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Oh, Baby!

Chicago, Illinois
When Katie announced the birth of her daughter I was very excited for her. Katie is an awesome make-up artist and powdered the noses of my mom, mother-in-law, bridesmaids and myself on my wedding day. She’s also a super sweet person and now a great mom!

Say hello to baby Addison with her dad.

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I can fly!

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Look at that cute face!

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I love the classic look of black and white.

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

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

Addison likes to look at books.

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Although a portrait session by nature is staged, I like to find moments to capture, especially ones between mom and baby.

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

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

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, baby photos, family portraits, children
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Sister, Sister

Chicago Suburbs, Illinois
I met Maddie and Lily in the park for our portrait session.

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These sisters have a lot of energy and curiosity so asking them to stay still for photos wasn’t going to work. So we play instead.

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We walk around…

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and around…

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… and stop to look at the tall grass…

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… and smell some flowers…

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… and pick others…

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Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

… and climb…

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… and run…

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… and finally stop for a few photos.

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This is Maddie’s shy face.

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Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

We play peek-a-boo.

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Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

Lily is happy.

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Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

She tries to open the door.

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Lily likes to take photos, too!

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Thank you Maddie and Lily and mom Sarah!!!

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And Baby Makes Five

Chicago, Illinois
One of my favorite parts about photographing children is seeing how they change as they grow up. I first met Patrick when he was a baby. Now Patrick is a big brother to baby Joey.

This is one of my favorite photos of the whole family.

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Big sister Nora is shy at first.

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She is in no mood for photos… yet.

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Slowly she turns around.

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And flashes me her biggest smile!

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

She is cute as a button! I love her hair.

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Her brother Patrick on the other hand is not shy. Since Nora said she was a princess, I asked her brother if he was a prince. He replied, “No, I’m Patrick.”

This chair was as tall as Patrick in portraits last fall and now he’s taller even sitting down!

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Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

Patrick likes sticking his tongue out.

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Look at those blue eyes!

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Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

Silly is Patrick’s middle name.

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Here’s dad with his two boys.

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And with baby Joey.

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Patrick and Nora give spontaneous hugs to their mom.

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Awww!

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Nora and Patrick love their new brother.

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

Los Angeles photographer, Chicago portraits, family portraits, children

I love this moment between Nora and Joey.

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But Nora’s expression in this photo is priceless!

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It’s baby Joey’s time for photos!

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Joey is a super awesome model. He didn’t cry once and stayed awake the whole time.

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Look at his little fingers!

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Thank you Chris, Kate, Nora, Patrick and Joey! It was great to see you again!

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California is in Chicago

What’s a Los Angeles wedding photographer doing in Chicago?

Lots!

As most of you know, I grew up in Chicago and come back once or twice a year. I visit with family and friends and clients that are just like friends. I’m also taking lots and lots of family portraits. I photographed two babies, two dogs, twelve kids, parents and grandparents. I’ll be sharing some of those photos this week with you.

I also took some time to walk around and take some photos of Chicago, too. Here is one of those photos. I may be far away from California but it’s not far away from me.

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