Chicago documentary & storytelling family photography

AT HOME SESSION – Lunde family 

Love, so much love. You know when you walk into a home and you immediately feel comfortable, maybe its the warm inviting decor, or maybe it’s the amazing heart and souls occupying the home. I’m thinking it’s the latter  This family is so special to me, The mama is a photographer as well, and she trusted me to be able to take these for her. We are slowly becoming such great friends, and our kids love being together. So I knew it would be an effortless session for me, and it was. I did very minimal posing and just shot them being them. It might be one of my favorite sessions to date.

P & baby O are just as sweet as they photograph. I look forward to seeing them grow .

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Chicago family Documentary & storytelling Photography – Short stories- change and turning 4

Change is scary. Then again, change is good. In the past recent months, we have moved to a new place and we are still getting used to it. Although we do miss our old neighborhood,Our new one is jammed packed with tiny families like ours. Soon Lucas will begin Prek, which will bring more change onto our routines. I want to add that I am a self- proclaimed change queen. I attended over 10 schools in my lifetime. Considering most kids go to 4 or 5 schools. That a whole bunch of new.

This past month Lucas also turned 4. He is considered a child now (sadly to my mama heart) . I’m not sure who made these guidelines up ; Baby, toddler, child, preteen…ect. They are kinda silly, and of course he is still my baby, but there is no denying he is loosing all of the things that made him my once chubby baby. For one, He has really embraced his role of big brother.He adores that girl to death.  He is taller and much faster, super strong. Also that brain is just insanely filled with his own ideas. He has opinions and judgments on activities. Its just a crazy explosion of learning. I know he is resilient, and he will embrace his new environment like a champ.

I can’t say kids are immune to change, but I do know that they are probably better at adjusting than us adults.
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Siblings //Chicago documentary photography

Two of  you. 

Just another day in June.Out and about with these two.  Playing together will come later, I’m assuming. For now they both fight over that one object that a minute ago no one thought about and now is a gold trophy. I can’t wait to see the friendship build. Lucas is already a crazy protector. Zoe, only cares about copying everything he does. Oh, I so believe in my heart Lucas was born to be a big brother. I am happy for this crazy girl that we brought into his life. 

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Chicago storytelling and documentary Photographer / Try again

Yesterday I photographed my daughters struggle to learn something. It was so adorable seeing her trying different ways to do this single , simple task. She gave up multiple times, then saw the pull thingy “Hippo” ( I have no idea what a toy like this would be called) and  kept trying. She was relentless. It’s always fun seeing your children try new things. What is not fun is seeing them fail. The disappointment is disarming, and it makes you want to run and fix it. I did however remind myself of all she is learning while failing and how fixing it while it may mend my heart, will only hurt her in the grand scheme of things.

That is what I keep telling myself in this photography journey. In the past I have wanted to just “ARRIVE”!! what ever that means. I mean who the hell wants to fail. I certainly don’t. I have wanted to learn who I am in this photography community. Find my niche, style and voice. I tend to forget that it all takes a bunch of time. For now I will keep trying and failing and discovering who I am and what I love to photograph.

Its bananas to me how many lessons my children have inadvertently taught me. If you fail, get up and try, try again.

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Early Light

E A R L Y L I G H T / APRIL 2015

My thoughts are heavy on my mind right before bed.
These days I fall asleep at 12PM and wake up whenever these two decide to take on the day.
That is what early light is about.
Those just waking moments, where you can still hear the birds.
The stillness that can be beautiful and found everywhere you see.

To my little boy

Your heart is so big.
and right now, you are having a tough time with all of the feelings and emotions inside it.
This month you are learning about sharing more.
the concept is completely lost on you, most of the time
then, I see your sweetness shine in
wanting nothing but to please that little girl.
Thank you for your patience, as mommy is mainly occupied with her.

To my little girl

You, my dear.
Are something to be admired.
Just two months ago was your 1st birthday and already,
you are doing the stuff toddlers dream of.
Your wit and laughter is so incredibly awesome.
I can’t wait for you to soak in the beauty of summer as a walking big girl.

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To continue the EARLY LIGHT blog circle. Check out the lovely Sand Lee Fales (WILD PRAIRIE PHOTOGRAPHY)

Chicago children’s photographer – Zoe almost one -pt2

Zoe, almost one pt-deux
Yeah, so of course after submitting her to almost an hour of indoor photographs we had to go outdoors.
Remember that winter weather break we got in late January, I believe? Well it was sunny and gloriously warm. The snow on the ground just topped off the beauty.

(also, in this post zoe changes colors) ha!google color cast. Sorrounded by white snow and greens will do that to a girl 🙂

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Chicago children photographer – almost one pt-1

Zoe, almost one.
You can kiss babyhood goodbye, after one. It is like one day she woke up and knew how to do it all interdependently. I am taking it all in, since she is my last baby. I am cherishing this crooked smile which she has now filled up, no longer does it look like this, missing gap. The next time i see a gap, god willing I will be raising a sweet young child. It’s incredibly bittersweet.

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Myers FAMILY

Dear god! Thank you, Thank you , Thank you!!

^ That is what I was chanting as I left the session with this wonderful family. Seriously!. Just imagine four girls. Expectations can soon fly out the window, specially when you’re working with photographing  children. It was noon, and not my favorite time of the day. We have a love hate relationship, the sun & I.

All I can say is that goodness gracious they were so incredibly good to me. The second to oldest baby girl was our wild card, and I can honestly say I hope to photograph this amazing bunch again.Meyer Family  2014 (10) Meyer Family  2014 (11) Meyer Family  2014 (12) Meyer Family  2014 (2) Meyer Family  2014 (3) Meyer Family  2014 (4) Meyer Family  2014 (7) Meyer Family  2014 (8) Meyer Family  2014 (9)   COUPLEGIRLSMeyer Family  2014 (25) Meyer Family  2014 (5) Meyer Family  2014 (6) Meyer Family  2014 (19) Meyer Family  2014 (24)