I have been photographing Little J since well, she was Super Little J.  I’ve received countless comments on one of my first photos of her, moms wanting me to duplicate the feeling of those toddler play time moments.  I’ve watched her brother, M, grow from just a wee one to the handsome little guy he is now.  I said in a prior post that I have been blessed with clients who understand that what I do is create timeless portraits for them to cherish long after their littles are grown and this family embodies that ideal.  I love that Becca saw this in me in my early years as a photographer and that she keeps coming back to have more of the same created for display in her home.  Thank you Becca and Craig for making me part of your extended family via my work.


LOVE this shot.




and a flashback for old times’ sake!


Told you she was Super Little J  🙂

and finally…


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I have been truly given the gift of an amazing client base.  Truly I am the luckiest photographer in the world to work with so many wonderful families.  Each of my clients has a truly special place in my heart and to me is part of my extended family – I watch their children grow up, I grow up with them.  It’s a pretty cool life I lead.

I’ve worked with this particular family several times now and every time I see them I always feel so warm and welcome in their home.  This past weekend I grappled with rain, dreary days and rescheduling but somehow the heavens parted and made this session happen for me.  For that I am grateful but I am even more grateful to them for allowing me into their world to capture some family images for them once again.  Thank you Erich & Kathryn for allowing me to be part of your family’s life!!

Enjoy your sneak peek!

south-elgin-child-photographerI don’t think I’ve met a set of brothers that so obviously loved each other like these two.  It was wonderful to see how much they enjoyed each other’s company!


This family image outside of their home was the FIRST shot that I fired once I got them set up.  My fellow photographers will enjoy that feat!  🙂

south-elgin-child-photosLittle brother is a handsome little dude!  Isn’t he?

chicago-suburban-on-location-photos-in-the-homeThank you for stopping in!

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  • Pamn - October 18, 2012 - 6:37 pm

    I would never have guessed you had weather issues, your lighting looks divine! What a precious family portrait – I can see the resemblances so clearly, and I love the closeness of them in it.

Late last week I met up with the K Family for a pretty amazing outdoor session.  Beautiful family + beautiful fall colors = beautiful photos.  Enjoy your sneak peek!!




I’m a huge fan and proponent of getting photos with your children.   HUGE.

Several points to drive that home.  One of my favorite people in the world, a client of mine from last year, told me that this video I posted of my fellow photographer and friend, Jen last year, reminded her the importance of having photos taken.  I took that comment to heart.  Unfortunately Jen passed away this past week from ovarian cancer, you may have read mention of it on my Facebook wall or maybe even on this blog last year.   I was friendly with Jen but not super close but as a fellow mom, as a human, as a photographer I watched her struggle with cancer and fight for her life as the life around her continued to live while she struggled with her own problems and relationships as she grappled with “Herm” (the not-so-loving term given to her ovarian tumor growth).    Jen is gone now but I hope her legacy continues, I hope her memory inspires other moms to take images with their children, make beautiful memories and inspires all of us to remember that each day is truly a gift.  Each day is marked by difficulty and inner (and outer) struggles but we should never forget the meaning of love nor kindness.

I’m going to once again share Jen’s video made at the time of her diagnosis.  I hope her family remembers her as she was in the midst of living (and not with the struggles of the past year).  Most of us need to be reminded that our legacy isn’t in things we leave behind but of the relationships, the honesty, the love and the life that we all lead while we LIVE.  Rest in peace Jen.  I think you succeeded in making some difference in this world.

We Won’t Be Defeated from Benjamin Edwards on Vimeo.

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I was so happy to work with Debra, Thad and beautiful E again last weekend.   Thank you so much for coming out to see me and get updated photos of your beautiful faces.  I love watching E grow and watch you both fall even more deeply in love with each passing year!


Love the light on her hair here.



Love this kid!  Love this family.  Thank you D Family for another gorgeous session together!

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I had the privilege of meeting and photographing this family a few years back when Rachel was pregnant with little G and their older daughter was about the same age as little G is now.  I was honored to photograph them again last week in the midst of a warm spell and during the beginning of the fall color change.  Thank you Rachel and Allan for allowing me to photograph your beautiful family once again.  Enjoy the sneak peek!!


I’m a big fan of these in between moments – as you probably already know.  Sweet sweet sisters!



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