The S Family [Iowa City Maternity and Newborn Photography]

This was one of my favorite maternity sessions from last year - Neera was positively glowing and that dress - so perfect!! We had a gorgeous day out at one of my favorite spots, Lake MacBride. When they had little Aavya, she was as perfect as could be and I was so inspired by the amazing printed textiles they had from India to use as backgrounds. Here are some of my favorites from both of their sessions!










The S Family [Naperville Maternity and Lifestyle Newborn Photography]

Annika and Robby had a gorgeous fall day for their maternity session, and the leaves were perfection out at the lake. I just love shooting out there that time of year!! Also, how cute is Annika? Seriously, what a perfect maternity model she is! They were eagerly awaiting the birth of their baby girl, who arrived in December and they named Lucy. We met at their home for the newborn session and Lucy was just a sweet, sleepy model and made my job incredibly easy. Annika's hair and makeup was done by the talented Kayla Jones. Here are some of my favorites from both sessions...

















The K Family: Day in the Life [Naperville Lifestyle Family Photography]

Day in the life. What does this mean exactly? Well, the idea all started when I thought about the things I love to shoot - candid, real life moments. When I looked at my business, this type of photography was found most often at weddings - capturing the interaction between people, the in-between moments that naturally occur over an 8 hour wedding shoot. However, I felt like there was a NEED for it in family photography. SO often, I would hear from my portrait clients..."I just really like candid, unposed photography". Though, in itself, a typical 1 hr portrait session at a beautiful, but frankly, meaningless location doesn't lend itself very well to that type of genuine, candid images that people were begging for!


You've all been there - mom is worried that the outfits she painstakingly chose won't look right in photos. Dad is grumpy, because the last thing he wants to do during his precious weekend hours is smile for a photographer he doesn't know. The kids are of course, acting like wild beasts because they are feeding off of all of the anxious energy that mom and dad are putting out into the universe. Inevitably, someone has a meltdown, somebody stains their BRAND. NEW. PANTS... and everyone is exhausted before the session even begins. Sound familiar?


Imagine this scenario instead...photographer arrives at your home at 7 am on a Sunday. Kids have just gotten up (and let's face it - when you're 4, bedhead and pjs might be the cutest things ever), with you drinking your coffee and starting to gather items for breakfast (even if it's just cereal!!). Throughout the session, you just get to enjoy your Sunday morning. You make and eat breakfast as a family - who cares if little one spills her OJ on the counter? Easy fix, and bonus - new pjs are just down the hall! Breakfast is followed by playtime with the kiddos - coloring, finger painting (the messier the better!), toy trains, reading books - you name it! Instead of worrying if everyone is smiling and looking perfect for the camera, you are ENJOYING your kids. Let them be little, and let me capture the details of this time in your life that will be gone before you know it. Pretty soon, that adorable 4 year old is going to be 16 and rolling her eyes at the thought of spending a Sunday morning hanging out with mom & dad. You'll be lucky if she gets up before noon and grunts a good morning - trust me, I know - that was totally me. ;)


So, in a nutshell - THAT is what Day in the Life sessions are all about. I usually suggest having some things in mind that you love to do as a family, or that your kids love to do, to help with the flow of the session and to make everyone feel extra comfortable. But my focus is not the activities, it's the interaction that you have with your kids, with your spouse, with your pet... capturing the moments that make your life uniquely yours.


One last thing - worried your house isn't picture perfect? Let's go do something instead! Apple orchard, a park, your fave breakfast spot, fishing at the lake, hanging out with Fido at the dog park - the possibilities are endless. Just choose something that feels like YOU.