City Adventure with my Crew|Chicago Children, Family and Baby Photographer

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.”
— Winnie the Pooh

January hardly feels like an inspiring month for a personal family photo shoot. However, this year I am determined to not only edit my family photos but also participate in the 365 photo challenge. If any of you parents out there are interested, I highly suggest it for a number of reasons (you can start one anytime)!

First, what a great way to capture the daily life of your family. Photography is a gift and someday I know my family - despite the protests - will appreciate that these day-to-day moments were saved and neatly packaged in an album. (I'll go ahead and give myself a pat on the back right now.) Second, what better way to continue to challenge my photography skills by capturing the whirling dervish that are my children? Third, a daily photography project motivates me to to get out of the house and have a family adventure to create more memories. Now, even though they are fairly improvised shoots, I still put some thought into the fundamental details before we go out into the world, such as planning out light, an outfit suggestion here and there, and a bullet-point of shots I definitely want to take. But the truth of the matter is that I love these excursions because they are an opportunity for my family and I to explore more of our city with my camera in hand to capture it all.

Yesterday, we took a visit to Stan's Donuts on our way to see a dear friend with a new beautiful baby at Prentice Hospital. I have often thought about shooting pictures at Stan's Donuts (particularly this location): I love the airy light feeling, the colors of the donuts, and Kitchen Aide Mixers in every imaginable color. My personal 365 project was the reason it finally happened. Here are the results!



It certainly feels like an adventure everyday with my crew. This "field trip" was inspired by my littlest guy pointing to the top of the John Hancock and saying "I want to go up there..." nearly every time we drove by (which is often).  My hubs and I celebrated our wedding in the Signature Room almost 8 years ago so it seemed like a fun activity for the kids. I had actually never been to the actual observation deck - so this view as a treat. I thought I would share a few personal pictures on the blog of our family adventure!