Category Archives: Families

The Ringer Family at Grant Forest Preserve in Round Lake Beach, Illinois. Katie and Tyler are two of the coolest people we know. They love books, music, and games, and they both serve at our church every week. And since their son, Stryder, and our son, Ezra, are only three months apart, they’ve become buds, teaching each other any useful (read: mischievous) skills they happen to learn. For instance, Ezra taught Stryder how to steal toys from other babies, and so Stryder taught Ezra how to climb our baby gate. Before we know it, they’ll be picking locks and hot-wiring cars!

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Thank you, Katie and Tyler, for hanging with me and my camera for a while and making me laugh the entire time. 🙂

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The Laib Family in Round Lake Beach, Illinois. There’s no way you can describe the Laib family without using the word love. David and I count ourselves so blessed just to know them (Justin is the pastor of our church — Heritage Church in Round Lake Beach). Their love for the community around them, their neighbors, their church family, and, of course, their kids spills out in abundance. Last week, I was lucky enough to get to spend some time at their house, where kisses, hugs, dance parties, and silly faces are the order of the day.

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Thank you to guys for having me, for allowing me to experience your family. We love you guys!

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The Brust Family Session at The Hollows Conservation Area in Crystal Lake, Illinois – When Jonathon said he was looking to do a family session trade with another photographer, we jumped on it! With Ezra about to have his first birthday, we knew we needed some shots of us all together that weren’t iPhone selfies. So we met up with the Brust family in Crystal Lake at The Hollows Conservation Area and spent some time exploring!

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This family was so easy to take photographs for, they’re so full of energy and life!

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We love the outfits they chose for their session.

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We always enjoy taking these overhead photos.

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Their daughter looked so cute with her flower wreath.

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Their boy had the same name as our son. And to be honest, we think he’ll have the same personality, too.

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For the short time we were with them, we could see what a loving dad he is.

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Their daughter was such an adventurer, always lagging behind to pick up rocks.

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We brought our son along to the session because Jonathan is a photographer, and took some family photos for us. Our son was obsessed with his wife and just wanted to be held by her.

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A tip for photographs. Side lighting can make photos like this more interesting.

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We love it when kids are themselves during a nice photo. 🙂

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We finished their family session down by the lake.

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There was no prompting necessary to get this family to be themselves.

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We’d never shot at the Hollows Conservation area before but we’d definitely like to go back.

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Piggy back rides are always awesome.

Guys, thank you so much for driving so far to meet with us and spend the evening tromping through fields and brush. It was such a pleasure to photograph you guys (and I hope your quest for frozen yogurt afterwards was successful)! 🙂

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Dubon Family in Naperville, Illinois. We try not to play favorites with our clients, but this is different. These guys, we’ve been with them from the beginning. From their engagement session to their wedding, through the arrivals of their two daughters and their move out of the city. We added it up and we’ve photographed them 11 times over the last 8 years! So when Meredith and Ulises wanted to do a family session on the Naperville Riverwalk, of course we were there!!!

It’s been amazing watching this family grow.

These guys are always fun to document.

This was the little one’s first session with us.

Their oldest daughter definitely wanted some attention.

Kids are fascinated by the simplest things. And we love that about them.

Ulises is an awesome dad to these two girls.

We can’t believe how old their daughter has gotten.

Kids are a lot of work (and we know). But it’s so worth it.

I don’t think their daughter will ever stop wanting to be thrown into the air.

We might have a new favorite baby to take photos of.

The Naperville Riverwalk is a beautiful location for photos.

It’s important to give families a break, but that doesn’t mean you should stop taking photos. 😀

What is it with kids and ducks? They always love them!

Documenting families is important to us. We know that in the years to come, these photos will mean so much to our clients.

We can’t wait to see you guys again.

Meredith, Ulises, Mercedes, and Carla Jean — We love you guys, and YES—w’re just going to say it—you’re our favorites. Thank you so much for trusting us with documenting your family. We can’t wait to see what’s next for you guys. 🙂

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