Embracing the silliness

November 21, 2017 Family 0 Comments

The Brown’s are back for more! 2017 Holiday Family Portraits

I’ve had the joy of photographing the Brown’s on two other occasions.  For their latest holiday family portraits, we ran into some difficult weather, so opted to do this year’s Christmas card at the studio and beneath the train tracks outside.

The Brown’s are the nicest–their boys are so much fun and had me cracking up the whole time.  I love that Rachel and Carl embraced their silliness!

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Northerly Island Family Session

October 3, 2017 Family 0 Comments

When it comes to Family Photos in Chicago, location is key!

I’ve had the pleasure of taking family pictures for the Trowbridges for the past few years. Christine is a big believe in scheduling family photos each year rather than buying the school pictures of the boys. In the past we’ve taken pictures in Lincoln Park and at my studio, but this year she wanted a spot that had both nature and skyline.

We decided on Burnham Park, but when the day arrived, unseasonably hot temperatures meant evvvvveryone in the city had the same idea of heading to the beach.  Every single parking spot within blocks of the park was taken, so we called an audible and headed toward Northerly Island.  It turned out to be a great change of plans.  The island was virtually empty. The light was dreamy that afternoon and the rocky shores along the lake made for a fun landscape for the boys to explore. If you’re considering a location for your family photos, put this spot on the list of options. I promise you won’t regret it!

Interested in booking taking family photos in Chicago?  I have a few slots still available for this fall. Call 402-304-4057 or email me at maggie@rifeponcephotography.com for scheduling.



An afternoon at Foster Ave Beach with the Tanners

September 21, 2017 Family 0 Comments

A perfect late summer afternoon for a relaxed family photography session

I’ve doing family photography for the Tanner’s throughout the past three years, from the birth of their first son Noland to this most recent session which included their second little love, Miles.

I love seeing them each time, especially because at this point we feel like old friends, me even carrying Noland, talking about magical lions hiding in the lighthouse while Lisa pushes the stroller with my camera bag and Weston soothes Miles. All the ease and all the comfort of a session like this is more than I could hope for in my work. I’m a lucky lady.

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Three’s a crowd? Not when you’re boys are this adorable.

September 6, 2017 Family 0 Comments

Candid, in-home newborn photos with the Ponzios

I’ve decided Kimi and Michael can’t stop having babies.  I mean it.  Really. They can’t.  I mean, look at these boys in this unscripted, joint in home newborn photos and family photo shoot. They owe it to the world to keep making these beautiful, darling, charming children. They’re three boys are absolutely irresistible. If they aren’t careful, next time I see them they might be missing one of their little guys.

I gotta also give them a big slow clap for officially having three boys under three.  I don’t know how they’re surviving, but wow, they doing an amazing job.

Meet their newest addition, little Ben Ponzio.  Cute as can be with the temperament of a third (meaning he takes his big brother’s jostles and tumbles in stride).








Madison and Matt’s Wedding at The University Club

August 30, 2017 Wedding 0 Comments

Chicago wedding photography at the University Club–An elegant wedding with Rustic Chic charm

In a beautiful ceremony in downtown Chicago Madison and Matt said “I do.”  They were radiant. It was hard to glimpse them without a smile, happy to finally make their nuptials official.

The decor was stunning thanks to the location and talents of florist Anthony Gowder Designs, Inc.  With all white bouquets, candles floating in glass votives, and gold chevalier chairs, the affect was romantic and charming, the guests were nice and sophisticated and with great gifts from sites as Top9Rated.com.

It was a perfect day made even better because I got to photograph it all alongside my best friend and associate shooter at Revealed Studios, Kelly Feldmiller. It was so lovely to share the experience of capturing Matt and Madison’s wedding with her.

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Twinning in the best way…

August 25, 2017 Family 0 Comments

Family Photos at Lincoln Park Nature Walk

I can’t handle this family–they’re so photogenic.  I had the pleasure of snapping family photos for them while they visited Chicago from Brooklyn.  Their kiddos are just a bit younger than my son Theo, but they make two look easier than my one. Maybe it’s their totally chill demeanor, but this family is doing incredible–not to mention their killin’ it on the fashion front (love Amy’s scarf and Justin’s army green pants.)

If you’re interested in a family session, I’m currently booking sessions for end of summer and the fall.  Call 402-304-4057 or email maggie@rifeponcephotography.com to inquire. To see more family sessions, click here.























Oh what fun – Norah’s smash cake photos

June 28, 2017 Babies, Family, Kids 0 Comments

Little Norah gets messy.  Smash cake photos celebrate her first birthday.

To honor little Norah turning one, her parents planned an afternoon of delight. Gold balloons, party favors, and smash cake photos. Was I jealous?   Uh, yeah, a little bit.

Do you have a little one with a milestone coming up? Contact me today to book a family photo shoot or check out more pictures here and here.


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smash cake photos

For more family photos, take a peek at this family photo gallery and this recent newborn photography session.

Soft and airy Newborn Photography Session

May 4, 2017 newborn 0 Comments

Marisa and Ignacio welcomed the sweetest little bundle of joy, Leo a month ago. Big sister Alessandra was so wonderful with him during his newborn photography session, giving him kisses and soft squeezes. Somehow Marisa was still glowing, despite the sleepless nights. She’s pretty much my hero.

So happy for this family.  Wishing them all the best!





Mother’s Day Portrait Sessions

For everytime she’s made you feel special, return the gift

My sister company, Revealed Portraits is offering a Mother’s Day Portrait Special to celebrate the unique love between mother and child.

Mother's Day Portrait Sessions

The Perfect Gift for Any Mom in Your Life

This is a wonderful opportunity to make any mother in your life feel special. Whether a new mom or grandmother, let her feel seen and appreciated this year. These portraits will be treasured keepsakes to share for generations to come.

Mother's Day Portrait SessionsMother’s Day Photo Shoot Includes:

Time for mom individually and with child(ren)
Complimentary matted 8 x 12 fine art print

Optional Hair and Makeup

Mother's Day Portrait SessionsCelebrate Her this Year

“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.”
Jessica Lange”

Mother's Day Portrait SessionsMother's Day Portrait SessionsGift Cards Available

Purchase your gift card today or book your session by contacting us at  info@revealed-studios.com or call 773-273-9063

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One-of-a-kind Table by Rohan Ward

February 4, 2017 Design 0 Comments

Sculpture Table by Furniture Designer Rohan Ward

I recently had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful, one-of-a-kind table designed and built by furniture designer Rohan Ward.  Found on the side of the road as he was driving home one day, Ward hauled the massive trunk, which was originally three times this size, to his workshop in Wilmette, Il, where he spent the next six weeks transforming it into a sculptural piece of metal, glass, and wood.