In the Heat of Summer…Suburban Chicago Children’s Photographer

First, let’s go ahead and soundtrack this entry.   Ahhhh, English Beat today.  This song reminds me 100% of Gross Pointe Blank (and geez, it’s been 11 years since that movie?  oh gosh…where is time going…), I could’ve imbeded the You Tube clip of John Cusack’s character having that bloody fight in his highschool by his old locker but we’re family friendly here.  Instead you get a bit of 1980’sish video glamour:


Now that we have established a theme song for today’s entry let’s get onto the business of sneak peeks…

Jessica and her son K came out from Mokena for a Marmalade Location session a couple of weeks back and we ended up with a reschedule due to torrential downpours.  Buckets of water falling from the sky didn’t stop K though, nope, he had a grande time living it up in the world of wet….

Raindrops keep falling on my head...


Luckily the remainder of our session from earlier this week gave us much nicer weather to shoot in.  So what if it was a bit muggy, the forest was amazing with color.  We explored a bit, played with sticks and some of us even pretended to be a cat fish…

Here fishy fishy


…my fave images of all time typically include a mom and child.  Perhaps because I know (personal experience) that sometimes we, as moms, are often the last to be photographed…especially with our kids.  This is why I think the occasional family session is a GREAT thing, include mom in some pictures.  It’s only fair.

Mommy & Me


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  • PamN - July 18, 2008 - 4:35 am

    Oh, the one of the two of them is divine!

  • Sherri - July 18, 2008 - 6:42 am

    Oh!! That image of the boy with his cheeks is priceless and either 1) so the age or 2) so him! I love that.

    Then, you were able to capture the LOVE and CONNECTION with his Mom. Now THAT is what being a great Photographer for your clients is ALL ABOUT!

  • CarmenM - July 18, 2008 - 11:18 am

    The mom shot is beautiful. I 100% agree about mom’s being last to be photographed. I have to get some done of myself and my family.

  • Frank Panaro Photography - July 18, 2008 - 1:39 pm

    Way to make the best of the situation! I think the rain photos turned out just great!

  • elizabeth - July 18, 2008 - 6:04 pm

    LOVE Grosse Point Blank.. ( ok I will admit it I love pretty much anything John Cusak is in who doesnt love a guy who loves the clash.. ) and the English Beat.. Love them too.. ahhh the good ol’ days.. sure miss them. what a great session too this little boy is adorable

  • MaryAnn T - July 18, 2008 - 9:18 pm

    Mare, as usual, I am blown away by that Mom and child portrait!

  • Heather Gibb - July 19, 2008 - 9:10 am

    Love, love, love the umbrella shot! Way to be brave and face the rain! The shot of mom and son are priceless!

  • Paula - July 19, 2008 - 3:27 pm

    dang. i have to read your blog to find out what is going on with you these days. i feel so out of touch since you left for vacation!! ((((((((((hugs!))))))))))) 😈 😈 😈

  • Danna Bowes - July 20, 2008 - 12:51 am

    ack!!! that 2nd image just kills me!! seriously I am laughing at that expression…..he is so so sweet. LOL the one with mom is so touching, and makes me tear up just a little….it really makes me really ache for my son who is away right now visiting relatives, how I wish I could hug him like that right this second, and it really makes me realize more than ever how important it is to have someone capture such moments as these.

  • Connie - July 20, 2008 - 10:22 pm

    Oh I love the mother/son moment and completely agree with you that it is so important and valuable to capture these images. Beautiful.

  • Amy - July 24, 2008 - 6:07 pm

    Oh I just love that last one with his momma…..sooooo sweet 🙂

    BTW- HUGE John Cusack fan – so that made me smile 🙂

  • Lisa - July 25, 2008 - 1:05 pm

    Wow, these are just gorgeous!! Kids won’t melt in the rain like us adults hehehe 🙂 Beautiful as usual!

  • Teri Mason - July 25, 2008 - 2:15 pm

    Love the umbrella shot!! Great color!

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