Downers Grove Photographer. The girl behind the camera.

Hey, I’m Summer. Your Downers Grove Photographer and the girl behind the camera.

I actually hated having my photo taken so much. If I was behind the camera, I wouldn’t have to be in front of it! 

Teaching myself how to use my camera and capture people as they are – beautiful and unique. As I raised my kids, I realized how quickly it all went by. Needing to freeze each moment as it whizzed by. I fell head over heels in love with documenting lives. What brings me the most joy is capturing all the chapters of your beautiful lives.

To me, it’s not about the number of clients but the right clients

I have taken my passion for photography and made it my profession. It is the best feeling, 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 17 years of photographing children and families, 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!

My most popular service is my hour-long essential session. Mothers-to-be also choose me for my complimentary maternity and in-home lifestyle newborn sessions that are very popular. I will meet in a 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.

Have you been thinking about booking a family photographer, and worried about the final result?

You should be, but not for the reasons that you think.

Many families book professional photographers and fear that something will go wrong. It could ultimately ruin the experience on the day of their session. The truth? Outfits can be changed, kids can be entertained, and locations can be moved. If you want to ensure that your session will be a fantastic experience, schedule a photographer who is comfortable working with kids, elements, and the occasional stressed out parent.

My eye for detail, putting everyone at ease, capturing pure joy, and consistency is what makes me the preferred family photographer for many community families and professionals alike. As a lifestyle children and family photographer, I have the experience that allows me to quickly pivot (without any added stress) to ensure that your photos turn out beautifully. As a result, a session with me is guaranteed to be filled with smiles and laughs. And the final product, breathtaking. You can read some of the reviews from my clients HERE and HERE.

Are you in or around Downers Grove and looking for your forever photographer?

Escape the ordinary and invest in impressive and authentic memories that will last forever.

Summer Brader is a lifestyle family photographer based in Downers Grove serving Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Specializing in lifestyle photography, I capture families, maternity, newborns, families and small business clients with a low-stress approach.

Invested in only the highest quality equipment, editing techniques, and styling props, your family photos with Summer will redefine your expectation of professional photography.

Looking for your freebie? Here it is! Use code: SBP’22Freebie in your online gallery store after your session for a free 8×10 deep matte print

For more information on how to schedule your session, please visit Summer Brader Photography.


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