Naperville Family Photographer, Downers Grove Special Needs Photographer

When I get a call to schedule a session, and I’m told that a child has Autism, I’ll admit – I smile.  I really do love working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and while I may be biased, I really have to say that some of the most joyful, the brightest souls I’ve met have been housed within a child on the spectrum.  And this little guy is one of those souls.  When we first met, I asked if he tended to smile, as he was initially serious and distracted.  They laughed and said he was very smiley, and boy, were they right!  Just bring out dad’s iPhone and play some videos, and he was instantly happy.  His smile seriously lit up everyone who saw him.  And mean…how could he not make you smile?!  Especially with that adorable cap and bow tie.  Ugh, just too cute for words.

This little man is seriously something special. Three years ago this week mom and dad told their families they were expecting twins. Unfortunately, the babies were born at 25 weeks gestation.  One of them survived, and one they had to say goodbye to too soon. It was definitely not what they had expected.   But sometimes in life you have to let go of what you thought you expected to happen and start living in what’s happening.

Will has always been a fighter, born at 1 lb 12 ozs, he had to be! He stayed in the N.I.C.U. For 100 days and came home happy and healthy. Now, he is an amazing, curious, happy, healthy almost 3 year old, full of wisdom beyond his years.  He is autistic or is what they like to say “awe-tastic”. Everyone has there own challenges, and Will always loves a good challenge…It’s just how he rolls!  Will’s love and joy far exceed any expectations they had before. The only thing that they expect now is that every new day with our little guy will become our new favorite day!

And while the autism has him non-verbal at this point, he easily communicates his joy and love to his parents.  Okay, enough sappiness from me, come enjoy this wonderful family.

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They asked if they could do a picture with just mom and dad on a bench.  It is a theme for them, and I was more than happy to oblige.  The next time you have family pictures, make sure the parents get some pictures of just them.

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Firefly Nights Photography is nationally known for our work with special needs kids, especially those with autism spectrum disorders.  But we are also an award-winning studio for our portraits – maternity, newborn, babies, children, high school seniors, families, and athletes.  We would love to work with your family!  Our studio is located in downtown Naperville, easily servicing all of Chicago, especially the western suburbs.

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Naperville Photographer, Plainfield Photographer | Mother-Daughter Time

After doing this session, I really wish more parents would do special sessions like this – just mother/daughter or father/son or vice versa – a special one-on-one time highlighting that special bond.  I absolutely adore this session.  Mom chose to have her makeup done by my amazing makeup artist – she really does rock.  And it was a miserable day with blustery winds and spitting rain, but who would ever guess with such beautiful pictures?  I also tried to hurry because the poor, little five year old had a cold.  But even with a stuffy nose and cough and hair whipping in her face, she was still full of smiles.

They were so sweet with each other.  You could tell the daughter was a real cuddle bug.  She just loved touching her mom – kissing, hugging, tickling, etc.  I really love the happiness we captured here.

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This one below has to be my favorite – I just love it.

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Seriously, how gorgeous is this field with the purple flowers?  I was in heaven!

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If you would like to memorialize the love you have for your children, then you should consider a special portrait session with Firefly Nights Photography.  Time keeps passing us all faster and faster.  Our children are suddenly no longer babies.  Before we know it, they won’t look at us with adoration.  And in another blink, they will be on their own.  Capture these moments.  Don’t wait until you’ve lost those illusive five more pounds; don’t wait until that missing tooth has its adult tooth replacement;  don’t wait until that acne clears up.  There are always reasons to put it off, to wait.  But every moment wasted and waited for is a moment you will never get back.

Firefly Nights Photography is an award-winning studio located in downtown Naperville with clients coming from all over Chicago, especially the western suburbs like St. Charles, Downers Grove, and Hinsdale.  We offer maternity, newborn, baby, child, high school senior, and family portrait sessions.  Please review our Galleries for more samples of our work.  We look forward to working with your own family!

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Naperville Photographer, Elmhurst Photographer | Best Friends

What is up with all the twins in the past couple of weeks?!  Seriously!  LOL  When I photographed these twin ten year olds last year in studio, I loved their edgy style and their silliness.  This year, we decided to go outside.  And even though a whole year had passed, they were still the same sweet and funny children – just a bit taller. ;)  They are so different from each other – and I think you can clearly see it by their personal style, but also just in the way they smile or stand.  And even though they are different from each other, they are still so close.  There was no typical sibling bickering or annoyance.  It was like photographing best friends because there was so much laughter.

I’m so glad I got to see them again and hope I am an annual tradition for them, as I can’t wait to see how they grow and change in the next few years.

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I absolutely love this next picture.  He was attempting to place a flower behind her ear (not very well).  A sweet moment between the two.  Her laughter is infectious.

 

Then I brought out my own personal chair from my home, as I thought the pattern would go well.  And it did.  Just beautiful!  We all know I’m a sucker for the golden fields.

 

If you are interested in a maternity, newborn, baby, child, family, or high school senior portrait session, then contact Firefly Nights Photography today to learn more.  We are located in downtown Naperville with clients coming from all over Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

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Naperville Family Photographer, Hinsdale Family Photographer | Fall Fun

Time for my favorite family – the ones who started me in business over seven years ago when I photographed their eldest daughter’s newborn pictures.  And now there is a seven year old daughter, two twins who are almost five, and Roma – the Golden Retriever who has been part of the family for over 10 years.  She was their first baby – their fur baby.  Now that she is getting older, her face entirely white, we try to get family pictures including her.  Families are always welcome to include a pet in their session (just clear it with me before hand, so we choose a dog-friendly location).

It was a decent day for us, though it was PACKED with people and photographers here.  Now that the twins are getting older, they listen well enough for us to zoom through the session as fast as possible in order to avoid some of the chaos.  Everyone did a great job on this day.  And check out the smiles – especially Roma’s! :)

I think this first picture will be their holiday card image.  I absolutely love it!

 

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I wish I could remember what had these three siblings cracking up like this, but I love the result.

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Then we went across the street to the open fields for one last picture before heading home.

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If you are wanting your own family portrait session, contact Firefly Nights Photography today!  We also provide maternity, newborn, baby, child, high school senior, and athlete sessions, as well.  Our studio is located in Naperville, but we also love outdoor, on location sessions.  We look forward to working with you!

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Amy G. - October 22, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Beautiful session! Love the individual shots of the kids! Great work!

Naperville Senior Photographer, Downers Grove photographer

I had a wonderful time photographing this senior from Nequa Valley High School.  She is the youngest of their children, but may be the one who shines brightest.  Grace is a varsity track and field, as well as cross country, runner.  She is also a gold medalist with the Special Olympics.  Grace has high-functioning autism and competes with the special needs athletes, as well as the rest of her high school peers.

It was a beautiful (if slightly chilly) day on our day together, but she was a great sport.  The only thing she made me work for was getting a natural smile.  She has a gorgeous smile, as you can see, but many times, it was just frozen in place.  Well, I learned that if you get her talking about her cats, she lights up.

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I love this black and white of her.

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After graduation, Grace is planning on attending District 204′s transitional school at Indian Prairie. Many of the district’s students with special needs receive linkage and instruction for post high school transition to the community through the Supported Training Experiences Post Secondary program (STEPS). They wanted to be sure to get a picture of Grace in a shirt from there. 

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I loved meeting Grace and her parents and hope she has a wonderful senior year and wish her the best as she ventures on after high school.

Firefly Nights Photography is nationally known for our work with special needs children, especially those with autism spectrum disorders.  Both Megan and her assistant have children with special needs and love to work and give back to other parents.  Firefly Nights Photography is located in downtown Naperville, but our clients come to us from all over Chicago, especially the western suburbs.  We provide portrait photography both in studio and on location outdoor sessions for maternity, newborn, babies, children, seniors, family, and athlete sessions.

If you are interested in a session, you can see more of our work under Galleries.  We look forward to working with you!

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