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Downers Grove Family Photograher Summer Brader Photography

Summer Brader Photography

Portraits, Lifestyle & Documentary sessions

Photography Classes & Mentoring


Thank you for stopping by to check out my website! I have been lucky enough to be serving the most amazing families in Chicago area for the past 12 years.

A little about me… I am a portrait, lifestyle and documentary photographer who specializes in capturing your memories and telling your story, from your first baby through your years as a growing family to 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 personal branding sessions.

 I also started my Rock Your Shots photography classes and mentoring programs for photographers. Since I started, I’ve had to learn how to use a camera and then become proficient. I’ve changed my work ethic, editing and style numerous times. I’ve been mentored, attended photography workshops and conferences, and hosted workshops. Through all this, I’ve gained insight, tips and tricks that can help you get where you want to go. Whether you're just starting out and want to learn how to make this into a business or if you're in an inspirational funk and need some encouragement and excitement to get back on track, one the following beginner photography classes or mentor session options are for you. Whether it’s becoming proficient with your camera, marketing to grow your business, customer service, or the little things that will make you stand out above the competition, together we will work step by step to discover your strengths, identify opportunities, and create a plan to not only meet, but exceed your expectation. Together we will create a plan to get you where you have dreamed of going with your business.

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

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