Naperville Photographer, Hinsdale Baby Photographer | One Year

This little guy is finishing up his Baby’s First Year program with me.  I have so enjoyed seeing him as he has grown and changed over the past year.  He has such awesome blue eyes and those curls! :)  He is a happy little guy, on the move, and into things.  He decided that my hanging backdrops were the highest form of entertainment and giggled madly as he hid behind them and in them over and over.  I was also happy to use one of my newer backdrops with the blue door.  I really love it.  I also really love one year old baby boys shirtless and in overalls – just quintessential baby boy.

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Next, he put on his spring outfit.  I always love blonde, blue-eyes kids dressed in orange.  He definitely rocks it.

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At this point, he was getting a little tired, so we decided a change of scenery was in store.  It was a pleasant, though very windy, day.  We left the studio and walked to the riverwalk only a block away to let him have some freedom.  I learned that if we wanted him to go one way, he would instinctively go the opposite way. LOL

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If you are looking for a photographer for your maternity, newborn, baby, child, family, high school senior, or athlete portraits, please contact Firefly Nights Photography.  Located in the heart of downtown Naperville, we service all of Chicago, especially the western suburbs like Plainfield, Wheaton, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Elmhurst, and Burr Ridge.

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Jeni - April 22, 2014 - 3:10 pm

What a cutie pie! Those curls are amazing! I love the blue door backdrop too! Such a gorgeous color. Love all of these shots. It’s too hard to pick a favorite!

Naperville Photographer, Special Needs Photographer | round 1.2

Here are the rest of the families from my April 6th special needs mini-sessions.  Every year, I offer mini-sessions with no session fees for families with special needs children as a way to give back to these wonderful families.  I love seeing families return year after year, as well as meeting new ones.  This year was especially great because we didn’t have a single child this year who had a meltdown or was extremely anxious or overwhelmed.  Success!!

This first family was new to me this year, and just made us smile.  This happy 11 year old has Down Syndrome. She loves books and movies and was super polite and loves to make people happy.  Before Sarah turned 1, she had open-heart surgery and also two eye surgeries.  She is legally blind as she had cataracts, and they had to remove her lenses and cannot put permanent lenses due to glaucoma.  She has been through 10 surgeries all together, however, has been a trooper through them all.  She could not have been a happier person – and this family has NEVER had a family portrait!

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This next boy is one that didn’t go so well last year.  Last year, he was very overwhelmed and just couldn’t stop crying.  I am SO happy that this year we had success! Jeremy is a wonderful boy who has the most gorgeous eyes and smile.  His favorite thing in the world is playing with toy cars and watching car races.  Unfortunately, Jeremy suffers from Autism and Landau-Kleffner syndrome, a rare type of epilepsy. Although his behavior has improved significantly over the years,  he still has trouble communicating  and over coming his eating disorder.

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This last family I remember well from before.  Their twin boys both have Autism, but man, have they really grown developmentally!  They did a great job listening this year.  They are such handsome, funny boys, so I am thrilled that I can showcase that for their family.

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If you have a special needs child and would like to have your child’s picture taken, choose a photographer who understands how to work with such wonderful kids.  Firefly Nights Photography loves working with special needs children and would love to work with your family.

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Special Needs Photographer, Naperville Photographer | round 1

April is Autism Awareness Month.  Every year,  I offer special needs mini-sessions for all families with special needs children.  Having a son on the autism spectrum, and my assistant has a son with cerebral palsy and epilepsy – we offer a unique understanding to these families. Something you won’t find everywhere else – personal understanding, no judgement, patience, and best of all – acceptance.  I look forward to these sessions every year as a way to give back to these families who work so hard for their children – the countless hours of therapy, battles with schools and teachers, social skills.

These are the first half of the first special needs mini-sessions.  I adore all of these smiles!

I believe it is the third year I have been photographing these brothers.  Both boys have Autism, and I was amazed at the older brother’s progress since last year.  It is great to see them progress and overcome challenges and obstacles.  I can’t wait to see how they are next year!

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Now this next family and I go way back.  I have been photographing them since their son was only 3 months old!  He has speech problems and developmental delays, but is hands down one of the funniest kids ever.  His sister has always been very shy, and so I was so pleasantly surprised when she was instantly ready to smile for me!


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I met this next family in the fall for my fall mini-sessions.  Their son has Autism, and in the fall, we struggled, as he would not leave the basketball court to go where we wanted.  This time, I heard him say some words, and he did a great job of being where we wanted him.  And I totally loved his green shoes!

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This next family was new to me, referred from a friend.  At ages 4 and 3, both children have Autism without much language, which makes communication difficult.  Both currently attend special education classes through their school district and are doing so well!  They also have sensory issues, which make things like large crowds, loud noises, and bright lights very overwhelming – but they did great with the studio lights.

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It was a wonderful day, and I look forward to editing the rest of this session and the wonderful kids involved.  If you have a special needs child, please contact us, as we would love to work with your family and provide not only wonderful pictures, but a wonderful experience.


Amanda Radovic - April 16, 2014 - 12:43 pm

what a beautiful set of images. Each family will be thrilled to have such lovely photos of their kids.

Amber Aileen - April 16, 2014 - 1:27 pm

What beautiful images of beautiful kiddos!

Michaela Wickman - April 16, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Wow… what a great thing to do! I loved all of them… especially the siblings shots. :) Great job!

Jeni - April 18, 2014 - 2:25 am

These are so wonderful! I love the one of the brother and sister on the bed! So cute! All of these families knocked it out of the ballpark with their outfits!

Shannon Stroubakis - April 19, 2014 - 5:59 pm

These are wonderful! You captured the very essence of each child’s personality.

Kristen - April 21, 2014 - 4:46 pm

What a awesome thing to do! You captured them perfectly! I love the one the two kids on the bed!

Melissa Klein - April 24, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Adorable bunch and fantastic shots!

Chicago Dance Photographer, Naperville photographer | Belly dancer

I had a fun and unique session recently with a dancer.  She wanted updated artistic images for promotion  both on her website and for brochures, etc.  I was delighted and giddy when she unpacked her costumes.  They were so gorgeous and intricate, not to mention all the jewelry.  This lovely lady teaches dance all around and does festivals, etc.  Her belly dancing costume was my favorite – I loved the details on it.  Due to the vibrant nature of the costume, I wanted to give her dramatic lighting.


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In addition to belly dancing, she is also a can can dancer!  How fun is that?!  Can can is playful, so we went with a different look.

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Her third outfit is a different sort of can can dancing – much more old world, especially with the gloves.


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If you are a dancer and would like pictures, contact Firefly Nights Photography. We also welcome commercial business for use in promotional materials for all industries.  We are a photography studio located in downtown Naperville, but servicing all of Chicago and its suburbs.

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Hinsdale Newborn Photographer, Chicago Baby Photographer | Stylish

It is a strange fact, but I have an unusually high percentage of clients who are in the medical field.  Enough so that I had to mention it – there must be something about my work that appeals to the clinical eyes of doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. :)

Now, on to this handsome little newborn.  He was 11 days old when I met him, and just as cute as can be – with so much hair!!  I know it can be difficult for new parents to get out of the house with a newborn baby, so I always appreciate their effort in getting to me, especially when they come all the way from the city. Something to note for clients coming from outside of Naperville – being located in the downtown area, there are a ton of restaurants and shops here, making it a nice little getaway for after your session, as well.

I will frequently have parents ask me what they should wear for a newborn session, as I highly recommend that parents be photographed with their newborns, as it is such a short period of time to be memorialized, and with all the sleep deprivation, you won’t remember it well later on.  Usually I tell parents to go one of two ways – darks or lights.  Of course, I always love skin, as well.  But this new dad is the first one to have worn a suit for a newborn shoot, and I absolutely love the effect and contrast with the baby.  Such a sharp family!

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I haven’t used this red set up in ages and was happy to pull it out again.  I love the dark colors – so dramatic.  And check out his huge smile!

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And I love the bright colors of the below.  So springy.

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Of course, muted colors are always classic.

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Putting mommy and daddy’s rings on – this little guy unites them all as a new family.

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And we got to use my newest urban setup.  I love the blue doors.

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If you are expecting or just delivered your newborn baby, please contact Firefly Nights Photography to set up your appointment.  Of course, we love photographing children and people of all ages, too!

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