Day 7 of the 12 Days of Blogging :: Downers Grove Children’s Photographer

Ok, here’s the second post of the day for our catch up.  I had done this session earlier in the year, and thought I had posted it, and then realized, I hadn’t!  So here it is!  Enjoy!


Day 6 of the 12 Days of Blogging :: Downers Grove Children’s Photographer

Day 6!  Time is flying!  Today and yesterday we received 5 packages of client items.  6 from the 2 days before that.  It’s  definitely the holidays!

Wanted to share this post of this little guy.  How cute is he?  I photographed little Logan for his newborn session, and we used Dad’s hat for his Scottish heritage.  This time, he brought his own!  Ya know the saying “you’re so cute I could eat you?”  Well, this little guy is the reason that saying exists!  Enjoy the photos!

Day 5 of the 12 Days of Blogging :: Meghan and Michael :: Chicago Engagement Photographer

I was so excited to photograph Meghan and Michael for their engagement session.  I actually met them at a bridal show, and we hit it off immediately.  I was really excited when they decided to go with me for their wedding day, I just know it’s going to be a ton of fun!  Their wedding is going to be at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, one of my all time favorite places for weddings in the burbs.  They are great to work with, their food is amazing, their grounds are beautiful to photograph, and they bring burgers out late at night…what’s not to love?

So we decided to do their engagement session in the city since we won’t be making it there on their wedding day.  I’ve been dying to photograph in The Garden of the Phoenix, formally known as Osaka Garden.  However, I could never find it!  When I showed photos to them, they were hooked too, so we set out for it.  The backdrop is the Museum of Science and Industry, how cool is that?  I loved it so much, I think I’m taking my kids there just to picnic…..when it’s warmer out of course!

Meghan and Michael were great sports and we had such a great time.  We ended the session on Michigan Avenue, where he had proposed.  ( I KNOW!!!)  We got this great moment of them holding hands and laughing.  Enjoy the photos!  We also did a great little Save the Date/Holiday card.  Still loving this one!  And since our site was down for part of the day yesterday, we will doing 2 posts to catch up tomorrow!  Stay tuned!

Chicago engagement save the date

Day 4 of the 12 Days of Blogging :: Downers Grove Senior Portraits

Hello everyone!  Day 4 of the 12 Days of Blogging!  We have a lot in store for this week!  Today we are featuring a high school senior portrait done before it became frigid outside…and it wasn’t even that long ago!  Meet Kirsten, who is graduating at the end of this year from Plainfield Central High School.  She will be continuing her education next fall in Iowa, but for now is finishing her time up here in Plainfield.   I photographed her two older brothers, just did one of their weddings this year, and so I was honored to be able to photograph her for her senior portraits.  She has such a great personality, and is so creative – she even made the design on her shoes she was wearing (got a shot of those, so cute!)  For her shoot, she wanted it be in more of a natural setting, and that day nature did not disappoint!  It was funny because her mom came along and would remind her to show her teeth.  So we would do some with, and some without.  I have to say, I side with mom on this one….her smile is beautiful!  Check out her photos here!


Day 3 of the 12 Days of Blogging :: Downers Grove Children’s Photographer

So today’s post will be a little bit more on the serious side.  Well, it’s that time of year where all sorts of crazy come out.  Parents are running from store to store trying to get their hands on the hottest new toy there is (present company included).  But I have to say, I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, have seen more, or just understand more, but the whole running out the day of holiday and waiting in God awful lines, just doesn’t appeal to me.  I use to make it sorta a game, but that’s when it was actually the next day, the day AFTER a holiday,  not during the time I’m carving a turkey or my kids are opening presents and we should be drinking eggnog and listening to my daughter butcher the song Jingle Bells on the piano.  I think the whole meaning of the holidays and Christmas is somehow getting lost in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping.  So a few years back I started adopting a family for the holidays.  I did this through an organization here in Plainfield called Plainfield Junior Woman’s Club, but you can usually do this through a number of different organizations, even your church.  We started with just the kids.  I would explain to my kids what I was doing, but last year, I think it finally sunk into Kailee’s brain what we were doing for this child.  Rylan, I think he sorta understands the concept, but wonders why Santa just doesn’t bring it.  (which is a very great question!)  Last year though, Kailee came with me to buy a winter coat and gloves and head phones for a teenage girl.  Yes, you just heard me correct, the girl asked for a winter coat.   This made Kailee pause for a bit, b/c I could see her brain wrapping around the idea of why she was asking for one.  I think she assumed everyone just has one.  And then that’s where I came in to fill in some of the blanks.  Afterwards, she looked a little stunned.  And that’s when I realized, we should all be a little stunned.  I think too often we are worrying about the wrong things, like what we don’t have, instead of seeing all the great and wonderful things we do have, like great family, friends, our health, a roof over our heads, and in some cases, a job!  So slowly I am trying to teach this to my kids, and eventually Kailee will be buying a little girl a winter coat out of her own money, when she understand a little more, and the same with Rylan.

Which brings me to the reason for this post, which is fitting for Giving Tuesday.  Just until recently when James’ Grandfather passed away, I didn’t realize we had this whole other part of his family that we didn’t know.  I believe his Grandpa was one of nine children!  That’s crazy!  One of his sisters (James’ great aunt) Sister Therese O’Sullivan has been running a woman and children’s shelter in Chicago called St. Martin DePorres House of Hope.   It is a non for profit recovery home for homeless women who are affected by substance abuse, and it is a long-term solution for women to help get them going back in the right direction.  Sr. Therese O’Sullivan has been running it for years, however, in order to keep it running, they need help raising $40,000.  They have been surviving on donations alone all of these years, and need our help to keep it going.  They have started a fund on You to help raise funds, but you can also send it directly to:

Make your check payable directly to St. Martin De Porres and mail your donation directly to :
Sister Therese O’Sullivan
St. Martin de Porres  House of Hope
6423 S. Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637  

Here is a screen grab of Sr. Therese… hope this motivates you to send to day!