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Hey, I'm Summer...

maternity, newborn, family & creative brand PHOTOGRAPHER

DOwners grove and beyond

When you age and your children are grown do you want to play back a life of photos that were fake smiles or the real deal? Do you want to remember the emotion? The connection? The real moments as they happened? Do you want to feel the embraces and the laughter and all of the wonderful moments you had with those you love? If the answer is yes then you've found the right photographer for you. I'm here to help you remember all of life's memories perfectly.

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Creative Branding

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Children & Family

Maternity & newborn

Session options

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My maternity sessions include immediate family to celebrate your new addition to your family or you can choose to fly solo, whatever works best for you! Family lifestyle newborn sessions focus on the natural connections that your family has with the new baby. They take place in the comfort of your home, my in home studio or outdoors weather permitting, within 1 month of baby being born. If you just want to capture your new babe, I offer a baby only session as well. This is all about what works best for YOU.

Family photos are SO important when you have children, at every age.

Not only do the images look great on your walls or in an album, but they will be looked at as memories to pass down for years to come. I prefer lots of interaction and want the experience to be fun. Lots of loving on your children and laughing is what I ultimately want to capture. Be prepared to be extra close during your session!

Small business branding sessions are an artistic collaboration between myself and your unique vision. We have the freedom to utilize your ideal spaces with on-location sessions throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs, wherever best puts you in your element. These sessions include a blend of headshots and candid ‘personality’ images to cover everything you need for branding your business, promotional images for websites, conferences, music albums, and any creative endeavor you can think of. If you are an entrepreneur you need a branding session in your life STAT!

Wait, what?! How did that happen?

Your baby is graduating from high school or college?! This is a huge achievement, not just for the graduate, but for parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles too.

Such an exciting time of endless possibilities. I like to plan a session that exudes your senior or graduate. Once we pick a date we will start planning the perfect session for them!


You are unique. You are moms-to-be, new and experienced parents, you stay home with the kids, you are working, and all of you are amazing. You work hard. You play hard. You love hard, why not show all of that off? As the unique people you are, would you be happy with the same old staged poses and fake smiles hanging on your wall that your parents had? I didn't think so...

Let's make sure you have a fun, relaxed session so you will have something magical to hang on your walls unlike anything else.

Downers Grove Photographer, available in Chicago and Suburbs

Kind Words

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Lauren Petty NBC5 news anchor with family

Chicago, IL

Naperville, IL

Western Springs, IL

Summer not only captured my vision for our session for my small business, but we had an amazing time doing it! I love the way she provided direction and guidance while still asking questions to make sure it was what I was looking for. She makes you feel so confident in front of the camera and did an amazing job making my salon and the team look their absolute best for our shoot! Will definitely work with her again!

Summer was exceptional! We are so happy that we were able to work with her and make such a beautiful investment to capture our family at this season of life. From scheduling, to styling and makeup - Summer had direction and support for it all. We were able to have the shoot done at our home to keep our 3yr and 1 yr old most comfortable, Summer came and wasted no time, but we never felt rushed. Summer was so patient and kind with our kids, they loved her. When our 3 yr old had a meltdown halfway through, Summer reassured me she had already captured so many great images, to be patient and she was so dang positive! Eventually our 3 yr old came around and chased Summer out to her car for a lollipop. She turned our gallery around to us quickly and WOW, the images are incredible. It is one thing to find a photographer that takes great photos, but it's rare to find a person who can do that and interact with each member of your family, be their friend, and make the experience fun and relaxing for everyone. I would recommend Summer to anyone and everyone!

We had such a great experience with Summer! She is so thorough, offering stylings tips, numerous location options and more. She put our girls at ease right away and made everyone feel comfortable. We love the photos and highly recommend working with Summer for your family photos!

Lauren S.

Ashley S. - Salon Haven

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Pop on over the to the contact form and fill it out... I will get right back to you with all the information you need and to start the booking process. Please note that your 50% session retainer is due at the time of booking to hold any dates and times.

Now the fun begins! I will confirm your session the day before and we will meet at our agreed upon location. Once your session is complete, I will get to editing and you will receive your gallery the moment it is ready for your eyes.

Choose your date and time, then complete your session proposal sent to you in a separate email. Once your session proposal is complete, I will be in contact with you to choose your perfect location and get you started planning on what to wear.

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