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about Kathleen

Most days you can find me in leggings with no makeup and messy hair; mom life and business life tend to overlap around the house. When the kids are napping, I'm curled up on the couch with my computer and our fluffy cat, Gus. My husband, Will, and I are one of those crazy high school sweetheart couples; we have photos from the day we met, prom, and so many moments in between. I guess I should have listened to our US history teacher who warned us early on in class that we might be sitting next to the person we were going to marry (spoiler: I was actually sitting next to my husband). Together we love traveling, eating at hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and letting the clean laundry pile up for days before folding. We love our quiet nights at home and dream about summers in Michigan on Lake Superior.

I'm a Chicago-born dream chaser and lover of all things Harry Potter and Disney. When I'm not photographing sweet couples, families, and squishy babies, I am with my amazingly handsome three-year-old son, Henry, and my baby girl, Charlie.

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Once upon a time I was a middle school and high school English teacher. Although I'm not teaching in a classroom now, a few of my teacher habits have maintained a strong grip on me. I'm a little obsessed with my paper planner, and it keeps this teacher-turned-mom boss organized at all times. And really... who doesn't want a reason to use stickers on a regular basis? I may have gotten rid of most of my teacher wardrobe, but teaching is still a huge part of who I am; I'm continually finding new ways to incorporate those skills in my current path. To be honest, my life is vastly different than I expected it to be. I certainly never expected to be dodging winter and living amongst palm trees. But it's those amazingly unexpected twists and turns that have made me who I am today.

life is all about seasons. some are exciting, some are challenging, and some are downright difficult. i used to be afraid of the changing seasons, but now i can't wait to see what opportunity comes with the next season.

I'm a photographer, storyteller, and crafter. i believe in being kind and showing love to those around me. i'm a work in progress and proud of it.

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Kathleen is an exceptional child photographer- is great with kids, so calm, gentle, and patient. She has a true talent not only for photography but also for working with babies, anxious children and families in general. Kathleen is genuinely interested in getting a beautiful outcome for her clients and will go above and beyond to ensure the client is satisfied. Overall, we have been extremely pleased with the results, and wish we had more wall space to hang all of the photos she takes. 

"we wish we had more wall space to hang all of the beautiful photos she takes."

tricia & michael

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"As a first time mom, I was hesitant about the photography process. I had no reason to worry! Kathleen has such a warm and welcoming personality, and I instantly felt at ease. She is very professional while still keeping the environment light-hearted and fun. I’m ecstatic that I purchased the Baby's First Year package! Seeing my baby's growth over the course of the year through these sessions has been amazing. These are the photos I have framed all over our house and will cherish forever."

"i'm ecstatic that i purchased the baby's first year package!"

sarah & christopher

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"It was a great pleasure having Kathleen take our little guy's photos. She was very patient and she made it really easy to feel comfortable during the shoot. It honestly felt like a friend was taking the pictures! She was also very responsive and easy to contact. We loved all the pictures from our session and are glad that she was able to help us capture such a special time for us."

"it honestly felt
like a friend was 
taking the pictures!"

kimberly & andrew

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“I knew after my daughter's birth that I wanted photos captured of my second time going through labor and delivery. Kathleen gave me so much privacy and respected my wishes. She let me take the lead the whole day. I didn't even know that she was there! Childbirth is so magical and having someone capture those moments not only took the pressure off of my husband and me to take them, but they gave us a way to look back and remember our son's birth forever.”

"kathleen gave me so much privacy and respected my wishes."

kristin & ryan

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"Kathleen was our fairy godmother at our wedding! Hiring Kathleen was without a doubted among the best decisions we made while planning our wedding. She has impeccable patience, vision, and experience to create memorable shots. Kathleen is THE photographer you want for your big event."

"kathleen was our
fairy godmother."

lizette & aston

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“Our experience with Kathleen was wonderful! Kathleen took beautiful photos of our new family, which we will cherish forever. But perhaps more importantly, Kathleen’s cool professionalism made the photo session go very smoothly, especially with our three month old. Kathleen has a very calming presence, which combined with her expertise, made the actual process very easy. We look forward to having Kathleen take family photos for us again soon!”

"kathleen has a very calming presence, which... made the actual process very easy."

kaitlin & dan

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“Our photo shoot was a great reminder to stop and cherish our relationship in the midst of the daily whirlwind that is life with a toddler. While retelling our engagement story, discussing fun times together and even sharing embarrassing moments as we took photos, we fell in love all over again. Being able to show our son the love that his parents have for each other is a true blessing.”⁣⠀

"we fell in love
all over again."

mahnaz & ubaid

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This is one of the most special times in your life, and I cannot wait to capture it beautifully for you. I am committed to capturing a complete picture of your celebration; from the tiniest of details to the simple candid moments that you’ll cherish forever. Weddings can be stressful, and I’m here to help you in any way I can before, during, and after the big day. I’ve been known to deliver special notes to family members and even help out with hair when needed! It’s sincerely a pleasure for me to help give you the wedding of your dreams!

Whether you are a couple looking for fun new photos together or a family desiring to freeze time for a minute while your kids grow as the speed of light, I have a package that will be perfect for you. I love working together with my clients to create sessions that are completely individualized to their specific personalities. I strive to capture the beautiful candid moments in each session as those truly show the joy within each couple and family. Your memories deserve care, and there is nothing that makes me happier than capturing the truest happiness for each of my clients. 

The arrival of a new baby is such an exciting time! While I do offer maternity, birth, and newborn sessions individually, I also have several different packages that include a variety of combinations that go all the way through the first year if desired. My goal is for you to have the perfect package for your needs, so I work with each of my clients to create the one-of-a-kind experience that you and your little one deserve. I do all of my posed newborn sessions at my home studio, and I offer lifestyle newborn sessions that are done at my clients' homes. Babies grow so quickly, and I am proud to capture these sweet, yet fleeting moments for you and your family. 

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