July 22, 2014   |   baby, children, family

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This past weekend, I met little Ellery and her entire family at The Children’s Farm at The Center in Palos Park for an early morning shoot.

I’ve photographed this family quite a few times. Four years ago, I shot Ellery’s parents’–Leah and Brian’s–wedding. Then, two years ago, I shot Leah’s sister, Dana’s, wedding.

So, you can imagine how excited I was to meet little Ellery for the first time–and to see this family again!

We walked around the farm, took some photos, and–much to Ellery’s delight–played  with bunnies, kitties, and goats. It can be tough keeping up with the little ones–and getting them to smile for the camera–when they are this age. However, we made sure that bunnies and Cheerios were always on hand, and that seemed to do the trick.

Here are some photos from my time with this sweet, sweet family.

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Love this photo with three generations of lovely ladies!

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Proud grandparents!

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Cute little Ellery loved the bunnies!

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I had to post these two, especially the photo on the right. Little Ellery LOVES her Aunt Dana. (Sorry, Leah!) ;)

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There were plenty of sweet moments with Mom, too. :)

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July 20, 2014   |   baby, children, family

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Baby Jacob is only 10 weeks old, but don’t let him fool you: nothing gets by him.

I’ve shot a lot of baby photos, but I’ve never photographed a wee one that was SO aware of me–and my camera! This one may be the youngest camera ham I’ve met.

I had a great time photographing Jacob and his parents, Esther and Hume, at their home this past weekend. It’s always special to work with families, but it is especially wonderful to work with new families–with new parents.

These three (er, four) are basking in the love–and the exhaustion–of being a new family, and I’m so glad I got to capture some of their time together.

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Sweet Sophie has been a member of this family for a long time. So, of course, she got to take part in the shoot.

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That face!

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Sophie was so patient during our shoot, but she wanted to be part of the cuddles, too.

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I don’t know what it is, but I just love this photo.

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July 13, 2014   |   wedding

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This weekend, I shot the loveliest morning wedding at the Mayslake Peabody Estate. I’ve never shot at this venue, but I’m SO glad that Suzanne and Tom asked me to be their photographer; this venue is so charming!

The estate is being renovated, but there’s still plenty of ambiance for a beautiful event. The grounds are expansive and beautifully landscaped, the mansion is full of vintage character, and the teeny, tiny chapel is maybe the most perfect thing I’ve ever seen. Suzanne and Tom had their small, intimate ceremony in the chapel, and they said their vowels as a thunderstorm passed over. It was beyond romantic.

Though the heavy rain prevented us from making use of the grounds for photos, we found plenty of spots inside–little nooks and corners with natural light, marble floors, and glorious windows.

Here are the sneak peeks from their morning affair. Congrats, you two!

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Suzanne looked so elegant. She styled her look perfectly, and it fit with the vintage charm of the estate. She even wore her grandmother’s vintage baubles!

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Look at how quaint this chapel is!

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So romantic.

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Married!

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Loved this moment between Suzanne and her God-daughter.

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These floors were to DIE for!

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So dapper!

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