Downers Grove Family Photograher Summer Brader Photography

Summer Brader Photography

Downers Grove Family Photographer

Portraits, Lifestyle, Documentary Sessions

Photography Classes and Mentoring


I’m Summer Brader, a Downers Grove photographer who has served the most amazing families in Chicago’s west suburbs for the past 12 years. My studio is in Downers Grove, but I also work in Hinsdale, LaGrange, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, and beyond. I’m glad you’re here!

Lifestyle Sessions, Family Photography, Headshots and More

I am a lifestyle and family portrait photographer who specializes in capturing your memories, from your first baby through their 8th grade commencement to their high school senior portraits.

I’m a local small business owner with a photography studio in downtown Downers Grove. I work with other small businesses to help capture their brand and personality through professional headshots and lifestyle marketing sessions.

My Online Photography Classes and Mentoring

As a wife and mom of 3 and stepmom of 2, I love teaching photography classes to parents who want to take better photos of their kids using their own cameras! I walk you through the basic functions of your camera step-by-step and have you taking control in no time. Whether you're using a DSLR, mirrorless, or other creative-capable camera, come and learn with me in my Rock Your Shots online photography classes. My online classes let you learn at your own pace.

One-on-one mentoring for photographers are held separately; contact me for more information.

I am excited to get to know and work with you!



Your Best Downers Grove, West Suburban and Chicago Family, Portrait, Lifestyle and Documentary Photographer

See My Work

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Amy C.

Romeoville, IL

"Summer is an awesome photographer! She communicates so well with her clients and really seems to want the best for their session. Her pictures are stunning! She captures beautiful images with beautiful light! My kids really loved her! They even asked her to take more photos of them. I highly recommend Summer!"

Just Breathe... At some point in our conversations, you might tell me that you don’t like having your photo taken and that’s fine because actually everyone says that … at the beginning. Part of my job is to help you feel comfortable in your own skin and in front of my camera. And I promise you, I will. You and your family are beautiful now, just as you are.

When you blink and the time has come and gone, you will have these images we capture together for you and loved ones to cherish forever.
I treasure the seasons of our lives, which is why I have spent the past twelve years
refining my skills and capturing my clients' lives and connections through photography.

I teach photography to the people that mean the most to me because my passion to freeze all these moments is priceless.

It is... Your Life. Your Story.

Let's start documenting it together.

Studio address: 1007 Curtiss St, Downers Grove, 60515