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Jeff, Nicole & Tyler

Jeff, Nicole & Tyler

Jeff, Nicole and Tyler are a true Chicago family.  

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Nicole and I were introduced through a mutual friend.  I've heard many times (from many people!) that Tyler is the baby with the most smiles.  Holy smokes they were right! 

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Nicole and I had met several times prior to the photoshoot.  Each time I'm with her I get to know her a little better, but this is the first time I really spent a lot of time looking at her.  Wow, she is so beautiful!!!  How did I not realize how stunning she was before?  

Seriously though, I could photograph this little guy all day long!  

Seriously though, I could photograph this little guy all day long!  

Jeff and Nicole brought an element of calmness to the session.  It always helps when you can be relaxed - it's easier to be yourself in the photos and to get more candid pictures.  

Chicago Family   |||   Winnemac, Park 

Chicago Family   |||   Winnemac, Park 

I love being a Chicago family photographer.  Nicole and Jeff, thank you for trusting me to capture this moment!  Tyler is adorable, happy and clearly loves the two of you to pieces.  I am excited to watch him grow!  :)

xoxox,
Brittany

Vanessa

Vanessa

I had the pleasure of meeting this fellow photographer through our common job - photographing babies!  She was sweet and funny.  Basically, we hit it off right away.  :)  

Meet Vanessa. 

 

Photographer, Mother, Wife, Friend

Photographer, Mother, Wife, Friend

Recently we exchanged head shots.  However, this isn't the first time I photographed this beautiful lady.  She is a wife and a mother to two adorable kiddos.  Late last year she asked me to take some photos for her holiday card.  Here is a little snap shot of my favorites. 

Vanessa & Matt have become a Chicago family :)

Vanessa & Matt have become a Chicago family :)

This family is filled with smiles, creativity and a healthy sense of sass.  :)  Check out those ears!

Vanessa and I have really clicked, so when the idea to exchange headshots came up I was pumped.  Not only is Vanessa an amazing photographer bound to make me look much better than I do, but she is plain fun to be around!

I laughed the entire time.  She is so much fun!

You had me at squirrel.  

This lady means business :)

This lady means business :)

Vanessa's art is magic!  I wish she wasn't moving back to Seattle because I'd love to work with her more and hang out.  It's hard to find quality people you connect with so well!  If you are ever in the pacific northwest, look her up.  Believe me, it'll be worth it! 

These are definitely not traditional headshots, more like two friends having an amazing time laughing together.  :) 

This was taken at the entrance to the underground parking lot at Lurie Gardens.  We must have had at least a dozen people walk past us wondering what we were laughing about.  Totally worth it.

This was taken at the entrance to the underground parking lot at Lurie Gardens.  We must have had at least a dozen people walk past us wondering what we were laughing about.  Totally worth it.

My favorite photo from the day.  This is how I will choose to remember Vanessa until we meet up again.  :)

My favorite photo from the day.  This is how I will choose to remember Vanessa until we meet up again.  :)

Vanessa, I will miss you dearly.  I am so glad that you and Matt chose to take your family to Chicago for this short window of time and that we have had the opportunity to get to know each other.  Don't run away too fast, you are far from rid of me!  Until we meet again.  :)

xoxo,
(your friend) Brittany

Nine Months

Nine Months

I've had the pleasure of photographing this baby girl since day one.  :)  She is full of smiles that just melt my heart.  

"Yes, yes I am adorable. Now what toys do you have?"

"Yes, yes I am adorable. Now what toys do you have?"

There is no one quite like dad.

There is no one quite like dad.

Could she be any happier?

Could she be any happier?

Grandma and Grandpa came all the way to Chicago, so of course we included them in the family photos.  :)  

This little one is loved :)

This little one is loved :)

I like this photo for a lot of reasons, but the pup in the back REALLY wanted to play with the babe and it took all of dad's energy to try and get him to sit. Such a cute dog! (And, of course, cute family!)

I like this photo for a lot of reasons, but the pup in the back REALLY wanted to play with the babe and it took all of dad's energy to try and get him to sit. Such a cute dog! (And, of course, cute family!)

I always try to respect client wishes for privacy.  If you're looking for someone to keep your names off of posts and posts off of Facebook/social media, I am happy to oblige!  

To this Chicago family, thank you so much for choosing me to photograph your baby girl.  I think she is the sweetest and I can't wait to watch her grow!

xoxo,
Brittany  

The Hanus Family

The Hanus Family

These ladies are so gorgeous I feel like I should be paying them to take their photos!  We had to reschedule this shoot due to weather multiple times, but I'm so glad we were able to finally get together.  We met at Chicago's Lincoln Park Botanical Gardens on one of the first sunny spring days.  Needless to say, it was PACKED!  But we were able to find some spots that worked perfectly for us.  

Sisters are for life!

Sisters are for life!

These ladies all came in off white dresses, which later was revealed to be a happy accident.  I love the way they all go together, it looks so classy!

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Watch out Chicago! 

Watch out Chicago! 

I'm excited to see where these bombshell ladies end up.  :)  Thanks for letting me be your photographer!  

xoxo,
Brittany

The Barry Family

The Barry Family

When Kristen reached out to me to schedule a shoot I was very excited.  Not only is this family one of the sweetest, but they had added a new family member since I last saw them!  I don't know if this is obvious yet, but I LOVE BABIES!  :) 

We met up at a lakeside park near Chicago.  Big sister was killing it from the get-go.  :)

sweet smiles

sweet smiles

Little brother was such a doll!  He had the best hair and the cutest little face.  

I'm currently loving the grainy black and white look.

I'm currently loving the grainy black and white look.

"Don't worry, I'll lead the way!  To Chicago!" 

"Don't worry, I'll lead the way!  To Chicago!" 

What do you mean the leaves don't belong on his head?  They look brilliant on him! 

What do you mean the leaves don't belong on his head?  They look brilliant on him! 

This little guy was so chill. 

This little guy was so chill. 

Just the girls and Lake Michigan 

Just the girls and Lake Michigan 

I LOVE her chubby cheek cheese smiles :)

I LOVE her chubby cheek cheese smiles :)

Father and Son

Father and Son

This last image is one of my favorites.  Big sister is so sweet.  Overall, I am thankful to have caught up with the Barry family and meet the newest member.  I wish them nothing but the best and can't wait to watch them grow.  :)

xoxo,
Brittany

Welcome Baby Luka

Welcome Baby Luka

Like most creatives, I've spent plenty of time working in the industry.  While serving may not be the most glorious job, there is something about the hustle and bustle that is addictive.  Plus, people in the industry are interesting because they tend to be transient - most people don't plan on staying in the same place permanently and have a ton of varied plans for the future.  This is how I met Rachel.  

Rachel was the bar manager at Kinmont in it's hay-day.  She is so easy to connect with, we hit it off right away.  :)  Like a true bar manager, Rachel had spent years in the industry.  In fact, that's how she met her now husband.  They were married last fall, and this spring welcomed their newest addition - baby Luka.  

I love being a newborn photographer!  Check this little cutie out.  :) 

I love being a newborn photographer!  Check this little cutie out.  :) 

I was more than happy to be the newborn photographer for this new Chicago family!  This little guy was so adorable, so perfect.  I couldn't get enough.  

New Chicago Baby (adorable!) 

New Chicago Baby (adorable!) 

Fits in Dad's Palm

Fits in Dad's Palm

Tiny Hands

Tiny Hands

Chicago Mom

Chicago Mom

Chicago Family

Chicago Family

One Proud Papi

One Proud Papi

Love love LOVE this little Chicago family.  :)  

Rachel & Moises, you created a perfect baby.  I can't wait to watch him grow!  Thanks for letting me take his newborn photos.  Sleep well baby Luka.  

xoxo,
Brittany

Mary-Pat and Dave

Mary-Pat and Dave

One of my goals as a photographer is to make your session as hassle free and relaxed as possible while capturing the perfect photos for you and your family.  This Chicago family was the epitome of relaxed and easy going.  :)  

Mary-Pat and Dave are first time parents.  Meeting their daughter was such a treat!  It was pouring and very gloomy outside, so we stuck close to the window for that beautiful natural light.  

That smile! #chicagofamily #chicagofamilyphotographer #chicagobaby

That smile! #chicagofamily #chicagofamilyphotographer #chicagobaby

I love to keep my newborn photo shoots intimate and simple.  

Is there a better place? 

Is there a better place? 

Peaceful duo.  #newmom #chicagomom #chicagofamily 

Peaceful duo.  #newmom #chicagomom #chicagofamily 

Tiny Toes 

Tiny Toes 

This little new life is precious and beautiful.  

This little new life is precious and beautiful.  

The two have everything this little girl needs.  :)

The two have everything this little girl needs.  :)

I never know how much time a newborn will give me during a newborn photoshoot.  This little lady had around 30 minutes before deciding it was quitting time.  Of course, not before she showed off a variety of personalities.  #sweetbaby #chicagobaby

Miss Personality! #babyoftheyear #chicagobaby

Miss Personality! #babyoftheyear #chicagobaby

Chicago Family of Three

Chicago Family of Three

Thank you Mary-Pat and Dave for inviting me into your home!  Your daughter is beautiful and perfect in every way.  It was an honor to be your photographer! 

xoxo,
Brittany

Holly the Brave: Third Time Mother

Holly the Brave: Third Time Mother

One of my good college friends, Holly, was 9 months pregnant when I last saw her.  Technically, she was less than 48 hours from having her newest little arrival, Elsie.  While I wish I would have been around to see her third child as a baby, I was happy to visit her family while I was in Wisconsin.  She asked if I could take a few photos of her family to remember the last time they were a family of four.  Of course I was happy to!  She fed me a delicious brunch and I was able to spend time with her and the family, so overall it was a perfect deal. 

Can you believe she was a full 9 months pregnant here?  #goodlookingmama

Can you believe she was a full 9 months pregnant here?  #goodlookingmama

Holly was the first of our college gang to have children.  It has taken me a little longer than most to figure out what I want in life, so I cannot believe that this is her third child.  Wow!  I am so proud of her.  She has always wanted a home and a family, and she has the most welcoming home and a perfect family.  

Check out those smiles! You can almost glaze over Holly's belly.  :) 

Check out those smiles! You can almost glaze over Holly's belly.  :) 

#1 Big Sister

#1 Big Sister

This little lady is the PERFECT big sister.  She's a great combination of mom and dad - thoughtful, analytical, funny.  Especially funny - check out that charm!  :)

 

Another reason I admire Holly is that she can be extremely organized and productive.  She spoke with her realtor about possibly selling their home for a bigger one.  While Holly was hoping to put her house on the market a few months after Elsie was born, they took an offer after one off-market showing only days before Elsie was born.  That is one brave mama!

In front of their first home.  :)  #proudfamily #bravemama 

In front of their first home.  :)  #proudfamily #bravemama 

Another one of my favorite things about Holly's family is the sense of sincerity and genuineness that follows them around.  They are the kind of people that you feel better about the world and yourself simply for spending time with them. 

This #fathersonduo is about to be outnumbered.  Also, check out this kid's bedhead!  #reallife

This #fathersonduo is about to be outnumbered.  Also, check out this kid's bedhead!  #reallife

Below is my favorite photo because it reminds me of Holly.  Her paying attention, her family mulling in the background enjoying life on their front yard.  This family is lucky to have Holly, she is an amazing mother and wife.  #motherofthree #thirdtimemama #welcomenumberthree

Mother-and-Son

Ahhhhh these two!  This babe is sweet, curious and LOVES being with his mom.  We were lucky enough to have landed one of those unseasonably warm winter days. 

 

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Check out those converse shoes!  I love it when people dress up, but there is something about this mom's down to earth and relaxed style that fit the day perfectly.  #loveit

The best relationship :)

The best relationship :)

I could post every photo from this session, but I'll resist.  :)  Privacy is always something I strive to respect, and this mama bear is protective of her cub.  Totally understandable!  One last one before I go...  

Aria the Great

Aria the Great

Oh this sweet child.  I first photographed her mother, Lindsey, before I knew she was even pregnant.  Little did I know that we would hit it off and become fast friends in real life.  What a blessing!  I had the opportunity to watch Lindsey grow with Aria and now watch Aria herself grow.  

Photo from my first meeting & photoshoot with the beautiful Lindsey :)  Taken in Lincoln Park

Photo from my first meeting & photoshoot with the beautiful Lindsey :)  Taken in Lincoln Park

After she announced her pregnancy to the world, I was able to take her maternity photos as well. We took her maternity photographs on Montrose Beach.  There were so many intense gusts of wind that day we were being pelted with sand - Lindsey hung in there like a champ!  We were lucky to have gotten some of my favorite shots between the crazy Chicago winds.  

 

Lindsey's Maternity Photos at Montrose Beach in Chicago, IL

Lindsey's Maternity Photos at Montrose Beach in Chicago, IL

I still remember Lindsey texting me that she thought she was in labor.  Only a few hours later, miss Aria was introduced to the world and she was stunning.  Of course, I ran to downtown Chicago the next morning and took a few quick pictures.  I have permanent baby fever, so I had a hard time letting her go.  

Miss Aria as a newborn in Chicago - those lips!

Miss Aria as a newborn in Chicago - those lips!

I love not only photographing but spending time with this mother-daughter duo.  Aria keeps on growing, growing, growing.  

Miss Aria at 11 Months in Lakeview, Chicago

Miss Aria at 11 Months in Lakeview, Chicago

This brings us up to date on Lindsey and Aria.  A few weeks ago I took some photographs in their new neighborhood - Andersonville of Chicago.  What I haven't disclosed is what a tough customer Aria can be.  When this little lady smiles she means it.  Totally worth the effort!

Genuine Smile :)

Genuine Smile :)

I count myself lucky to know these two.  Stay tuned in - I'm certain you haven't seen the last of these two Chicago beauties!