A timeless Engagement Session in Downtown Chicago

November 1, 2015 Engagement 0 Comments

I can’t say this about many people, but I’ve known Holly since the first grade.   We went to the same school together all the way through 12th grade, before heading to different states for college.   When Holly sent out a facebook message last year announcing she was moving to Chicago with her fiance Rob to work at Lurie’s Children Hospital as a nurse practitioner, I was thrilled.  Holly’s always stood out to me as someone incredibly down-to-earth, genuine, kind, and joyful.

This past year, I’ve gotten to know Rob as her perfect match.  He’s laid back with a great smile and a touch of quirkiness. It’s not uncommon to catch them from the corner of my eye making each other laugh at an inside joke or affectionately holding hands.  I’m so happy to see my long-time friend paired with such a great guy.










Sunny Fall Family Shoot with the Fontanas

October 31, 2015 Family, Kids 0 Comments

In 2011, I had the honor of photographing Kate and Tj’s wedding in downtown Chicago. Since then, a lot has happened for this couple–the biggest life change, the birth of their son, Luke, who turned one this past month.

On a sunny October Sunday morning, we strolled through the prairie of Winnemac Park, a perfect setting for Chicago fall family photos. Luke was all smiles throughout the shoot, a happy baby with an easy going spirit–not a surprise considering his two wonderful parents. If you are in boston and need a photographer click here: boston wedding photographers.

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Gorgeous Country Chic Engagement Photos

October 30, 2015 Engagement 0 Comments

Emily and Mike couldn’t have a more beautiful day for their fall nature engagement photos. After a day of biting our nails as we refreshed our weather apps over and over again, the clouds parted and sun came through. Thank goodness, because this setting was too gorgeous for anything but golden light and blue skies.

It was worth the hour and a half hike out to this location. We explored a stunning property that couldn’t have been staged better with hay bales and a lone tree in the middle of the field, before venturing off to traipse through a beautiful prairie where we were the sole visitors. What a treat!

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fall nature engagement photos

fall nature engagement photos


fall nature engagement photos



fall nature engagement photos




These kids are such a riot!

October 29, 2015 Family 0 Comments

I love shooting fall family photos, especially with the Quinns every year! Their kids literally have me cracking up the whole time. They’re so vibrant and fun. It’s basically a chance for me to just be a kid again, playing tag, pretending to fight dragons, or recounting our favorite moments from Puss and Boots and Frozen.

For those interested in booking a family shoot for the upcoming holiday season, I still have openings available, though weekends are booking up fast! Call at 402-304-4057 or email me at maggie@rifeponcephotography.com to book your fall family photo shoot.











Golli and Omid // Wedding Photos at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Musuem

October 13, 2015 Wedding 0 Comments

Omid said he always admired Golli before they started dating, but when they fell in love, she blew away the vision he had of her in his mind.  After knowing each other for more than a decade and fostering a relationship across state borders, the couple couldn’t have been happier when they officially began their life together as husband and wife in a touching ceremony including Iranian traditions.

They were a joy to document for so many reasons, but especially because of their deep friendship and love for each other. Congrats Golli and Omid. I’m so happy for you two and wish you all the best!








































Lifestyle Family Photos with The Sutherlands

September 20, 2015 Family 0 Comments

The years of wonder, before awareness takes over, before they know what it means to be cool; when all is new and everything is an adventure. They’re full of curiosity and raw emotion. Smiles may turn to frowns in a split second, laughter to sobs. These years, when plans unravel and spontaneity rules, these are my favorite. They’re candid, silly, and wonderful to photograph.

I’ve taken Alex’s picture on three prior occasions, but I loved this last session most of all. He was so active and fun. In his features, now more distinct, I saw his momma’s eyes, and his mannerisms often mimicked his Dad. We spent nearly an hour together, letting Alex run the show. Directions were futile, instead we just played, and let Alex be Alex.

To find out more about a lifestyle family photos, please contact me at maggie@rifeponcephotography.com or 402-304-4057.








Megan and David’s Wedding Photos at Independence Grove

September 19, 2015 Wedding 0 Comments

Megan and David met as freshman in college when David knocked on the door of her dorm room and invited Megan and and her roommates to a party.  Over the course of four years, they became best friends.  David even became close with Megan’s family, but neither thought anything more of their relationship until senior year.  To their own surprise, they realized they both had feelings for each other, and with a foundation that makes for long and happy marriages, the two started dating.

Already in their time together they’ve experienced a great depth of human emotion, from the loss of parents, to the joy of close friendship. They have an easy rapport with one another that makes those around them feel settled and balanced by their grounded relationship. I see this come through in so many of their pictures, especially those of them together outside and during their first dance. There’s pure affection in each of their eyes.

It’s a joy to see wonderful people commit to each other. I’m so happy for Megan and David and wish them a lifetime of happiness.









































Lauren + Matt’s // Dunham Wood’s Riding Club Wedding Photos

September 3, 2015 Wedding 0 Comments

Dunham Wood’s Riding Club Wedding Photos

The scene looked almost like a fall day for Lauren and Matt’s summer wedding. I loved shooting their Dunham Wood’s Riding Club Wedding Photos in this enchanting outdoor venue.  Beneath a beautiful oak tree with fallen leaves dappling the grass, the two said “I do” after 11 years together. It was a very touching ceremony, officiated by the bride’s aunt. Happy tears were shed and family and friends were delighted to celebrate Lauren and Matt’s union.
























































Happy Birthday Michael!

August 18, 2015 Babies, Family, Kids 0 Comments

Michael Jr.’s One Year Photos

A year ago, dear friends Kimi and Michael Ponzio welcomed home their first son, Michael Jr.  This August, they not only celebrate his 12 months of life, but also their new son or daughter, who is now 12 weeks.

Michael Jr. charmed the socks off me.  I can only imagine how wonderful their newest addition will be. Please come soon, February. Congrats Kimi and Mike!
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Faye’s First Birthday

August 17, 2015 Babies, Family, Kids 0 Comments

Faye’s First birthday party was a “smash” hit!  She loved the cake her beautiful mom, Emily Florez made her and was all smiles in her Dad Ray’s arms. They’re the sweetest couple and Faye is such a darling little girl, it was such a hoot taking her first birthday photos.
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