If you are looking for a Naperville Photographer to photograph your extended family, look no further. I always stress the importance of generational photography.  Including grandparents into a session is something to be cherished.  We never truly know how long we have with our parents and grandparents – be sure to capture moments with them for when they are gone.  Yes, that was morbid, sorry.  But it is no less true.  And when the grandparents are in town visiting, what better way to show how much you cherish them than photographing them with their grandchildren?

Now, I have photographed this wonderful family for a couple years and got to see them during my fall mini sessions this past year.  But when grandma was going to be in town, we had a full session in studio just for that.  Here are three generations of women for this family – what a beautiful group!

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While we did family pictures, we also did plenty of just the girls.  Getting these two high energy sister to sit still was a minor miracle. LOL  Don’t you just love how light the youngest’s eyes are??  And I love big sister’s real smile here.

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Then we got each girl by herself.  This spirited older sister loves to be the center of attention.

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What a stinker!  You can just tell she is going to be trouble. 🙂

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Then the girls changed clothing, and I changed background for this neutral brick.  And here is grandma with her two peanuts!

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When your daughter demands some kisses…  🙂  While this was randomly captured, I still loved it and included it in their gallery.

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Firefly Nights Photography is an international award winning Naperville Photographer.  We are a portrait studio, working both in studio and outside on location.  If you want timeless portraits of your family, we hope you will consider us.

I so love newborn photography. Not only do I get to spend time with these sweet little bundles, but I get to memorialize the biggest moment in a families’ lives – going from two to three.  Or in this case, going from three to four in the family!  Now, I have been with this family for a while, so I have loved seeing their daughter grow into just the sweetest thing ever.  Toddler older siblings can be tough, but she was a doll.  I had the pleasure of photographing them for a maternity session when their boy was still in the belly, and now here they are – the whole family!

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I normally show mostly pictures of the newborn baby in my blog, but in reality, a good 1/4 of a newborn session is typically spent on photographing the family – the new parents, the siblings, etc.  So for a change, I thought I would show more of the family pictures this time around.  I love the intimacy of a daddy and his new baby. Look how sweetly squishy he looks!

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And this little peanut gave me a smile as his mommy cuddled him.  I love newborn smiles!

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Being a Naperville newborn photographer fills my heart with the warm fuzzies for being able to create lasting pieces of art.

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Unlike most sessions, newborn pictures can be displayed forever on your walls.  They truly are timeless pieces of art.

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I love this new set of vintage looking overalls for newborn boys.  I always love neutral colors like this.

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If you are currently pregnant and expecting your own little one, we hope you will browse through our Newborn Gallery and decide to make Firefly Nights Photography your Naperville Newborn Photographer – and of course we service clients from all over Chicago and the western suburbs like Hinsdale and Elmhurst.

This cool guy came to visit me this past winter – yes, I’m terribly behind in blogging! Anyway, he was turning five, but he was years beyond that in his personality, but being the youngest child will sometimes do that for you.  And this is another blog post that was accidentally deleted in my migration, so I hate having to try and remember what in the world I already wrote! Grrr.  Let’s just cut to the chase – this kid had awesome style and an even more awesome personality.

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People ask if plaid is too busy for photographs, but I honestly love plaid.

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He also had an amazing black, leather jacket.  Like I said, how cool is this kid?!  Now this background is one I normally reserve for high school seniors, but with this look, how could I not??

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Ok, so while yes, his mom brought him in for his five year pictures, the big selling point was that she really wanted to get him a Batman picture.  She had seen my other Batman super hero pictures I had done and knew her little guy would freak for something like that of his own.  I love doing creative challenges.  If you want a Naperville photographer who can create something unique and amazing, then Firefly Nights is for you.  I love doing super hero images for kids.  And this may be my very favorite one, yet!  The best part was that I did nothing in post production with his cape.  We were lucky enough to get it exactly like that in camera with some skilled flipping.

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I’ve also had the recent pleasure of photographing my first Spiderman, too!  This four year old LOVES the web crawler, so it was my honor to create something for his room of him as his favorite super hero.

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Commissioned pieces are always welcome with me! Bring on the challenge!

Happy birthday to this little guy! I got to meet him at his newborn session and watched him turn into a chubby, smiley six month old. And then suddenly, time passed, and he was already turning one year old!  I so love being able to watch babies grow in their first year of life, and I have greatly enjoyed sharing the journey with this family.  I’m going to miss those big dark eyes of his.

While his mother had her hair and makeup done by my team of professionals, I got to play with him.  I love this rustic boy background for the dudes out there.

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And how awesome that we got a picture showing his two little teeth with this smile.  Soon, it will be full of teeth.

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His grandmother has attended all of his sessions, so it was great to see her again!  And how precious to get grandma and her baby together by themselves.

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But of course, then we got the whole family together.

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This is my favorite image of the session.  It is just so perfect – the colors, the tones, the pose.  The love.

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We also attempted a smash cake at the end of the session, but he was not interested in it at all. LOL  I guess he doesn’t have a sweet tooth, yet.

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If you are looking for a baby, family, or high school senior photographer, then look no further than Firefly Nights Photography!

I had the honor of photographing Neuqua Valley High School‘s athletes of the year for their Booster Club.  Each coach selected the tathlete of the year – the one that most represents not only the top of the sport, but the qualities and characteristics that best represent NVHS.  Below represent the fall sports.  The best part about these pictures, is I had full creative control over what we did.  The only sport missing is girl’s swimming, which we had to move with winter.  I also had the pleasure of interviewing the athletes.

First up is boy’s cross country.  They won state!  The coach said there was no way to pick only one member of the state team, so we did the whole Wolf Pack.  Way to go, guys!

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Next up, we have Jessica, a fabulous tennis player.  When asked What do you wish you knew when you were just starting?  She answered, “I wish I knew to start earlier in competitive training, so I could be better than I am right now. Yet at the same time, I am grateful for my late start. One thing I’ve always struggled with throughout my life is finding the confidence in myself to succeed in my pursuits. Because of my late start, my insecurities and uncertainties caused me to face numerous challenges in my tennis journey that not only challenged my physical abilities, but also challenged who I am, what my values are, and my competitive spirit. In turn, I was able to discover my capabilities in time-management, discipline, and perseverance, and after beating the players I used to lose to, I finally discovered my self-confidence. This sport presented me with difficulties that made me realize my potential to improve and to succeed, on and off the court.

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Then we have boy’s golf. I wanted to do something different – a cool, GQ look for him.  Amazingly, he didn’t start playing golf until the summer before freshman year!  I love this image!

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And of course, we have girl’s golf, as well.  For her, I also had an idea of a sunrise where the sun really outlined the body.  When asked what golf has taught her, Julia responded, “Golf has been the most frustrating yet most rewarding sport I have ever played. It has taught me patience, teamwork, and most of all how to work under pressure. I have been fortunate in playing with many different golfers on different Naperville golf courses – mainly old guys!  They not only gave me some great advice, but encouraged me to keep working and get better. Thanks to all of them.”

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Next up, we have our boy’s soccer player, Calum.  He was such a great sport. I knew I wanted to do this kick.  So he had to do it over and over and over again to get it right.  Poor guy!  When asked what soccer has taught him, he responded: “I have learned how to be part of a team.  I also have learned how to be a good leader.  The biggest lesson I have learned through soccer is that when we are loosing and things aren’t going our way you have to keep going and finish strong! Never give up and let your team down!”

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Next we have girl’s cross country with Caroline.  If you couldn’t tell, I love big skies.  🙂 Her favorite quote is, “the task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you.” I am always reminding myself of this on hard runs or when I get nervous before races. It reminds me to trust in my training and the work I have already done, allowing me to focus and challenge myself.

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Next up, we have football.  Coach couldn’t decide between these two athletes, so I created this dramatic image.  Donny will be attending Valparaiso University to begin working on his Computer Science major and also be a part of their football team.  Anthony will be attending Illinois State University for school only.

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And lastly for the fall sports, we have girl’s volleyball with Nora and Kora.  Nora will be playing volleyball at Indiana University.  One of her favorite quotes is from her grandpa: “Every battle is won before it has even begun. You have to win it first in your mind.”  Kora will be going on to play volleyball at Wichita State.  Her favorite quote is, “”It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

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Doing athlete portraits as part of our senior pictures is one of our specialties.  I love being able to showcase what we do best!