Van Kampen Family | A Riverside Family Session in Fulton, Illinois

This former family of 4 was ecstatic to add their 5th and final member, baby boy Benson! Mindy was fully prepared to be a boy mom from the get-go and I’d say she totally rocks the gig! All 3 of her little men (and the grown up one) absolutely adore her.

It’s funny how perfectly all 3 boys fit the stereotypes of oldest, middle and youngest! Brayden is the oldest, the calm one and mommy’s helper for sure. He will definitely have his brothers’ backs and always take care of his family. He has such a kind heart. And the middle “wild child,” Braxton, is absolutely hilarious (he removed his pants mid-session hahaha), but has embraced his role as big brother and is just as cute as can be with the new baby of the family. And that brings us to Benson. Of course at only 2 months old he still has to grow into his youngest family member spot, but he is so loved by his parents and big brothers. I’m sure that cute face of his will get him out of trouble often!

I have loved watching these boys grow up in front of my camera and hope to keep capturing their family memories over the years to come!

Throwback to last Summer with the Wiebenga's

We could all use a little reminder of sunshine and the great outdoors on another cold, February day! Even though it’s been the longest Winter ever, I feel like I JUST did this shoot! It was so much fun hanging out with this cute family.

Easton and Gabriel are right around the ages of my boys so it felt very familiar! I’m so glad I was able to capture their relationships with one another and the adorable way little brother copied everything big brother did. They were seriously so cute! Even though I’m sure these two bicker just like my kids too, I can tell they’ll always be the best of friends!

I’m definitely crossing my fingers that we’ll get to do this again soon! :)

Leo's Newborn Lifestyle Session

I had the pleasure of photographing Leo’s big brother Grayson’s first year and now I am over the moon to do the same for this baby boy number two!

Mom and Dad joined me in the 2 boys under 2 club! It’s a fun club to be in, but also pretty exhausting. I’ve had people ask me if it gets easier as they get older, and I have to say it really depends on your kids. For me it’s totally gone up and down over the past 3 1/2 years. I’m sure that trend will continue! We have good phases and challenging phases (to put it nicely). But there are wonderful moments every single day (amidst the chaos). The best way to make it through the tough times is to really savor and appreciate those minuscule incredible moments that make you smile.

I can’t wait to follow Leo and Grayson through the next year of life and capture not only Leo’s milestones, but the brotherhood relationship they are building. And of course mom and dad in this beautiful season of life!