Miles' newborn session - Aurora, IL newborn photographer

Man, I have the best job! 

It was such a great experience photographing Miles for the first time. He was a dream baby! I've never had a newborn sleep so soundly through the whole session. 

I'm loving the colors we used, too. Gray, blue, and yellow, oh my!

Congratulations to my friend Ashley on this beautiful bundle of joy!

Grace's newborn sessions - Aurora, IL photographer

I feel so lucky to have such photogenic family members! My husband's cousin and his wife were blessed with this beautiful baby Grace and I was honored to get to photograph her. I had a ton of fun doing something a little different by going for a lifestyle look in this session. I love the simplicity and clean look.

Congratulations on your beautiful girl, Matt and Audrey! <3

Olivia's newborn session - Aurora, IL newborn photographer

This little lady... she's amazing! It was hard to stop taking pictures of her because she was just so good and did everything I wanted. Lucky me!

I went to Olivia's house when she was 9 days old for her newborn session. This was right before Christmas so of course we had to do some Christmas pictures and I love them! This little hat is just the cutest thing ever. The teal blanket and headband are new to me and I love how the colors turned out!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Miss Olivia!

Now booking Christmas mini sessions!

It's that time of year again! Can you believe it?!

I'll be doing Christmas mini sessions at my home studio in Aurora November 12th and 19th. Sessions are 15 minutes long and come with 5-7 digital images with the print release. And as you can see from my lovely model here, my set-up this year is pretty stinking cute!

To book a mini session, please email april@brightandearlyphotography.com

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Ryleigh's First Birthday - Aurora, IL Photographer

Happy birthday, Ryleigh! 

It was so much fun to have her in my home studio for a smash cake session! It took some coaxing, but she eventually realized she could dig in to that birthday cake. And I loved the chance to use lots of pink!

"A" Family Mini Session - Aurora, IL Photographer

What a lovely family! I had the pleasure of meeting these guys for a fall mini session at the Naperville Riverwalk. After some windy days and changing leaves, we actually ended up with a really HOT day. Luckily these kids are professionals and we were done in 20 minutes.

I love photographing at this part of the Riverwalk because very few people seem to know about it, so it's never really crowded. It'll be our little secret ;)

Braxton's newborn session - Aurora, IL newborn photographer

Oh. My. Goodness. Braxton was seriously the best baby I've ever photographed. I don't think he cried once during our 2 hour studio session. He did poop on my blanket, but that's to be expected and I won't hold it against him :)

His mom signed up for the model session I advertised and brought him in when he was 10 days old. I wanted a new baby to use as advertising for something I'm really excited about - the midwife I had when my daughter was born is moving to home births and opening a new office in downtown Naperville. I asked her if she'd be interested in hanging some adorable baby pictures in her new office and she said yes! And then I ended up with this totally adorable perfect baby and I couldn't be happier.

I was excited to use this new wood floor backdrop and the cute little bucket I put him in :) And since we couldn't really use fancy headbands on this boy, we got a good excuse to bust out the bow ties! And of course I can't help myself but do some basic newborn poses on a simple neutral blanket - it's kinda my thing ;)

Congratulations, T family! You're new bundle of joy couldn't be sweeter!

M Family - Aurora Family Photographer

Look at these lovely people! This is my husband's brother and his family. We were at my in-laws' recently and decided to do an updated family portrait. How lucky are we that my in-laws have such a beautiful backyard?!

Adeline's First Birthday - Aurora, IL Photographer

Wow! Adeline is already one! I'm always amazed at how quickly my little friends grow.

Sweet Adeline and her parents came by the studio for some fun. We started outside (again - SO lucky to have a nice spot behind my house!) to get some updated family pictures and a couple shots of Adeline in all that green grass. I'm loving my new lens that allows me to get those beautiful creamy backgrounds outside!

Then we made our way back inside for some studio portraits. Adeline's mom had sent pictures of her outfits beforehand, so I was able to decorate the studio around this adorable dress. Shopping for girl stuff is so much fun!

Her mom made her this adorable cake (she had a Wizard of Oz party) and we told her to have at it. She wasn't entirely sure what to do, but I think the cake smash was a success!

Happy Birthday, Adeline!

June's Birthday Session - Aurora, IL Photographer

This girl has grown up so fast! It feels like yesterday she was just a little baby. My daughter has always called Miss Juniper "Baby June", but I think that's going to change!

I loved getting to do another session at the Fabyan Forest Preserve. It's such a beautiful place! We got to do some pictures under the arch and they had these beautiful yellow flowers that made for a perfect background, too. 

Happy Birthday, June!

K Family - Aurora Family Photographer

I love these guys! I've known them for forever and I love not only getting the chance to see these boys grow up, but I feel so lucky getting to photograph them! Ryan and AJ are always so much fun to work with.

For their family portrait session, we went to Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, IL. There's this stunning archway that we were able to shoot in as well as a nice shady spot with trees and tons of beautiful green grass. I always love getting traditional portraits (5 years in a portrait studio sticks with you!), but we all had fun getting some candid lifestyle photos as well. I love when I can just say, "OK, have fun!" and shoot what happens. 

My daughter even came with me for this session to "help the kids smile" and since everyone was so well-behaved, we got to have a playdate afterwards! I think we can all mark this day as a good one :)

Rory's 9 month session - Aurora family photographer

What a cutie! I had such a fun time with little Rory at her 9 month milestone session. She and her family came to my home for some studio pictures and we were lucky to have a nice day, so we went outside for some family photos. 

I've been itching to do a session with this white wood backdrop and the lilacs with my bowl prop and Rory didn't disappoint! Surprisingly, she just sat in that bowl the whole time without trying to escape! Her parents brought her personalized little stool and a bunch of books to use as props, too. I love stuff like that, it's such a good way to customize a session. 

I love that I have this cute little spot behind my house that we were able to use! Plus I got to use my new lens (70-200 2.8 if you're interested) and I just LOVE the results. 

I'm looking forward to seeing Rory again for her birthday pictures in a few months :)

Kinzie's newborn session - Aurora, IL photographer

Do you see how cute this baby is? Man, I love my job!

For Kinzie's newborn session, I went to her house with basically an entire studio. But since we were in her home, we were able to do pictures in the nursery and get family pictures in their living room. I love being able to incorporate more lifestyle images into my sessions and especially when big siblings are involved, it's nice that they can just go back to playing once they're done with their photos. 

So we got family pictures in the family room, lifestyle pictures in the nursery, and then all the posed pictures on the beanbag, basket and flower bucket were just done in the living room. Lucky for me they have beautiful hardwood floors that make a good backdrop!

I was so excited to have a newborn girl to work with after all the boys I've had recently. I love using soft pinks and purples along with some neutral colors.

Welcome to the world, Kinzie! You are so lucky to have such a beautiful family and awesome big brothers that love you :)

Everett's newborn session - Aurora Newborn Photographer

What a sweet boy! Everett was amazing for our in-home session. At only 9 days new, he was already a professional model :) I loved being able to do these pictures in their home so we could get a new family picture in front of their new house as well as all the cute posed beanbag images I love.

Outdoor Maternity Session - Aurora Family Photographer

You guys, this is seriously the sweetest family in the world, hands down. I am so lucky that we're (kind of) related and I get to see them at more than just photo shoots. And their family is growing! This little boy will start out so blessed having parents like these and Fiora will be an amazing sister, I'm sure!

Jenny's Easter Mini Session - Aurora Baby Photographer

I loved having this little cutie in the studio! She's almost 4 months old now and was a little hesitant at first, but luckily I have an adorable 2 year old for an assistant and she helped to make Jenny happy for her pictures. I still have more openings for Easter mini sessions on April 2nd in my home studio in Aurora!

Ella & Grace Easter Mini Session - Aurora Family Photographer

My, how these girls have grown! I met Ella when she was preparing to be a big sister and she has really grown into her role. Miss Grace was a little nervous (I guess she doesn't remember me from her newborn session!) and Ella was such a good helper with her little sister. I think we got some adorable pictures from their Easter mini session!