Meet Emily

meet emily

well, hello there… thanks for stopping by!

In case we haven’t met, here is the low-down on me. I’m a mama to five (yes, five) sweet girls and a wife to a pretty fantastic guy, Carlos. When I’m not behind the camera, you can often find me in my kitchen (which is undoubtedly a mess), on Pinterest daydreaming I might have time to make all of the amazing DIY I find, or trying to keep up with my daughters who are a good combo of sugar and spice.


I grew up near Springfield, IL and although I’ve lived in the Chicago suburb area for 13 years now, I still feel pretty far from being a city girl. I love warm weather and inevitably spend every winter wondering why in the world we chose Chicago for our home.  We currently live in Lake Zurich, IL, and before I started my photography business in 2007, I worked as an elementary school teacher teaching 1st and 2nd grade. I love, love, love working with children, and so turning my passion for photography into a business where I could photograph children all day, happened very naturally.

So obviously photography is “my thing”. I love it and can’t imagine doing anything else for my day job. Spending cherished moments with families as they experience a new baby, new milestones, or just everyday moments is THE. BEST. I love capturing families as they are, encouraging laughter and fun in each session. My style is casual and I seek out natural light whenever I can. I’m happy to make a total fool of myself trying to coax out some giggles, and take all the extra time it requires to get shy children to relax and have some fun.
My goals? I want my clients to actually enjoy their session and I want to create timeless photos that will look good on your walls for years and years.  No more racing to the mall trying to squeeze in an appointment between naps and meals. No more stressing out about lines, crabby photographers who make scary noises, the “perfect” outfit that just got spilled on, and a child who just reached their melt-down point. I’ve been there, done that, and don’t ever want to go back. I’m not in a rush and I’ve discovered some of the best pictures happen when you least expect it. No need to worry about the perfect pose and smile, I want to capture your family’s essence. Those are the memories worth keeping. I hope you’ll look around here and get a sense of my style of photography. If you think it suits you- let me know! Let’s chat and set up a time for your session. Just click on the “Request a Session” tab and we’ll get started. Hope to see you soon!

take a peek into Emily’s daily life