Katie Hall Photography: Blog https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog en-us (C) Katie Hall Photography (Katie Hall Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:36:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:36:00 GMT https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/img/s/v-12/u104852960-o486812262-50.jpg Katie Hall Photography: Blog https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog 120 80 Family Lifestyle Session | Lake County Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2019/6/family-lifestyle-session-candid-photography-cookies-outdoors-swings-trampoline Lifestyle sessions have a beautiful way of showing how perfectly in the moment we can be with each other.
I've been photographing this family for many years and although they are a VERY photogenic bunch and knock all of their
sessions out of the park, it's these lifestyle sessions that make me swoon. I started working with them as a birth photographer,
and they are no stranger to being captured candidly.
Thank you, Julie & Lars for inviting me into your day and sharing your awesome family with me.
((hugs))
Katie

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The Ups of Downs | Asher's First Birthday | Lake County Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2019/6/the-ups-of-downs-lake-county-family-photographer "It is a blessing!
A unique life that reminds us
that so many of the standards
we hold ourselves to
are just distractions
from the amazing things
we already have."

- Mark Kemen, Asher's Dad,
about her Down Syndrome diagnosis
When Sarah and Mark met their 4th baby girl, they were exhausted. They had been preparing for a quick 5 hour or less labor and delivery just like her previous deliveries. They planned their homebirth and they had 3 big sisters standing by; they were ready to be a family of 6. As the 5 hours turned into 30 they questioned what was going on, but kept their faith. Sarah, as exhausted as she was, delivered Asher in water at home after 30 hours. She admits to being filled with joy, instant relief, and even guilt so that she could rest her weary body.

"Please someone just take her." 

What they did not realize at the time is that this arduous delivery was proving what they were capable of. The following 48 hours were some of the hardest of their life together. As they bonded and got to know their new baby, Asher, they found that she was a very sleepy baby. Waking her to feed the first night made them chuckle. "She must have been tired too!" But that quickly escalated to panic when they realized she was failing to thrive while spoon feeding her breastmilk. They took her to the local ER where she was diagnosed with a bowel obstruction and taken to Milwaukee Children's Hospital for immediate surgery. They were devastated, they were exhausted, they were panicked. Not only 48 hours after a 30 hour labor, Sarah and Mark were pacing the inside of a hospital where their littlest girl was fighting for her life and their older 3 daughters were back at home.

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Through all of this they also learned that Asher had Down Syndrome.
"In the course of these 12 hours I don't think I could have cried more. [...] 
I was sad, angry, exhausted, grateful, in pain."
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With a resilient little girl in recovery they leaned on each other and their faith in God. They found their laughter again. They found their strength. They were reminded that they had a support system to lean on. Sarah and Mark stayed at Ronald McDonald House. They found wisdom and solace and appreciation for their new daughter from  Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin and Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network

"Even though I wasn't entirely convinced at that moment,
I knew I would be excited about it eventually. And these people were there for us."

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Over the last year, Sarah and Mark have watched their baby girl thrive! They have learned so much about themselves throughout the process and know that they have been entrusted to raise one of the strongest and most determined people. They look forward to joining Asher in breaking down the stereotypes for people with Ds!

It was an absolute honor to work with the Kemen Family to celebrate Asher's first birthday. Asher has 3 big sisters, Miriam, Esther, and Abigail.
 I hope you guys enjoy these photos for years to come are a reminder to you of how far you all have come as a family.
((hugs))
Katie

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Outdoor Family Photography | Libertyville Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2019/6/outdoor-family-photography-libertyville-photographer

06.04.19

Forest preserves and naturescapes are lovely backgrounds for family photos, but very often you can find a less buggy and super-quaint option in your own hometown! I love shooting in and around urban areas like small downtown area, alley ways, and promenades. These spaces tend to be far less buggy and can even protect from the wind, as was the case on this particular day! 30mph winds be damned, we got this session in anyway!

If you're looking for your family photographer, I would love to chat with you!
((hugs))
~Katie

Designer Mommy & Me dresses for this session are from Elestory.

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Twins | Northern Illinois Baby Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2019/5/twins-chicago-baby-photographer |TWINNING|
5.22.2019


This week I got to enjoy time with Henrik and Tilly for their 4 month milestone photos. These littles are growing so fast and we got to chat about all the thing; sleep deprivation, colic, giggles, teething, breastfeeding, going back to work, and of course how the heck you could possibly love someone SO much!
 I give parents of twins loads of credit. Raising two babies at the same time is exhausting work!

((hugs))
Katie

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Lifestyle Photography | Lake Forest Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2019/4/lifestyle-photography-lake-forest-family-photographer Versatility helps me have a stronger creative eye. I know that there is a small piece of me in every image I create and it will show in every session I publish. I love connecting and art directing my sessions to get a well composed image, however there is something to be said for the unscripted authenticity that happens between those posed images. I feel there is greater sense of self and connection in those moments and I always give my clients both during their sessions.  

This was a gorgeous in-home lifestyle session that I did to celebrate baby girl's 18mo milestone. Even I forget at times how curious and active toddler can be. Making them pose in a studio is hardly fun for them and more often than not frustrating for parents. In-home sessions give them the opportunity to show me who they are. I let them take the reigns. It's a technique I used YEARS ago as a teen babysitter. Playful curiosity is their love language.

They are unscripted. They are playful. They are full of authenticity.


I am booking all of my 2019 sessions through September 1st right now. I would love to see your family this year.
Please contact me through my website to book your custom session.

04.10.2019

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Their First Baby | Chicago Maternity Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/11/their-first-baby-chicago-maternity-photographer 11.15.18
You know that adorable couple that sits holding hands in the corner of the Starbucks? The one that reminds you of a cute romantic comedy? 
The couple that makes you say, "those are #relationshipgoals right there!"?
That is exactly what it was like meeting Barb and Peter!
Even though they were brand new clients, I could see the chemistry between them as soon as I met them. I couldn't get enough of the way they looked at each other and how they shared their anticipation for their future as a family of three. It was delightful to cull through their images and see that connection resonating through. The images are just sweet as can be.
Thank you guys for allowing me to use my creative vision to capture this part of your journey together.
((hugs)) Katie


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Fall Giggles | Lake County Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/11/fall-giggles-lake-county-family-photographer 11.09.18
Warning: The giggles in this session may be contagious!
I don't know how these two cuties got to be 3 already, but it feels like their newborn session was just last week! Staying in contact with families and watching them grow is one of the many highlights of my job.

To see these little personalities grow and change over the years.
To see the kids excitement when they share their world with me. 
To chat with Mom and Dad about the successes and struggles of being parents.

I am a firm believer that we have a ripple effect in everything we do and the best place to start is in our own communities. Being able to see my clients year after year and meet them where they are at (wherever that is at that moment) and allow them to celebrate all of it...is so awesome to me! I'm so thankful I get to be here to do this everyday! Thank you Jan & Miranda for sharing a small piece of your world with me. I think these memories are some of the best yet!

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Fall Family Photography | Grayslake Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/10/fall-family-photography-grayslake-photographer 10.29.19
When it comes to small community based businesses like myself, word of mouth referrals are what help me and a lot like me thrive! I get to meet the most wonderful people this way and it always reminds me of what a very small world we live in. Not to mention how one person's expertise can influence a whole new cascade of amazing success in our lives. I met Jamie and her family when we needed a realtor to sell our starter home and find us a more functional home for our family and growing career needs. I received her name on a referral from a friend and neighbor. Since then I've watched Hering Homes
 grow leaps and bounds as well and have had the opportunity to capture Jamie's family and business photos. She's so much fun to keep up with on social media. Her dedication to her team and her clients shines. Thank you, Jamie for all you do for our community. I'm so excited to give you more memories for your own new home! 
((hugs)) Katie

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Fall Family Photography | Lake County Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/10/fall-family-photography-lake-county-photographer 10.26.18
As our kiddos grow past their toddler years, annual milestone sessions don't become any less important. They may not change as fast physically as when they were babies, but gosh do they start developing a sense of self quicker than us parents are usually ready for. They teeter between innocent little kids and confidently clever adolescents, which I just love! This particular session is that much more personal for me as I've watched these two ladies grow alongside my own girls. I've watched all of them find passion, be creative, and be so silly they make me laugh until I cry. We're lucky to know them and have them to grow with. Thank you Kelli & Jason for your trust. I'm so excited to see your girls through my lens like this!


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September Sunset Session | Libertyville Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/10/september-sunset-session-libertyville-family-photographer 10.02.18
I think September is one of my favorite times of the year to host photo sessions. Don't get me wrong, I still share the Anne of Green Gables LOVE for October. You can't go wrong with the  beautiful color change and the crisp sweater weather here in the midwest. However when it comes to client convenience, and session ease-
September is where.it's.at.

Let me explain...

Although we don't have the gorgeous leaves in the background of this session, it was honestly THE PERFECT night for photography. The sunset light was gorgeous, the temperature was very tolerable for everyone (including baby), AND the time of sunset which gives us this amazing light is later in the day, accommodating getting dinner in ahead of the session and far less stress on a weeknight that is inevitably after work and school. The flexibility that September affords me and my clients is immeasurable and I'm super excited to share this crazy awesome session with all of you. Little Evan is celebrating his ONE YEAR milestone and asserting his growing personality in the cutest ways! Happy Birthday, Little Man!
~Katie


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Baby Brother Axel | Newborn Session | North Shore Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/9/baby-brother-axel-newborn-session-north-shore-newborn-photographer
09.28.18

The parenting phrase 'it takes a village' is also applicable when raising a business. I've been told many times over the years to delegate wherever I can, to stick to what I like best about my business, and what I'm most good at. That advice could not be more accurate. I've learned that trying to do it all myself is a waste of time, energy, and more often than not never gets the job done the way I want it. Either due to lack of skill or proper production time. Giving up control is a huge part of owning a small or micro business. If this is your story right now- I encourage you to start letting go and find your village. Find the professionals that will help you thrive and make your life easier!

For me, one of those people was Axel's Mom, Emma of Epple Design.
If you haven't seen the new KHP Welcome Guide, *sigh* is beautiful! It's everything that I wanted for helping my clients decide on, plan, and invest in their photography from start to finish and Emma was the master designer behind the whole thing! I'm so glad I had her expertise throughout the process! When I first took in her inquiry and we got to know each other, I couldn't much ignore the fact that our artistic chemistry was spot on and she was a great fit for this project that I had literally been poking at for almost 2 years! YES!!! That's right, it's been 2 years!!! I know, I know...my ability to let go of control is a whole other blog post for another day...

But, here we were. I finally jumped at the chance to employ someone else's professional services to help me grow my business and take back my own time!
It worked! On top of it, I'm getting to share their family as my art. I'm so proud of this session! Working in a new studio space for the better part of a year has been wonderful, but just like anything it takes time to find the sweet spot. To know exactly how the light will look at a given time of day, how I want my props positioned and what my camera settings need to be to get the best look in post production.
*Deep Breathe*
When it all comes together like that, you know that you can move through the creative process much smoother and with less trial and error! That is a gift right there! The relief for me is priceless! I'm excited to keep exploring my creativity more productively. Thank you, Emma!

Please join me in welcoming Axel Earthside. Happy Birthday sweet guy!


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Little Emmy | Newborn Photography | Lake County Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/9/little-emmy-newborn-photography-lake-county-newborn-photographer It's a GIRL!
Meet Emersyn.
Oh my goodness, you guys! I'm absolutely smitten over miss Emmy's newborn session! She allowed me to explore some creativity that I've been craving for far too long! She was such a little snuggle bug, but when we were in the middle of changing wraps she gave us the sweetest little stretch and yawn series (shown above). Her Mom and Grandma were in the studio with me and said,
"Ohhh, all her little faces."
I knew this needed to be captured and put alongside the rest of her gallery.
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I love working with and posing newborns in their wraps. The rest of this gallery is very bold and I love it,
but I also love capturing the authenticity of this fleeting baby stage.
Let me tell you as a photographer- it's my goal to tell these kinds of stories. Always.
This gallery is an accompaniment to Julie's summer maternity session.

Congratulations Julie, Kris & Colin. Welcome Emmy.


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Baby Sister Is Here | Newborn Photography | Lake County Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/9/baby-sister-is-here-newborn-photography-lake-county-photographer 09.21.18

This little lady has been so highly anticipated in her house. Her two big brothers have been ready to love on her for awhile!
And her parents have been more than ready to have a baby girl to dress and love to pieces. When Mom called me up to chat
about their newborn session, she wanted to know one thing- if I had purple props! And gosh, do I! I was so happy to meet
this awesome family at the studio and be entrusted with their newborn memories. Happy Birth Day, Ellorie! 


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Senior Portraits | Lake County Photographer | Family Photography https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/9/senior-portraits-lake-county-photographer-family-photography 9.20.18
I loved getting to know this bright young lady for a few hours during her session a few weeks ago. She shared a full trumpet serenade with me in studio and told me all about her theater background. I love seeing such raw talent in someone so young. She was an absolute delight to chat with. The future has so many possibilities and she's only just beginning to get to know herself and what she's capable of! 
 


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Scarlett Is Three | Milestone Portrait Session | Lake County Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/9/scarlett-is-three-milestone-portrait-session-lake-county-photographer

09.18.18

I have watched this family love on each other from the day that Tony & Nicole said I do. They blended their families and then welcome their daughter Scarlett. Her newborn photos are some of my all time favorites and watching her grow and bond with her two older brothers has been an honor! At age 3 she is a little bashful and appropriately stubborn for the age. I can confidently say that we got her personality to shine in these images. Her bond with Daddy is so strong right now and it was exactly what she needed to coming out of her shell. And what kid can deny their joy for bubbles?!


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Enzo's One! | Baby Milestone Session | Lake County Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/9/enzos-one-baby-milestone-session-lake-county-family-photographer 09.07.18

To watch families grow and change is such a high for me. I'm beyond blessed to call this profession mine and that I get to hand over memories like this for families to cherish forever. Life is about the bonds we make with the people we love. The people that set our souls on fire. The people that we choose to write our stories with. When we love that fiercely it's easy to celebrate each other just as much. Congrats to Sam & Vince for getting through another first year with a brand new little person. Parenting is tough stuff, but love makes it all worth it!

Happy Birthday, Enzo! You are one awesome little guy!


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Summer Baby | Maternity Session | Lake County Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/8/summer-baby-maternity-session-lake-county-family-photographer Julie and Kris and their son Colin have been my neighbors for years. I officially met them once our oldest kiddos started kindergarten together.
We used to see each other in the grocery store, waiting at red lights and shared some great laughs together on the Santa Express train one holiday season.
When Julie contacted me to do their maternity/newborn photos this year I was over the moon! They had been waiting to welcome this little one into
their family for awhile and I knew how special it was for them to have these memories captured. Summer pregnancies always tend to feel the longest, but Julie's was embracing this. She and Kris have a very fun loving relationship with a lot of humor between them. They were so easy to photograph and they kept the hot, muggy, and what could have been an otherwise uncomfortable session, upbeat and so much fun!
I can't wait to meet this little one. Gender is a surprise, but my bets are on a baby girl! Only time will tell!


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New Baby Girl | Lincolnshire Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/5/new-baby-girl-lincolnshire-newborn-photographer

This spring I've chosen a more authentic approach to my newborn sessions, whether we're in my studio or in a client's home.
These lifestyle sessions incorporate soft textures and the ability for the entire family to remain relaxed and function on their own terms.
I'm simply smitten with with the results and how real and candid they feel.


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Baby Bump | Lake County Maternity Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2018/3/baby-bump-lake-county-maternity-photographer

The unpredictable spring weather allows me to create my custom sessions inside the comfort of my natural light studio. I invited Krystal and Chris over for a late afternoon session when I knew the light would be a little dramatic and contrasty. I wanted to play with some window lit shadows for their maternity session. With the help of a few modifiers I was also able to throw the light around and reflect it for some more evenly lit shots, which brought their gallery together just the way I planned. I love how these images brought out their adorable relationship and excitement for their new little one.

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Baby Girl | Lake County Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2017/4/baby-girl-lake-county-newborn-photographer

I'm so excited that I get to love on this little lady a bit more today! She was such an awesome little baby to photograph. She was so good to me! She slept almost the entire session! We swaddled her a number of ways. Big brother even got to hold her and snuggle with her quite a bit. It made my job so easy and I got to stretch my creativity that much farther!
 She's growing stronger and bigger by the day and I'm so glad that her family has these images to remind them of her first few teeny tiny days.

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New Baby | Lake County Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2017/4/new-baby-lake-county-newborn-photographer

Babies grow and change so fast and as Moms and Dads we often feel like it goes too quick. Especially when our attention shared 
with older siblings, household responsibilities, etc, etc. Newborn sessions should be cherished. Those snapshot of your
new little one when he/she was so fresh, so new will bring you endless joy when they begin crawling, walking, talking and 
throwing tantrums. ;)

I love capturing the little baby details to the family as a whole. The session also creates a safe and comfortable space for you to
relax and be in the moment with your little one with no expectations or responsibilities expect to love your family.

This family was the epitome of relaxed and because of that, baby was relaxed. He was so good to me, slept almost the entire session
and even when he woke up was still adorable and content in front of the camera. 


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Documenting The First Year | Lake County Baby Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2017/4/documenting-the-first-year-lake-county-baby-photographer One of the greatest honors that I have as a photographer is to witness the growth of a family. As a parent myself, I know how quickly a baby grows in the first year. It is a time to truly cherish. I take many clients each year who commit to between 3 - 5 sessions throughout their baby's first year. The baby planner series can look different for each family, but ones like this are among my favorites!

For the second time, I was invited to capture this family's baby story from maternity session through first year, including their birth story. I had the honor of doing the same for their son a few years prior and was delighted when they hired me again to document their daughter's. Being welcomed into such a transforming time in a young family's life is humbling to say the least. We met just a few weeks ago to celebrate their daughter's first birthday with a smash cake and family session.

Cue the tears! 

It must come from having been through this with my own kids, but I can't fight the sense of completion and the small pang of disappointment as a series comes to an end. As they dive into their smash cake, I will catch myself thinking about how little they once were. I will find it hard to believe how expressive they have become while I bribe them for a cute smile. I even think  about what will be ahead for them based on my own experiences with my kiddo's milestones. It's my dilemma as an empathic person and what I know makes me good at my job, but watching these babies and families grow is such a joy for me. I love sharing my talent and ability to freeze time in a beautiful and creative format. I hope they cherish these images and share them with each other always.

This has literally been over a year in the making, but I'm so excited to share an example of a full baby planner series. Enjoy!


Maternity Session
We couldn't have timed their maternity session more perfectly. A warm fall morning allowed them time to engage with their son while apple picking.
Birth Session
Their sweet little girl arrived midday at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. None of us knew just how quickly she would arrive after spending some time snuggling with big brother. These last moments as a family of three just pull at my heart. Literally at the edge of change right here.
Baby girl's arrival was fast and furious! Even the hospital staff didn't have much warning. As a photographer I have to thank her, because we had such gorgeous lighting in the room. Natural light is such a treat to have a birth. Mom was simply shocked when she delivered her beautiful girl after such a short, intense labor.  She and Daddy enjoyed a snuggle in the sunshine from the rocking chair before they headed to the recovery room with Mom.
Newborn Session
After everyone was home from the hospital, I joined the family at their house for a fun newborn session that paired lifestyle photography and some posed images together. Big bro was getting used to having his little sis in the house permanently and sharing his parent's attention. I think he enjoyed being in the spotlight for a portion of the session.
Milestone Session
A six/seven month session brought us back to fall. A full year since their maternity photos! The colors were gorgeous for this session and baby girl was going through some separation anxiety. She did not want to be away from mom for long and we employed the divide and conquer approach with both kiddos. The thing I love about this family is they truly allow a go with the flow attitude and in doing so enable me to get some really authentic images.
First Year Milestone Session
Rounding out the series with the biggest milestone of all- the ONE YEAR session means that we have a fully mobile baby with a fully developed opinion! This is when it's great fun to reminisce about baby's birth and how far they've come as a family unit in such a short time. Happy Birth Day!!

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Family Life | Lake County Lifestyle Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2017/4/family-life-lake-county-lifestyle-photographer

I adore working with clients that embrace the chaos that can comes with being a young family.
It's one of the many gifts that we learn as we grow into Moms and Dads. Going with the ever changing flow is par for the course
and days are never the perfect picture that we envision in our mind. 

This was just some of the beautiful conversation that this couple and myself exchanged at their session. A candid, lifestyle studio session
was just what they were looking for so their babies could be uniquely themselves and their joyful love could be captured so authentically. 

I loved getting to know them and I look forward to watching their babies grow and change. They were too fun!
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New Baby | Grayslake Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2017/3/new-baby-grayslake-newborn-photographer

I'm completely smitten with this little one and so is the rest of his family!
His grandma is a friend of my family's who couldn't contain her excitement when she told me he had arrived.
I was deeply touched that they hired me for their first family portraits. I couldn't be happier for them and I can't wait to watch this little guy grow.

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Michelle & Adam Adopting | Lake County Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2017/3/michelle-adam-adopting-lake-county-photographer

Today I get to gush over Michelle and Adam. I can not tell you how over the moon I am for these two amazing people! 
I got to know them while they were planning their 2012 wedding and this year they are beginning a new chapter of their love story.

They are ADOPTING!

This is that part of my job that makes me go straight to a teary goo-ball and gives me fits of giggles because...I've known.
I've known this HAPPY news since Michelle reached out to me months ago for collaboration on announcing it.

Holding onto that kind of emotion is priceless. Realizing I have that kind of trust makes me melt. Getting to celebrate it with them is magical!

I also know that this journey started long before today. It's been a very emotional process for them and it will continue to be.
But as many people wrote on their social media pages. This baby, whoever he or she is, won the lottery. They are going to be terrific parents and
I can't wait to share more of their journey as it unfolds.

Join me in celebrating them!
Have you been through this process? Do you have words of encouragement to share?
Leave them some positive thoughts in the notes below.

Blessings Always. ~Katie

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Baby Boy | Newborn Evanston Lifestyle Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2016/4/baby-boy-evanston-newborn-photographer

Getting to spend time with a new family is always a treat for me. Being allowed to witness a their newness, their bonding, their togetherness is so priceless. This family is not only enjoying a new baby, but a new home as well. An in-home newborn session was just what they needed! They have a lot to be thankful for and are enjoying every amazing moment. Congratulations to Meredith & Eric! Thank you for your trust. ~Katie

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Baby Olivia | Grayslake Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2016/3/baby-olivia-grayslake-newborn-photographer

Once you start adding babies to your family, life can get hectic really fast. Although studio sessions are an amazing opportunity for many parents, sometimes the comfort of your own home is much more simple and manageable with a energetic toddler and a brand new infant. I was happy to bring Jason and Rachel's newborn session into the home after the arrival of their baby girl, Olivia. Having known them for a number of years and bring present to capture both of their birth stories, we've built an awesome relationship. Gavin, their oldest, is two and full of spunk. Bringing a new baby home can be disruptive to an older sibling and challenge their comfort level a bit. Being able to bring the session to their home allowed him to remain comfortable in his environment and gave him the chance to show his true personality when he was ready for pictures with the family. Not to mention that since these sessions are shot in your home, they offer a personal touch that you just can't get in the studio. For those seeking this type of session, it's definitely worth it to find a photographer that has the flexibility and eye for it. I offer both studio and in-home sessions and love each individually.

Congratulations, Jason, Rachel, Gavin & Olivia! Love you guys to the moon and back! ~Katie

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Christmas Baby | Lake Bluff Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2016/1/christmas-baby-lake-bluff-newborn-photographer

I was so glad to hear that this little bundle had arrived ahead of the Christmas holiday so that we could get a precious holiday photo like this one. That precious little snowman was a totally unexpected and last minute addition to this beautiful session. I picked him up at Twigs Flower Shop right next door to the studio on my way in for her session. Welcome to the world, little snow baby!

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Beautiful Belly | Lake Bluff Maternity Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/12/beautiful-belly-lake-bluff-maternity-photographer

I can not tell you how awesome it is to work with mamas who love to celebrate how amazing their body is during pregnancy. It's so lovely to capture such joy and the epitome of a woman's creative expression. For this mama who is expecting her little one on Christmas Day, we really kicked it up a notch. A wreath of holly and a winter white gown of lace was a perfect pairing for the recent snow fall in Chicago and the warm late fall sunlight in the studio. I'm in love with this session and I'm so glad she has these images to cherish of her last pregnancy. Much love. ~Katie

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Maya | Lake Bluff Milestone Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/11/maya-lake-bluff-milestone-photographer Yet again, I can't believe that another little one's first year has come to a close. I never get enough of watching these babies grow and capturing all of their precious milestones for their families. I met Maya and her parents at her newborn session last fall. She was quite the little peanut and such a perfect baby to photograph. There is no doubt that every day with her is a joy. Maya has a gentleness to her spirit that I wanted to highlight in this last session. The week that we photographed her, she was gaining more confidence in walking and I could tell she was so proud of herself. Working to capture the explorative nature in a child of this age and the outright joy/excitement that it brings their parents is what a one year session is all about. Happy Birthday, Maya! ~Katie

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Jaxson | Lake Bluff Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/11/jaxson-lake-bluff-newborn-photographer

First newborn session in the new studio is complete. Jaxson was sweet as pie and made himself right at home. Even at three weeks new, he managed to fall into a sleepy milk coma with no issue, but graced us with his big beautiful eyes too. I loved spending time with him and his Mama in the new space. It was warm (very warm) and cozy for this little squish. I had everything at my fingertips and was able to change gears so effectively. I'm grateful for this creative space that I get to work in. I'm looking forward to all the winter sessions that will be able to take place inside it's walls. 

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Family Session | Lake Bluff Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/11/family-session-lake-bluff-photographer

I love meeting new clients. It's a new chance to interpret someone else's story. Someone you've never met before. Some may think of it as a daunting task to make strangers feel comfortable enough to show their most genuine bond in front of the camera. I simply leave it to intuition and an open heart, and when I get a chance to capture pure emotion like this, I know I'm on the right side of the camera. These photos most definitely say, "This is us. Right here, right now. This is our life together. This is how I smile when you smile. This is how I laugh when you laugh. This is what I feel when you make that face. And I wouldn't change a thing." Thank you Acevedo Family for allowing me to capture your beautiful love. ~Katie

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Lucas Family | Lake Bluff Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/11/lucas-family-lake-bluff-family-photographer

This family was the epitome of fun. We had so many wonderful laughs during their session and the simple, natural joy they share as a family totally shines through in their photos. I've known Mom and Dad for quite a number of years, we all used to work together. We've both moved on, built and grown our families and kept in touch here and there. I was excited to meet their little ones and catch up on the last 5 years. I'm so honored to be able to give them these adorable memories. Happy Fall!

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Fall Family Session | Lake Bluff Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/11/fall-family-session-lake-bluff-family-photographer

Fall has been so incredibly gorgeous here in the midwest and has allowed me to create so many wonderful sessions for my clients this year. I was so happy to meet this new family and get to know their fun kids! I want to thank them so much for their trust and I can't wait to get their gallery over to them. 

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Expecting | Lake Bluff Maternity & Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/11/expecting-lake-bluff-maternity-family-photographer

I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I was for this sweet family when I heard they were expecting their second baby. They are long time friends of mine from college who have invited me to capture some of their most treasured moments together. For their fun fall family session and pregnancy announcement we spent some time picking apples and enjoying lots of cuteness from their 2 year old son, Gavin. They are outstanding parents and I'm so looking forward to the year ahead with them! I can't wait to meet their new baby GIRL in early 2016! Congratulations!!!


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Fall Family Photos | Lake Bluff Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/10/fall-family-photos-lake-bluff-family-photographer

Wrapped up another gorgeous fall session for one of my amazing KHP families. I've had to pinch myself this year. Chicagoland has enjoyed such a lovely October!
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." ~Anne of Green Gables

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Fall Mini Session | Lake County Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/10/fall-mini-session-lake-county-family-photographer

Fall mini sessions are almost complete for the season. I'm so glad that I had the chance to reconnect and enjoy time with some of my past clients who are so very busy growing and changing every day. I had the pleasure of visiting with another one of my homebirth families from earlier this year. Baby Aiden was all grins and giggles at his fun outdoor session that just so happened to be on his big sister's 3 year birthday. Thank you so much for sharing a portion of your special day with me! You have so much to celebrate this year! ~Katie

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Fall Sessions | Lindenhurst Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/10/fall-sessions-lindenhurst-family-photographer

I can't believe that these gorgeous fall days are almost gone for the year. We really lucked out and have enjoyed some of the nicest autumn weather that we've seen in years! I'm overjoyed by how many sessions I've been able to successfully schedule outdoors. My guess is that it was all that rain we saw this past spring. The colors on the trees are so vibrant and nature is certainly putting on its best show, just like this family did. Four little cuties to hold close. All photogenic and terribly fun to spend time with! Thank you Eide Family for such a great session! ~Katie

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Lake County Family Photographer | Fall Mini Session https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/10/lake-county-family-photographer-fall-mini-session

I'm so glad that I decided to offer weeknight fall mini sessions. Even though they get earlier and earlier in the evening the further into the month we get, they are so beyond worth it. We didn't have to depend on 6 solid weekends of perfect weather. We spread it out and I left room for reschedules and it's been a fantastically calm busy season. I've enjoyed seeing so many new and old faces in front of my camera this year. It's these relationships that I love so much! This mini session was with the Kelly family. Baby Nora (now 15mo old) was a KHP birth session last July. I can't express how lovely it is to be invited to watch these kiddos grow and change. I absolutely love it. Thank you so much for coming out to see me this year, guys! Happy Fall! ~Katie

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Making It Work With Trust | Libertyville Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/7/making-it-work-with-trust-libertyville-family-photographer

This sweet little one above and her family have been requesting photos from KHP for over two years now. I met them when she was only 6 months old and before I had a studio to work out of. And like so many other families that have trusted me over the years, she has grown with KHP. I've watched her become a big sister, learn how to talk, walk and GIGGLE! Her Mom and I have always laid out solid plans for their sessions, but she closes all emails to me with, "Sounds great, but we trust you and I know you'll make it look awesome!" I admit there are times when I don't feel as confidant with that trust, but if you know me, I always like a good challenge (as much as I resist it sometimes). Her family ALWAYS comes perfectly coordinated as well. If anyone ever wonders what to wear or how to coordinate colors....I usually send them one of their galleries for a good example! So it's pretty awesome when you start the session with something great to work with. 

This session was Kate's 3 year milestone session. WOW! 3 years! How did that happen? Weren't we just talking about smash cake in the park? This year it was HOT, it was HUMID and it was RAINING (how different). I grumbled. Oh, how I grumbled about the weather. I finally resigned to doing their summer session in the studio, to which Kate's Mom said, "Sounds great. We trust you and I know you'll make it look awesome."

>insert panic<

But it's SUMMER, I want to be outside! I want to be anywhere but the studio in the SUMMER! As my daughter with a winter birthday promptly kicks dirt and says...."I never get my birthday pictures outside in fun dresses because of the SNOW!"

I flopped down at my desk and finally blew a whole bunch of blocked energy and took the reigns over the session ahead of me. I got my space and looked at the world around me. Which at moment was my office. I have much of my client and personal work hanging in there. To do exactly what it did that day. INSPIRE ME! There are two images, one of my daughter and one of a reeeeeeeeally longtime client at Kate's age. Who were this cute kids staring back at me? Dancing in the rain and jumping in the puddles?

The inspiration images from past sessions.

DUH, Katie! >light bulb moment<

Go outside! Embrace nature! Get a little wet! I had done it before! Letting a three year old be a three year old!!! I jumped up with excitement (I often see myself a cartoon character in these moments). I would need balloons, a rain coat and boots, an umbrella AND....bubbles! I warn you, what you're about to see is some serious cuteness! Look at how the session turned out.

And of course I was thrilled to get the email from Kate's Mom saying she loved them all so much, which makes my heart happy! 

^^^OH! Did I mention, Kate brought a crown with her? Birthday Princess! Heck, yea!!! ^^^

...and guess who decided to show his beautiful face late in the session! Mr. Sunshine!

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Milwaukee Family Photographer | Tristan https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/6/milwaukee-family-photographer-tristan

It's always nice to find new locations for sessions. This time I met these adorable boys on the beach front, just south of Milwaukee on a gorgeous night! Again, due to the torrential rain that we've seen this spring, finding locations that aren't soaked or saturated with standing water is a huge plus. I couldn't believe how fortunate we were to have such beautiful sunlight and calm waters. It was perfect!

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Elena's One Year Milestone | Vernon Hills Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/6/elenas-one-year-milestone-vernon-hills-photographer  

 

Maybe a more appropriate title for this (less SEO friendly) would be "Dancing Between Raindrops." 
I'm sure you've read on many photographer's blogs this year that the weather has us all pulling our hair out. Seems that all I've heard is when is summer going to get here? Will we ever have another dry day? The weather was nicer in Ireland and Seattle this week than it was in the midwest! Hahaha! Even through tons of reschedules and rain delays, I've still managed to capture some absolutely adorable families. This one was so much fun because this little cutie really could have cared less about what was falling out of the sky. She was ready for fun! Her parents and I matched her energy and ran with it. At one point, the sky was sunny on one side of the street and pouring on the other. I was standing under my mini van's trunk hatch and photographing them from across the street so they could stand where it was dry! Hahaha! Learning to accept and lean into the challenge can really have it's benefits. I'm so glad we didn't reschedule this one! It worked out too well! Much love to Miss Elena on her 1st year milestone! Happy Birthday, Baby!

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Scarlet's Birth Story | Wisconsin Birth Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/5/scarlets-birth-story-wisconsin-birth-photographer

As I reflect back to the long winter that we had this year and the renewal of spring, I think about all the birth families that I have gotten to serve this year so far. I've been witness to some of the most unique birth experiences, both in the home and in the hospital. The process of birth has the ability to break us down so that it can renew us on an inner level. That process looks different for everyone and each person's experience is their own. Birth is raw. It can be messy. It's destructive. But in order to grow, some things must be destroyed first and through that deep exploration and destruction of our inner self we get to feel the joy and happiness of being able to know a new, untouched part of ourselves.

A Birth Story from Katie Hall Photography on Vimeo.

Tracy and Tj's birth plan could not have gone more opposite than how they had intended, but it was how the dealt with it that showed their resilience and strength and ultimately their love for each other.

When Tracy's labor started it had a rhythm all its own. Tracy breathed through each contraction as it came for several days. She met each one with openness and the excitement that comes with the anticipation of meeting your baby for the the first time. She went in for a prenatal visit with her midwife and to everyone's surprise was much closer than anticipated to meeting this new little soul. So close that it seemed a drive back home would probably be longer than the remainder of her labor. A birth space was prepared for them, baby was monitored and Tracy was given the time to relax and go inward. She continued to meet contractions for several hours with the generous and compassionate care of her husband and midwives. Baby was strong. Mama was strong. Back rubs, leg rubs, breathy pushes encouraged Tracy to follow a desire to go deeper within herself.

Despite their best intentions for a home delivery, it was apparent that baby might need some additional assistance with her grand entrance. There were a few moments of shattered hopes shared among the room, but what shined above all else was the acceptance of this natural flow by Tracy and Tj. They moved past resistance and reluctance and found yet another part of their inner selves. The transfer to the hospital was seamless. Filled with love and respect for this family. Their midwives stayed by their side as the hospital staff confirmed what that afternoon and previous few days of labor had been slowly building up to. Baby was in a unique position and despite every best effort, had no intention of moving. Tracy and Tj, faced with yet another detour from their original plan, but moved through their resistance and agreed to a cesarean birth; which both agreed later ended up being a blessing.

Through all the chaos and destruction of their birth plan, came this beautiful little soul. A little reminder of the strength and love that her parents share. It is without a doubt that this little one will grow to know love, courage, and kindness. Congratulations to one amazing family! Thank you so much for inviting me along for your journey. You rocked it! Much Love, ~Katie 

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Baby Number Three | Lake County Maternity Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/4/baby-number-three-lake-county-maternity-photographer Holy cow does it feel good to be back outside! Warmer temperatures, gorgeous sunsets...the perfect combination for a photographer. I got to meet up with a very dear friend of mine and fellow photographer, Becca of Becca Gates Photography based in Cleveland, Ohio. She and her husband are expecting baby #3 this summer and asked me to capture their maternity photos. Their two daughters were a hoot and full of personality! Having two girls, everyone is asking...will this one be a boy?! We'll all have to wait and see, they are waiting to be surprised; which I LOVE! Wishing them all my love on their journey ahead! Congratulations!

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Homebirth | Chicago Wisconsin Birth Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/3/homebirth-chicago-wisconsin-birth-photographer

Birth is such a powerful and transformative process for a woman to experience. It calls upon so many parts of her consciousness that she didn't even know existed. As her body works in tandem with her baby to enter this world, it can dig up some deeply stored emotions within her. Apprehensions, fears, you name it...these feelings get thrown at her faster than she can analyze them. Leaving no other choice but to let them wash over her and let them go leaving a much stronger and transformed person. During this overnight delivery, I got to witness another beautiful transformation of a mother and father; growing their family, one little boy stronger. I was so honored to be in attendance. Thank you Anya and Eric for allowing me to capture this incredibly transformative event in your life. 

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Chicago Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/3/chicago-family-photographer The one word that keeps crossing my mind as I put this session together is "storytelling." This family of five is fully consumed by their three girls in the best way possible. An active two year old and two six month olds is a big job and I'm sure that even the days that can sometimes seem so long, end up blurring together. It was so much fun to slow down and stop some of these silly and special moments to tell the story of this age for them. The little two year old expressions that keep you in stitches and fry your brain at the same time. The thirty minutes of wakefulness between two little ones on opposite nap schedules. The challenges of today are all so temporary and will be the successes of tomorrow. The gift of having them captured empowers us and proves us capable of strength we didn't know we had until that moment. Thank you so much to this family for inviting me into their fun life! 

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baby boy | Lake County Maternity Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/3/baby-boy-lake-county-maternity-photographer

Look at this cute little baby bump, would ya?! I'm so excited to meet this little boy in just a few short months! I've known his mama for a number of years and I'm just so thrilled to see how great Motherhood already looks on her. Congratulations to her and her hubby! Thanks for your trust with your maternity photos, guys!


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Tiffany & Eric | Chicago Wedding Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/2/tiffany-eric-chicago-wedding-photographer

I was so thrilled to join this happy couple in the city for their engagement photos. Little known secret...I LOVE winter photo sessions! Chicago is definitely a great backdrop in any temperature! Tiffany and Eric are planning their big day remotely from their west coast home and doing a wonderful job of it. I can't believe the next time I see them the snow and ice will be gone and their coats will be traded in for a tuxedo and wedding gown! Congratulations guys and thank you for trusting me with your wedding day!

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Baby Jake | Lake & McHenry County Birth Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/2/baby-jake-mchenry-birth-photographer It's true that most of my birth clients have their babies at home, but that doesn't stop me from attending hospital arrivals when I have the chance. In my experience, photography and videography is rarely allowed in labor and delivery rooms here in Illinois, so as it goes; I don't attend a lot of hospital births.
However, on occasion the stars align and a perfect client with the perfect doctor/midwife is put in my path.  I had the outstanding pleasure to work with Kyle and Amy and their amazing OBGYN/Midwifery practice in McHenry, Illinois this past month. I hit it off with Amy from her very first email and there was so much excitement in her tone about having her 4th and final birth professional captured. We talked over the course of her whole pregnancy and what is normally a one hour home visit turned into a three hour visit at their kitchen table. By the time I left I felt like I had a new friend, which is always the goal with my birth clients. Allowing a stranger into the most vulnerable few hours of your life is a big commitment and I never want my families to feel uncomfortable with that decision in any way. 
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Fast forward about two and half weeks. 
Amy was very ready to meet her 4th baby; a boy. She was scheduled for an early morning induction. I hung out with them at the hospital as Amy labored for a quick 6 hours. Her delivery snuck up on all of us and unfolded with intensity. Their sweet boy was born shortly after lunchtime. She did such an amazing job listening to her instincts and taking cues from her Midwife. Her husband, Kyle offered unending support and comfort measures. Catching their bond and exchange of emotions was easy from my 'fly on the wall' point of view. 
The hospital was beyond supportive. Not only did her nurses and midwife work with Amy to achieve a natural childbirth, they accommodated my position in the room like I was a member of the team. Spirits were high; attitudes were friendly. Amy was cuddled in bed with her sweet boy by her side in less than an hour after his delivery. As I was capturing their bonding time together, one of the nurses asked how we knew each other (I was actually asked this several times that day). After hearing that we had only met in person for 3 hours one evening 2 weeks prior they were in disbelief and I received such a lovely compliment from her. "Wow, I assumed that you were longtime friends or something. You seem to know each other so well."
As I drove home that afternoon, I relished in that moment. To be able to get to a place of complete comfort and trust with people (both clients and birth staff) so quickly is simply part of my job description. I'm honored to have met some of the most amazing and supportive people in the birth community here. My only hope is that with more of this compassion for the birthing process that more hospitals will open their delivery rooms to professionals like myself.
Thank you to:
Kyle & Amy L. for choosing my services to help document your birth.
Dr. Stankevych, MD and Gretchen Dabrowski, RN, CNM and the nursing staff at Centegra Hospital-McHenry for the welcoming atmosphere. 

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Lifestyle Session | Lake Zurich Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/2/lifestyle-session-lake-zurich-family-photographer

It's been so much fun to get back to my roots this winter as I've started doing in-home lifestyle sessions again. Since I've had the studio space available, it's been far and few between that I get to join clients in their homes. The fun part of these sessions is wrapping the families in their own surroundings, making the experience and the final images even more sentimental and special. The kids warm up to me a lot quicker and they are usually eager to show the new person around. It gives them something to be proud of. Big Sister Tatum was undoubtedly excited to have me visit. She showed me her bedroom, her toys and her baby brother. Mom reported that she even asked if I could move in after I left. Earning the trust of my littlest clients is always a highlight of my sessions. It's a job well done, pat on the back for me. So, thank you Tatum!

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Baby Bump | Wisconsin & Illinois Maternity Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/2/baby-bump-wisconsin-illinois-maternity-photographer

This stunning couple came to visit me at the studio with their pup last weekend. One of the most well behaved dogs I have ever met; and so protective and gentle with baby-to-be. They are expecting their first little one early this spring. I was just blown away with how good motherhood already looks on Savanna. This little guy or gal is going to be very lucky to have such outstanding parents! Congratulations guys!

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Waiting on Drake | Lincolnshire Maternity Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/2/waiting-on-drake-lincolnshire-maternity-photographer

Lifestyle sessions are becoming my favorite types of sessions these days. I do love the studio, but taking photos in my client's homes, surrounded by their own energy really puts a spark of deeper emotion into the photos. I'm so happy that this couple invited me out to document their first pregnancy. Their little boy, Drake will be here in the spring and they are so excited to share their life with him!

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At eleven days new, this little one's newborn session was put on hold for the first Chicago blizzard of 2015. It was pure joy to finally meet this little peanut last week at the studio. Joining her for the session were Mom and Grandma, which was such a blessing. Little did I know that Grandma was the "baby whisperer!" Little Madelyn was all about cluster feeding until I defaulted to Grandma's experienced touch. Baby girl fell into a deep sleep and the rest is history! Thank you so much and congratulations to Mom, Holly on the beautiful arrival of this sweet baby girl!

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Baby Vera | Libertyville Baby Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/2/baby-vera-libertyville-baby-photographer Sweet Vera celebrated her 6 month milestone this past month. She's absolutely precious and so good natured. Her quiet disposition gave us some of the more adorable photos. I can't wait to see her personality grow and blossom over the next few months! Thank you to Nicole & Dan for continuing to trust KHP with your memories. 

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Baby Niels' Homebirth | Chicago Birth Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/2/baby-neils-homebirth-chicago-birth-photographer

I say without concession that every single birth, even for the same mother, is different. It can be different or many reasons, but I tend to believe that it's because we experience each one from present time. Meaning that we as self are older, wiser and bringing to each birth different experience from the parts of life already lived. 
Baby Niels' birth was special for me because no more than 3 years ago I attended his older sister's birth day, in the same room, with the same people. When Julie contacted me about sweet baby #4, I was really excited because this was a family I had been through labor with before. I had that faint over confidence that it would be easier the second time and I'm sure Julie might have felt the same way; after all it was her 4th pregnancy. 

Baby Neils' Homebirth Story from Katie Hall Photography on Vimeo.


As I crossed off the days on the calendar and kept my phone on loud, I started to wonder how this birth would be different for all of us. This baby was special. Conceived against all the odds and proving to be very different than his siblings. Julie had a lot of starts and stops to her labor. Lots of false alarms that kept my family fed on crock pot meals and my camera bag in ready position; as is the life of any on-call professional. I don't consider myself a thrill seeker, so the adrenaline rushes after 2am phone calls kind of take care of that void in my life. I'm okay with that >chuckle<. Julie went 10 days past her due date (a new experience for her). I think we were all a little amazed. She labored very quietly. She birthed in her bed and Niels was born in the caul! So many wonderful firsts for this Mom four times over. I was in awe of her strength, her bravery and her moxie. Within 2 hours after giving birth she was tucked into bed, baby at her breast and conducting a homework session with her her oldest son. Her other two readied for bed in a swirl of activity. Among the movement was the calm, confidant energy of a seasoned mother, bringing all of her experience into present time. 

Happy Birth Day Julie! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for inviting me into your birth space once more. I'm so grateful. <3 Katie

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First Birthday | Libertyville Baby Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/2/first-birthday-libertyville-baby-photographer

I don't know where the time goes. I feel like it was just yesterday that Oliver made his grand entrance. How can be one year old already? I've said it before and I'll say it again...it is such an honor to help a family document their baby's growth through the first year and many times through the first few years. Be sure to scroll all the way through to see the epic smash cake photos from this session! Oliver really "got into" his birthday cake! Thank you Adrianne & Steve for trusting KHP with your milestone memories. 

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Heels & Pearls | Libertyville Baby Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/2/heels-pearls-libertyville-baby-photographer

I have so many favorite sessions and so many amazing clients, but there was something about this one that makes it stand out to me. Taken at the studio; Elena and her family came in for six month milestone photos and family photos just before the Christmas holiday. Her mama walked in with one of the most fabulous tulle skirts I've ever seen! A rich burgundy wine color with accompanying heels and pearls. She looked like a modern day Donna Reed. Confidant, vibrant, complete.
In that moment, she was the perfect picture of maternal balance. I immediately matched this picture with her. As Mom's, we take on so many different roles while caring for our little ones and it's so easy to lose ourselves among all the demands and responsibilities. It's a feeling I know all too well and I knew very quickly I wanted to make Mom feel as fabulous as she looked that day! I'm so in love with these photos and I think I may need to find a similar skirt for my prop bins. Enjoy!
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Twin Girls | Libertyville Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2015/2/twin-girls-libertyville-newborn-photographer

Sweet Addison & Avery joined me in the studio with their parents for my first newborn session of 2015. Two babies are certainly a big deal and these two were nothing short of amazing for their session. Weighing in at just around 8 pounds each I was so pleased that they fell asleep at the same time for me and loved on each other as I moved them into their little poses. Welcome baby girls! 

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Beautiful Girl | Libertyville Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/10/beautiful-girl-libertyville-newborn-photographer I would like to introduce sweet little Maya. This little peanut and her parents joined me in the studio just last week. I had such a great time getting to know them and snuggling this sweetness. You would never believe that Maya was almost a month old at her session, would you? I have admit that I didn't expect to get so many adorable posed shots, but she slept like a champ with a little help from my space heater and and its white noise. Thank you, Lauren & Mike for sharing your family with me!
The feather headband that Maya is wearing in the first image was made my dear friend, Judi. You can find more of her work in her Etsy shop, Dreams Unfolding
If you or someone you know is expecting a baby this winter, please send them my way. I'm now booking Dec-Mar maternity, birth and newborn sessions. My new natural light studio space is a perfect location for a comfortable and customized session.

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Baby Girl | Libertyville Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/10/baby-girl-libertyville-newborn-photographer

Please meet sweet baby Camille. She was just precious as can be for me during her newborn session this week. Her family joined me at my new studio in Libertyville for these beautiful photos. She slept like a champ and as I understand was a great passenger in the car too. Thank you to her Mommy and Daddy, Lisa & Adam for sharing their beautiful girl with me. I can't wait to see her in a few more months for milestone sessions!

If you or someone you know is expecting a baby this winter, please send them my way. I'm now booking Dec-Mar maternity, birth and newborn sessions. My new natural light studio space is a perfect location for a comfortable and customized session. 

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Morgan & Konrad | Chicago Wedding Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/10/morgan-konrad-chicago-wedding-photographer
It was an absolute pleasure to capture Morgan and Konrad's beautiful wedding day this past summer. Every detail was from start to finish was overseen with precision and personality. I have to say that I was partial to the "Tiffany Blue" Converse All-Stars on the three flower girls and the pair that Morgan threw on just in time for the reception to start.

We took the bridal party to a small forest preserve for photos where the mosquitos proved to be a little more intense than anticipated. I have to give them all a huge thank you for enduring it as long as we did. Bridal portraits concluded in The Abbington's lobby, which worked out to everyone's advantage! I'm so in love with how these photos turned out for them. I hope that they will cherish them just like they do their life together. Happy Wedding Day, guys!!! Thank you for including KHP.

Ceremony: St. John's Lutheran Church- Joliet, Illinois
Reception: The Abbington - Glen Ellyn, Illinois
2nd Photographer: Sandra Ortiz Photography

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Twins | Chicago Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/9/twins-chicago-family-photographer I had so much fun with these first time clients at the nature museum in downtown Chicago! Their twins, Marvin and Nora were celebrating their first birthdays and did such a great job, despite the incredibly oppressive humidity on the day of their session. Balancing twins is a sight to behold and this family rocked it. It's always wonderful to have the full support of both parents to help move the session along when there are little ones involved and I could not have asked for happier attitudes and more enthusiastic smiles! It was lovely to meet them and their kiddos. Thanks again to them for their trust and time. Congratulations on completing a year doing one of the hardest but best jobs on the planet! Being parents!
Blessings, Katie


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Birth Photography: A new form of birth art | Essentially MIDIRS https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/9/birth-photography-a-new-form-of-birth-art-essentially-midirs I'm absolutely thrilled to share that back in July, my birth photography was recognized and featured in Essentially MIDIRS, the journal of the United Kingdom's Midwifery Information and Resource Services (MIDIRS). 
Essentially is a monthly professional journal distributed to midwives and students of midwifery world-wide to help maternity healthcare professionals and students succeed in their professional development and studies. 

The article that features my work was written by Mariamni Plested. It explores the rising demand for birth photography and the reasons families are choosing it.

Many are using birth photography to record and document their birth experience, something that was almost unheard of only a few decades ago. 




Plested does such a lovely job illuminating why birth photography is a wonderful art form to communicate the birth experience, both from the mother's perspective and the provider's perspective.

 

"Birth photography is documenting
the experience of normal birth and empowering women
to embrace their unique experience of birth
in a way that has the potential
to deeply challenge how birth 

is usually portrayed in our culture." -Mariamni Plested


I'm honored to be able to provide such strong imagery to the world, to normalize this empowering and beautiful process, whether in or out of the hospital. It stands as my favorite area of photography.

Thanks to all the families who have invited me into the most intimate experience in their lives. It's been a pleasure to be able to document and preserves their stories. I'm looking forward to helping empower more in the future.


Please enjoy the full article here:
A New Form of Birth Art

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Tiny Treasure | Grayslake Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/8/tiny-treasure-grayslake-newborn-photographer

This little sweetheart was just a dream for his newborn session! He slept, he woke up, he ate, he nailed it! And so did his loving parents. I had an amazing time in studio with everyone. We were able to work in a variety of props and also some beautiful cuddles. Newborn sessions are the longest, so thank you Laura and Dave for your trust and patience. I'm so happy I got to create some timeless art out of your memories. Much love! ~Katie

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Winter Wedding | Wheeling Wedding Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/8/winter-wedding-wheeling-wedding-photographer A little trip down memory lane a few months brings me back to the fantastically white winter that Chicago enjoyed earlier this year. Tony & Nicole were married on February 1st at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling, Illinois where I have the opportunity to shoot at quite a bit. They had a beautiful indoor ceremony and reception, but that didn't keep us from enjoying the freshly fallen snow from the night before or taking advantage of the blanket that came down almost all day! It provided a serene backdrop that gave their images a simply elegant feel. I'm wishing them a wonderful first year together, followed by many more to come!

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Little Miss One Year Old | Chicago Baby Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/8/little-miss-one-year-old-chicago-baby-photographer This sweet little miss just turned one and is just as cute as can be. Her family joined me in Chicago for her first birthday session, complete with a smash cake that awaited her at the very end. I had a ball watching her toddle around, stumble and then grin ear to ear when she got right back up again. Happy Birthday, sweetie! 

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Nine Month Milestone | Chicago Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/8/nine-month-milestone-chicago-family-photographer

Congratulations, Mr. Max! You've been on the outside, getting to know the world just as long as you were inside Mommy's tummy. I'm sure your parents are wondering how these second nine months could have gone so fast when the first nine seemed so long. You've grown so much and have become so playful. You good sir have brought so much joy to your Mommy and Daddy! The next few weeks are a slippery slope to your first birthday where we stop counting how close you are to a newborn and start thinking about how close you are to being ONE! Enjoy the rest of your first year little guy! I can't wait to smash some cake with you soon!

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Baby Girl | Libertyville Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/8/baby-girl-libertyville-newborn-photographer

I love helping families welcome their new little ones. There are so many emotions that fill those early days and it can be different for each member of the family.  It's the joy, the beauty, the realness and newness that makes it so emotionally charged. I felt so touched that spending time with baby Emily's family allowed me to capture her big brother's breakthrough emotion. He gave his baby sister a little kiss and a cuddle. My heart was so full to witness such a beautiful moment that left Mom and Dad a little teary eyed. It goes without saying that my job is pretty special and moments like that I cherish always. Welcome sweet girl!

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Smash Cake | Grayslake Baby Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/8/smash-cake-grayslake-baby-photographer

I'm not sure where the 'smash cake' trend came from, but it is ALL the rage for most toddling one year old's first birthdays! Diving into their first sugary confection is a sight to behold. When you lack the hand eye coordination for proper utensil usage and are generally used to missing your mouth when you eat, it's no surprise that these little kidlets turn their first birthday cake into a colorful mess! My clients absolutely LOVE that I capture this fun and outrageously cute first. Not only is it great to watch them fumble with messy hands and miss their mouth with a handful of cake, it's awesome to capture that first taste of something so new and SO sweet! It usually boasts a reaction similar to biting into a lemon for the first time. Some kids have to shake off the sweet sugar rush. Some close their eyes and swallow hard, but usually they ALL dive right back in for seconds!

Sweet Oliver was definitely the majority and one of the best 'smash cake' babies I've ever had! He even layered his balloons with frosting! I had a great time spending the morning with this little dude and his family! Happy Birthday, Pal! You earned every last bite!
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First Birthday | Chicago Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/8/first-birthday-chicago-family-photographer

Oh my gosh, this little guy doesn't even have to smile. His eyes do all the emoting on their own. Little Hudson was my most recent First Year Series graduate. I've had the honor of capturing his milestone sessions since his newborn days (http://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/8/baby-makes-three-chicago-newborn-photographer) and now he's ONE! Happy Birthday little man. It's been so fun watching you grow! ~Katie

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Linda & Andrew | Northern Illinois Wedding Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/8/linda-andrew-northern-illinois-wedding-photographer

Linda and Andrew celebrated their June 22nd wedding among close family and friends in the backyard of their gorgeous new home. Linda arranged every detail from the ribbons on the mason jars to the hand made flower bouquets. Andrew customized the music playlist and in fact spent the night before his wedding securing their reception tent from impending tornados and heavy rain. You would never know the morning of that the night before had boasted such threatening weather. The wedding day was filled with bright sunshine, wispy clouds and tons of love from close family and friends. I would like to say congratulations to this wonderful couple. Thank you for sharing your special day with KHP! 

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Sweet Baby {J} | Grayslake Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/8/sweet-baby-j-grayslake-newborn-photographer

I literally could have photographed this little guy all day! He was such a good natured little subject. I want to say congratulations to Mommy and Daddy, Jamie and Joe on their new addition. I'm so honored that you chose KHP for your family's memories. Enjoy every sweet moment! It goes so fast!

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Homebirth Story | Wisconsin Birth Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/7/homebirth-story-wisconsin-birth-photographer

Each birth that I get to attend leaves me on a high that just can not be described other than pure joy wrapped up in blanket of happy giggles and then sprinkled with a little exhaustion. I absolutely love that I get to witness a new little life entering the world and taking their first breathe. Not to mention hold the space and witnessing a woman go through one of the most transformative processes of her life. Two weeks ago I attended Jake and Jami's beautiful home waterbirth. This was Jami's second homebirth and her labor and delivery was simply clockwork. She checked in with me several times that day. Arranging everything on me end early allowed for a leisurely drive into Milwaukee where I got to watch the sun set on a beautiful summer day. It was peaceful, my nerves were calm and I simply said hello to the next few hours with anticipation and excitement. Jami's labor unfolded very routinely. She breathed through every contraction in rhythm. Her doula by her side the whole time as her husband Jake built and filled the birthing tub. Her midwives arrived with almost and hour to spare. They readied the tub and she slipped into the warm water just in time to deliver her beautiful baby, which she carefully lifted from the water and into her arms to say hello. The room rejoiced with oohs and aahs as Jami breathed relief through her body and love onto her baby! It was simply the best reaction to hear she had delivered another sweet boy. A baby brother for their older son to grow beside. It was not long before big brother came home and met his new baby for the first time. The room was full of love and laughter as they snuggled up and read bedtime stories before the clock even hit midnight. Newborn exam and postpartum instructions left us on the road to our own homes by 1am. Big yawns, but silly grins accompanied me home that night. Welcoming babies is just so special. I'm such a lucky photographer! Thank you Markov family for inviting me into your space. Congratulations and welcome to the world baby Tristan!

Please enjoy Tristan Birth Story, accompanied by additional photos below. Blessings ~Katie

Tristan's Birth from Katie Hall Photography on Vimeo.


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Happy Homebirth | Wisconsin Birth Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/7/happy-homebirth-wisconsin-birth-photographer I'm absolutely thrilled to introduce baby Nora to the KHP community today. It feels so wonderful and fulfilling to be attending births again and I was so honored to be invited to share this very special day with this happy family. I'm also debuting the first ever KHP photo and video montage, which I hope to start offering to all of my birth families. It's been about 10 years since I last found myself at the helm of a video editing deck and I'm still getting used to manually focusing my dslr...but this is exactly how I had imagined it and I can't wait to dive into it again soon! Please watch, enjoy and leave some love for this sweet baby girl!

Her mama ROCKED her natural homebirth!
Blessings ~Katie

The Birth of Baby Nora from Katie Hall Photography on Vimeo.

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First Birthday | Chicago Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/first-birthday-chicago-family-photographer

I do so enjoy a good smash cake session! This little girly was slow to dig in, but once she did there was no slowing her down! Smash cakes sessions are always a little bittersweet. They mark the final session in a First Year Milestone Series. It has been a joy and a pleasure to be able to watch her grow over the past year. I always tear up just a little when a little graduates from a milestone series. I see these babies every 3-6 months, getting to know their little personalities and befriending their families. I'm so blessed to have such wonderful and trusting clients.
Stay sweet, little one! Happy Birthday to you!

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Following His Lead | Grayslake Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/following-his-lead-grayslake-newborn-photographer

I'm delighted to introduce baby Max and his family! He was such a happy and alert little peanut. This was an absolutely gorgeous studio session that was very relaxed and go with the flow.

I often get asked what poses and props I use. Although there is quite a bit of preparation that goes into newborn sessions, I more often than not enjoy letting the baby run the show and I follow their lead. Max fell sound asleep, allowing me to explore a few simple individual poses. However, after he woke up and enjoyed some milk he was wide awake and loved being held. I love when that happens because it creates some of the most engaging and sentimental moments, right in front of my lens. 
The bond and love between this little guy and his family is so beautiful! Please enjoy! Welcome to the world, Max!


 

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Country Baby | Wisconsin Maternity Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/country-baby-wisconsin-maternity-photographer

Can you even believe how beautiful this little girl is with her bright eyes and cherub cheeks? If she is any indication of how amazing her little brother or sister will be, then I can't wait to meet this little soul on his or her birth day. Mama is anxious to meet her little one, but I'm so glad we got the chance to capture these tender moments before baby's arrival. I'm sending her wishes of comfort and ease as she prepares to welcome another sweet baby. 

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Family Session | Libertyville Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/family-session-libertyville-family-photographer I had such a fun time capturing the Richardson family for the first time this year. Logan & Dylan are about to celebrate their two year milestone and I got the honor of meeting Miss Ella for the very first time! I definitely had my work cut out for me with 3 littles under two, but I think it came together beautifully. Snack cups and all! :)

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The {L} Family | Lindenhurst Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/the-l-family-lindenhurst-family-photographer

It has been so much fun to capture milestones for this family since their son, Zachary joined their family over 3 years ago. This most recent session was the one year milestone for their adorable daughter, Madison. Two wonderfully busy and smart kiddos that are just a joy to watch play. Congrats Jess and Brian on another beautiful milestone!

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The {W} Family | Naperville Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/the-w-family-naperville-family-photographer Although my business is based out of Northern Illinois, I'm from the Naperville area and started my business there many years ago. I get down to the area every so often and connect with many past clients for sessions. This outstanding family happened to relocate there from up north and is enjoying their new home and new schools very much! I knew it was only appropriate to do their upcoming session at the iconic Naperville Riverwalk with it's beautiful landscape and covered bridges. It was an awesome place to grow up. I have many happy memories of my own from this place and I hope that they will too! Thanks again, guys! It was great to see you all again! :)

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Expecting | Lake County Maternity Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/expecting-lake-county-maternity-photographer

I could not believe that this stunning woman is only 2 weeks away from holding her precious baby in her arms. Her and her husband portray pure joy as they await their little one's arrival. Such an exciting time for new parents. Waiting and hoping and wishing for the day that they get to see that sweet face. 

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Baby Ellie | Vernon Hills Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/baby-ellie-vernon-hills-newborn-photographer

This gorgeous girl was a joy to photograph. There is nothing like being able to capture a newborn session outside on a beautiful summer evening surrounded by a loving family. I can't wait to watch her grow over the next year. Welcome baby Ellie! 

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Sweet Baby Girl | Grayslake Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/sweet-baby-girl-grayslake-newborn-photographer

Sometimes my intuition and creative energy work overtime. I didn't know that it was THIS family, but I actually had a dream about the session before they ever contacted me. I saw the purples, the creamy light, and vivid colors. At the time, I didn't have anything in my prop stash that resembled these fabrics. I started gathering items for the session over several weeks. Some for other sessions entirely. It wasn't until the family arrived in the studio that it all came together. They brought with them a large plastic tote full of heirloom blankets and quilts. I tell my clients all the time to feel free to bring special items with them to their session. I've never had anyone bring a WHOLE tote! I cracked open the top and I saw the missing items from my dream immediately! Then I realized that my dream was about THIS family! They had brought two patchwork quilts with them that completed my vision. The purple patchwork and the patchwork flowered quilts pictured here are both family heirlooms and so fantastic for this session! Pieces so personal and nothing I could ever have ever found on my own.

A lot of people ask how I market myself and how I find clients. Honestly...when things like this happen, it's clear to me that sometimes I just have to wait until they find me. I have faith that everything is meant to be! Congratulations to this family and welcome to the world baby girl!


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Baby Bumps | Chicago & Milwaukee Maternity Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/baby-bumps-chicago-milwaukee-maternity-photographer

I have been so blessed this spring to have worked with so many lovely women and their families as they prepare for the arrival of their first, second, third and even multiple babies. Looking back at all these beautiful bellies brings clarity to the fact that every single belly bump is as unique as the Mommy that is carrying its thumbprint. All those old wives tales that claim to determine a baby's gender by the way his/her mother carries it should be TOTALLY thrown out the window! Just as each woman is different, so to is the way they carry their baby and it's so much fun to document! Please enjoy the wonder and joy that is the belly that houses such miracles. 


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Lake County Engagement Session | Melissa & Dave https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/lake-county-engagement-session-melissa-dave

Another one of my fabulous fall couples! Melissa and Dave are absolutely marvelous to work with. They simply radiate love, which is deeply rooted in their faith. I'm very much looking forward to their rustic barn wedding later this year!

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Baby Caden | Chicago Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/baby-caden-chicago-newborn-photographer

I'm so happy to present little Caden's newborn photos. I was honored to capture these tender moments for my extended cousins only a few short days after they welcomed him into their lives. He is a beautiful little peanut and we're so happy to share our lives and our family with him. Welcome sweet boy! Boat rides and hugs are waiting for you!

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Katie & Brian | Engagement https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/6/katie-brian-engagement

I'm so thrilled to have these two on my fall wedding calendar this year. They are so photogenic and fun to work with. Please join me in congratulating Katie and Brian on their commitment to each other! 

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Lunar Eclipse | Blood Moon April 15, 2014 https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/4/lunar-eclipse-blood-moon-april-15-2014 Totality (2:20am) with Mars in the lower right.

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse | As seen from Lindenhurst, Illinois on 4.15.2014
Last night a total lunar eclipse was able to be seen from all of North America. This meant that I sat myself in my driveway for a few hours and watched our universe do its amazing thing. From 12:30am CST until 2:20am CST I popped out of the garage (since you know it was a balmy 20 degrees in northern Illinois last night with snow on the ground) to capture this awesome sight. Unwilling to dig my tragically terrible tripod out of storage, I managed to hand hold my Canon 5D Mark II with my 70-200mm. I can't say that I have a desire to take up astro photography, but this was pretty fun and a highlight for me! I hope you all enjoy what I was able to witness last night while you were all slumbering.
Did you see it too? What did you think?!?!

Full Moon 12:30am CST Full Moon| 4-15-14 12:30am The clouds floating away to reveal the gorgeous full moon. The beginning of the lunar eclipse. Eclipse Phases 1:15am-2:05am just a little sliver. Same sliver, but different exposure so you can see the shadowed area. Canon 5D Mark II F/2.8 1/80 iso 1600 70-200mm The Diamond Ring Effect (Just prior to totality) Last sliver. 2:18am CST Totality 2:20amTotality 2:20am

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Milestone Session | Grayslake Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/3/milestone-session-grayslake-family-photographer It's been another 3 months for Spencer and a whole year for Addison! We got together to capture more milestone photos for this fun family. Spencer is at such an expressive age. Six month milestone sessions are always a ton or fun. Baby is totally engaged with me and the camera. They love to smile and showing off their little personalities. The advantage of this age is that they typically aren't mobile quite yet, making for easy creativity on my part! 


Big sister on the other hand was FULL of personality. Addison turned three this week. She's no longer a toddler, but not quite a kid. This session shows all of the fidgety, expressive innocence that defines three. It is a transitional age where little ones are maturing and learning to be more independent. There is no better way to watch this transition than to observe the relationship that a child has with his/her "lovie," "woobie," "blankey," etc. It's probably the last year that they will be allowed to or will want to have that security and so I always invite whatever it may be along for the session! There is a level of innocence that a security blanket shows in a child that I think is such a fun way to capture the age.
Happy Birthday Kiddo!

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Last of 2013 | Chicago Maternity & Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/1/last-of-2013-chicago-maternity-newborn-photographer My very last session of 2013 was just after the Christmas holiday and he was so squishably sweet. Having just completed one milestone session with this beautiful family, I was so happy to start another one for this little guy that will take us through all of 2014. love having the time and making the effort to do a little bit of traditional portraiture alongside my tremendously emotional lifestyle work. Capturing a new family in these tender moments is so very special. This time next year he'll be smashing some cake! Congrats to Jessica and Rob on this sweet boy! I'm so excited to see him grow over the next year:)

If you're expecting in early to mid 2014 and looking for a newborn photographer, please do reach out. I would love to chat about my many investment options and savings plans for beautifully captured memories throughout the first year of your baby's life. 

Blessings,
Katie




 

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A Family's Beginnings | Chicago Maternity & Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/1/a-familys-beginnings-chicago-maternity-newborn-photographer  


I'm delighted to introduce another October newborn, baby Max. I was invited to capture Joann's maternity photos alongside his first year series, which continues into 2014. These maternity photos were taken only a few short weeks before Max's arrival on a very wet fall day. The photo above is a top 10 favorite of mine from 2013, proving that beauty is all around and sometimes you just need to dance in the rain. I just love the playful spirit in this photo. Thank you Joann for trusting me. You were one gorgeous mama-to-be.

Max's newborn session was shot on an extremely chilly day at the end of October. With no hope of getting outside like I originally planned, I knew a low-pressure lifestyle session was just the thing for this new family. It ended up being just the perfect continuation to their maternity photos. We revisited some of the same spaces in their home that they once occupied as only a couple, but now as a family of three. Joann was able to feed Max on demand throughout the session and her husband Jon sang a soft lullaby by Harry Chapin to soothe Max so sweetly. These are moments that I get to bare witness to. Memories that will forever be a part of this family. It is a true honor to do what I do every week. Welcome sweet boy!

love having the time and making the effort to do a little bit of traditional portraiture alongside my tremendously emotional lifestyle work. Capturing a new family in these tender moments is so very special. A mini maternity session is to a baby story series what an engagement session is to a wedding. It's a simple add-on to a series and a wonderful introduction for creating a relationship between me and any new clients. 

If you're expecting in early to mid 2014 and looking for a newborn photographer, please do reach out. I would love to chat about my many investment options and savings plans for beautifully captured memories throughout the first year of your baby's life. 


Blessings,
Katie

 

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Prayers Answered | Chicago Maternity & Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/1/prayers-answered-chicago-maternity-newborn-photographer One of the highlights of my busy fall season was the debut of this little peanut. Mommy and Daddy's prayers for an addition to their family were answered just a few months after my own baby was born and with a joyous heart and tear-filled eyes I photographed their almost full term pregnancy and little Ian's newborn photos at their home. To say that this family is photogenic is an understatement and made my work very easy and spirited. 

This session represents what I hope to bring to all of my new 2014 families. With the introduction of my mini maternity sessions, all birth and newborn clients will have the opportunity to complete their baby stories with Katie Hall Photography. It's a simple add-on to a series and a wonderful ice breaker for creating a relationship between me and any new clients. A mini maternity session is to a baby story what an engagement session is to a wedding. I love having the time and making the effort to do a little bit of traditional portraiture alongside my tremendously emotional lifestyle work. Capturing a new family in these tender moments is so very special.

If you're expecting in early to mid 2014 and looking for a newborn photographer, please do reach out. I would love to chat about my many investment options and savings plans for beautifully captured memories throughout the first year of your baby's life. 

Blessings,
Katie

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Nicole & Dan | Chicago Wedding Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2014/1/nicole-dan-chicago-wedding-photographer I know, I know, I'm severely behind on blogging. I've been meaning to get around to it since "the busy season" started in late September, but that melted into "the busy holiday season" and so on and so forth. Anyway, I'm trying to pick up where I left off oh so long ago and I'm going to start with a very special couple. Nicole and Dan were outstanding to work for! There were so many great captures from their September wedding. I'm working on their beautiful lay flat wedding album this week and was reminiscing about all the fun. Here is a brief review of their day that I'm so very happy to finally share.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! ~Katie

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Anne & Jeff | Chicago Wedding Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/10/anne-jeff-chicago-wedding-photographer
I am so ecstatic to finally be presenting these photos. I've been working with Jeff and Anne for almost a year now preparing them for the photography portion of their big day. We met for engagement photos last spring where we really got to know one another and then we chatted several times about the timeline for the day, the gorgeous venue (Danada House, Wheaton, Ill.) and met in person to walk through their ceremony and decided exactly where we wanted to take photos. They really went the extra mile to help me help them and I can't tell you how amazing that was.

Couples sometimes underestimate how valuable a photographer can be when planning the order of events for their special day. I try to make this point very clear in consultations all the time. Booking your photographer early has great advantages and helps your day run more smoothly when they are involved from the very beginning.

One of the biggest things regarding Jeff and Anne's day was the early evening ceremony and how to fit all the photography in afterward. My suggestion for this trend is to create a small amount of time in the day before the ceremony and before portraits begin to introduce the bride and groom to each other for the first time. I (and many other photographers) call it "The First Look." I did it here for Jeff and Anne and I do believe it turned out perfect. It was emotional, personal and candid. All the qualities you need for beautiful lifestyle photography. If you're considering a later ceremony...you gotta do a "First Look" arrangement! It's so awesome!

Thank you Jeff and Anne for allowing me to share your special day with you. I could not have asked for more friendly and trusting people to work for. Your love showed so effortlessly. I wish you many happy years to come! ~Katie 

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Baby Makes Three | Chicago Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/8/baby-makes-three-chicago-newborn-photographer

I would like to introduce the newest member of the Cagney family, baby Hudson! It was a great honor to meet this little fellow only 14 days after his arrival. He is a very mellow little chap that has a great appetite. We paused a few times for feedings, which means he'll be growing and changing so fast. I'm glad I was able to capture this special time for his Mom and Dad. Congratulations to Kristi & Dan! Welcome little boy!

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4 Year Milestone | Chicago Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/8/4-year-milestone-chicago-family-photographer

I was so excited to meet Miss Ava and her family down in the city for another great milestone session. I've been photographing her since she was just a baby. It's amazing how fast 4 years goes! This year was a big year for her. She became a BIG SISTER and is enjoying her new little brother tons. I can't wait to start his photos in the coming weeks! Happy Birthday kiddo, I hope you enjoy your 4 year photos! You are full of personality and I think it shows!

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Great Expectations | Northern Illinois Maternity Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/8/great-expectations-northern-illinois-maternity-photographer

Summer is not always the most ideal time to be at the end of your pregnancy, but it does create a perfect opportunity for beautiful maternity photos...at the beach! I had so much fun visiting with this family again as they get ready to welcome the newest member of their family. I can't wait to hear the announcement of his arrival. That's right, Big Sister is getting a Little Brother! Hang in there Keri, you're doing great! Best wishes to you. ~Katie

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The {R} Family | Chicago Family & Children Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/8/the-r-family-chicago-family-children-photographer

We had a lovely day for this beautiful family's photo session. They just celebrated their daughter's first birthday and I am so happy that I was able to capture this joyous time for them. Happy Birthday sweet girl!

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Nicole & Tony | Gurnee Wedding Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/8/nicole-tony-gurnee-wedding-photographer Nicole and Tony are one of my 2014 couples. I'm so excited to be photographing their winter wedding this coming February. Thank you guys, for inviting me out to the farm for your engagement session, it was a pleasure to be able to meet your family. Congratulations!

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History In The Making | Lisle & Chicago Wedding Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/6/history-in-the-making-lisle-chicago-wedding-photographer I kicked off my 2013 wedding season with a little historical context. Alison & Steve were married at the historical Lisle Train Station Museum in downtown Lisle. It was such a quaint little place full of so much character. It was the perfect setting for these Civil War re-enactors who were going for a relaxed, yet eloquent ceremony and reception. It was important that the photos capture their personalities and their unique and as Alison put it, "quirky" style. They met re-enacting and although they were not trying to theme the wedding, they wanted to celebrate it. Alison's gown style was beautifully vintage and embellished right down to her fascinator. Steve and all his groomsmen donned their blue Chuck Taylors and made sure to include a Tardis on the head table.

The day would not have been complete without a battle ready canon for display and photo use. Devoted friends slumped over as the confederates were taken by the yankees creating a perfect photo op.

And did I mention Steve's Tardis? Yeah, this head table would not have been complete without it. Just like the Tardis, this wedding party certainly was "bigger on the inside" and full of love for this amazing couple! Congrats, Steve and Alison. "May you live long [together] and prosper." :)

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The Witte Family | McHenry Illinois Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/6/the-witte-family-mchenry-illinois-family-photographer These three are always such a party to hang out with! I can't believe how much they've all grown up and matured in the last three years. It's been so fun to watch the transformation. Mom and Dad should be very proud.

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Mackenzie & Grant | Chicago Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/5/mackenzie-grant-chicago-family-photographer The Wilke's May photo session started out just like any of their other family photo sessions that we've done together in the past 5 years..."Hi Katie, it's Melissa. I need to book the kids' photos. How many days are you going to be in the city between now (February) and when your baby is due? I guess I should have a few back up days in mind." 

As Melissa and I have discussed their re-occuring bad photo luck so many times, I thought it was time to write an amusing blog post about it because it's just so dang hilarious! I started photographing the the family when their first kiddo was born 5 years ago. I did all of Mackenzie's milestone sessions and then along came Grant, their little boy. We've accomplished all of his, including a few family sessions as well. I can't believe it's been 5 years of this hilarity, but alas it has.
There has not been one session where the weather has cooperated, a child has not been sick, rushed to the ER hours before the session or when someone's schedule has had to change on the spot. I believe it was Mackenzie's 3 year photos and Grant's newborn session that I was out at the store 24 hours before buying raincoats, wellies and umbrellas because there was no doubt that it was going to pour the next day. Their halloween mini session promised clear skies and a warm day- however the city had other plans as it started raining only miles from the Wrigleyville location we planned to use for their superhero themed photos. Then there was the day of 50 mph winds that all of a sudden came whipping off the lake during their fall family session last year. I must also say that most of these days where we finally got everyone dressed, transported and in front of the lens were rescheduled from a previous day when one of their kids or mine were sick!

When we arrived at the lake where chilly was really kind of an understatment. It was downright cold. The wind had changed since my late morning session and the temperature had dropped at least 25 degrees. With stroller, blankets, coats and half of our talent still drowsy from a nap on the way over, we muddled through the session and as always got some great photos despite the less than desirable circumstances. Each kid took a turn huddled under a blanket for warmth or ran around just to break a sweat while the other had their photos taken. Needless to say I'm so lucky to have such understanding and flexible clients in the Wilke's. We've gotten some downright stunning photos of their family over the years. Thank you guys for your commitment and dedication! I can't wait to see what September has in store for us! ((HUGS)) ~Katie



 

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Xander Turns One | Chicago Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/5/xander-turns-one-chicago-family-photographer Like all of my milestone babies, I always get to the one year session and say, "I can't believe they are a year old already!" It's been a year of milestones for the {G} family and their little man and I was so honored to be there along the way. He has grown into a handsome kiddo that Mom and Dad are so proud of! Happy Birthday, Xander and good job on your smash cake! Way to be messy! :)

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Jeff & Anne | Chicago Wedding & Engagement Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/5/jeff-anne-chicago-wedding-engagement-photographer I am so very excited to post Jeff and Anne's engagement photos. I'm even more excited for the wedding day photo possibilities that are around the corner for them. These two are a Photographer's dream, absolutely natural and honest in front of the camera. Their flexibility was outstanding, as we met two separate times around my crazy shooting schedule to capture both in the city and out in the suburbs. I'm wishing them all the luck in the rest of their wedding planning and I can't wait to see them in September for their special day! Congratulations guys!

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Seeing The Light | Chicago Children & Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/4/seeing-the-light-chicago-children-family-photographer Winter in Chicago feels like it has been oh so long this year. It's already the end of April and there isn't even a bud open on our trees yet. To be fair the last few years we've probably been spoiled with early/warm springs and warmer than usual autumns. I'm actually a person that really enjoys winter. I like seeing snow, I love going out to play in it and warming up with a cup of hot cocoa or tea. However, these past few years are the first in my life where I've been dependent upon cooperative weather for my career and felt completely housebound and probably had cabin fever during this long, dreary season.
As I sit and contemplate how I'm going to reschedule so many spring sessions in such a short amount of time this year, I have also reflected on all the amazing clients that were put in my path this winter that helped me embrace more indoor sessions than I've had in 3 years. These sessions are among some of my favorites and really had me thinking outside the box and looking for the most creativity I could in constantly changing environments. Sessions like these usually start out with very skeptical clients who think that their homes aren't special enough or diversely decorated enough. It's through these sessions that I get to earn their trust by previewing some lovely images off the back of the camera that are lite just right as not to reveal some of the more unpleasantries of day to day life inside the home. ie the laundry basket that never quite made it up the stairs or the dining room chair that wasn't pushed in all the way or the stack of bills that were still sitting on the counter top. Then there is always the items that I do incorporate that end up being given a new breathe of appreciation, such as the stained rocking chair cushion or the "ratty" throw blanket someone has been meaning to throw out. I'm not going to say that a little bit of photoshop work doesn't go a long way sometimes, but I have to look at what's really going on here. I'm helping people appreciate and embrace their own environments and sometimes trusting an artist like myself to show them they are as fabulous as they want to feel.
This session for Miss Madison was no exception. It was a very cold, very blustery chicago day with overcast skies that left you with inner chill. Miss Maddy was even sleeping in on such a yucky day, but she gave all new meaning to the phrase, "Rise and Shine!" While the weather remained disenchanting outside the inside of her home came to life and buzzed as we readied Maddy for her photo session. Starting in her brightly colored nursery, we took advantage of an overstuffed rocking chair that looked so cozy with natural window light falling upon it. We played in the hallway and down the stairs and we ended the session in the middle of the living room making the dim, overcast light work in our favor as she brightened our day with a bubble gum pink tutu and the sassiest little dress shoes. The way the dreary light fell upon Maddy was like a spot light and it drowned out all the background noise of her parent's home. Sometimes my job is about absorbing as much light as possible and sometimes it's about reflecting it. It's all contingent upon the environment that I'm in, but that is one of the best benefits of my job and how I continually grow as a creative person. Facing the challenges head on and turning them into fabulous memories.

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Mya | Pleasant Prairie Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/4/mya-pleasant-prairie-newborn-photographer I got to spend some time with this little peanut and her parents about 10 days after she arrived. Since she was only tipping the scale at six pounds she was still very moldable and sleepy. I want to thank Stacy and Steve for inviting me to share a few hours with me so I could create these fun memories for them. Welcome little Mya!

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Brayden | Round Lake Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/4/brayden-round-lake-newborn-photographer After a gorgeous maternity session just a few weeks ago, baby Brayden made his debut right on schedule. He was less than 72 hours old at his session and I can't tell you how exciting it was. He is the newest baby I've ever had the pleasure of photographing. Typically newborn sessions are done somewhere between 4-10 days after birth (I normally average 7-10). The longer you wait the more alert and comfortable being out of the womb they become, which can prevent some of the more sleepy and cuddled posing opportunities. I've come to realize that this happens a bit quicker for larger babies, whereas little peanuts are more prone to enjoying more sleep and being swaddled longer. With Brayden almost hitting the 8 pound mark, this was a perfect time to do his session. However, each baby's personality is so different as well, but this little guy fussed very minimally and his parents were very prepared and patient. Thanks so much Whitney & Bryan for inviting me to capture Brayden's first photos. Congratulations!!!

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(Katie Hall Photography) Chicago Round Lake Photographer baby family illinois newborn photo photographer photography https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/4/brayden-round-lake-newborn-photographer Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:44:52 GMT
Three Month Milestone | Barrington Baby Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/4/three-month-milestone-barrington-baby-photographer I was so excited to visit with this little sweetheart again for her three month milestone session. It was so much fun to see how much her personality had grown in such a short time as well as her stature. Mom lovingly shared with me her big brother's 3 month photos to compare facial expressions and characteristics and it made me think about how amazing it will be to hold our new baby girl in just a short time and celebrate all her uniqueness. I will get to see this girly one more time before the big arrival and I can't wait to see how much more interactive she is by then! I have such a special job and it makes me so happy to share time like this with my clients!

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(Katie Hall Photography) Barrington Photographer" baby family illinois lifestyle photographer photo photographer photography https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/4/three-month-milestone-barrington-baby-photographer Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:33:35 GMT
Bun In The Oven | Wauconda Children & Family Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/4/bun-in-the-oven-wauconda-children-family-photographer It was a month of milestones for the {W} Family. Their little girl, Addison turned 2 and they also had some very exciting to news to share! I was able to combine the sessions and help them make the big announcement after Addison's photos because becoming a BIG SISTER is a BIG DEAL, especially on your birthday! The family is thrilled to announce that they are expecting baby #2 in the late summer and can't wait to watch their family grow by one more. 
As for Addison, her time is very consumed with being a busy two year old. Mom let her jam on the piano for me in her pretty party dress and she even showed me her favorite story time books in her adorable Seuss bedroom! She's as cute as can be and going to make a great big sister! Congratulations to this family. I can't wait to see you for milestone photos over the coming year!

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(Katie Hall Photography) Wauconda Family Photographer baby family illinois lifestyle photographer photo photographer photography https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/4/bun-in-the-oven-wauconda-children-family-photographer Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:16:11 GMT
New Family | Chicago Newborn Photographer https://www.photosbykatiehall.com/blog/2013/4/new-family-chicago-newborn-photographer What a little doll Morgan was. Her parents and I had been waiting for her for what seemed like forever. I was thrilled to finally hear of her arrival and it felt great to finally meet this little bundle. She was so alert and wasn't much interested in sleeping for most of the session. The last several photos were taken in literally a 20 minute period. I want to thank her Mommy & Daddy for being so patient and accommodating. I can't wait to see her at all of her milestone sessions this year! Welcome home, Morgan!