Hi there, I'm Summer...

Portrait, Lifestyle and Documentary Photographer

I’m a Downers Grove photographer who has served the most amazing families in Chicago’s west suburbs for the past 12 years. My studio is in downtown 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!

Maternity, Newborn, Children & Family,

Elopement & Small Intimate Wedding

I am a portrait, lifestyle, documentary family photographer who specializes in capturing your memories, from your wedding day to your first baby through their high school senior portraits.

Business Head shots, Branding, Marketing & More

I’m a local small business owner with a photography studio in downtown Downers Grove. I work with other small businesses to help capture their brand and personality through professional head shots and lifestyle marketing sessions.

My Online Photography Classes & Mentoring

Maybe you're just starting out and want to learn how to make this photography thing into a business and don't know where to start. Or maybe you’re in an inspirational funk and need some encouragement to get back on track. Whatever it is, my online photography classes and mentor sessions will take you to the next level. Together, we’ll work together step-by-step to discover your strengths: become proficient with your camera, market to grow your business, master customer service, and nail the little things that will make you stand out above the competition. You’ll leave with 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!



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

See My Work

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A few nice things people are saying


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.

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