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Downers Grove Family Photograher Summer Brader Photography

Summer Brader Photography

Portraits, Lifestyle Sessions &

Photography Classes


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

A little about me… I am a lifestyle and portrait family photographer who specializes in capturing your 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 photography classes. I offer online classes for everyone to be able to learn at their own pace. One on one mentoring and workshops are held separately, contact me for more information.

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



My Portfolio

Click for session examples and information about each type of session.

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