So I do commercial headshots. I do corporate headshots. I do whatever.  But it is super fun when I get someone who is either rebranding or creating a new brand.  Then I get to really talk with them about their vision, their target market, their colors, their …. brand.  Brand is super important, and your pictures need to reflect it.  This client was new to me and on the cusp of a big adventure – creating a multimedia, national syndicate for financial fraud awareness and prevention.  He does public speaking, so we wanted pictures of him up on stage.  We talked for a while about his persona – the look he wanted, and he said that he wanted to be different – casual instead of formal.  So he got several shirts of the same look, but different colors, to reflect this.

So, we started with a theater for representing his public speaking bits.  It was fun to go do something totally different.  We also wanted both posed and unposed. Both looking at the camera and more lifestyle, unscripted.



This was definitely my favorite from the theater location.


Then we went back to the studio to do more.  He wanted at least one that was brighter. I tend to hate white as a background, but this light toupe worked great for him.


The other part of his business is  a national radio piece.  Being radio, it seemed it lent itself to a more edgy persona, so we went with the black shirt.  And radio personalities have to be a bit larger than life.


He also grabbed some headphones that he would use while doing the radio set. I love this one.


I hope his new venture launches with great success!  If you are in the Chicago western suburbs and looking for a brand partner for your photographer, we hope you consider Firefly Nights Photography.  Being a Naperville photographer, we are easily accessible to all of Chicago.

I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful family over the summer.  Technically, I had already known the husband, but hadn’t seen him in many years.  It was my first time to meet the rest of his beautiful family, though.  When people ask me to photograph at their home, I am always a bit nervous, as I don’t know what I am walking into, and I like to know where the light is, etc.  But they assured me there was a beautiful pond and trees across the street, and that is all we needed!  I love it when people get all dressed up for a session!

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The kids delighted in being naughty and were wonderful stinkers with me.  I love making kids giggle like this.  She couldn’t STOP laughing!

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He had the most beautiful smile!  Such a handsome little guy.  He was very happy with the idea of being barefoot.  And can I just say I love boys with bow ties?!

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Having children “keep their parents from floating away” is a great way to get young kids to stay still.  I’m full of tricks. And getting real smiles – well, that’s my top secret trick. 😉

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When doing family portraits, it is also important to remember to do some of just the mom and dad.  Many times, couples haven’t had professional pictures of just them since their weddings.  That is something I always try to remedy.

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Then we let the kids play in the pond and went for a darker edit.  I got my feet cold and wet standing in the water to get this angle.  I love rocks and water.  If people are up for getting a bit dirty, I’m all for it!

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The brother was easier with this part, as he didn’t keep trying to climb into the water. LOL  But this one may be my favorite of the entire session.  I tend to love it when kids aren’t necessarily looking at the camera.  It feels more “real”.

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Well, this is the hardest blog post for me to write.  I first met this amazing family when they came in for their newborn session.  I learned then about the young father who at age 29 was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.  He found out his diagnosis the day before they found out they were pregnant.  I made sure to get some great ones with him in it.  Weeks later, I learned that their infant son was hospitalized.  Through many scary ordeals, they received a rare diagnosis for him that required both a kidney and liver transplant.  Through all of this, I kept thinking that this woman had an unfair amount of crap put on her at one time.  It broke my heart.  I saw them again, several times.  And each time, I was so happy to see the father still here.  So happy to see their little boy still here.

Their son received both transplants and is finally doing well.  He is now three years old! And this also means the father has lived with stage four colon cancer for four years, which is amazing.  Unfortunately, he was declining quickly, and they decided to move to hospice care.  I follow them on Facebook and read that since turning off his chemo treatments and getting on new and more medications through hospice, he was feeling so much better, so I reached out to them and asked if they would like a free session.  Being in hospice, I don’t know how much more time he has, and since he was feeling good, I just wanted to be able to do something for them.  They have been the face of grace under extreme conditions that would knock most people to their knees.  It has been a blessing and a privilege to know them.

I hope you can see the love here.  They have always been full of smiles every time I have seen them.

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I wanted to be sure to get some great ones of just the couple, too.

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This one catches my breath with the intimacy.

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We had a while where daddy and his son just played together.  Such a sweet moment.

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They also brought along their “other” children.  🙂

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They are in my thoughts frequently, and I hope that by sharing their story, you let go of the trivial worries and give your love fully to those in your lives.


Six month old babies are my favorite.  It’s official.  People ask me all the time what my favorite type of session is – and really, it varies with my short attention span to whatever I’m currently working on.  But in reality, how can these babies not be my favorite?  Being a Naperville baby photographer, I am blessed to see lots of babies from all over the Chicago suburbs, but this specific stage is the best.  Smiley and happy and not mobile…oh, they tend to be short sessions because they only have so long before they are getting tired or hungry.

So while I pick backgrounds and sets based on the clothing my clients bring for the session, but I pretty much insist we do some of them naked (or just a diaper) because babies are always happy on a bed.  And clients purchase these pictures 100% of the time, so yes, I love my studio bed. LOL  I mean, could you resist this Gerber baby?

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How cheeky!  LOL  Butt seriously… (see what I did there? lol), how perfect is this one?

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We also snuck in some pictures with his big brother.  It’s hard to believe this big brother is the same kid that is up on the studio with his corgis.

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This little baby boy had some awesome blue eyes that we decided to compliment with all this blue.  He enjoyed playing peek-a-boo with this blanket.  This scene is an adorable baby boy nursery, but this closeup is my favorite.

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Such a handsome little guy.  I can’t wait to see how much he grows in the next six months.

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I hadn’t used my little tub in a while.  He seemed to like it just fine.

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Are you looking for a Naperville baby photographer?  Well, then we hope you choose Firefly Nights Photography!  Of course we do more than babies here at Firefly Nights.  Check out our galleries for more of our portrait look.  You don’t need to settle for just pictures when you can have art.

I would say 60% of my clients come from Naperville, another 20% from the other western suburbs like Oak Brook and Hinsdale.  Then that last 10% is mostly made up of people in downtown Chicago, but I also get one or two clients per year who live out of state and are coming to Naperville to visit family and want a Naperville family photographer to take extended family pictures while they are in town.  Such was the case with this wonderful family.  The woman who found and hired me actually lives in Florida!  But they were coming into town to visit her brother and his family and wanted to get the whole group together.

We lucked out with some gorgeous weather on our morning together.  Though being from Florida, they thought it was a little chilly.  Let’s start with the two who are responsible for this lovely family.  I’ve got to say, the grandmother was such a sweetheart!



And here’s the whole group, plus a great looking Golden Retriever who wasn’t the biggest fan of my light.

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Then we had the breakout of the families.  Getting this teenage boy to smile was quite the feat!  Seriously, why do some kids just refuse to smile? He had a great smile!

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Then we have this sweet family (and the one responsible for hiring me) with their cute little 15 month old daughter.

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We also did individual pictures of the kids.  I love this one of this sweetie.  Can you see how long her lashes are?!

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Getting this teen away from the audience of his family made him more relaxed.  He was a great sport as he endured my bad jokes as I tried to get him to smile.

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I think the dog wins for most photogenic in this image, though it was a tough call with this good looking bunch!

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If you are looking for a Naperville family photographer, or really just a photographer for your family and live in Chicago’s western suburbs, we hope you will consider Firefly Nights Photography.  Please check out more of our work in the Galleries section of our website.