Summer Brader Photography

Downers Grove Photographer serving Chicago and Suburbs.

It is... your life. Your story. Let's tell it together.


I’m Summer

I seek connection, the relationships, the laughs, and the real you

I taught myself how to really use photography to capture people as they are - beautiful and unique. As 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, toddlers, older kids and beyond. Over the last 16 years of photographing children and families in and around the Chicago area, 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!

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: 16+ years}

- Check out their online portfolios 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 and have seen well over 400 families a year}

- Are they insured and do they provide a contract for your session?

{me: Yes, of course! I would never think of not protecting my clients or myself}

- How long will you wait to view and receive your photographs?

{me: 3-7 days typically}

- Do they have a lot of repeat clients?

{me: a TON! 400+ a year}

- Are they in your budget?

{me: I price myself to reflect my experience, quality and also remain affordable in our area}

Downers Grove Photography

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 having these new little lives join us.

Downers Grove Photography

Let's Talk

I have the feeling you and I will get along really well with each other.

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