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Hi there, I'm Summer... your family photographer

I’m a Downers Grove portrait, lifestyle and documentary photographer who has served the most amazing families in Chicago’s west suburbs for the past 12 years. I am based out of Downers Grove, but I also work across Chicago and the western suburbs, including Hinsdale, LaGrange, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Clarendon Hills, Wheaton, Burr Ridge, Glen Ellyn, Lemont, Naperville, Westchester and Lisle. I’m glad you’re here!

I specialize in capturing your memories, from your first baby through their high school senior portraits.

I am also a local small business owner with a in Downers Grove. I work with other small businesses to help capture their brand and personality through professional headshots and lifestyle branding sessions.

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

Your Downers Grove and Chicago area Maternity, Newborn, Children, Family, Business, Portrait, Lifestyle, Documentary Photographer and Mentor

See My Work

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A few nice things people are saying

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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.

It is... Your Life. Your Story.

Let's start documenting it together.
xoxo,
Summer

Please don’t hesitate to reach out about working together! I’m a Downers Grove family and small business photographer, but I work across Chicago and the western suburbs, including Hinsdale, LaGrange, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Clarendon Hills, Wheaton, Burr Ridge, Glen Ellyn, Lemont, Naperville, Westchester and Lisle. If you’re wondering if I’m able to travel to your area, just ask!