Cynthia's maternity session - Aurora, IL photographer

Um, hi, have you ever seen such a beautiful mommy-to-be?! Look at this lady, she’s gorgeous!

I’ve never had the chance to do a maternity session in the snow and I am just IN LOVE. Cynthia bought this beautiful maternity dress and I love the color because she really pops against all that snow. I’ve photographed at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva lots of times, but never in the winter. This session kind of spoiled me and now I can’t wait to do more!

Presley's newborn session - Aurora, IL photographer

Look at this chunk! I love big babies like Miss Presley because I get to see all the rolls. It’s one of my favorite things!

This lovely family chose my standard newborn session, which was done in my home studio in Aurora. I love doing sessions here because I get to do lots of poses since I have all my props here. And we were lucky enough to have nice weather and even got to do some pictures outside!

It was so nice to meet this family, I wish them luck on their move and new adventures!

Josie's newborn session - Aurora, IL photographer

Look at this doll! She is so gorgeous and it was so nice to finally meet her :)

Even though she's six weeks old, we were still able to do a newborn session, which is awesome! Babies this age are usually too big and alert to do the sleepy beanbag poses, but wrapping goes a long way! I loved being able to use my new props with her and the colors of the flowers look stunning.

This is a great example of a mini newborn session that's done in my home studio. For more info on sessions, go here.

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!

Janie's newborn session - Aurora, IL newborn photographer

What a lucky lady I am to get to hang out with adorable babies all the time!

Little Miss Janie was a dream to photograph and I loved using a bunch of different wraps to swaddle her up for her photos. In-home newborn sessions are my favorite because we can get so much variety. Here, we got family and sibling pictures and so many different shots of Janie. I used my fuzzy rug, the beautiful wooden bowl on their nice hardwood floors, her nursery for some lifestyle photos, and the beanbag for some more posed shots. 

Congratulations on another beautiful girl!

Willow's newborn session - Aurora, IL newborn photographer

Oh, Willow, you are a beauty! It was so nice to meet this doll and her parents, who are just head over heels for her already. Even though she was three weeks old at the time of our session, she was just incredible! I love how these turned out :)

Genevieve's newborn sessions - Aurora, IL photographer

This little girl is probably the most awake baby I've ever photographed. Look at those eyes!

I loved the chance to meet Miss Genevieve and her family at their home in Oak Park. Doing in-home sessions makes it so much easier for parents to relax and get back into comfy clothes once the family poses are done. And I love that I get to do a little bit of everything since I basically bring a whole studio.

Welcome to the world, Genevieve!

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!

Ellis' newborn session - Aurora, IL newborn photographer

Can you believe how cute this baby is?! Man, I love my job!

Miss Ellis came to my home studio for a small session after I put out a model call looking for a baby girl. I'll be hanging one of these in a midwife's office in downtown Naperville. Everything in her office is purple, so I had a good excuse to buy some new stuff! 

I love how this purple blanket and headband turned out. The bowl is a new prop, too, and I love how it looks with the romper (I made that out of an old blouse!). Ellis was awesome, too, and I'm so glad with how these turned out!

"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?!