About Summer

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Hey, I'm Summer... your photographer in Chicago and the suburbs based in Downers Grove

I taught myself how to really use my camera and capture people as they are – beautiful and unique. When I was raising my kids, I realized how quickly it all went by. I needed to freeze each moment as it whizzed by, and I fell head over heels in love with documenting life. Then, my friends started growing their families, and I realized what brings me the most joy is documenting all the chapters of other beautiful families.

I have taken my passion for photography and made it my profession, delighting in capturing people’s nostalgic moments in their lives with classic portraits and lifestyle photographs. I’m lucky to photograph them as their family stories unfold, from maternity sessions to baby's first year milestone sessions and then growing kids and beyond. Over the last 15 years of photographing children and families in and around Downers Grove, I have learned that my favorite part of my job is developing lasting relationships with my clients. By the time we reach toddler years and beyond, I’m photographing friends!

To me, it’s not about the number of clients but the right clients. My most popular service is my full one hour essential lifestyle session. Mothers-to-be also choose me for my complimentary maternity session and also my in-home newborn sessions that are very popular. I will meet in my client’s home to create beautiful photos that do not disappoint. It is important to me that all women celebrate what their bodies are creating during and after creating these new little lives.

Tips When Choosing Your Photographer
When choosing a professional photographer, I recommend choosing someone who communicates easily. It is important for them to have the same vibe as you too! Your time is worth your money, so be sure they are readily accessible. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is...

  • How long have they been a photographer? {me: 15+ years}
  • Check out their online portfolio and gauge the style, quality and consistency of the photographer.
  • Do they have a large, diverse clientele? Or are they only showcasing their own kids and not showing much work working well with many other kids? {me: not even close! I love kids of all ages and abilities}
  • Are they insured and do they provide a contract for your session? {me: Yes, of course!}
  • How long will you wait to view and receive your photographs? {me: 24-72 hours}
  • Do they have a lot of repeat clients? {me: a TON!}
  • Are they in your budget? {me: I price myself to reflect my experience, quality and also remain affordable in our area}

The photographs you see in my portfolio are indicative of the images you can expect from your own session with me.

If you like what you see, I think you’ll be very happy with our outcome together!

I look forward to meeting and working with you!

Be silly. Be fun.
Be different. Be authentic.
Be YOU, because life is too short to be anything else.

It is... Your Life. Your Story.

Serving Downers Grove and surrounding areas


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