Engle Family 04.19.2015 {Elmhurst Family Photographer | La Grange Photographer}

I am *SO* happy this family found me! I have to give mad props to Mom and Dad and do not know how they do it…. 4 rambunctious boys ages 4 and under!!!! I’m tired just thinking about it!!! But they are the sweetest boys and so much fun, and I was able to double up my shoot as work + a workout!! 😉

We had the first signs of spring finally out, and so happy to be out shooting again! We were at one of my favorite forest preserves in the area, and they have some amazing hidden spots!

I was so excited to share with the gallery with mom. With kiddos that young, she was hoping for 1 or 2 family pics, 1 or 2 of the boys, hoping everyone was at least looking for one but didnt expect all smiling. And of course the ones of them interacting and having their fun… Welp…. KJ delivers and them some!!! 😉 We had over 100 images and I gave them a hard time picking! You can see, SOOO many below, and these are JUST the highlights!

And I have to share such a special email (well two!) from her after she saw her images: Email 1:
“AWESOME!! I love them so much. I can’t wait to show them to Ryan tonight. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!”
Email 2:
“Hi Kristin,

Sorry for the second email, but I just showed my husband the pictures. He told me, “These are the best pictures we’ve ever taken. I really like them. I like her too (meaning you). She must have cost a lot more than the other people we’ve used. I don’t care, though, because these are great pictures. I’m happy we did these with her.”

Just wanted you to know how pleased we are. Thank you for capturing this moment in time for us. As time passes, we will cherish them even more.

Have a good night!”

Seriously still makes my day every time I read it. I know dads aren’t always SUPER into photos, at least not as much as the moms usually are, so to have that really makes me SOOOO happy!! I love what I do, and THIS is why. Cannot wait to see them in the fall!!

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Baby Brooklyn 04.12.2015 {Chicago Newborn Photographer | La Grange Newborn Photographer}

Miss Brooklyn sure gave mom and dad a run for their money the night before our session!! She was up all night, but thankfully she was so great at sleeping for me, and we were able to get SO. MANY. GREAT. SHOTS!!! Super dreamy and loving, just the way I love it:)

Loved the setups we did: classic, simple, with a touch a girly 😉

Sorry for the overshare of images!! Well not sorry since they are beautfiful, but hey, these are just a handful of my faves!!! Enjoy!!

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Sacadat Family 04.01.2015 {Chicago Family Photographer | La Grange Baby Photographer}

I *LOVE* my winter sessions since they tend to be families I’ve watched grow over the years, and this family is a perfect example!! I met Levi, Mom and Dad when he was just 6 months, and have enjoyed every milestone since! And now little Nolan is 6 months!! After a few reschedules due to sickness and travel, we were able get out and play!

I got to play with my tilt shift lens and LOVED the results! It’s the “dreamy” looking sort of in focus, sort of out of focus images, and just reminded me how much I missed using this! So much fun, and chasing, and love, and giggles, and silly faces, all what I expect with this adorable family <3

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Baby Emmy 03.24.2015 {Chicago Newborn Photographer | La Grange Newborn Photographer}

Baby Emmy, O.M.G. you are oh.so.completely.adorable!!!!

Big sisters are such a help during newborn sessions, and they have that “mothering” instinct already, and Mia just wanted to take care of her baby sis to make sure she didn’t cry for me. And she was the best helper!!

I got to try some new props and setups, and really loved how we did more layered and covered nakey poses!! Something newer for me, and LOVING the layering, so you will see more of that moving forward!!

Amazing light throughout the house for some great lifestyle family shots, and lots of love felt in every image. SOOOOO excited to have them on the baby plan too, so more times to squeeze them this year!!!

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Grabowski Family 03.14.2015 {La Grange Family Photographer}

I cannot believe how much Caden has grown!!!

This little nugget is a ball of personality and cuddles, and I just loved this lifestyle family session! A lot of people ask me what “lifestyle” sessions include, and for me it’s just capturing a family around their own home, being themselves and telling the story of THIS family at THIS time. Usually it’s more interaction shots rather than posed smiles, but you al know me, I like to give both options.

They are so much fun and loved playing! We were even lucky enough for a random warm March day so snapped a few outside even though it was high noon and not ideal for outside shots, but when it’s nice out you go out!! Just find some shade and shoot away 😉

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Carpenter Family 03.07.2015 {Chicago Family Photographer | La Grange Photographer}

I love, love, LOVE this family! I have been able to photograph them a lot over the last few years, and it is always so much fun chasing the kiddos around! And SUPER pumped they will be living out this way so soon, but for now we had some fun at Navy Pier for our session!

The Crystal Gardens are so pretty and a great spot for light and color in our COLD Chicago months, and there are some amazing lights and hallways mixed in at the pier. It’s such a fun backdrop for session, and every once in a while us natives need a little touristy fix:)The kids were adorable, as always, and LOVED how many amazing images we got! Enjoy!!

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Matthew is ONE! 03.03.2015 {La Grange Family Photographer}

My littlest nephew turned 1 in March!!! He is JUST THE CUTEST and I am oh.so.excited for him and my little guy to get into trouble together as they grow up. And I am sure they will get into a ton of it since we already have our hands full!!

Mom did the cutest sock monkey party, so we had to get some pics for his invites, and of course capture the love they all have. So, so, sooooo lucky to have the best family in the world!!

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Celebrate Mom {La Grange Mothers Day Mini Sessions} posted on 4.16.2015

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Mom is the most important job I will ever have. And part of the fun of also being a photographer is being able to capture that special bond between mommy + kiddos at each and every session. {anyone who has had a shoot, you know these shots are always included!}

I love my kiddos dearly, and want to treasure these moments when they will still hug me and laugh at my silly jokes; where they cuddle in my arms, or just roll their eyes at me. And sadly, these little moments aren’t captured enough because we are usually the ones behind the camera snapping away.

I was inspired by a fellow photographer to “Make Mom Proud.” We are all guilty of putting something off until tomorrow {well I know I am!} but soon those baby curls will be gone, the toddler will be a big kid, or the big kid now has her own kids! Let’s not let another day pass without getting IN FRONT of the camera. Our kids cherish the time with us, and they want memories of when they were little. In their eyes, you are the most important person so I want to give you all a memory of how you are, at this time.

Soooo…. I am offering something short and sweet to capture those cuddles just before this Mother’s Day. A quick pop in and pop out for any mama:)

Celebrate Mom
itty bitty mini sessions

▪ For Moms and Their Kids
▪ 10 Minutes
▪ La Grange Studio {711 W. Hillgrove Ave.}
▪ 3 Images Included
▪ $99
▪ Saturday May 9th
▪ Tuesday May 12th
▪ 10am – 2pm

Book here: www.kristinjphoto.bigcartel.com

-If we have additional images, they may be purchased for a small fee
-Sorry no dads for this session as I want to focus purely on the motherly bond, but if you would like to include dad you are welcome to book a regular Mini or Full Session
-No more than two generations per time slot please, but I am happy to capture an older mother/children duo of course!
Images will be delivered within 2 weeks of the session

 

 

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Baby Carson 02.18.2015 {Chicago Newborn Photograher | La Grange Newborn Photographer}

Baby Carson was such a snuggly little guy! He was absolutely perfect for our session, and I LOVED incorporating heritage with the little flags mom and dad had! We has gorgeous light in their place, and were able to get so many wonderful images both posed and lifestyle. He was great at letting me get him into position, but also had some wonderful natural poses of his own. Just a future model in the making 😉

Enjoy some of my faves from this session, and just feel the love <3

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