McCallum extended family session, Long Grove Illinois photographer

This past weekend was just incredible weather for sessions and exploring. I had a chance to catch up with the lovely McCallum family and they brought along her sister and family. Karissa is such a kind and wonderful soul, she is just one of those inviting people that I think everyone should have in their lives. All of her warmth transends onto her children. Her and Patrick are just doing an amazing job raising those three. I look forward to many years of checking in and seeeing them grow and expand into their beauty.


The Corrigan Family | Lincoln Park’s best lifestyle newborn photography

The Corrigan Family | Lincoln Park’s  best lifestyle newborn photography

I can’t believe we are nearing the middle of September. Back in July I took part in this incredible shoot for Dockatot. I only wish I still had little babies to put them in the cute products they have. The Corrigan Family was a part of Day one, I’ll be blogging all of the incredible families here for you all to see. They have two little ones, with the most gorgeous red hair, and beautiful personalities to match. I hope you enjoy their galleries.


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dad holding his newborn baby girl
big brother giggling and running
sibling and mom loving on their new baby
the cutest red head
beautiful red head boy details of his face
dad and baby boy having fun
newborn being held by his mom
mom swaddling baby girl
dad and baby girl

My boy

My boy

This parenting business is no joke 

As long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a mom. I wanted to be young enough to enjoy it all. When we got married, we got pregnant immediately. I was 21 and with a little boy. It was wonderful, it still is. But now life is so much more full. We have so much going on. Life has changed.

Lucas is 4 going on 14. He has opinions and ideas, he yells and he screams.Boy does he scream.  He is angry, he knows mean words, and uses them. He isn’t that little person who fit in between my chest. It is so hard to remember that little person. I’ve been ashamed of my lack of patience with him. I usually forgive myself because I know we all have bad days, and he. He is so forgiving. He loves me unconditionally.

I want to try and be a better person to him. Remember that, even though  he may seem so incredibly mature for his age and so very smart, he still needs guidance. He still need me to help him cope with all of his feelings.

He is the best son I could have ever wished for. He loves so much, and is so passionate about everything he is interested on. Him and I, we are so alike. I hope to build a relationship of trust. For him to know that no matter what, I am here. Not to judge, but to listen and help. For now, we’ll deal with the daily power struggles of a boy who wants it all …attention, love, time, toys, tv, icecream and me.



A little more of that please | faceless portrait Chicago IL family photography

A little more of that please | faceless portrait Chicago IL family photography

Every Year I look forward to winter.

I guess every year I forget how inspiration + winter just do not go together. It can be hard to find a spark of creativity among the same four walls you see daily. I’ve struggled just like everyone else. I am also currently doing a 366 , and I have to admit I’ve put some pressure on myself to share daily. Unfortunately I don’t thrive on repetition. I love going to new locations and surrounding myself with light, greens, and blue skies. So these last few months ( or weeks according to the groundhog)  inside these walls will finish off,  not so very creatively.

Here is my girl, in just some  pretty light. We are tackling the topic of faceless portraits + details with the TWELVE group . I thought this was perfect for that. I saw her wandering towards the window and playing with her spinning top, and of course I ran to get the camera. The focus can be thrown off when shooting directly into the sun, which is why i do it manually to get this magnificent sun burst. The last shots of her in the shadows and shapes of light did not happen organically but I though it added to the depth of this light story!. What do you think.

I love this light, and wish it were light this every last day of winter. I will take a little more of it please.




Come read through tour BLOG circle with the TWELVE group. Next up is Stephanie from IN her Lens

Wentworth Family – Chicago family photography

Wentworth Family – Chicago family photography

Wentworth Family Session

The first time we scheduled their session, I unfortunately couldn’t make it in time for some sun. Thankfully the next time we tried to schedule the session it all worked out and it was an incredibly warm fall day. I was invited in to their beautiful home. We hadn’t plan on going inside, but I am so very thankful they invited me in. Some of my favorite images from this session are inside their little home. When I stepped inside, Dad was getting baby S ready. She, from the beginning was all full of smiles. From inside their home, you could see and feel the love. The photos on their walls really showed me how connected they were. I specially loved that framed hearts art work, that was made at their wedding.

I wish I had captured more of their little neighbor hood, which was so incredibly adorable . We decided to head to the park, to get some shoots of baby S in her favorite place.  Hope you enjoy the images.




Project 5for5 days

More failures to add

So here I am. Last month I attempted a P/30 and I will humbly say that it was not a success.  My heart just was not into it. The images I took were not my best, it was like a chore to me. It was dreadful. Maybe I’m just not a “project ” person. I just have to accept it and move on. I’m at a point in my life where realizations are so incredibly welcomed. I have stopped trying to be someone I’m not, and this is another step in the right direction. Will I try again? Who knows , maybe. It was a little disappointing  to not pull through for myself for a month alone. But alas, some friends on facebook. tagged me to join along this week and share 5 for 5 days, easy enough right? Well here we go.. wish me luck.


Chicago Documentary & Storytelling Photographer-JRP headshots


I had so much fun exchanging Head shots with this beautiful lady. She is the owner of Jessica Rassmusen Photography. Jessica was amazing! It was,I believe an awkward experience for the both of us. I still had so much fun. She is one of those wild spirits, who flows freely and goes where her heart dictates. At least that is what I got from speaking to her. She is currently in Illlinois, but close to moving her whole family of four to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I am so excited for her, and I can’t wait to read and see where the journey takes her. Can you believe she has two kiddos. Nope, I can’t either.
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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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Chicago family Documentary & Storytelling photography


Location is in Shaumburg

Limited dates available, mainly because personal plans 🙂

Perfect for catching up on milestones or to get ready for Xmas cards.

DIGITAL gift cards available.

Chicago – Family- Photographer – Menchaca family

Menchaca family
Once of the most wonderful families I know. I am so very excited because this year, I get to watch these two walk down the isle. I get to see their love unite, and complete a family. It makes me so incredibly happy for them. They deserve nothing but happiness for many years to come. I have to admit that I was secretly hoping Jeremy would pop out the ring here and have me photograph the proposal, because of course we all knew he had the ring. Unfortunately he was selfish (sarcasm!!!) and wanted that special moment to be between them two, alone. Can’t wait to toast to their love & dance the night away. Congrats you guys!!!!!

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