Phelps in the Fall

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Phelps in the Fall

I met this adorable family a few years ago at Montrose Beach Bird Sanctuary. It was so nice to see them again, the boys have gotten so big!

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 Big Brother was TOTALLY into it! He nailed the entire shoot.

Big Brother was TOTALLY into it! He nailed the entire shoot.

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 Seriously with that smile? Love it!

Seriously with that smile? Love it!

 So Happy Together

So Happy Together

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It was so nice to see this little gang again. Thank you so much for letting me into your life again!

Until Next Time,
XOXOXOXO,
Brittany

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Legg Up

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Legg Up

This Chicago family is moving to Texas. See ya later cold weather, hello southern warmth!

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They had a recent addition - a baby boy! - and wanted to document his Chicago beginning before they hit the road for the next adventure. This babe was ADORABLE.

 This little spitfire was so cute I could hardly stand it!

This little spitfire was so cute I could hardly stand it!

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 Mom is the best. :)

Mom is the best. :)

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Good luck, Leggs! I hope Texas is everything you dream. Chicago will be missing you. :)

Until Next Time,
Brittany

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Roommate Weekend

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Roommate Weekend

Warning - personal post that might make me look less cool… or significantly more cool? It is hard to tell. ;)

One year in college there were 7 of us that rented one large house just outside the edge of campus. I think we can all say that it was a very memorable year and that it sort of solidified our friendships. Each year since we have gotten together for a quick weekend with surprisingly good attendance. It has been 12 years since we moved into that house (wow - I really am getting older). I really think that each year we become more fun… and much, much better looking.

 From spring 2007 - the year we lived together. I literally did not have a dress at the house - ha! I was not a “fancy” college girl… if I could turn back time. :)

From spring 2007 - the year we lived together. I literally did not have a dress at the house - ha! I was not a “fancy” college girl… if I could turn back time. :)

Truthfully - and obviously - we weren’t a vain group. We were more concerned about having fun, being ourselves and being friends. Thankfully, I don’t think any of us turned a sharp corner to vain-hood but we all got a little (ahem - a TON) more attractive. :)

 Our Happy Bunch

Our Happy Bunch

So we usually just sit around, drink coffee, talk about Gilmore Girls and chat about our lives. That’s really the best part. But we usually squeeze in one or two activities. This year we first went to the Public Market in Milwaukee.

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It was extraordinarily disappointing. (and cold) It was only disappointing because they made it sound like there were going to be an onslaught of outdoor activities and vendors… but they must have chickened out from the chilly air.

 We picked up a few bloodies with beer backs (the true Wisconsin way) and that made everything seem better. :)

We picked up a few bloodies with beer backs (the true Wisconsin way) and that made everything seem better. :)

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 The most recent mama in our group. :)

The most recent mama in our group. :)

 This hot shot in the boxy glasses picked these beauts up while shopping. Don’t worry folks - she’s down to only $7/wear as of the end of roommate weekend. Totes-ma-goats worth it. :)

This hot shot in the boxy glasses picked these beauts up while shopping. Don’t worry folks - she’s down to only $7/wear as of the end of roommate weekend. Totes-ma-goats worth it. :)

Even though the Public Market itself was disappointing, we always find a way to have a good time. It couldn’t possibly hold us down. :) Next up - Chinese Lights!

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 It was frigid so we beelined it to the hot chocolate… it was maybe a generous luke warm. :)

It was frigid so we beelined it to the hot chocolate… it was maybe a generous luke warm. :)

 “Strong Tea, Deep Friendship” Thank you Panda.

“Strong Tea, Deep Friendship” Thank you Panda.

That was the “exciting” portion of RMW. Ha! I’d say the best part is just spending time relaxing with the people who know a different, older version of me than my Chicago friends. There is something relaxing when you don’t have to explain yourself or worry about catching up on all the things (and between 7 women who are leading drastically different lives there could be a zillion things) and you can just enjoy your time together.

 Like laying around, drinking coffee and impersonating our favorite authors from the shelf.

Like laying around, drinking coffee and impersonating our favorite authors from the shelf.

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Holly’s husband picked us up a local homemade cake. It was delicious. Then Holly told us that it is sold in a local gas station and we all about lost it laughing. Of course, the delicious homemade cake was sold in the gas station - ha!

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Without going into essay or providing video evidence, there really isn’t a good way to describe just how different we are and always have been from each other. You’ll just have to believe me. :)

Ladies, I love you all and I’m so thankful that we decided to share a 6 bed/1 bath house over a decade ago. Proud to be called your friend, and hope to do so for the next 70 years! (Yes, we are all living to be over 100 - not just Cas!)

Until Next Time,
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox,
Brittany

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Adding Little Bro

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Adding Little Bro

I photographed this couple after they had their first kiddo. I was super excited to not only learn that they had another child but that they wanted me to help capture this moment for them. :)

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Congratulations on this beautiful addition. I can’t wait to see your family grow!!!

xoxoxoxo,
Brittany

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Saugatuck, Michigan

Saugatuck, Michigan

I have always wanted to go to a Michigan beach town but haven’t found the time. I don’t know if anyone reading is a Chicagoan, but summers here rule. There are tons of festivals, rooftops and - ta da - Lake Michigan. After I factor in everything I want to do, that leaves around 10 minutes of unaccounted time. But this year I was determined.

So, I convinced my wonderful boyfriend that we needed to set aside a weekend. The conversation went something like this…

Me - “Want to go to a Michigan beach town this summer?”

Jimmy - “Sure. When?”

Me - “June is already filled, so is July… so is August… How about September 14th?”

Jimmy - “Sounds good.”

Needless to say, I barely won the argument. :)

There are a lot of cool beach towns in Michigan. It was hard to pick, but we ended up with Saugatuck. We drove up late and stayed at a fancy Best Western (complete with fireplace) on Thursday night. The night was spent talking, drinking and endlessly snacking because - ya know - vacation. :)

Jimmy had to work on Friday, but I had a chance to explore… and a chance to meet my squirrel friend. Ha!

 He is smiling, but it is saying, “I’m working, move along!” :)

He is smiling, but it is saying, “I’m working, move along!” :)

We were able to check into Lake Shore Resort just outside of town that afternoon. It was so much better than I had expected!!!

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Our room was (obviously) immediately filled with our many things. However, if you are able to see past our loads of stuff you can tell just how stylish and updated the rooms are.

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The best part of this place was the insane view of Lake Michigan. It is odd how the water on Chicago’s side seems so mucky when on this side we could see to the bottom of the water equally as far out as our eyes could focus. Incredible. They had kayaks at the bottom of the stairs to be used at will. Obviously, we choose the two person kayak. #romance Also, neither of us had ever kayaked so it seemed like the smart choice.

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The sunsets we caught were cloudless. At first I was half excited that there was going to be a sunset and half bummed that there wouldn’t be any clouds at all to spread the light. My worry, per the norm, was ridiculous. The sunset was perfect.

 Sunset was beautiful, company was pretty good too. :)

Sunset was beautiful, company was pretty good too. :)

We ate. A lot.

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 Ok so this wasn’t taken on my pro camera, but I keep thinking about this donut. Seriously. I want one right now.

Ok so this wasn’t taken on my pro camera, but I keep thinking about this donut. Seriously. I want one right now.

 As soon as Jimmy knew where we were going, he found a vintage boat he wanted to rent.

As soon as Jimmy knew where we were going, he found a vintage boat he wanted to rent.

 Cruising down the Kalamazoo like a couple of winners. :)

Cruising down the Kalamazoo like a couple of winners. :)

 S’mores by the fire pits :)

S’mores by the fire pits :)

 Dreaming Big and Living Large

Dreaming Big and Living Large

 Gotta watch that moon set too.

Gotta watch that moon set too.

Looking back, I’m not really sure how we filled our time. But I know that it felt refreshing and incredible and that we will definitely be back. :) :) :)

Until next time,
Brittany

On Cold Brew and Turning 33...

On Cold Brew and Turning 33...

So my birthday is coming up and I’ll be 33. I know that 33 isn’t OLD, but it isn’t 22 either. There are parts of me that have always been overly and irritatingly responsible (hello, no underage drinking, no sneaking onto the college football field, not even a speeding ticket to date), but there are a few parts that I haven’t been great about growing out of. The one I promised my wonderful boyfriend - who has in no way actually pressured me or even suggested this - was to give up my daily (yes, daily) iced latte Starbucks addiction… after I turned 33. I simply am not ready to be that responsible until the day after.

Something about going to Starbucks everyday makes me feel really good. I’m not a great morning person, but putting in the mobile order always helps me get out of bed. I walk to the store in the rain and the snow, when I’m busy and when have nothing going on (which is never, btw). It is my favorite and most reliable ritual.

But it is expensive. Ridiculous, actually. I spend $5.58 every day. That is over $2000/year. I love my ritual, but maybe it is time to see if I can break up my routine.

 We had a serious stare down. I waited as long as I can.

We had a serious stare down. I waited as long as I can.

I stubbornly (and with great annoyance) ordered a mid-level cold brew from Amazon along with a coffee grinder. When I came I left it sitting away from my kitchen for a week out of child-like pettiness. Ha! Yesterday I finally did my first test run because if I don’t figure it out before the day after I’m 33, I’m certain I’ll just run back up to Starbucks. (The 2 block walk is totally worth it.)

After walking to Starbucks this morning and getting my iced, soy latte, I decided to try it out.

 Here goes nothing!

Here goes nothing!

 …taking pretty pictures of it did not make it more appealing to me…

…taking pretty pictures of it did not make it more appealing to me…

 Another stare down followed.

Another stare down followed.

 Practically begging me to try it.

Practically begging me to try it.

It was okay. A little bitter. I’ll definitely want to work on it before I’m satisfied, but I drank it. I mean, it was still coffee. :)

I know this post comes off like I am a bit of a spoiled brat, but I really don’t have that many things that I waste money on. I don’t get mani/pedis, massages, go to expensive restaurants, take ubers/cabs everywhere, buy a new wardrobe every season… I just like to go to Starbucks. Like all good things, I suppose it is time for this one to end. Or at least pause. After all, there is always the lottery. :)

So 33, stay away as long as you’d like… but when you inevitably come for me, at least I’ll still have coffee.

Growing Up!

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Growing Up!

This family is a-dor-able. Last time I photographed this gang, it was nearly 100 degrees. We were all very happy when the photo date landed on a gorgeous, temperature appropriate day. :)

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 Father & Son

Father & Son

 Oh hello there cutie!

Oh hello there cutie!

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 I love this photo because the house popping out from the trees is actually their home. It might be nerdy, but I think that is neat. :)

I love this photo because the house popping out from the trees is actually their home. It might be nerdy, but I think that is neat. :)

 This big kid learned how to ride a bike this year. And he does it REALLY well - no training wheels or anything!

This big kid learned how to ride a bike this year. And he does it REALLY well - no training wheels or anything!

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I’m so glad and thankful this family called me up for their photos again. I hope to watch them grow for many years to come!

xoxoxo,
Brittany

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Cumberland, Wisconsin

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Cumberland, Wisconsin

I am from Cumberland, Wisconsin - Home of the Beavers, Former Rutabaga Capital of the World and The Island City. My mother was born there, and my father was born in a town only a few miles away. Their parents were born within a few miles of where I grew up and so were theirs, etc.

My hometown pride is thick and I’m thankful to have grown up where I did. Cumberland is a beautiful backdrop filled with clean lakes, a quaint mainstream and (generally) friendly people. I soaked it all in and - as many of you that know me are aware - I enjoyed participating in almost everything I could get my hands on. While I’ll always think of Cumberland fondly, it just isn’t as home to me as the city life. Visiting, however, is ALWAYS a highlight.

 The field across the street is usually speckled with cows.

The field across the street is usually speckled with cows.

My parents have the most beautiful yard, I always look forward to wandering around. I was excited to see my family too. :)

 My sister was thinking she would have dressed my youngest nephew a little differently if she knew we would be taking photos, ha! That’s on her though, because we are always taking photos. :)

My sister was thinking she would have dressed my youngest nephew a little differently if she knew we would be taking photos, ha! That’s on her though, because we are always taking photos. :)

 My mom loves these kiddos.

My mom loves these kiddos.

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 Can’t wait to meet the baby girl growing in that belly!

Can’t wait to meet the baby girl growing in that belly!

 I mean seriously, that face?!

I mean seriously, that face?!

 My dad loves his grandsons. He is always hanging out with them, playing with them and teaching them the things he knows. The first words I ever heard Henry say were when he busted into my parents house and started looking for my dad and shouting, “Four Wheeler! Four Wheeler! Four Wheeler!” Ha!

My dad loves his grandsons. He is always hanging out with them, playing with them and teaching them the things he knows. The first words I ever heard Henry say were when he busted into my parents house and started looking for my dad and shouting, “Four Wheeler! Four Wheeler! Four Wheeler!” Ha!

 Carl wanted to wear his medal. :)

Carl wanted to wear his medal. :)

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So one reason I was especially excited for this trip was because Jimmy, my wonderful boyfriend, was coming to meet everyone. I was excited for him to see where I grew up and to know me better.

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One of my favorite things about Jimmy and my family alike are that they enjoy having fun. I brought some water guns and we made a memory. :)

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Two Rules - #1. Don’t shoot Nana. #2. Don’t shoot each other in the face. … … …at least my mom remained dry!

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 Sometimes the best photos are taken on a crummy camera. :)

Sometimes the best photos are taken on a crummy camera. :)

It was the Rutabaga Fest when we came up to Wisconsin. This is our town’s annual fest, mostly known for incredible cheese curds, hot pepper sandwiches and a band called The Dweebs that has played for something crazy like 20 years.

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Summer is Cumberland is incredible. We had an amazing trip up north. Fingers crossed, I’ll be back for Christmas!

Thanks Mom and Dad for making your home one of the greatest places on earth.

xoxoxoxox,
Brittany

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Super Hero Remy!

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Super Hero Remy!

I like photographing anything involving people, and children’s birthday parties are definitely on the list! I’ve photographed events for this family before, and one of my favorite things about them is how they like to go all-in. This celebration was no exception. :)

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 This kiddo is well loved. Can’t wait to meet his little brother or sister!

This kiddo is well loved. Can’t wait to meet his little brother or sister!

 This had me cracking up!

This had me cracking up!

 Everyone enjoyed the treats. :)

Everyone enjoyed the treats. :)

 Even Grandpa was in on the scheme. :)

Even Grandpa was in on the scheme. :)

Thank you for choosing me to take these photos. Remy is a doll and I can’t wait to see him again and meet the newest little one!

Until next time,
Brittany

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Lauren Needed a Headshot

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Lauren Needed a Headshot

So Jimmy’s sister, Lauren, recently graduated college (wooo!!!) and secured her first professional job as a teacher. Very exciting! She needed a photo for her school badge, so she stopped by for a quick photo and some D’Augustino’s pizza.

 Pretty Lady!

Pretty Lady!

Jimmy was super excited to be a test subject. :) Ha!

I confirmed my suspicion that even though they are divided by 12 years, Jimmy and Lauren are the same. Obviously, I’m a fan. Ha! To be fair, Jimmy stole the camera and snuck this shot of Lauren in. I don’t think she knows me quite well enough to deliver that spot on of a glare. :)

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Until next time with these two. :)

xoxo,
Brittany

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Welcome Sweet Evelyn

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Welcome Sweet Evelyn

I originally photographed this family years ago when they had their first baby. I was so thrilled they reached out to me for the birth of their second daughter! As you may or may not know, I LOVE babies!!! So I was excited. :)

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 Big sister was checking her out. :)

Big sister was checking her out. :)

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Christie and John, thanks for inviting me into your home during this important moment in life. Your family is beautiful and I can’t wait to watch them grow!

xoxo,
Brittany

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Meet Logan

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Meet Logan

What on earth could possibly compete with this little nugget? From the minute I walked in the door this family was nothing but sweet and relaxed. :) I could tell it was going to be a good one!

 This is one of my favorite pictures I have taken to date. He looks so relaxes and peaceful.

This is one of my favorite pictures I have taken to date. He looks so relaxes and peaceful.

 Hugs from mom never get old. :)

Hugs from mom never get old. :)

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 Those wrinkles!!!

Those wrinkles!!!

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 Where will these go?

Where will these go?

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I feel so lucky that I get to do this as a job. This family is incredible and filled with happiness and warmth. Thank you for letting me hang out with the newbie. It was an honor. :)

xoxo,
Brittany

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Miss Aria & Mom

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Miss Aria & Mom

Lindsey has become one of my best friends. It is hard to believe that I have known her during her whole pregnancy, and now her baby girl is 3! How?!?!?!

Aria has ALWAYS been a tough cookie to photograph because she only smiles when she means it, but when she does smile you better look out - it is mesmerizing. :)

 Oh hello there!!!

Oh hello there!!!

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Aria’s cooperation lasted around 4 minutes, but it was totally worth it. Per Lindsey, these are her favorite photos yet so I’m taking that as a win. :) This past winter Lindsey moved to the burbs so I miss them a lot. That makes getting to see them even more special!

Aria, I love ya! I am so glad I have the opportunity to watch you grow.

xoxoxoxoxoxo,
Brittany

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Tyler is Two

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Tyler is Two

Nicole and Jeff created the most beautiful child in the world. Tyler is a typical toddler, with the energy that no amount of Red Bull or espresso could create. Nicole is one of the sweetest people in the world and it is nice to know she’s making people. :)

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 Look at that cutie?!?!

Look at that cutie?!?!

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I just can’t take how adorable this family is! Tyler is a joy and I can’t wait to watch him grow. :) See ya soon!

xoxo,
Brittany

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Keep on Growing

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Keep on Growing

This sweet little one keeps on growing and she keeps on getting cuter and cuter and cuter every time I photograph her. :) I feel so lucky to watch her grow! Here are a few of my favorites. :)

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Until next time, sweet one. :)

xoxo,
Brittany

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Baby Jack

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Baby Jack

Good heavens I hope that if I am ever able to have children that he or she comes out as cute as this one! I can’t even handle it!!!

 Are you for real with this cuteness?!

Are you for real with this cuteness?!

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 These two were killing it at parenthood!

These two were killing it at parenthood!

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 Frank wanted so badly to be in the photo. :)

Frank wanted so badly to be in the photo. :)

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It was so nice to once again see a couple so happy and to see a baby so very loved. :) Thank you for including me during this moment in life. :)

xoxo,
Brittany

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Kevin & Janeen

Kevin & Janeen

I met Janeen through a few mutual friends, and Kevin through her. I’m so glad I did! These two love birds are getting married this December down in Florida and I’m so excited for them.

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Janeen and Kevin met via Tinder… the new age love story. :)

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Janeen wanted to get some engagement photos. Kevin was less on board, but I think the drinks probably helped. Ha!

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Ava is a very loved part of the family. :)

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Janeen and Kevin are one of my favorite couples to date. They compliment each other well and have a ton in common - both are good at talking to anyone, dancing (seriously!) and making the best of the time you spend with them.

Congratulations you love birds, can’t wait to see what is up next for you. :) :) :)

XOXO,
Brittany

Keeping up with the Joneses

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Keeping up with the Joneses

Well this family is just about the cutest in the world. This beautiful young lady was full of the energy you’d expect (plus a little extra), smiles that could outshine the sun and the independence of an adult woman. They had admitted to putting off photos (easy to do!), but I’m so glad they called me when they did. :)

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 Smiling photos are always a favorite, but I think there is something striking about focused photos like this. It shows another side to people, and to me this little lady is showing her strength.

Smiling photos are always a favorite, but I think there is something striking about focused photos like this. It shows another side to people, and to me this little lady is showing her strength.

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 It is so easy to focus on the young because they are changing so rapidly, but I love looking at pictures of my parents when we me and my siblings were young. I always try and sneak a few of the parents in if I can. :) These two were totally into it, until the sweet kiddo started to flee the scene. Ha!

It is so easy to focus on the young because they are changing so rapidly, but I love looking at pictures of my parents when we me and my siblings were young. I always try and sneak a few of the parents in if I can. :) These two were totally into it, until the sweet kiddo started to flee the scene. Ha!

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This was my first time meeting this gang, and I hope not the last. To the Jones family, thank you for looking me up and booking. Hope to watch your sweet family grow!

xoxo,
Brittany

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Morgan & Ryan Sitting-in-a-Tree

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Morgan & Ryan Sitting-in-a-Tree

These two have been in love for over a decade. A decade! They are engaged and to be married in central Illinois later this year, but wanted to get some engagement photos here in Chicago. I’m so glad they reached out to me, they were so much fun!

 Too cool for school. :)

Too cool for school. :)

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 Ahhh I hope everyone finds someone that makes them laugh like this!!! These two were chuckling the whole time.

Ahhh I hope everyone finds someone that makes them laugh like this!!! These two were chuckling the whole time.

 These two love birds are both teachers. Thank heavens for people like these two!

These two love birds are both teachers. Thank heavens for people like these two!

 Lincoln Park Zoo is a great backdrop.

Lincoln Park Zoo is a great backdrop.

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So is this considered young love or old love? Either way you view it, I think you can agree that they are both lucky in love. :) Congratulations Morgan and Ryan, I’m happy you two found each other. :)

xoxo,
Brittany

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Sweet Addition

If I could hang out with newborn babies all day I absolutely would. I. Love. Babies. (don’t tell my boyfriend - ha!) So when this adorable family reached out I was absolutely in. They specifically asked for a quick session, which is something I totally understand - bringing a newbie home is a lot of work and stress and, while photos are so wonderful, having time to enjoy your babe is even better. I’m always happy to get in and get out. :)

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She was perfectly sleepy. :)

 Happy Baby :)

Happy Baby :)

This family has two kiddos very close in age, and big sister was adorable! While adorable, she wasn’t super interested in being photographed. Ha! :) This is to be expected, of course.

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This babe is clearly loved and in caring hands, and that is wonderful to know. It was a pleasure to meet this cutie, and I am excited to see her grow!

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