This post usually comes out around Valentine’s Day (lots ‘o love in here) and even though the 14th has come and gone, this post is still worth posting!  I blame the gorgeous weather for my not wanting to work quietly at the computer.  Can you blame me?  😉

Another year of amazing days, and a photo for each!  What happy memories captured in 2016, and I have all of you to thank!  Thank you for trusting me with your milestones, with the memory of those you waited for and welcomed into the world, the day you said ‘I do’, that time you knelt and she said YES, when you wrapped up high school & plunged into adult life, he took his first steps, you celebrated fifty years, and she went off to preschool.  🙂  It’s worth remembering, and it all goes so fast!

Good thing I don’t have to pick “Best of” this year.  That’s up to you!  I had a hard enough time choosing a photo or two from each shoot.  Yikes!  Although I don’t feel my strength as a photographer lies in a single frame from a shoot, but rather in the collection of images that tell a story, these images were most popular in Facebook sneak peeks or simply pulled at my heart, would make a great canvass, and made the cut.  Here’s where you come in:



To vote:  


2-LIKE THIS BLOG POST (veeery bottom, left)

3-COPY AND PASTE  the number/title of  the image that gets your vote into a COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST*


Voting closes Monday, February 27th at 11:59pm.  The image with the most votes wins.  One vote per person please, I can tell these things, people.  🙂  The winner of a beautiful 18×24 gallery wrapped canvas will be announced Tuesday, February 28th.  Grab a pen, jot down your favs, vote & spread the word!  ENJOY.

*If  there are multiple images from your session make sure to specify which image you want friends/family to vote for so your votes are not split up.  Remember, the image with the most votes wins!  Simple.  

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1. Abby & Peter- woodsy engagement

2. Allison- sun flare mother-to-be

3. Amy & Jason- waiting for little man #2

4. Relaxing with Dad

5. Mom & Dad Admiring Baby Cameron

6. Baby T & a Proud Big Brother

7. Dad & Baby Calvin

8. Katie & a good hug from her boys

9. Brianna Class of 2017

10. Wendy & Vineet’s University of Chicago Engagement

11. A good book after bath

12. Little chick waking up with mom

13. Skaife family at the beach

14. Remy is six months

15. Sleepy Baby Emma

16. Happy Birthday Isla!

17. Snuggles from Dad

18. Meagan & LeShawn- New Year’s Eve Wedding

19. Welcome Home Baby K

20. Baby Carlo & Mama

21. Mom, Dad & Baby Jack

22. Raasch family – grins all around!

23. Rachel- waiting for Baby S

24. K&D crossing the street

25. K&D at the end of the aisle

26. Sleepy Baby Jack

27. Curls for Days

28. Hazel & Mommy

29. Baby Cole- the view from up here

30. Dresden & Filip – in this together

31. Dresden rocking the bump!

32. Emily Class of 2017

33. Wong family- group hug

34. Happy Birthday Emalynn!

35. Hendricks Family B&W Stroll

36. Hendricks Family- just like big brother

37.  Ansel & Mama

38. Rachel & Nate in the pumpkin patch

40. Baby Odin in the leaves

41. Gloria & Daddy

42. Tiny fingers

43. Hannah & Jacob- just married

44. Martha & Jeremy, lifestyle engagement

45. Mom & Soren- going in for a hug

46.  Kaitlin & Zach play the shoe game

47. Mrs. Gregerson & her bouquet

48. Caitlin Class of 2017

49. Kate- urban maternity session

50. K&D- walk in the park

51.  K&D- her favorite place to be

52. Andrew & Linnea at the theatre

53. Livia- mother to be portrait

54. Megan & Steve at the bowling alley

55. Aunties are the best

54. Nguyen Family- portrait

55.  Oscar has some cake

56. Christina & Brad- B&W kiss

57. Woody Family- portrait

58. The Timm brothers & their ‘capes’

59. Greg & Jessie sharing a laugh

60.  Tanusha- wedding day portrait

61.  Kaitlyn & Nathan just married

62. Keyur & Family during the baarat

63. L Family – casual portrait

64. Liz & Jesse during golden hour

65. Remy woodsy nine-month session

66. Dan & Sarah proposal

67. Dan & Sarah’s St. John’s Military Academy Engagement

68. G&J- Groom portrait

69. Daddy’s girl

70. The T Twins’ Villa Terrace Family Session

71. Teddy Class of 2017

72. The smiley Spenner Fam

73.  Tanusha & Durgaprasad’s Traditional Hindu Ceremony

74. Mom & Vivi

75.  Baby Barry- meeting Grandma & Grandpa

76. Candice & Charlotte -the beauty of motherhood

77.  Sleepy Baby Iven

78. Dresden and Iven- Streeeeeetch!

79. Daddy & AJ sitting on the bridge

80.  John & Naomi- he’s still got it!

81. Sara- mother to be

82. Remy is One!

83. Rachel & Nathan Terrace Walk

84.  Linnea & Andrew- the gang’s all here!

85. Kelsey & Blake just married

86. Linnea & Andrew- at the end of the aisle

87. Kelsey and Blake “I do”

88. Jeremy & Martha walking through the pumpkin patch

89. Father of three!

90. Jeremy & Martha- good laugh

91. Alex & Katie- casual wedding party portrait

92. Baby Lydia and her sisters

93. Liz- mother to be

94. Erin, Peter & Hannah- urban family session

95.  Jess, Daniel & Sky at the park

96. Brothers skipping rocks

97. Proud big brother Cody

98. Baby Ryder, Welcome

99. JP Class of 2017

100. Hanson Family in Third Ward

101.  Jonathan Class of 2017

102. Dubner Family casual portrait

103.  Scott & Jen

104. Mommy & Sky- “ticko ticko!”

105.  Erin, Peter & Baby J

106. Hannah Class of 2017

107. Ricky & Monica walking in the woods

108. Miles on the Move

109.  Ehmet throwing leaves

110. Looking out for the little guy

111. Daddy’s girl- Baby Vita

112. Ellen & John- wintry hug

113. Monica- getting ready at home

114, Baby P- not a care in the world

115. The three musketeers!

116. Personal Travel- first time in the ocean

117.  Alex & Katie wedding day on the river

118. Abby & Grandma, receiving line

119. Adam Class of 2017

120. Abby & Peter, just married

121. Remy & Mama, lifestyle portrait

122. Kaitlyn & Nathan- B&W kiss

123. Abby & Peter, the ‘whole family’ casual portrait

124. So happy to be the Boohers

125. Keyur & Aparna- blessing by the elders

126. Bradley & Christina walking in Third Ward

127. The men in Lindsi’s life!

128. Happy 35 Years

129. Jeremy & Martha- farmer’s market portrait

130.  Liz & Jesse, wedding silhouette

131.  Trevor & Lindsey, happy anniversary!

132. Hannah getting ready for her wedding

133.  The Trau Sisters


Whew!  Remember here’s how to vote:


2-LIKE THIS BLOG POST  (bottom, left)

3-COPY AND PASTE  the number/title of  the image that gets your vote into a COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST


Happy voting (who doesn’t need a free canvas?!) and good luck!





  • February 23, 2017 - 7:19 pm

    Allie Valenzuela - 65-Remy woodsy 9 month session! This was so much fun ?ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 7:23 pm

    Jamie - 89 father of 3ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 7:29 pm

    Teresa klockow - 65 Remy woodsy 9 month sessionReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 7:38 pm

    Pamela Hodermann - 65. Remy woodsy nine-month sessionReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 7:38 pm

    Carlos - 65 Remy woodsy 9 month sessionReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 7:39 pm

    Pamela Hodermann - 65. Remy woodsy nine-month session

    and no this is not a duplicateReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 7:42 pm

    Hannah Zhang - As much as I loved our wedding ones…55. Oscar has some cake.
    WHAT A CLASSIC.ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 7:47 pm

    Karin schei - 65. Remy woodsy nine-month sessionReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 7:59 pm

    Kate Kiel - 40. Baby Odin in the leavesReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 8:14 pm

    Amanda - 86. Linnea & Andrew- at the end of the aisleReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 8:21 pm

    Kaitlin - 1. Abby & Peter – woodsy engagementReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 8:24 pm

    Heather Skrepenski - Baby Odin in the leavesReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 8:40 pm

    Joyce - 40. Baby Odin in the leavesReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 8:46 pm

    Kaylee Mattek - 22. Raasch family – grins all around!ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 9:30 pm

    Megs - Remy woodsy nine-month sessionReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 9:35 pm

    Megan - 65. Remy woodsy nine-month sessionReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 3:28 am

    Britten Brenner stenson - 123. Abby & Peter, the ‘whole family’ casual portraitReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 6:10 am

    Michelle De luca - 65. Remy woodsy nine-month session.ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 7:26 am

    Hillary - 40. Baby Odin in the leavesReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 7:32 am

    Daniel Featherstone - 104 ticko tickoReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 10:46 am

    Heidi Galloway - 65. Remy woodsy nine-month sessionReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 11:37 am

    Abigail Volberding - 1. Abby & Peter-Woodsy Engagement. Loved that whole day!!ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 2:06 pm

    April Marquardt - 84. Linnea & Andrew- the gang’s all here!ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 6:48 pm

    Dave P - 55. Excellent capture.ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 7:06 pm

    Amanda Sebald - #61 Kaitlyn and Nathan!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 8:40 pm

    Patti Simms - 65. Remy woodsy nine-month sessionReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 9:10 pm

    Kelsey Gleason - 85 Kelsey and Blake just married 🙂 loved scrolling through a year in Sarah’s camera!!ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2017 - 9:12 pm

    Izzi Tritz - 85. Kelsey & Blake just marriedReplyCancel

  • February 25, 2017 - 10:36 am

    Blake Gleason - 85. Kelsey & Blake just marriedReplyCancel

  • February 25, 2017 - 3:50 pm

    Krystine Lindemann - #25 K&D Crossing the street

    PS we want one of these no matter what! ??ReplyCancel

In honor of this little man’s second birthday, here are some photos from his lifestyle one year session.  When you have a toddler days go by so fast– everyday moments at one stage are replaced by new ones before you know it.  Oscar is busy, curious, loves Mom & Dad, being tossed in the air and from the looks of it chocolate cake.  🙂 Ben and Renee, we are blessed to have you and this spunky birthday boy in our lives!  Thanks for letting me capture your joy and this milestone, at home.


It’s hard to believe Megan and Steve’s wedding is coming up in two short weeks!  Their colorful, whimsical, DIY event will be anything but cookie cutter, features a shared love of gaming, and will be just as personalized as this e-session.  Check out that vintage Super Mario Brother tee, and Doctor Who wedding band!

We started at the bowling alley where a first date obviously went well :), and got permission to wander around Megan’s al ma mater, Alverno College.  Megan and Steve you are such a unique and genuine couple; a perfect match!  Thank you for being yourselves; I loved capturing the joy you find in each other.



It’s always special to be invited to capture a new baby’s first few days at home.  Baby Owen is surrounded by love; Sarah & David are pretty awesome and as fun as it was to document their love for each other ( last year, it was almost sweeter to capture them as parents smitten with their new little boy.  Sarah, you are glowing with this babe finally in your arms!  Those forehead wrinkles and tiny fingers and toes… he’s just as photogenic as you are.  🙂


After a tough introduction to this world, Mr. O we are glad to see you snuggled safely at home.  May your mom always look at you with such adoration, and your Dad teach you the art of cracking her up and his love of practical jokes.  Blessings to you all, Proeber family!  Congratulations.


Aparna & Keyur planned an elaborate, traditional wedding for family and friends from around the world, and we were honored to capture it!  Aparna’s care & attention to detail extended into the preceding ceremonies as well the wedding itself, at Discovery World on the lakefront.

This Indian wedding was a full weekend affair, and Sunday’s events kicked off with a Baraat along the jetty of white rocks.  Though all the views were spectacular, Keyur in his finery stole the show (on horseback), as Aparna watched from her getting-ready room.  Traditionally the groom would process with his family all the way to the bride’s home, where he was greeted by her parents/relatives.   The tunes were rocking while everyone on the groom’s side danced their way to meet Aparna’s  family at Discovery World and present Keyur for marriage.



A colorful Hindu ceremony, full of traditional rituals, followed the Baraat.  Aparna & Keyur wrote and added their own vows, before taking the ‘seven steps’ around the fire together to officially become husband and wife.  One of my favorite parts of the day was the couple kneeling and being blessed by their elders; it’s easy to see how much these two respect and love their families.


After a quick bite (best Indian catering I’ve had, ever!) and a short break, it was time for a black tie, more Western reception.  Aparna & Keyur thoughtfully infused bits of their history as a couple into the table names, and the floral centerpieces were absolutely gorgeous!  Speeches are usually given by the people who know you best, and reveal much of the couple’s character.  No surprise: Aparna & Keyur are every bit as intelligent and generous in spirit as they seem upon introduction.  Not only friends of the couple spoke, but also both sets of parents– a cool tradition since the wedding is a crowning day of sorts for parents too!  As if we hadn’t enjoyed enough beauty for one day, the weather was mild, and there was a full moon over Lake Michigan while the dance floor filled up.  Keyur was out there not hindered one bit by that tux, cutting a rug with the best of them. 🙂


Keyur & Aparna, I know I didn’t look forward to this day nearly as long as you two, but from the moment you booked I could tell your wedding would be memorable and grand.  Thank you for allowing me to be part of it!  You and your parents poured your hearts into this celebration, making even the less pivotal moments beautiful.  There was so much to capture, so much laughter and joy; the hours flew by!  Best wishes for a happy life spent (finally) in the same state, serving others and each other with your many gifts.  Congrats!


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