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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.

Oak Park, 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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Gina K.

Naperville, IL

"Summer took head shots for all of our team members and she captured us perfectly! We were so pleased with the photos and would not hesitate to use her again for other occasions!"

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Jenna O.

Villa Park, IL

"Summer is so talented the pictures came out better than I was even expecting! She was a pro behind the camera and with my 3 little boys! She captured their personalities which was so important to me. She is worth every penny and will be our families photographer from now on!"

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Kristin R.

Lemont, IL

"Summer was amazing! She captured everything I asked for and more. She was also very easy to work with and I would highly recommend her."

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Kristen D.

St. John, IN

"So helpful, optimistic, cheerful, and professional! I was very pleased!"

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Debbie S.

Schaumburg, 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 shoot 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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Kimberly D.

Downers Grove, IL

"My biggest fear was that I didn't have any friends who had used Summer, so all I had to go on was her website. Upon meeting, Summer, I knew that if the pictures were half as good as she was creative and nice, we would be fine. And the pictures came out amazing.The best part of the session was the suggestion to go to the high school. I hadn't really thought about it and it really captures the memory a senior picture should.I would tell any friend, Summer was creative, professional and truly creative, A big thumbs up!"

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Amy I.

Downers Grove, IL

"Our family photo session could not have gone more smoothly. On top of being incredibly talented, Summer is great with kids - she was patient and able to get both our boys to smile and laugh and act like their goofy selves. There were no family meltdowns (again, attributed to Summer's patience) which is a huge win.The pictures make my heart smile and beam with pride. Although the entire shoot took less than 20 minutes, there was a huge variety of images. Summer did a great job editing our pictures - the images looked like us, only better! My husband and I are so glad to have these moments of our family captured forever."

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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!"

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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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Brook B.

Hinsdale, IL

"Summer is so amazing! I just cried again after looking at our photos! She captured our proposal and I could not be happier with the results! She did awesome at keeping it a surprise! The photos are truly phenomenal! And she even sent us sneak peak photos within an hour!!!"

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Teresa G.

Lemont, IL

"Summer is wonderful, we felt comfortable with her doing our shoot. She had the patience to deal with our dogs, and still get great shots. It's tough work but she is a natural!"

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Zach F.

Downers Grove, IL

"Super friendly and great attention to detail - highly recommend! Her photos look awesome!"

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Peg C.

Downers Grove, IL

"When you hire Summer you are getting more than a just a photographer. She is the perfect blend of creative, kid whisperer (we have teen boys, 'nuff said) and dog wrangler. Summer takes the time to listen to your goals for each shoot, recommend locations and makes it fun. My favorite shoot was this past March in 20 degree weather at Hillcrest Playground. Summer recognized the importance of the park to our family and suggested doing it there. It was freezing and she got all 3 of our boys to smile and have fun. Summer can even do 8th grade graduation photos (never paying for school photos again). Highly recommend working with Summer."

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Amy R.

Lemont, IL

"Summer is so unbelievably talented! She take the most beautiful pictures and captures the sweetest moments. She is amazing with kids! I treasure the pictures she has taken of my girls and continue to get compliments all the time of the portraits hanging on my wall. She's the best!"

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Sue T.

Downers Grove, IL

"Summer does an absolutely fabulous job. She's extremely patient with kids of all ages and also with my two not so co-operative My family has used Summer on many occasions and each and every time I'm beyond thrilled and impressed by her talent to capture candid in the moment pictures each and every time. Her talent is unparalleled. I'd recommend her to anyone and everyone who is looking for beautiful pictures that you'll be thrilled with for a lifetime."

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Heidi H.

La Grange, IL

"No fear involved! We were so excited to get started and was looking forward to our new relationship with this photographer! Never a disappointment! We have used Summer now 6 times and we couldn't be happier - I love her personality and she works great with all people, I know this to be true because my best friend and family now use her. Worth every penny! Thank you summer for our life long memories!"

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