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!

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!

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 :)

Grace's Smash Cake Session - Aurora Baby Photographer

I can't believe she's one already! Which is kinda weird because I feel like I've known this family for so long now even though we met for their maternity pictures last year. The days are long, but the years are short, right?

We had a blast at the Naperville Riverwalk for this session. We did some updated family portraits and then moved on to the main event: CAKE! Little Grace wasn't too interested in a photo session but once she got cake she was all about it! And she was kind enough to share with her big sister Ella.

Happy birthday, Grace!

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!

Aurora Family Photographer - Ryan & AJ's birthdays

These boys are always such a joy to be around. They stopped by my home studio for some birthday pictures and all of us had a blast!

Aurora newborn photographer - logan's newborn session

This baby boy was so great! He went right to sleep and let us take a ton of pictures. I love that we were able to get a studio look for his individual photos; but because we were at their house, we were able to do some more lifestyle photography in the bedroom as well. Merry Christmas, Logan!

Aurora family photographer - Juniper's Christmas pictures

Here's June, at it again with those smiles!

Aurora Family Photographer - 2nd Birthday/Family Maternity Session

What a lucky girl I am to get to see this family again! And now that Lauren is expecting another, I'll get to see them again in just a few months.

We lucked out with some great November weather and got to do Nolan's 2nd birthday pictures outside. He was pretty excited about all the places to run! And leaves are super fun, too, of course. I'm looking forward to seeing them in February for newborn pictures!

 

Aurora newborn photographer - mini newborn session

This sweet little girl is number four! We just needed to get a few pictures of her by herself while she's still a newborn and she made it pretty easy. Gotta love those cheeks!

Aurora Family Photographer - Family/Baby Session

Look at these beauties! Little Evie just turned 6 months old, so of course we had to do a session :)

Mom and sister Annabelle joined us for a few outdoor pictures first and then we came back to the studio to get Evie's photos by herself and some Christmas pictures, too. I can't wait until it's her birthday and we have pretty flowers outside to use for those photos!