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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The Fontanas Fall Family Photos at Winnemac Park

To celebrate their newly walking son, the Fontanas choose Winnemac Park for their Fall family photos

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.Fall family photos

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.














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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Fall Family Pictures at Winnemac Park

Chicago family photos at Winnemac Park 

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 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 just the place for you!


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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!
















Family Photos at Winnemac Park with the Berres

Getting ready for the holidays with family photos at Winnemac Park with the Berres

I’m pretty darn lucky that my sister-in-law and her husband happen to be as attractive and hip as they are awesome.  It’s safe to say I won the jackpot when I married Anthony.  I’ve always wanted a big family, and with him, that’s exactly what I got!  It’s just an added Bonus that Maria and Trey are great people–they’re two of the most inspiring DIY-ers, combining their eye for style with can-do attitudes.  I love visiting their little one, Fiona, and seeing what new projects they’re working on.

So, of course, when it came time to take a picture for their Christmas card, I wasn’t surprised to see them looking like they just walked off the pages of a magazine. Lucky me!

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Playful Family Photography in Western Springs, IL

Candid Chicago family photos

NBC 5 Chicago’s Lauren Petty welcomed the birth of her third daughter, Claire, four months ago.  This past Claire had her very first photo shoot, along with the rest of the family in Western Springs, IL. Petty is just as beautiful in real life as behind the video camera, and her three daughters are just as photogenic!















Keeping it loose in these playful fall family pics

Natural Family Photography by Maggie Rife Ponce

This natural family photography session was such a delight! The whole time the girls and I told stories about horses, real and imaginary and jump, spun and ran all over Montrose Harbor. I loved watching the girls play, using sticks to pretend they were riding their horses and later bending down to the sidewalk to examine a furry caterpillar.  What a delight!