September 22, 2014   |   children, family

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It’s always fun–and challenging–shooting photos with a big family. Everyone has a mind of their own, and it can be difficult to get a shot with everyone looking, well, like they should look.

So, when Kathryn asked me to shoot her family photos, it was a comfort to know that she, too, is a photographer, and she knows how tough it can be.

The upside of shooting with another photographer’s family, though, is that you can be sure there will be lots of color, lots of sass, and plenty of freedom. This was the case at this weekend’s shoot. Kathryn didn’t want the typical family photos; she wanted something a little more edgy–a little more urban. Enter: Goose Island and the most fabulous yellow doors in all of Chicagoland!

This is a favorite spot of mine, and I haven’t shot here in a couple of years. However, when Kathryn described the look she was going for, I knew this fit the bill.

As much energy as it took, I had a blast shooting this family! Here are the colorful–and lively–sneak peeks!

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How cute are they, seriously?!

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A family that has fun together…

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I just adore this shot. So much love.

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Kathryn wanted a few shots with her camera, and I was happy to oblige! Always happy to work with another photog!

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It’s easy to see where the gals get all of their sass. :)

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September 21, 2014   |   baby, children, family

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I love, love, LOVE photographing new families. There’s so much wander, excitement, and love. So, when Ben’s parents contacted me and asked me to come document their new trio, I was thrilled.

I met little Ben and his mom and dad this past weekend. We were also joined by Sammy, the family’s very loved pup. Little Ben was so patient and sweet as we made him endure countless photos, outfit changes, and cuddles.

Mom and Dad were pretty great, too. We all know how exhausting it is to be new parents, and they were champs. Mom, especially, really helped me capture some of these adorable moments.

Hope you have a wonderful first year, sweet Ben. These photos capture some very special moments, and you are just oh-so-cute! Thanks for putting up with me.

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Look at that little face!

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Such a sweet family.

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We had to get Sammy in on the action, too.

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I mean, C’MON!

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We finally coaxed him to sleep, and then we could really play!

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Best Christmas card this year? I think so!

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And finally, a few shots with Mom. Beautiful!

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September 7, 2014   |   baby, children, family

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Years ago, I shot family photos of baby Gianna, when this was just a family of three. This past weekend, I was happy to photograph this family of FOUR!

Shooting photos of toddlers can be challenging; shooting photos of toddlers AND siblings is almost guaranteed to result in chaos. I try to let moms and dads know that it isn’t their fault. “You didn’t do anything wrong,” I say. Your kids aren’t different than anyone else’s. You didn’t just waste a full hour. “I PROMISE,” I always tell them, “we will get some good shots.”

So, I made sure to tell this same thing to Gianna and Daniela’s parents on Saturday when, despite the fact that the girls were sweet as could be, it didn’t seem like everything was falling into place for the perfect family photo session.

Then, I got home, sorted through the photos, found those promised “good shots,” and realized: the most PERFECT family photos always result from the most IMPERFECT sessions. That is, I love all of these candid, silly, and sometimes frustrating moments. Isn’t that what family is really all about, anyway?

And it helped that Mom and Dad, in this case, TOTALLY kept their cool and rolled with the punches.

Here are some sneak peeks from a very happy–and very normal–family photo session!

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Gianna is such a smart, silly, and kind-hearted girl. I love the many faces she gave the camera!

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And Daniela was happiest when she was playing. So, we let her do just that, and look at this cuteness!

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What a sweet, loving family!

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