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!

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!

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!

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 :)