Hannah and her parents explore Millenium Park

Chicago Candid Family Photography Session with the Linds

I’ve feel lucky to have photographed Hannah four times over the last three years–the first when she was just a few days old in St. Louis for her newborn session, then again during a trip to Chicago, and now recently at MillennCandid family photography  0001 photo


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ium Park.  I can’t believe how big she is now!  When I first met her, she was only five pounds!  She’s grown into the sweetest, most charming little girl.  I loved every minute snapped pictures of her as she twirled through Millennium Park with her parents, John and Claudia in toe.

Morning at the Farmer’s Market with the Ponzio’s

Day-in-the-life Family Photo Session at the Green City Market with the Ponzio’s

For their family photo session this year, the Ponzio’s wanted to do something a little different than the classic park pictures.  A professional chef, Michael Sr. used to shop for ingredients at the Green City Market each week for fresh, local options to flavor his recipes, so when he heard Kimi and I planned to meet in Lincoln Park, he asked if we could stop there afterwards.

I loved the idea, so after snapping some fun candids of the kids at play, we walked down to the stalls and took in the sights and smells.  It was so cute to see the boys examining the offerings.  When we spotted a carnitas stand, we all agreed we had to stop. Yummm!  It was definitely the best carnitas taco I’ve ever had, stuffed full of marinated pork, topped with shredded cabbage and drizzled with crema. My mouth is watering right now just remembering the flavor.

Kimi found her favorite fall arrangements–pumpkin tree bunches  (yes, there is such a thing), Oliver went on sale for a minute for $5 dollars, before being snatched up quickly by his devoted father, and little Michael showed his strength, lifting butternut squash like a dumb bell. It was a perfect morning making new memories and enjoying our beautiful Fall.

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This cutie pie…can’t get enough of those cheeks.

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Love an affectionate Dad.




Chef in training.



Ordering carnitas!  Yummmm!!! Soooo tasty :)



Little Michael, determined to move this trailer.

Playtime with the Browns

I met the Brown’s last year when Rachel asked me to photograph the family for the first time.  I was delighted when she emailed to schedule another session this year.  We met at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club on a perfect late summer day.

Rachel has amazing taste and had Oliver and Julianne perfectly and appropriately styled with boat shoes, cream sweaters, and the most adorable haircuts.

It was so much fun to see and hang with the family again.  We explored the area, looked for spiders, jumped from trees, and literally ran in circles.

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Fun Family Photos

Sometimes you have to let boys be boys.  With three in the Trowbridge family, Christine and Zach opted to let theirs run loose, encouraging their playful, rambunctious behavior. I love shooting fun family photos for the chance to channel my inner kid. We jumped, we rolled, we tossed leaves, we spun, we collapsed.  It was the best!  Fun family photos  0018 photo


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My kind of family photo shoot

When the Dvoraks said they wanted pictures of the kids playing rather than traditional posed portraits, they were speaking my language!  I love candid family photography–capturing those real smiles that come from amusement and joy rather than me telling them to say “cheese.”

We had a ball hanging out in their front yard for an hour, letting the kids play tag and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather.  It was a perfect, relaxing Sunday morning shoot for us all.Chicago family photos 00291 photo


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