Smash Cake Photos

Smash cake photos for Norah’s 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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Wanna see more? Visit my family portfolio page or click the links below for other sessions.  Interested in scheduling your own session?  Drop me a line at my contact page.  Learn more about pricing here.

Happy Birthday Michael!

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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Gentle Newborn Photography Session // Sweet Madison

When Andreea was still pregnant, I had the chance to take some pictures of her adorable bump and can’t-stop-smiling face.  It was a joy to capture this experience for Drea. I hope she’ll be able to look back at the pictures in 10, 20, and 30 years at what was to come.

Less than a month ago, Madison was born. A perfect little girl with a rosy mouth and her mother’s delicate features. Andreea and her darling husband Joe came by the studio for her newborn photo session. She was a delight to meet and I couldn’t get enough of her cuteness!









Fall Family Pictures at Winnemac Park

Chicago family photos at Winnemac Park with one adorable baby.

Fall is the perfect time of year for family pictures.  The cool, dry weather makes the fall colors even more vibrant!  If you’re thinking of a a 2014 holiday card, this is a great time to come in to capture timeless keepsakes of your family. Before the shoot, I like to chat a bit on the phone to brainstorm ideas and go over details for the shoot. I love location scouting, so whether you’d like an urban or nature setting, we’ll find the just the place for you!

As for this family below, I can’t get over Thorah.  She’s just the cutest and most smiley baby I have ever photographed. Congratulations to James and Katie for creating this adorable nugget!


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Literary inspired newborn photo session with baby Derby

Looking for inspiration for newborn photo ideas?  Look no further than this literary themed newborn photo shoot! Derby is the newborn son of friends and past clients, Jaclin and Danny. Jaclin is one of the biggest book lovers I know (her wedding was at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago). It’s only fitting that she introduce Derby to books early. He’ll start with Goodnight Moon and before they know it, be on to Jaclin’s very favorite, The Great Gatsby.









Charlie and Reed

If only teleporters existed in real life, instead of only in science fiction films and books. If they did, I’d be one of the first to invest in their magical power so I could visit these two little ones as often as possible.

Last month my sister gave birth to her second child, Charlotte Thompson, named for our late mother. I was lucky enough to have a wedding booked back in Nebraska the same week Charlotte, aka “Charlie,” was born.  What perfect timing!  I stayed in town after the wedding to get some quality time in with the family.  Of course, I couldn’t keep my camera down.  There’s no way I could resist my nephew Reed’s big blue eyes, or Charlie’s perfect button nose. I can’t wait to see them again this weekend!
















Engy and Jason welcome baby Alex

In 2012, I documented Engy and Jason’s wedding at Prairie Productions in downtown Chicago. I had a great time getting to know the couple, who are kind, laid back, and surrounded by wonderful friends and family.

I was thrilled when I received a message back in February that they were expecting their first son, Alex, and asked me to capture newborn pictures.  They came by the studio last week with 10 day old Alex, a delightful little boy with a full head of dark hair just like his mommas. I loved watching them delight in their new son, both happy as can be with the new addition to their family.  Big congrats to the Engy and Jason!

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