Sunday, November 29, 2009

{Mia K}

Almost a year ago I took photos of oh so adorable Michael, and I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph his new baby sister Mia. She is 3 months old! She was such a dream to photograph, happy to endure our oohs and ahhs over her cotton candy pink-ness :) It was a nice sunshiney day, and light was flooding into the house which provided the perfect backdrop to capture this milestone age. Thank you again Amy & Matt!

Friday, November 27, 2009

{The McMillin Family } Chicago Family Photographer

Here's a quick sneak peak of sweet Reagan, beautiful little Jackson and parents :) You'd never know it from these photos, but rest assured even when one out of two kiddos isn't having the best day, there are always moments of calm within a storm! I was so lucky to have two very patient parents to help work with an out of sorts toddler all while keeping a baby so very happy. Happy 2nd Birthday Reagan!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

{Leyton D.}

The weather is a changing my friends :) People often overlook the beauty of outdoor portraits even after the leaves have long gone. Lucky for me, Leyton and his parents were up for the beach even with a cool November breeze! The skyline was foggy, but Leyton in all his one-year-old glory was a ball of sunshine, and an absolute dream to photograph. Thank you so much, Lyndsey & Brad, for venturing outside with me!


Most of the time when I'm at a photo shoot, I have a pretty good idea of the shots I've taken and the good ones I'm going to look for when I start editing. But every once in a while I'm surprised :) Capturing little moments like this - seeing the interaction between parent and child, a small glance and subtle smile, simply being able to see the love. *sigh* it makes my heart melt! This is why I am a photographer - I love preserving these moments and these memories!

Monday, November 23, 2009

{Holly B. & Family}

About a year ago I started this business and website. I gave away a gift certificate to encourage people to sign up for my email list, and Holly was the lucky winner! We decided to not only do family photos, but also incorporate my very first maternity session as well. I have to say, we had a LOT of fun, and it was so wonderful to be so very close to that beautiful belly!! Thank you to Jesse, Owen and Nana Beth who all came along for the session :) I love the images we captured!


These extra two are just some of the most hilarious ones I've encountered on a shoot. Owen apparently is working on his stand up skills, because he tells the most hilarious "Tomato!" or "Bunny Rabbit!". Its cute just hearing what he says, but even more adorable is his body language - just like a little comic! Check him out in action here!

Here, I was doing a couple very nice shots of just Holly and Jesse while Owen was off playing....and all the sudden he decided he wanted to be in the pic too! So he sauntered over and joined us :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

{Jack E.}

You might remember Jack's beautiful sister Lila from a few posts back :) He is such a sweet big brother! Jack was supposed to join us that day for his two year old photographs (he turned two the day after Lola was born in October), but he wasn't feeling very well, so this is Part Deaux of their photoshoot. Even though he wasn't the smiley-est of campers today, we got some great shots. He really was a joy to shoot and has SO much personality! Thanks again for bringing him over Katie :)

**side note** Jack's shirt was made by friend's company Sweet Ideas by Michele. She's got some great designs and can create whatever you'd like! Check out her website today :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

{And we're back!}

Hello Cyber Space!

The newest O'Brien addition, Lola, was born on October 2, 2009! She's a beautiful baby girl, and big brother Liam is genuinely enjoying her company :) Here are a few photos I snapped in the hospital (and one of me, snapped by my darling sister!).

Its been just over 6 weeks since we've welcomed Lola home, and I've got the green light from my doctor to jump back in the saddle and start taking photos again! I'm ready and raring to go :) Book your session for 2009, because 2010 is bringing big changes to Karin O'Brien Photography!