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Hey there, I'm Summer... your local Downers Grove photographer

I’m a Downers Grove portrait and lifestyle photographer who has served the most amazing families in Chicagoland for the past 15 years. I am based out of Downers Grove, but I also work throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs, including, but not limited to, Hinsdale, La Grange, Oak Brook, Elmhurst and Western Springs, {as well as Cody and Jackson Hole Wyoming a couple times a year for your destination sessions}. I’m glad you’re here!

Relax and let your worries fade away, you have found where you were meant to be for your session. I am here to walk you through your entire process till the very end. Don't view me as just your "photographer lady", view me as your Matilda, a dear friend you trust and love spending time with. Maybe like one of your friends you might have a yummy comforting dinner with but get an amazing gallery in the end.

Your personality and life meet my personality and style that evoke emotion and genuine throughout your session. The result? Images from your session you and your family can look back on and be proud of for generations to come.

It is... your life. Your story. I am excited to get to know and work with you!

See My Work

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A few nice things people are saying

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Melissa M.

Hinsdale, IL

"We are beyond thrilled with our session with Summer. She was so relaxed and easy to work with and made even the posed photos feel natural. She sent our photos the NEXT day, and I was stunned at how beautiful they were. She was able to capture so many gorgeous photos in such a short amount of time."

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 will 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 thirteen 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 headshot and brand photographer, but I work across Chicago and the western suburbs, including Hinsdale, LaGrange, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Lemont, Naperville and Lisle. Contact me for upcoming Cody and Jackson Hole, Wyoming dates available. If you’re wondering if I’m able to travel to your area, just ask!

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