Chicago Ballet Dancer Photography

I’ve had a passion for ballet and ballerinas since I was 3, like many other little girls. I started dance at that age and at 15 had to make the tough choice between ballet and the other fun activities high school had to offer. I think this decision was one of the few I regret in life, yet today I still reap the benefits of this amazing art form.

Not all is lost. What I needed to do struck me one evening while chatting with a great friend over dinner about her daughter that dances with the Joffrey Ballet’s Children’s Program and that she has never been photographed there! I never had a huge interest in photographing little girls in tutus or cheesy dance recital photos, but pre-teen girls coming into their own and confident teenage girls on pointe, I would fall all over. Perhaps this is because these are my last memories of dance in my own life and it’s a turning point for many…to take it to the pre-professional level or quit. Once the idea hit my head and my girlfriend enthusiastically encouraged me, there was no stopping me from getting this rolling.

I put out a model call for young pre-teen ballerinas, with the vision of a series of artistic images of the dancers as you might see of the prima ballerinas of the world in the magazines. These girls deserve to see themselves in this light, for the beautiful mature dancers they are. They have so much to feel proud of and should look at themselves and think ‘wow, that’s ME!’ During this stage in life, with so much uncertainty, this is something they should feel very certain of, that they are great dancers.

Well, the girls were amazing and we had SO much fun. I think I had even more fun doing the poses along with them!  They each take their dancing seriously and have really mastered the grace and poise required. It was such a joy to see them all doing what they love and to create a piece of art for them to have. Thank you to all the girls and their moms and dads that brought them for the event.

I’m so happy with the results and I hope this leads to photographing more dancers in and around Chicago. I think I’ve found a new niche. Please contact me if you have a young dancer that you’d like photographed!

Here are some of the highlights from the ballet photo shoot.

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Chicago Newborn Portrait Photography

It was an honor to take this sweet little girls’ newborn portraits since her daddy is an amazing photographer that I have great admiration for. We used his studio space which had great natural light and he upped the heat so we were all a bit toasty, which was perfect for baby H. She slept soundly the entire time and we were able to accomplish many different ‘looks’ with blankets and hats. I also loved photographing the connection they have together as a new family. This is one of my favorite parts of a newborn session. Thank you so much for this great opportunity to capture this precious moment in your lives.






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Wrigley Field – Family Photography Session

Posting this Chicago family photography session is really delayed (summer 2014 session!), but couldn’t be passed up. This will be an unforgettable session, having Wrigley Field all to ourselves, watching this adorable family playing ball and running in the outfield. We shot this session at sunset so we could be anywhere in the field without worrying about the direct sunlight. Thank you to this family for being themselves and having a good time, making for great portraits and memories.

As a bonus, take a look at the amazing wall displays they created with their portraits! This was the most fun part of all, to plan and help to hang the finished result. Each wall collection is customized to the space and style of the home, creating something totally unique for your family. I specialize in creating art gallery walls from your photography session, learn more about how I can help you with interior wall design.

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