Chicago Family Photographer - Kellen's First Birthday!

Throughout the past year, I've gotten to watch Kellen grow and change into such a beautiful little boy, starting with his three month photos, then his six month photos, and now his twelve month photos! For his first birthday, Kellen - who also happens to be my neighbor - celebrated the occasion with close family and friends in Indiana. He's such a playful and happy little guy. During the photoshoot, he fell head first from a play train, but only cried for a few minutes before charging back onto the playground. His mom will be picking out some of her favorite photographs from all three sessions for an album that encompasses his first year. I can't wait to deliver the final product and see the joy in their eyes!

Chicago Family Photographer | Fullersburg Woods in Oakbrook

Fullersburg Woods in Oakbrook set the scene for this lovely family's portraits this spring. Baby J was seven months old and his big brother, A, was three. A is quite the independent little guy and, rather than me telling him where to go or how to pose, these session involved a lot of me following him around! The two brothers' snazzy outfits were beyond adorable and I couldn't get over how stylish they looked. A's sweater vest and J's bowtie were complimented perfectly by the hats their mom pulled out for their closeup shots.

Chicago Baby Photographer - Levi's One Year Portraits

This adorable little nugget is Levi. That fluffy hair had me melting all over these gorgeous pictures! It was a cold, snowy day in Chicago.  So we planned our session in his beautiful town home in Northbrook.  Levi's mom, who is a Korean, decided to put him in a traditional Korean outfit. How adorable are all those bright colors against his dark hair and eyes? 

Chicago Baby Photographer | Kellen is 6 Months Old

You blinked and Kellen turned 6 months old.  We have enjoyed seeing how much he has grown since his three-month-portrait. He has gained quite a bit of hair and is very alert.  He can now sit up (more or less) and is very observant and interested in what's happening in his surroundings.  His most favorite toys are his stuffed animals.  I think we have an animal lover in the making! 

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Chicago Event Photographer | Mermaid and Pirate Themed Birthday Party at Emerald City Theater

Viola celebrated her 5th birthday with a Mermaid and Pirate themed birthday party at Emerald City Theater.  Friends were encouraged to wear costume to the party where they first customize their own crowns.  Then together, with the help of their instructor, created a play together where the kids had to run, swim, jump and dance.  After a birthday cake break, parents are invited back to watch the spectacular performance.  

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And the perfect way to capture this milestone is of course with a fusion slideshow!

Chicago Family Photographer | Lily Pond and North Pond of Lincoln Park

I photographed this gorgeous family in Chicago's Lincoln Park at two of my favorite spots in the area: the Lily Pond and the North Pond. Fall was just starting to settle into the city, so it was the perfect time for family portraits! Although the kids weren't psyched about posing, they were both troopers and did such a fantastic job. The youngest of the family, Sheri, actually goes to school with my own son and both are in the same grade, which is how I met the W Family. Reid, her brother, is a few years older and currently in the third grade. Mary and Kevin, their parents, did such a wonderful job pulling together the family's outfits - I love all the bright colors against the background of changing leaves!