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Picture Summer

Chicago Area, Illinois

Summer is ice cream and napping on the beach and late night storms with cooling rain that are the perfect end to a hot day. Summer is water, whether a lake or an ocean, a waterpark or a kiddie pool, a rainstorm or an open fire hydrant.
What says summer to you?

Kids playing in water says summer to me and I was very happy when Elsa suggested we end our portrait session with sprinkler time for her girls. Brianna and Charlotte were happy, too!

This is Brianna, the big sister
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Why is sprinkler water the best?

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summer family photos, Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, baby pictures, children

This is the Charlotte, the baby
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summer family photos, Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, baby pictures, children

summer family photos, Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, baby pictures, children

Ahhhh summer!

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Sirena1124 - Cool pictures. I haven’t seen water pics very often.

Polka Photos - Thank you Sirena!

Under the Sea

Michael and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by going on a snorkeling tour with San Diego Excellent Adventures.

We meet at La Jolla Cove.

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It’s a little chilly out so I’m happy wetsuits are included with the tour, although mine was meant for someone about six inches taller.

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

We swim past the cove and around the cliffs.

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

The water was cloudy and the visibility poor, but we still manage to see some underwater life.

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

There’s no telling what kinds of crazy creatures one may see underwater.

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

Garibaldi fish!

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

I swim after the fish but he’s too fast.

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

Sea grass… no mowing required.

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

Not sure what kind of fish this is… Any guesses?

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

We swim into a cave!

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

Me and Michael

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I love the view exiting the cave.

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Waterlogged.

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

Michael gets creative and takes a photo under me.

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean
La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

Swimming back…

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

We had so much fun on our tour!

La Jolla snorkeling, snorkeling, La Jolla Cove, California, fish, ocean

We watch the sea lions and pelicans for a while before heading out to eat. We worked up quite an appetite!

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Encore! All-American Wedding

It’s easy to take our country for granted, especially if one was born here. For many that choose to live in the United States, it represents hope and opportunity. Roxana and Claudiu were born in Romania, met while working in Ireland, and moved to California where they got married. The couple asked to take photos by the American flag in front of their family home. When looking for a photo for this week’s Encore! I immediately thought of this one.

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Swing Baby Swing

Chicago, Illinois
Although I loved the photos of baby Addison on the bed, I wanted to get some outdoor baby photos, too. She’s only six months old… so not walking yet. But she loves the swings!!!

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Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, baby pictures, children

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, baby pictures, children
Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, baby pictures, children

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, baby pictures, children

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, baby pictures, children

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, baby pictures, children

Thank you Katie, Ted and Addison!!!

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