Having a baby?

Having a baby is such a wonderful time. I love getting to spend time with new parents and get to hear their stories. So much love and such a truly important time in their lives. Such an honor and privilege to be able to share in such a special time. This particular family was no exception. The joy in their love is clear and the excitement about their new arrival was contagious.

Hope you enjoy these sneak peeks.

Flashes of Hope – Chicago

I am honored to say I am a photographer with Flashes Of Hope Chicago.

Here’s my story…2 and 1/2 years ago my friend lost her child to cancer on August 6, 2010. We took some portraits of her in her last few days and this tiny little girl taught me even in those last hours she was filled with love, strength, courage, and life. No one is ever ready for their child to leave. The heartbreaking days that followed with forever be a part of me. The love, strength and courage her mother and family have inspired me to reach out and see how I could do something with a group for other families. I reached out to some local Cancer programs to see how I could help. I don’t know how I was finally connected to Flashes of Hope but I spoke to the area director, Carrie Gowens (http://www.flashesofhope.org/chapters/Chicago/director/27) and felt like I was talking to an old friend. Carrie and I talked every few months and I secretly hoped the group would eventually get some suburban locations so I could participate. Back in November 2012 CDH hospital had the first session I participated in and I am happy to say I am a Flashes Of Hope Chicago Photographer.

It is a privilege and an honor to photograph these children and families. I know from my good friend how much these images mean to her and hope that you can share this post with people you love and spread the word about this amazing program.

Here is the local website for Flashes Of Hope: http://www.flashesofhope.org/chapters/Chicago

Here is the local kiddo’s: http://www.flashesofhope.org/chapters/Chicago/photos

I am honored to be a part of this amazing group of people – I am humbled by the families who are battling these horrible diseases – I giggle when the kids smile and I cry with the families when they see the beauty I get to see through my lens. Thank you so much for letting me do this and thank you for reading this today.


Benny the Bull is my <3 HERO <3

Ok – really the teachers at Clow Elementary in Naperville are the real heroes –
The PTA President asked if we could photograph an assembly the Chicago BULLS did for the school – we had to wait a few days to make sure the images were “OK” to publish – so here they are…

Indian Prarie School district 204 ROCKS…
Our Principal, Mrs. Nowak is just amazing – one of our parents contacted the BULLS organization and was able to secure our school as one of the schools that the Chicago Bulls visited for this program.

What an amazing group of people that Bulls organization is…

Each classroom was buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm as the members of the Bulls organization talked to the children about their philosophy – Can you guess what B.U.L.L.S. stands for in the education arena? The first person to send a message to us will receive a very special prize – you must send us an email by midnight Friday with what you think BULLS means.

Getting to do what I love – getting to peek in on my mini at school during the day – getting to meet BENNY THE BULL – well those are moments I will never forget – THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY…


SANTA BABY – Wheaton Newcomers Club Santa Pictures

I can remember Sunday breakfast with Santa – there was a restaurant on 95th and Western called Snoopy’s – it closed LONG LONG LONG ago – but clear as my memories are – I can remember the people we went with – I can remember Santa – and the whispers in his ear on the list I carefully prepared. My mother has hundreds of pictures of the “event’s” we attended – and those pictures – while fading from age – are some of my most precious memories. The friends, some of which are life long friends, are now preparing their kids for this wonderful holiday season and making new traditions…Do you remember your family traditions? Do you have a Santa Picture tradition???

The Newcomers Club of Wheaton has just such an event —

Santa Pictures

I happen to know they are going to have a WONDERFUL Santa and we are going to take wonderful pictures – why not create a new family tradition – and bring your little ones for a great breakfast and a great picture that avoids the dreaded mall – and spends time with your loved ones!!!

The Newcomers Club of Wheaton, Warrenville, and Winfield is a women’s social organization offering a fun environment to socialize and make new life-long friends.

Please join us – with Kate Dwyer Photography – for a wonderful day of Santa pictures – the Newcomers club would welcome you – and I, well I will take your picture for them – this is a fund raiser for the organization as well.

Again – those memories of a long closed restaurant are fading – but the warm memories – those moments with Mom and Dad and my little brother – those will never fade.

Hope to see you –

It’s not too late…to get your HOLIDAY portraits.

Are you waiting till the very last moment in hopes that Buddy the elf will do your Christmas Cards FOR YOU THIS YEAR?

Wait no more…call us – we’re here to help.

Are you struggling to figure out that perfect gift for Nanna or Pappa? Are you trying to find the “right” photographer? Are you just so busy you forgot it’s almost time?

Don’t worry – call us – we take care of it all…
Plenty of dates/times free to figure out that perfect gift…


ps – thanks for watching me.