The polls have closed. The votes have been counted and verified. Here at Summer Brader HQ, we follow a strict ethical process for counting votes, and so there will be no need for any official recounts. We have a winner for my annual photo contest! Each year, I open up my portfolio and hand-select my…

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I am still obsessed with the Downers Grove family portraits that I snagged of the Preissler family during the holiday season! I mean, look at them!? The reds, the denim, the precious girls, and squishy little Henry! Okay, now that I have managed to stick three exclamation points into three lines of text, I think…

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Just like peanut butter and jelly. Or Nutella and pretzels. This session combines one of the most classic combinations: little boys and trains. The Seidelmann family met me at the train station, and despite being a chilly winter afternoon, we have a blast taking pictures! This downtown La Grange family session was so much fun,…

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There are just those sessions where everything works. The Brazle family had perfect lighting, a beautiful backdrop, an easygoing attitude, and a perfect lil’ bump, and with that, a perfect recipe for a fantastic outdoor winter maternity session. Even though an outdoor winter maternity session can be a bit of a gamble (will it be…

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One of the Goll’s favorite activities to enjoy at home (now that Cameron is home) is snuggling up on the couch and enjoying a cup of coffee together. They are overjoyed spending time in quarantine with their sweet nugget and love their pets so much. When we started our Downers Grove newborn lifestyle session, I…

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Hinsdale holiday family sessions are in full force over in this corner of the world, and I am loving how fun and beautiful each session is turning out! The Ellenberger family made sure to include all family members, including their nanny and family dog, for this late fall holiday session. I love how the Ellenbergers…

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I have had a season full of capturing pregnant mamas, and now the babies are starting to arrive! For some reason, it feels like 2020 has been the year of the boy, so that made capturing the Barnes family even more special– a little girl! This Downers Grove baby girl session was all the pink,…

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