Don’t hoard your photos on your phone

I use my iPhone a lot. Why? Because it is in my pocket.

Sometimes it is honestly just because I am too lazy to go get my camera when I know the iPhone image will do just fine for this situation. Sometimes it is because I don’t want my camera on a canoe or by sand. Sometimes I would rather just enjoy the moment.

That doesn’t mean I don’t want to remember the moment. After a camping trip or a day at the beach, around Chicago or on a canoe I must to print out something to remember our adventure. I started using Social Print Studio years year ago. What I really love is the app. That is the main reason I started using them. It was so easy I continued. They have magnets (I am a magnet lover) and photo strips (which make great Snapchat filter prints!) as well as framed prints.

Here are some of them on my fridge:


Because I only have so much room for magnets and prints, I make books. I will follow this up this post soon with some easy book making sites from your camera photos.

We  have photo books from every trip and vacation.


He was worth the wait – Des Plaines Newborn Photographer

I can’t think of any better way to celebrate your one week birthday. Mom and Dad sat back and watched their cute baby boy in awe as he slept peacefully and happily threw his newborn photo session.


Mom and Dad wanted to make sure to document the time, energy and love they put in waiting for this cutie to make their family three.


He is the start of something wonderful. Their world will never be the same as they watch it through the eyes of their baby.

Welcome to the world Baby E and welcome to the start of the most amazing part of your journey Mom and & Dad.

Chicago Skyline Engagement – Chicago Photographer

Kerri and Dave met in College. They grew up 6 hours apart from each other and their families still reside in their hometowns, which made it difficult to decide where to get married. They decided to compromise and found a gorgeous venue in the middle of their hometowns. Each family will be meeting halfway to spend the weekend together and watch these two tie the knot.

Because we will be in Iowa for the wedding, Kerri and Dave wanted to make sure their engagement images reflected the city of Chicago. What better way to do that then with the skyline.


I am looking forward to their fall wedding!

3 Month Milestone – Des Plaines Photography Studio

Today I got to meet this gorgeous baby girl.  We will get to know each other very well over the next year and I couldn’t be happier about it!

I get to meet with her every three months in my studio to document her milestones… holding her head up, sitting, standing and turning one! I hate to rush time by but I can’t wait to see her Baby’s first year album complete.

3 month portraits


Notice the smiles she gave away on her first session!! Can’t wait to see her at 6 months!

One Month Old Baby J – Des Plaines Studio

Baby Boy in the Studio at One Month old.

This little guy proves that it is ok to miss the standard newborn window of 7-12 days. For a variety of reasons, babies can’t always make it for a session between that time but Mom and Dad don’t want to wait for 3 or 6 months to document their new little angel. This time frame is just as important in their life. There are never any guarantees at any age that they will squish up and sleep angelically in any pose but after that early time frame of life it is more difficult. This little guy played for awhile and showed off some of his one month skills but he eventually couldn’t resist the comfy wrap and feel asleep for some sweet images.

Picking out her favorite images, Mom really loved the images with his eyes open and stretched out. It shows off his length and his beautiful eyes which are her favorite things to look at right now. Click here to see one of the collage frames his Mom choose for the hallway to his room.












Matted Linen Photo Album – Art Products

Technology comes and goes, but prints stand the test of time.

Prints are not lost on computers, phones or outdated digital storage.

This little guy will grow up with an album full of images from the first moments of his life.

Mom will show this album to guests who visit him during the first year.

At his first birthday Mom, Dad, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents will look through this together reminiscing about how little his toes were.

At the age of 3, he will climb up on Mom’s lap with the album and look through the images with her while she tells him about his first moments with her.

At 6 Mom will catch him looking through it by himself quietly.

At 16, the friends he brings over will pick it up and look through it saying how cute baby J was and making him blush while also feel important and loved.

Click here to see frames from Baby J’s Session and here for more images






One Month Baby Collage Frame – Art Product

It can be so hard to choose the images a client wants to look at every day. But we did it!

The top frame will hang in the hallway that leads to Baby J’s room. His parents plan to add to this as he grows but this will stand alone until his next session. We had to make sure the image would look well alone and would also allow accompanying images as time goes on.

Mom selected the large image in the collage because it shows off his length and his gorgeous eyes, the top image because of his eyes again, the middle because she will remember how peacefully he sleeps and the bottom because he gave us a little smile. How can you not walk by that every day and not smile yourself!

The bottom image of Baby J and his Mom will hang in her room and will allow her to see how he small he once was for years and years to come. I think that may be the image she cherishes the most in 20 years.