A bit about me... I am a mom of 3, a wife, and I have a rescue pup named Rockett. I love the beach, rainy days (only when I'm not working!) and I have a slight obsession with Starbucks, but who doesn't? I grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois, and I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in child psychology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. My degree definitely comes in handy photographing your children! When it comes to photography I find inspiration in my family and friends. I love capturing authentic moments, the best photographs I take are the ones in between the 'Look and Smile' ones. My favorite sessions are in-home Lifestyle newborn sessions. I love those moments when Mom and Dad sneak away for a cup of coffee and a couple of deep breaths while I work my magic snuggling their new baby. I love to laugh and have fun at sessions. I have a lot of energy (thanks Starbucks!) and I will do anything to get smiles out of my littlest and toughest clients!
Booking Your Session...
I book photo sessions around your schedule. My best time of day for your session is the last two hours of the day (Golden Hour). Early morning is great too, I have a few favorite spots with lots of open shade and great light! Mid-day can create harsh shadows so I try to avoid it, but an overcast or cloudy day is perfect for those mid-day sessions! Sessions with me are between 30-60 minutes. Plan to meet regardless of weather. This is Chicago! It can be 80 and sunny one moment, 60 and rainy the next. If you must cancel for any reason, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. A $50 non-refundable booking fee/retainer is due upon booking your session. Unfortunately I cannot hold a time slot until the booking fee is paid. Again, this fee is non-refundable. This fee is for holding your spot on my schedule. and denying it to any others who might request that time/date. Your remaining balance is due the day of your session. In case of rain or inclement weather I will offer several reschedule options. I cannot guarantee the same time and location, but I try my very best to accommodate everyone! I keep a few rain dates open on my calendar during the busy late summer and fall months. Your reschedule must take place with 60 days in order to apply your booking fee. After 60 days a new booking fee must be paid. If I cancel our session for personal reasons, you are able to request a refund on your booking fee. I don't often cancel, but illness and emergencies do happen!
Within 7-10 days of your photography session I will email you a password protected gallery of images. If you purchased a Mini Session you can 'Favorite' your images for Download. If you purchased a full session that includes all images, just click the Download button and the ZIP file of images is immediately emailed to you. You have 7 days to download your images and place your print order. I hold on to all edited images for 6 months, but it is a good idea to save your images when you receive them, and update those copies as needed. At this time I do not offer CDs or USBs of images. Digital Download is the most modern, quickest, and easiest way to deliver your images. A print release is supplied with your digital images. This release grants you permission to reproduce those images for personal use. Keep in mind my print release does not guarantee the quality of your images if not printed through my photo lab. The release does not allow for the images to be altered or sold. I retain the copyright of all photographs.