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Lifestyle Photography


Summer Brader Photography Portraits, Lifestyle Sessions & Education

Thank you for stopping by to check out my website! I have been lucky enough to be serving the most amazing families in Downers Grove, Western Springs, Naperville, Hinsdale, La Grange, Elmhurst, Lemont, Lombard and beyond for the past 11 years.

A little about me… I am a natural light lifestyle and portrait family photographer who specializes in capturing the 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, who also works with other small businesses to help capture their brand and individual personalities through their online social media presence through professional head shots and lifestyle marketing sessions.

 As a wife and mom to 3 of my own plus 2 step kiddos, I am passionate about teaching photography classes to other people who want to learn more about 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, I encourage you to come and learn with me in my Rock Your Shots digital photography classes. I hold my in person classes in my downtown Downers Grove studio, as well as offering online self paced classes for those that can not make it in person. One on one mentoring and workshops are held separately, please contact for more information. So if you'd like to find out more about about my Rock Your Shots camera classes, be sure to scroll down to the  "Contact" section below!

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

My Portfolio

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Client Stories


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!"

Contact Summer Brader Photography

Let's set some time aside to chat about your vision for your own custom family session!

Love what you see but not ready to book a session? No problem! Join the SBP insider client list and my SBP Facebook parent group to have access to my session dates {and exciting offers} when YOU are ready. I'd love to have you join the community! Click on the insider link at the very bottom of this page.

Have questions or need more info? Fill out my contact form below and I will get back to you right away!

Can't wait to meet you!


Email: summer@summerbraderphotography.com
Studio address: 1007 Curtiss St, Downers Grove, 60515