Cozy Family Photos at The Landing in Kansas City

December 20, 2016 Family 1 Comment

Snuggly Family Photos on a freezing winter day at The Landing

The mother of this beautiful family below is one of my dearest friends.  We were roommates in college and have stayed close since with annual “Missouri girl’s trips” over the years.

Shannon is one of those people with what seems to be endless energy and ability.  The minute, no no, the second she picked me from the airport for this most recent trip, we were off talking a mile a minute with no pause in between topics till three days later when I had to say goodbye.  She’s like the energizer bunny, she just keeps going and going, until she suddenly stops, puts her earplugs in, and promptly falls asleep for exactly seven hours.  The next morning she jumps out of bed and immediately starts tackling her to do list.  Seriously!  I can’t tell you how many girls trips we’ve had where we’re all still rubbing the sleep from our eyes and Shannon’s been on the phone making plans and figuring out complex concepts an hour or more.

The tall drink of water in these pictures is Shannon’s husband Vladmir. I can’t imagine a better match for her. He’s as passionate about soccer as Shannon is about growth and learning. It was to play soccer in college that originally brought him to the states from Belgrade, Serbia.  He now owns the fastest growing soccer club, Puma F. C. in the Kansas City area. If it’s not obvious from the pictures, he’s an amazing Dad, thoughtfully (and adoringly) helping to raise their two lovely daughters.





What’s cuter than a smiling baby wearing plaid and suspenders?

December 20, 2016 Family 0 Comments

Fall Holiday Family Photos in Fulton Market

Come on, could Noah be  any more charming in those suspenders?

These sweet moments took place just outside Sonya and Neils condo in downtown Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood.  Noah was all smiles as he dashed this way and that around the sweet little hidden park behind Carnival restaurant. There were some beautiful evergreens in the area, so his parent scooped him up and we quickly snapped a few pictures before he was off again to explore.

My favorite moment happened just at the end of the session in front of the iconic black and white striped wall outside carnival.  Noah was so full of delight, he could hardly contain himself, with a huge grin he danced back and forth between his parents.



Quinns 2016 Fall Family Photos

November 30, 2016 Family 0 Comments

It’s been wonderful to watch the Quinn’s family grow over the last few years. This year’s family shoot included an new addition, little cutiepie Danny. What a sweetie.  As the youngest of four, he’s naturally a go-with-the-flow kiddo, enjoying his siblings silly behavior. I can’t wait for next year!







Holiday Session Marathon!

November 29, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments

There’s still plenty of time to book your holiday session.  There still 30-minute slots available for this Sunday Dec. 4th and next Saturday, Dec. 10th
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Hannah and her parents explore Millenium Park

November 8, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments

Chicago Candid Family Photography Session with the Linds

I’ve feel lucky to have photographed Hannah four times over the last three years–the first when she was just a few days old in St. Louis for her newborn session, then again during a trip to Chicago, and now recently at Millenn











ium Park.  I can’t believe how big she is now!  When I first met her, she was only five pounds!  She’s grown into the sweetest, most charming little girl.  I loved every minute snapped pictures of her as she twirled through Millennium Park with her parents, John and Claudia in toe.

Morning at the Farmer’s Market with the Ponzio’s

October 27, 2016 Family 0 Comments

Day-in-the-life Family Photo Session at the Green City Market with the Ponzio’s

For their family photo session this year, the Ponzio’s wanted to do something a little different than the classic park pictures.  A professional chef, Michael Sr. used to shop for ingredients at the Green City Market each week for fresh, local options to flavor his recipes, so when he heard Kimi and I planned to meet in Lincoln Park, he asked if we could stop there afterwards.

I loved the idea, so after snapping some fun candids of the kids at play, we walked down to the stalls and took in the sights and smells.  It was so cute to see the boys examining the offerings.  When we spotted a carnitas stand, we all agreed we had to stop. Yummm!  It was definitely the best carnitas taco I’ve ever had, stuffed full of marinated pork, topped with shredded cabbage and drizzled with crema. My mouth is watering right now just remembering the flavor.

Kimi found her favorite fall arrangements–pumpkin tree bunches  (yes, there is such a thing), Oliver went on sale for a minute for $5 dollars, before being snatched up quickly by his devoted father, and little Michael showed his strength, lifting butternut squash like a dumb bell. It was a perfect morning making new memories and enjoying our beautiful Fall.

This cutie pie…can’t get enough of those cheeks.



Love an affectionate Dad.




Chef in training.



Ordering carnitas!  Yummmm!!! Soooo tasty 🙂



Little Michael, determined to move this trailer.

Playtime with the Browns

October 26, 2016 Family 0 Comments

I met the Brown’s last year when Rachel asked me to photograph the family for the first time.  I was delighted when she emailed to schedule another session this year.  We met at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club on a perfect late summer day.

Rachel has amazing taste and had Oliver and Julianne perfectly and appropriately styled with boat shoes, cream sweaters, and the most adorable haircuts.

It was so much fun to see and hang with the family again.  We explored the area, looked for spiders, jumped from trees, and literally ran in circles.









Fun Family Photos

December 21, 2015 Family 0 Comments

Sometimes you have to let boys be boys.  With three in the Trowbridge family, Christine and Zach opted to let theirs run loose, encouraging their playful, rambunctious behavior. I love shooting fun family photos for the chance to channel my inner kid. We jumped, we rolled, we tossed leaves, we spun, we collapsed.  It was the best!  











My kind of family photo shoot

December 11, 2015 Family 0 Comments

When the Dvoraks said they wanted pictures of the kids playing rather than traditional posed portraits, they were speaking my language!  I love candid family photography–capturing those real smiles that come from amusement and joy rather than me telling them to say “cheese.”

We had a ball hanging out in their front yard for an hour, letting the kids play tag and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather.  It was a perfect, relaxing Sunday morning shoot for us all.









Malee and Dane’s Intimate Backyard Wedding

November 9, 2015 Wedding 0 Comments

I met Dane about eight years ago while waiting for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to come on stage at Lollapalooza.   He was in the handicap section, sitting in a wheel chair after having surgery just before the festival and I was pressed against the fence separating him from the crowd. The wait for the rock band dragged on for hours, so eventually we struck up a conversation.  After the show, we kept in touch via Facebook, using the site for years like modern day penpals.  As happens in life, we eventually fell out of touch.

Our friendship started with social media, and it was social media that reconnected us.  When I joined Instagram a few years back I got to catch up on Dane’s life through pictures.  Most of his photos at that time were of his very handsome dog with a charming personality. After a while, a beautiful girl with a striking smile became peppered into the mix. That was Malee–the person who became his wife this past September.  From posts of her, I could see she was a kind and unique spirit. She complimented Dane’s energy…even enhancing it, like salt in a recipe.

When Dane called to ask me to photograph their wedding, I was completely surprised and touched.  It’d been years, but I still had a great fondness for my friend and was thrilled at the prospect to capture this special day for him.

The wedding was an intimate affair, taking place on their property along the river in Elkhart, IN. The guest list was small–close friends and family, the details handmade, and the vows written be the couple.

Malee was even sweeter in person than I imagined. Dane was full of tears throughout the day, so happy and overwhelmed by it all.

Dane’s Dad, his best man, gave a great speech, reminiscing about the first time he met Malee. He described it like a movie scene in which she speeds toward their dock on a wave runner,  backlit, with cottonwood seeds waft through the air behind her.

The first dances were touching for all.  Malee’s Dad made it through the whole song, before getting choked up at the very end. Dane’s mom danced like no one was watching, embracing her son with the love of a mother.

As though specially designed for the couple, the day was capped off with a breathtaking sunset-a perfect storybook ending.

Dane’s works on his vows only hours before the ceremony.