The highest compliment I get from my clients is getting to keep capturing their family memories over the years -- and when they refer me to their own friends and family! Check out these stories from my amazing clients, then contact me about your own session.

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Melissa S.

La Grange, IL

I decided last minute to do a maternity shoot because I wanted to capture an image similar to one I had taken during my first pregnancy. I also thought it would be nice to include my 1 year-old. What attracted me to Summer was not only her style of photography, but her willingness to shoot at our house. That made the process so much easier!! Not only did she capture the specific images I was looking for (silhouettes, not an easy task) but she got some great shots of my 1 year-old. She had my son "showing off" and laughing, which took the burden off my very pregnant self. She gave us great direction but kept the mood very casual. It was like having a friend over to take pictures. She made us feel very comfortable which put my husband at ease because he does not enjoy getting his picture taken. We also received our digital gallery promptly, as promised. I cannot wait to work with Summer again!

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Nidhi A.

Carol Stream, IL

I can’t say enough about how wonderful it was to work with summer for our maternity and newborn photo shoot. She captured our family beautifully, and is so easy to work with. Summer is so easy to work with, and really knows how to work with kids, which took the stress out of taking pictures. Will totally be using her again! And will recommend to everyone 🙂

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Betsy C.

Elmhurst, IL

Working with Summer is always a great experience. She is the only photographer I feel comfortable enough with to take pictures of our family of 7. This year, we added grandparents and our dog to our family photos and it didn't phase her one bit. Sometimes, I think the kids were crazy during a session and there is no way the pictures could turn out. Then, when we get the pictures back, they are works of art and she has captured everyone's personality! If you are looking for someone that is going to make you feel relaxed, who really knows what they are doing, all while producing extremely high quality pictures, you have found her!

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Lauren K.

Downers Grove, IL

Summer is amazing!! Her work speaks for itself, but she’s truly wonderful to work with. She makes everyone smile from the littlest members of the family, right on up to the grandparents. She has a calming presence that makes you feel like she’s an extension of your own family. She’s also an incredible teacher. She gives lessons on using your own camera. She walks you through each feature of your camera. My family has worked with her multiple times for a variety of occasions. The photographs are stunning and I could not recommend a better person to work with!

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Paige P.

Hinsdale, IL

My husband and I were nervous to take our toddler for family pictures since he never stops moving! When we got there all he wanted to do was play. Summer somehow got the best and cutest shots of our entire family including our 3 month old. She was so fun to shoot with and I would definitely recommend her to all of my friends and family!

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Debbie S.

Burr Ridge, IL

Summer Brader Photography will not disappoint! She is truly an artist who is passionate about her craft which transpires through her photos! She recently did my maternity, newborn and branding shoots and even included my dogs in the cutest ways! She will be my family photographer for life and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a natural looking yet beautifully polished photography session.

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Morgan B.

Downers Grove, IL

Where do I even begin? I found Summer off Instagram when I searched maternity session and I am so glad I found her! We had an amazing experience with our maternity and newborn session. Even during the pandemic Summer did a great job of staying safe and showing us pictures of what she wants us to pose. It was so much fun working with her and I am beyond impressed with how our pictures turned out. Another great thing is we got the pictures within 24 hours or less and was easy to download them on my computer.

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Laura F.

Downers Grove, IL

There are so many reasons to schedule a session with Summer. The planning is simple with detailed communication. After the shoot, the edited images are quick to your email for review. And the on-line ordering as easy as can be. Summer is a very talented, experienced pro with a great eye for design. The swift 30 minute session with our two adult sons couldn't have gone any better. They connected with her easy going personality immediately and the results are beautiful. We will cherish the images for a long time. Thank you Summer!

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Mary W.

Downers Grove, IL

For the last eight years Summer has taken all of our family pictures. Without fail, each year Summer makes pictures an enjoyable experience which seems impossible with three kiddos all close in age. But what makes Summer stand out from the rest is her ability to capture each of our kiddos unique personalities.She captures the shy/sports fan, the confident middle child, and the baby/diva. We look forward to many more years of Summer recording our family memories.

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Amanda d.

 Downers Grove, IL

10/10! 5 stars!! Summer is the most professional photographer I've ever communicated with or used. Very organized and structured in planning and how she does things- no questions and you're never left unsure or waiting. Her response time to emails is the quickest! And turnaround time for photos is so fast! Beautiful studio, the most gorgeous photos!! I just can't believe how easy and painless this experience has been-especially with my 3 and 4 year old who are not always the most cooperative or easiest to work with...
We will definitely be using you again- We might have FINALLY found a photographer we can have a long-term relationship with!

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Rachel S.

Downers Grove, IL

We had a great time at our photo session with Summer! We have 4 kids 6 and under so you can imagine what photo sessions usually look like. But Summer managed the chaos very professionally and even got my kiddos to cooperate!

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Laura M.

Downers Grove, IL

Summer is amazing! We absolutely LOVE our family photos! Our session was so natural and easy. Our 3 year old warmed up so quickly and Summer captured great pictures! We can’t wait to schedule with her again.

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Amy Z.

Downers Grove, IL

Thank you Summer for a fun afternoon photo session! I needed headshots for my health coaching business and she knew exactly the look I was going for. Love working with easy going people.

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Christi F.

Downers Grove, IL

All I can say is WOW! Summer really exceeded our expectations. Times are strange right now & I thought it was going to be pure chaos trying to capture photos from a distance (with a 6 month old + dogs) and not having her make adjustments/pose us. There were so many beautiful photos that she captured outdoors, from a “safe distance.” You would never know from the photoshoot that we are in the midst of very awkward times. She’s also adorable, short, fun and hilarious!