This fall brought so many great families to photograph. And although this October will go in the books for being the worst weather I’ve experienced in my 10 years of business, we still made the best of it and I was out there shooting any moment the sun was actually shining. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so grateful I had so many clients that remained flexible and waited along with me for the sunshine to appear. Here is a tiny peek at some of the families I was able to spend an evening with!

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As always, it’s a gift that I get to call this my job. ๐Ÿ™‚

This past Sunday I skipped out of church a little early, but I had a seriously good reason- I wanted to capture one of my favorites families as they welcomed their third daughter, Nora. All parents know, there is simply nothing like the joy, excitement, and anticipation of meeting that little face you’ve been dreaming about for 9 months. And then sometimes even better- getting the chance to watch the big sisters meet her for the first time too. When I arrived, Nora was brand spankin’ new- just about 30 minutes old and getting all checked out by the nurse.
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Of course her daddy was checking her out too, counting all of those perfect fingers and toes.

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Margaret isย truly a rockstar mom. When I walked in she was calm and peaceful, filled to the brim with joy and gratitude for God’s provision in proving another beautiful little girl to their family.

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The chubby cheeks were no joke with this kid. ย I can’t remember the last time I saw a baby THIS NEW that looked like a gerber baby already. ย ๐Ÿ™‚
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As we got ready for her big sisters to arrive, Blaine and Margaret were filled with nervous excitement. We contemplated together- should Margaret be holding the baby as they walked in? Or maybe just have the baby in the bassinet? But what if they baby started crying (whoops, she did), would that upset the girls when they walked in? Blaine retrieved the big sisters from the care of their grandparents in the waiting room, so they could have their special moment of meeting their newest sister all to themselves. Nora was getting fussy in the bassinet and Margaret looked at me nervously as the girls walked in, but nerves were for nothing. As soon as they entered Nora calmed down, and they peeked into the bassinet with such wonder. Bubbling over with such excitement and filled with questions like “do we get to take her home?”, the cuteness factor was off the charts.

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Roughly 1.2 million kisses ensued.

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Grandma and Grandpa got to come in next and watching them greet their beloved daughter was one of the most beautiful things I’ve witnessed. Such pride and relief all mixed into one as they could see their daughter feeling good, and a perfect new grandchild to love.
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Everyone wanted their chance to hold Nora and stare into her sweet face. Watching Margaret with all three of her girls for the first time was a beautiful thing. This woman is strong, courageous, and inspiring. I got to take Ruby’s newborn photos many years ago when Margaret was a first time mom. To watch her this time handle all of this like a pro, feeling so comfortable in her role as a mom, it broughtย on some happy glistening eyes for me. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰
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The new family of FIVE!

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Grandpa and Grandma needed their turn to hold Nora too, but her sweet sisters were never far away.

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Of course, I totally love that Blaine was helping the girls document the moment with his camera too.

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Welcome to the world Nora- you have one of the most delightful, loving, hilarious, creative, fun families I know- for your very own! Lucky girl!! ย You are going to grow up with people all around you cheering you on as each year passes. Happy birthday!

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We had the perfect night for this family’s summer photo session and I’m always a happy-happy photographer when the sun is shining and a beautiful family arrives! Three cute kiddos and I loved getting a chance to know them a bit.

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Gosh I love sweet mama shots ๐Ÿ™‚

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Whenever kids seems to be a bit “done” with the whole photo thing, we have a family race- that always seems to do the trick into making our time fun again.

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This awesome dad is the owner of the new piano bar in downtown Barrington. My hubby and I are dying to do a date night there, just need to find a clear evening in our schedule. Who wants to join us!? I can’t wait to check out Shirley’s Piano Bar- check out their website, doesn’t it look awesome!?
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So not only is he the owner of that awesome spot, but he’s an awesome dad too- I loved capturing some sweet moments between these two.

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And their youngest one just turned ONE, so we had to get plenty of shots of just her all by her adorable-self. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m *trying* to get more and more committed to always grabbing one photo of just mom! Women never have a good photo of themselves alone and I know it will be a cherished image for her kids to have someday when they are grown. So sorry moms- like it or not, I’m pushing you in front of my lens for at least one photo. And then of course, if dad will jump in for some- even better.

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Thanks Bauman Fam- I’ll be seeing you soon at Shirley’s!

If you follow my work at all, you’ll know that I’m not much into cute props, loads of hair bows, or placing babies in positions they don’t generally lay in on an average day. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like things simple, real, and pretty. So basically I like to walk in a house, find gorgeous light, and shoot load of photos of families holding their sweet new babe. If that family has an adorable big sister- I’m a happy, happy lady as well. Anytime the baby needs a break to eat or have a diaper change, I have a little muse to photograph. So you’ll see, this family was dreamy for me since they had allll of my favorite elements…. beautiful new baby boy, insanely sweet big sister, gorgeous house with big windows, and incredibly kind parents. That’s what I call “winning” at work. ๐Ÿ™‚
Check these photos out, I know you’ll love them!

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Congratulations Pollard family- what a joy to spend the morning with you!

If you follow my work at all, you’ll know that I’m not much into cute props, loads of hair bows, or placing babies in positions they don’t generally lay in on an average day. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like things simple, real, and pretty. So basically I like to walk in a house, find gorgeous light, and shoot load of photos of families holding their sweet new babe. If that family has an adorable big sister- I’m a happy, happy lady as well. Anytime the baby needs a break to eat or have a diaper change, I have a little muse to photograph. So you’ll see, this family was dreamy for me since they had allll of my favorite elements…. beautiful new baby boy, insanely sweet big sister, gorgeous house with big windows, and incredibly kind parents. That’s what I call “winning” at work. ๐Ÿ™‚
Check these photos out, I know you’ll love them!

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Congratulations Pollard family- what a joy to spend the morning with you!