diva & Her Own Personal Photographer…

So, part of being a photographer means that my family knows that they get the best photos when it comes to the kids, family events, special moments and just plain hanging out on a Sunday.  The last time I was hanging with the fam, I happened to have my camera from a shoot earlier that day.  So, when I showed up to my parents and my niece was there looking positively adorable I couldn’t help but break out the camera and see what we could get!  What truly brought me joy this time, though, was that she asked if she could shoot photos with my camera.  Never mind that this camera literally weighs as much as she does and is at least as big as her head!  So what that I was holding a small fortune worth of equipment in my hand? How could I say no to that sweet face?!?!  So, I made her a deal…. if she went outside, played and had fun so I could get some awesome photos for mommy and daddy, her and I would sit together and take some really cool photos.  Was it a deal? IT WAS A DEAL!!!!!  So, let’s see how badly she wanted to take photos with my camera…. We’ll start with my personal favorite….


And it doesn’t end there…. she keeps hammin’ it up for me so she has a chance to shoot this amazing camera with the coolest auntie in all the world!


I know i’m biased but seriously, could that face be any more adorable?!?!?!?


And the happy dance continues….


And last but not least….. the photo that Addison got with her Auntie CiCi?!?!?!?!


Literally one of my favorites of ALL TIME!!!!! I will never forget this moment with my beautiful niece.  My heart is still alive with joy that she wanted to take photos just like her Auntie CiCi.  I hope that I can show her how much joy there is to be had not just in front of the lens, but behind it as well.  This is a moment I will not soon forget…. xoxo

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A Beauty, A Chef and A Baby!

Where do I begin with this beautiful family?!?!?! As fellow Italians, I knew I was going to enjoy photographing them right off the bat!  Their story is beyond sweet…. they met through mutual friends after this beautiful mama was set up with someone else!  Alas, a date or two later and everyone knew that it was actually this beautiful lady and handsome chef that were meant to be.  A beautiful wedding, and wonderful life, and 9 months later and their sweet son Rocco joined them to really complete this beautiful love story.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I’m always so humbled and honored when someone chooses me to document such special times in their lives.  I am beyond grateful to this beautiful family for the opportunity and hope to see more of them as this little guy grows up!  Here is a sneak peek of a few favs from their shoot!

Couldn’t help but end on a happy note with that adorable smile!!!!  More to come soon!!!!! xoxo

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Pretty In The Park!

I couldn’t help but post some more of my favs from a session yesterday in beautiful Oz Park!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE  this time of year! It couldn’t be a more perfect time to capture the happiest times in peoples lives.  This family was just such a pleasure to work with and get to know.  I felt elated to know that this beautiful mama would finally have some photos with her little girl after 6 months of being the one behind the camera.  This session isn’t even finished yet, but I couldn’t resist sharing these few! ENJOY!!!!


And just because…… I’m posting my favorite of the shoot just one more time!

SO much fun!!!!! More to come. xoxo

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All Smiles In Central Park!

Ok…so maybe I lied…. one last peek from my time in New York! I swear! I just couldn’t resist sharing more!  This beautiful family was kind enough to pose for me as I learned more of the ins and outs from the best in the business.  It was the most perfect day in Central Park and this was the sweetest family any photographer could ask to capture.  I never felt happier taking these photos…. here are a few of my favs!


And last but not least…. a few individual ones with mommy and daddy!


Couldn’t be happier and more proud!  Thank you to Jen Huang for her guidance, expertise, amazing business sense, and most of all encouragement!  She’s truly one of a kind and I am so honored to be able to learn from the very best! Everything I do is to bring the very best photos to my clients.  This session was no exception!

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No, This Is Not A GAP Ad!!! But It Could Be….

I met this beautiful family via the Neighborhood Parents Network here in Chicago.  What an amazing organization!  I am so thankful to be able to connect with so many wonderful families through this organization, and this one was no exception.  They were insanely sweet, and let’s not beat around the bush…. They look like they could be featured in an ad for The Gap!  They were a photographers dream…. beautiful on the inside and out in every single way.  Majority of their photos that I fell in love with were black and whites, and it really brought me back to how I came to fall in love with photography in the first place….. taking black and whites on FILM!  Yes, people… I learned on film before digital was the way of the world!  So, here are a collection of my most favorite photos from this shoot!!

And we begin with this sweet little baby….

And onto the collection with mom and dad….. SO FUN!!!!


I cannot wait to work with this family again! They were truly amazing!  If there ever was an all American family, they are it!  Until next time….

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Beautiful Day With A Beautiful Family….

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, but I’ve been out photographing, people!!!! This first post, is a beautiful family that I felt so happy to spend time with.  They are kind, funny and most of all strong! I was so touched to hear how this amazing mama waited a year while her husband was deployed serving our country in the greatest military on this planet.  You could just really feel that this little boy was completely a reflection of the love and devotion between them.  SO! The wait is over! Here are my favorites….

Let’s start with my fav’s of this adorable little boy!!!

And next up, my favs of the entire family…..

And last, but not least…. my favorites of this entire family….

Per usual, I’m always crazy sad when a shoot is over, but i’m super excited that there will be more to come with this beautiful family.  I am still always so humbled and elated when someone entrusts me with documenting their most important memories.  I cannot express my gratitude to this family for allowing me the opportunity!

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A Tornado Couldn’t Stop This Shoot!

As I do more shoots, I find that there are bound to be challenges that come up whereby I need to be creative in finding a way to overcome them.  This shoot was no exception!  I was about half way through my shoot with this family when the worlds worst weather rolled in out of nowhere!  Lucky for us, we were able to avoid it, but after everything was said and done, trees were down, cars were destroyed and power was out for four days!!!!!  Needless to say, we were not deterred and found another time to get back out there and finish what we started after the rude interruption from mother nature.  Here are a few of my favorites of this beautiful family:

This first one is just my absolute favorite of the ENTIRE shoot!  I was amazed at how great this little guy was in cooperating with us to get these shots! What a trooper!!!

And here are a few more of my favorites of this adorable little guy:

And a few more of this cutie with his mom and dad….

And finally, a few of my favorites of this entire family…..

At the end of the day, this truly turned out to be an amazing shoot.  I went to high school with this beautiful mama and I just cannot believe how fast time flies and how quickly we all are getting older.  I’m so excited to see this family grow through the lens in the years ahead!

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Sisterly Love….

Last weekend was another great weekend FULL of family lifestyle shoots.  I absolutely could not get enough of these two little girls…. they were just too adorable for words!  I’ve known them both since they were born, and I can’t believe how quickly they are growing right before my eyes.  I was so delighted to get some shots of this family considering the girls dad has known me since I was about twelve years old.  How times flies!!!!  These are some of my favorites…. it was nearly impossible to choose!!!!


I start with the photos of the girls…. they are just too cute!!!!

And how photogenic is this cutie!!!!

And how ADORABLE is her little sister!!!!!

And last but not least…. my favorite of this beautiful family!

Needless to say, I’m sad this shoot is over! I can’t wait to watch this family grow through the years ahead.  What an amazing day!!!!!

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