Category Archives: Families

Round Lake Beach Family Session

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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Crystal Lake Family Session

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!

Crystal Lake Family Photos

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

Crystal Lake Family Photos

We love the outfits they chose for their session.

Crystal Lake Family Photos

We always enjoy taking these overhead photos.

Crystal Lake Family Photos

Their daughter looked so cute with her flower wreath.

Crystal Lake Family Photos

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

Crystal Lake Family Photos

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

Crystal Lake Family Photos

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

Crystal Lake Family Photos

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.

Crystal Lake Family Photos

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

Crystal Lake Family Photos

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

Crystal Lake Family Photos

We finished their family session down by the lake.

Crystal Lake Family Photos

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

Crystal Lake Family Photos

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

Crystal Lake Family Photos

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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Chicago Family Session | Lauren and Chris

Lauren and Chris | Family Home | Chicago, Illinois | Post by Cathy • It is so amazing every time we get to catch up with a past wedding couple and see how their married life is going. With Lauren and Chris (see their Allerton Hotel wedding here), hearing about how things are going for them right now felt a little familiar. Two months ago, they celebrated the birth of their first child, Charles. And seeing them with their tiny kiddo reminded me of things I’d already forgotten about life with a newborn (like those little newborn puppy noises!).

Their son is stinking adorable, and with those full lips, that blonde hair, he is definitely going to be fighting off the ladies some day. It was so fun to spend some time hanging out at the Janner household (including their two pups Betsy and Luke). Can’t wait to see how they grow and change together!

Much Love,
Cathy and David

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Fox Lake Family Session | Abbie and Scott

Abbie and Scott | Grant Woods Forest Preserve | Long Lake, near Fox Lake, Illinois • Abbie and Scott booked us after hearing about our work through their friends, Meredith and Ulises (whose gorgeous faces grace our blog regularly—be sure to check out their recent Naperville family session). In honor of their daughter Vivian’s second birthday coming up as well as their second child on the way, they figured it was the perfect time for some photos.

Oh my goodness. Never before have I seen such cuteness. Well, except for our son Ezra, of course, who takes the cuteness cake ( check out our endless stream of instagrammed baby photos here and here). Vivian is SO stinking adorable and has so much energy. From the second they arrived, she was jumping, running, and grinning ear to ear with excitement over “her photoshoot.” Everywhere we went—around the pond, across the bridge, chasing the geese—Vivian was ready to move on as soon as she got there. She wanted to see and do it all. 🙂

My favorite thing of all was that Vivian barely paid attention to my camera. She just wanted to have fun with her mom and dad and enjoy herself, which made documenting their time at the park so fun and easy.

Much Love,
Cathy and David

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