"We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun." - A.A. Milne
When you have little ones, life is all about finding the joy in the chaos. In the busy blur of daily life, it’s so important to create moments to pause and appreciate your children at every age and stage. To capture the extra-long hugs, the giggles, and the sweet gestures that only exist for a season before evolving into something new. In your family session, we’ll create those moments naturally! As a Chicago family photographer, I know where and how to create this experience for you. The beauty is that you get to simply enjoy the moment, creating a gorgeous collection of memories that will never be forgotten.
Family sessions that capture love in action
“Almost a year later, our toddler still talks about Abbie. She got down on his level and introduced herself. She’s a very warm person and he just gravitated."
Your experience begins with our first conversation. I’ve learned that the best sessions where we’ve taken the time to get to know each other and talked through locations, expectations, and scenarios. In a 20-minute phone call, let’s dream up your ideal session together. Prefer to plan your session via e-mail? No problem, just let me know!
Ready to make things official? I’ll send over a contract and invoice. Once you’ve signed and paid the initial session fee, your date is locked in and it's time to start planning your session!
You’re not alone in making styling decisions for your family! If
coordinating outfits stresses you out, please know that I offer an extensive style guide with helpful tips and a client closet with borrowable dresses for pregnant mamas, babies, and young children. Feel free to send me photos of what you’re putting together!
During the photo session, your job is simply to relax and be present with your partner and your sweet family. Let's add some more detail here.
About three weeks after your session, we'll meet in person or online. I’ll send a gorgeous digital slideshow from which you’ll select your final choices. Have some tissues on hand because these photos will melt your heart!
Each collection includes digital files plus print credit to purchase
heirloom products such as albums, heirloom glass photo boxes, or luxury framed artwork. It's my mission to put finished artwork in your hands and prevent your beautiful portraits from becoming digital clutter.
Of course there will be days when the kids throw Goldfish at you, refuse to nap, or throw a tantrum. But from the moment you arrive, your family session will feel like a mini-vacation from the day-to-day—and a reminder of the love that binds you together. From your outfits to your location to the moods of each child, I’ll manage it all (as a longtime Chicago family photographer, I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve!). The only thing left for you to do is relax into sweet interactions with your family–playing, cuddling, walking together. I’ll capture the split-second looks of wonder, love, and sweetness between siblings and parents that are sometimes impossible to see in real-time. When you feel comfortable, proud, and beautiful—your whole family will be smiling and looking their best too. I’ll help you capture the magic while they’re still so adorably small!
"Abbie is a true artist! She is the master of light and airy. she puts her all into each and every session and goes above and beyond with her styling and locations. She is incredibly creative and easy to work with. she has an amazing eye for capturing families in the most ethereal way. we will definitely be working with her in the future!"
I take great care when selecting locations for your session. When I choose a location I consider the season, time of day, parking, and more. I'm proud to have locations all over Chicagoland including: Schaumburg, Naperville, Wheaton, Bartlett, and Barrington. I'm also delighted to offer sessions at The Morton Arboretum, of which I'm a member, for an additional location fee. In-home sessions are a wonderful option for portraits any time of year.
Once we begin planning your session, we will discuss time of day and which locations are closest to you. The most important thing is to choose where you're going to have dessert after our time together!
It's no secret, I love beautiful dresses. However, the reason why might surprise you! Flowing dresses add movement, light, and softness to your photos. They help to tell the story in your portraits and are as functional as they are pretty. Simple is the name of the game while we plan your session and nothing elaborate needs to be purchased. I'm proud to offer a client closet of ladies dresses that you may borrow for your session.
Once you book with me, I will send over a style guide full of ideas for the whole family. I include a list of local boutiques and salons that will ensure you and your family are taken care of and looking your best!
The sooner the better! My weekends tend to fill up pretty quickly - especially during the spring and fall, so the sooner you reach out to me, the more likely you are to get your desired date!
To reserve your date, I'll need a contract as well as a deposit. And if something comes up and you need to change your date, just let me know.
No one wants to get dressed up just to stand in the rain. If it looks like it's going to rain, snow, hail or some other weather catastrophe, I'll be in touch via email or phone to reschedule. Rarely, if it's not raining, but it's too overcast outside, we will find another date.
For the love of all things beautiful, please don't print your photos at pharmacies or big box stores. The quality of printed products from these companies is often disappointing. What's worse is that I'm unable to advocate on your behalf should something go wrong with your order.
I'm proud to offer prints, canvases, framed art, and albums which you can purchase directly from your online gallery. All of my printed products are produced by professional print labs and the quality and attention to detail is incredible. I also understand the desire to have digital files of your images. Easy to follow full-resolution downloads and printing rights are included with your gallery.