Stephanie + Mark + Baby : Spring Maternity Session

It’s always such an honor to photograph a couple throughout all of their milestones in life together.  I’ve known Steph for quite a while as she went to high school with my youngest sister.  To date I’ve photographed her engagement session, wedding to Mark, and now?  Now this newlywed couple is pregnant with their first…a baby boy! <3

When we were thinking about locations to meet up for their session, I suggested where it all began.  So on a GORGEOUS Sunday in April, we met in a Mokena forest preserve where we had photographed the beginning of their journey together just 2 1/2 years earlier.

I always know Steph will show UP dressed UP.  This girl and her fashion and style is always on point.

(This little boy will be dressed to impress!) 😉With this couple and this amazing day, It was hard to take a bad picture. 😉COME ON! (I may be saying that a lot here…but these two…are you KIDDING me?!)

This should be on the front of a maternity magazine for sure!

“Life doesn’t get more real than having a newborn at home.”

~ Eric Church

(For two big Eric Church fans, this quote was PERFECT!)


LOL! When Liz comes up with ‘pose personas’ and they just don’t make sense. HA!I call this one ‘WARRIOR MOM’That light was just DREAMY!!!Steph…aka…MODEL MOMMA! <3On my way out to meet them, I decided I would stop and get blue balloons…yep…ON THE WAY!I had this vision in my head of ‘mom and dad’ surrounded by balloons and just HAD to try it…It didn’t turn out too bad if I do say so myself!  We got a bunch of laughs out of it, that’s for sure!Steph – you are STUNNING!!!You both look so beautiful here!And then all of a sudden, model DAD shows up! HEYO!(Reactions to my blue balloon purchases POPPING behind me.)


At least we got some fun pictures before that idea literally popped!LOVE this one! <3RHETT GRAYSON

I didn’t mention it before as I was waiting on this picture. So excited to meet this little guy!GAH! Just love all of these! So pretty!I mean, could there BE a more perfect MOM-TO-BE photo?! (in Chandler Bing’s voice of course.)We were trying to remember which side Steph was on during their engagement session in this exact same spot…As we weren’t exactly sure, we took photos on both sides. IN LOVE WITH THIS COMPARISON!

Steph, Mark, and Rhett. Thank you!

This was such a beautiful day and moment in time to photograph!

Thank you for letting me to be a part of all of these milestones with you! It means more than I can ever say.


Until next time,


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