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Lisa | Chicago Portrait Photographer

25 Aug

When first talking with Lisa about ideas for our session together she mentioned she would love to go to the beach for her shoot. How could I turn that down?! We decided to hit up North Avenue Beach in the city. This was only my second time photographing at the beach and I have to say, I love it more each time! Something so serene about it then to get that amazing light that we had plus the perfect temperatures and wonderful city skyline – I’d say it was pretty wonderful!

Lisa has had prior modeling experience but I wanted this to focus on her being herself and staying in tune to being natural and showing off her style & personality! She made my job extremely easy and that helped me really focus on getting some outstanding shots! I love the feel of these images. They feel so summery! Enjoying the last bits of summer while we can till Fall comes around 🙂

All images shot with a Canon 5D Mark II with a 50mm 1.8 lens


Alexandria | Chicago Teen Portrait Photographer

24 Aug

Alexandria was so much fun to photograph. With her experience in acting she really shined through and new exactly how to portray her emotions to the camera – like a pro! I have photographed her younger sister and older brother earlier this summer and this family continues to amaze me with their constant support of each other and myself! I love them! So much fun to see them so frequently and have them be a big help in expanding my portfolio!

Alexandria was also very much into the 30’s and 40’s era which is the vibe we tried to go with for the last 2 outfits. I can say myself how much of what I love surrounds that time era. Such an amazing time that I’d love to go back to! It was fun to “step back in time” per say! Please enjoy the preview as she did an outstanding job!

All images shot with a Canon 5D Mark II + a 50mm 1.8 lens + a reflector!

Katie L. | Chicago Portrait Photographer

1 Jul

Katie is such a natural beauty with such an upbeat personality. She is fashion forward and always understanding of her surroundings. Not only can she bring forth great ideas in front of the camera but behind it as well. Having someone as creative as she is made my job as a photographer extremely fun and easy! She constantly inspired me to try new things and step out of the box. Her outfits brought so many different personalities out of her and I think that’s the best part about fashion; the way it makes you feel.

Isaiah A. | Chicago Portrait Photographer

26 Jun

Isaiah and I used to dance together back in the day! I make us sound so old, haha. He was so very talented and still is to this day. It was great to catch up with him after almost 5 whole years! His sister is Jessica, who I previously had a session with and it was great to see the whole family tag along again for his session. They are the most supportive, helpful people I’ve ever met!

Isaiah had the best “fashion team”. His sisters picked everything from his shirts, hats, jacket, etc! It was awesome to see how into it everyone got. It makes my day to see that. Isaiah blew me away with his natural modeling abilities and natural behavior in front of the camera. Always makes my job easy! 🙂

Enjoy this preview guys!

Miss Emily | Stephanie Pana | Chicago Senior Photographer

12 Jun

Meet the ever so lovely Emily! An up and coming Senior into high school. What an absolute joy it was to photograph this lovely lady right here. Such profound features which came across beautifully on camera. I am officially in love with the sun after this session. So many beautiful photos we captured during sunset. This may be my new favorite spot! Thanks so much to Emily and Judie for their help in making this quite a memorable session. Enjoy!

Anthony Pana | Stephanie Pana | Chicago Senior Photographer

8 Jun

I’d like to introduce you all to my little brother who isn’t quite so little anymore these days! I surprised him yesterday and offered to do his Senior photos. Yikes! He’s already a senior?! Now I feel old 😉 I can’t believe how much this kid has grown up. Music is his passion and you can definitely see it in him every day! I’m so extremely proud of the person he’s become and will continue to be. Talented, charismatic & genuinely a great person inside and out.

I love you baby brother. Too bad you’re actually not a baby anymore! Congratulations on this memorable time in your life. Cherish it with everything you can. I’m so happy to be here and see you become the man I know you’re bound to be!

Miss Julie | Stephanie Pana | Chicago Teen Photographer

7 Jun

Right from the start Julie was such an inspiration. Her hair was incredible! The best part, it’s all natural! How’d I get so lucky to get a curly, red head with bright blue eyes!? It was great to change things up a bit. Tonight session definitely did  just that. Had to do a little re-arranging of session times because the weather decided to change drastically and play games with me! About 2 outfits in the clouds came rolling through and then came the rain. First drizzling which we bared with then it starting raining a little harder so we took the remainder of our session to the barn area where we were sheltered from the wetness! She was truly a pleasure to work with and I swear by the end of our session had so much confidence about herself I could swear she had SOME kind of modeling in her background.

My models & clients never cease to amaze me. I’ve been so blessed to get such gorgeous and fashionable people to step in front of my camera. They work just as hard as I do and I can’t thank them enough for giving me these incredible images! Julie, enjoy these photographs. They have captured a beautiful moment in time which I am honored to have taken for you.