I’m so excited to offer something new this fall: Lifestyle Mini Sessions! What is a “lifestyle” session? It’s not the traditional, “everyone pose and look at the camera” set of images. Lifestyle sessions are about interaction and connection. You’ll be guided through the session by me as you play, interact, laugh and engage with each other, capturing your family’s unique relationships and showing the love you share and the fun you have together. We will capture one or two “posed” photos but the rest of the session will be spent having fun! See the photos below for examples of Lifestyle images. Click on any image to open a full-size slideshow.

Sessions will take place in the EVENING on FRIDAY, SEPT. 6 AND SATURDAY, SEPT. 7

What’s Included:

*A 30-minute session at the beautiful Wadewitz Nature Center in Waterford

*An interactive session guided by Kelly where we will capture special moments of your family engaged with each other

*12-15 final, edited images uploaded to Dropbox (creating a Dropbox account is free; if you prefer your images on a flash drive, one can be provided for an additional $10 fee)


*A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required to secure your spot; Balance due at the time of the session

*Families of 7 or less people only and no infants under four months of age please

*Couples and/or a single or couple with a dog are also welcome to book one of these lifestyle mini sessions (No dogs if you are bringing a family, please. I want to be able to focus on the human interactions in a full family group. Dogs are welcome at a Signature Session.)



Family MINI Sessions are not offered year-round and are only available

through these special events.

Important: If you’re looking for traditional family photos (which are always wonderful to have!), you may prefer booking a Signature Session which are available year-round and include some lifestyle-type interactions but also many posed photos of the family and individual members. I want to be sure we are on the same page regarding what is included with a Lifestyle Mini Session so please feel free to ask me any questions before choosing to book one of these sessions!


Sarah: High School Senior

This was a special session for me. I’ve been part of an amazing online group of moms from all over the US and beyond since I was pregnant with my youngest, 18 years ago. I’ve met several of these moms in person over the years. I was going to be in Chicago for a day and I mentioned this to the moms group since we have a few moms in Illinois and asked if anyone would want to do a senior photo session while I was there. The timing worked for Melissa and her daughter, Sarah, and I was so thrilled to be able to meet them in person and do a mini session right in downtown Chicago for them! So much fun! Here’s a sneak peek from this unique session location near the Shedd Aquarium!

Ryan: High School Senior

Ryan is such a great young man! He also happens to be my neighbor and I’ve known him and his family for five years so it was truly a pleasure to capture this milestone for them. Ryan chose a mini session and we used a beautiful spot right in our neighborhood. Here are some highlights from our session.

Lauren: High School Senior

Lauren is part of a family I have worked with many times and I just adore them. She picked a beautiful spot for her senior session, the lovely Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners. If you love floral backgrounds as well as some water features and some other interesting permanent backdrop options, this is a great choice. We were dealing with a possible threat of rain that day (which we were fortunate to avoid) but I brought along an umbrella just in case and we ended up incorporating it into some of Lauren’s photos with fun results! Lauren is such a polite, hard-working and motivated young lady with a beautiful smile. We had a great time doing her session! (Click any image for a full-size slideshow.)

Noah: High School Senior

Noah and I had a great senior session! He has a passion for theater and performing and it was fun to do some shots at the Malt House Theater in Burlington where he has had some great experiences. When we did his session, Noah was about to depart for an intensive theater summer camp and his enthusiasm was contagious. Here’s a sampling of some of the photos from Noah’s session. (Click on any image to view a full-size slideshow.)

Kylee: High School Senior

In early June, Kylee was my first high school senior session for the Class of 2020 and she definitely showed up ready for a great session! I get so energized during the high school senior season. These young people are so excited about their senior year and their plans for the future, which suddenly doesn’t feel so far away anymore! I love capturing that energy and their unique personalities during our session. This is just a sampling of the over 40 images Kylee will receive from her session. Thank you, Kylee! I hope you have a fantastic senior year! (Click any image for a full-size slideshow)