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Ainsley S.

Family Portraits
“Rachel obviously understands kids! She engaged with my kids and quickly won their affection.”

Jasi P.

Family Portraits
“Rachel was friendly and wonderful with our young children. She had much more patience than most photographers. She also had flexible availability and reasonable prices. Our photos came out great!”

Chrissy O.

Couple Portraits
“Fun, lots of laughs, and Rachel’s ability to make us feel totally at ease.” 

Cortney W.

Newborn Portraits
“She is very intuitive and it was absolutely wonderful the way she incorporated our angel baby and rainbow baby together for some beautiful pictures.”

Brooke K.

Birth Story
“You did an awesome job making us feel comfortable and balancing talking/socializing but also making us forget you were even there sometimes! Also the memories you preserved are so precious to us!”

Michelle S.

Family Portraits
“She is great with my daughters and very thoughtful in the way she takes pictures.”

Nora A.

Family Portraits
“She has patience with children. Her demeanor relaxed the children and she captured their true selves. She is also willing to collaborate her ideas with yours to achieve a result you are happy with. I also like the online gallery viewing and ease of ordering. Not to mention how she sent the final product  was amazing and included a handwritten thank you.”

Kajsa H.

Family Portraits
She has a talent for animating [my children] and bringing out their fun personalities. She is also extremely patient with them and knows when to give them a break. The result is amazing family pictures!
Meet the photographer

Hi, I'm Rachel

Teaching my kiddos how to use our DSLR while atop the skyscrapers in Chicago – can’t beat the views of this beautiful city! 

Thanks for stopping by! I’m Rachel, a portrait photographer serving Chicago & the western suburbs. I specialize in the family photography experience – maternity, birth, newborn, children, seniors, annual family portraits, etc.
While pursuing a degree in education I met and fell in love with my husband who was studying to become a photojournalist. Some of our first dates were in the photo studio or on location where I quickly found a knack for assisting him and posing his clients. He spent several exciting years as a professional photojournalist but as our family started to grow we opted for a career change. During this time I dove head first into photography and decided to start my own business.
When I first started my photography journey I remember several photographer friends telling me how hard families are to photograph, especially families with young children. I tried it and was overwhelmed. Between kids losing attention and toddlers wanting to run wild, little noses dripping in the cold weather, dads begrudgingly cooperating, and moms desperately trying to keep everyone focused it’s easy to wonder why anyone would actually want to do family photography. It can be so stressful and hard…but that’s exactly why I now love it and feel so strongly about family sessions. Just like family photography, having a family – being in a family, raising a family – is hard. There are days when it is so, so hard. It’s full of wiping snotty noses and poopy little bums and moving from a sink full of dishes to baskets full of laundry. It’s staying up late to work, getting up with the baby at night and waking up early to get the lunches made and everyone out the door in one piece. But cushioning the stress and chaos are the sweetest and most joyful moments that make everything so very worth it. The sweet cuddles as you rock your newborn in the middle of the night, the sound of uncontrollable laughter as your toddler runs wildly through the house in his underwear, watching sword fights and baseball games in the backyard and falling asleep reading bedtime stories together. These are the moments I thrive on and ages I love to document for my clients.
I’m not going to promise you a stress-free portrait session (that depends a lot on the ages of your kids and personalities in your family :)) but I will promise that when you book me you get a photographer who genuinely loves, supports and celebrates families and who is right there in the parenting trenches with you. Not only do I have 3 kids and 5 siblings but I have years of experience working with children and teens with special needs and am committed to providing every family with beautiful portraits. During your portrait session I chase and tickle and hug your toddlers. I sing Paw Patrol and Wheels on the Bus. I talk to your kids and praise your teens. I have mom and dad kiss and pose for photos together because I want every child to have portraits of their parents that show how much they are in love.
In addition to being a member of the Professional Photographers of America I volunteer for the non-profit organization, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS). NILMDTS offers the gift of professional remembrance photography to families suffering the loss of a baby. I am also a featured family photographer on Kidlist – a website devoted to family activities in Chicago’s western suburbs.
So that’s a little bit about me. Now I’d love to hear about you! What important milestones are coming up in your life that I can document for you?!
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