I capture the calm & the crazy

Maybe your idea of family photos is sitting and looking at the camera for an hour with a painted on smile while scolding your children through clenched teeth to look and smile with their “real smile”…sound familiar? It doesn’t have to be that way – trust me. I want you to throw out all of your preconceived notions on what family photos are all about and we’ll get to capturing your family without all the awkwardness and stress.  I capture the little moments, the laughs, the smiles, the tears, the serious, the calm, the crazy – I love it all. Whether we’re at the lake in Evanston, walking the streets of your Chicago neighborhood, wandering down the trails through the prairie reserve in Morton Grove, warm and cozy in the comfort of your home, or exploring a place that’s meaningful to your family – I am happy in whatever location makes you happy. Life changes so quickly, kids get older, circumstances change, the weeks turn into YEARS and all of sudden, you’re in your mid 30s thinking, WOW, it’s true what they say – this is going WAY too fast…    I wish I could slow it down. Well you can, you can freeze it and I can help you!

HELLO!

I’m Kelly, I make weird faces, I like sarcasm, laughing and crazy children. I also enjoy the quiet moments, the deep breaths, the wonder and awe of a beautiful landscape. I have two little girls, one baby boy, a manly man husband and a giant extended family who I see frequently for weekly Friday hangs and Sunday brunch after church. I have four siblings, we’re super close, even my sister who lives on a farm in North Carolina can be seen on the tiny screen of my phone throughout the week as we’re on google hangouts all. the. time. I love good BBQ, like Smoque in Chicago and Beast Craft in St. Louis an anything my husband cooks up or throws in the smoker or on the grill pretty much blows everything else out of the water.  I’m a seasonal beer drinker, porters and stouts in the winter and IPAs in the summertime. I love photography (obviously) and I take A LOT of pictures of my kiddos cause life is a blink and I want to remember it all.