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Children & Family Photographer based in Downers Grove, serving Chicago & Suburbs

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I get to do what I love for a living, plain and simple. I also have a ton of tattoos and do not believe that how people decide to express themselves is an indication of their souls {so no judgey/rude people allowed around here}. My music and my personality are loud, I am sarcastic but love fiercely. I am outdoorsy and love to get into the mountains as much as possible. I was a 90's kid {best generation} so if you know you know... Work hard, play harder.

I’m quite down to earth and sarcastic. I love random chats about life, traveling and talking about our lives. When we meet, I can promise you 2 things - laughs till your stomach hurts as well as beautiful photo memories that we’ll create together. Let's get this party started!

Tips when choosing your photographer

I. Where should you start?

When selecting a professional photographer, prioritize easy communication and shared vibes. Ensure they're accessible and running a legitimate business because your time is valuable. If an offer seems too good to be true, it likely is.

III. How long will you wait to view and receive your gallery?

It's common for photographers to take 4-6 weeks for you to receive your full gallery.

For me, it's within 2-3 weeks, but usually even sooner.

V. Are they in your budget?

I price myself to reflect my experience and quality, while also remaining affordable in our area and ensuring a living wage. We all need that, right? While there may be other photographers who are cheaper, I firmly believe you get what you pay for. With years {over 18 to be exact without aging myself lol} of education and experience, I'm confident in what I offer to each and every one of my clients

II. Do they have a large, diverse clientele?

Are they primarily showcasing their own children, repeating the same clients, and displaying old sessions without demonstrating versatility with a variety of kids?

With me? Not at all! I adore children of all ages and abilities, working with over 350 families annually – no exaggeration! You'll often find me exploring forest preserves every day from May through November.

IV. Do they have a lot of repeat clients?

You can review portfolios and social media to gauge if work is being recycled or if they're primarily photographing friends or other photographers without showcasing new client work.

I have a ton of client work! Check out my testimonials on Google for a good representation of what to expect when working with me.

VI. Are they insured and do they provide a contract for your session?

This is a no brainer when working with any professional photographer. And is absolutely necessary! Protecting my clients and myself is paramount. It's usually evident if a photographer avoids locations that require proof of insurance for permits. Unfortunately, there are many in our industry who aren't properly set up as legal businesses or insured

Areas served but not limited to:


Chicago, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, La Grange, Western Springs, Clarendon Hills, Naperville, Evanston, Oak Park, River Forest, Lisle, La Grange Park, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lake Forest, Riverside, Willowbrook, Indian Head Park, Burr Ridge, Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Woodridge, Lemont, Westmont, Warrenville, Winfield, Geneva, St Charles, Batavia, Darien, Lombard, Plainfield, Sugar Grove

I want to keep it simple for you, so for most sessions there are no travel fees. Travel fees are as follows: total round trip mileage times 1.2 from anything over 10 miles from 60516 and will be added to your session invoice. If your session requires us to travel to a destination, please inquire for travel fee structure.


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