Category Archives: Engagements

2018 | Year in Review

2018 was a pivotal year for me. It was a new beginning for my business, having put my photography business on the back burner for too long. I got a slow start to the year but once my feet hit the ground, I took off running. I started new and creatively exciting projects. I have had so many clients become friends. I photographed families who have lost loved ones, knowing those images will be cherished for a lifetime. In all of this, I have truly rediscovered my calling to be a photographer.

Thank you. For trusting me with your family’s most special moments. For believing in my talent and vision. For coming back to me year after year to photograph your family. For being there supporting me along the way.

2019 is going to be my best year yet and I am so thankful to have you all with me on this journey.

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Spring Mini Sessions | Chicago, Illinois Photography | Peoria, Illinois Photographer

Back by popular demand – Mini Sessions! I am super excited to offer Minis in and around Chicago/suburbs and Central Illinois this Spring. I have dates available in March and April. These are perfect for couples, engagements, to update your family pictures, or to get new fun pictures of your kiddos.

Limited dates and availability, don’t miss out!


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Lighthouse Beach Engagement – Julia & Danny

I met Julia and Danny on a dreary day at the beautiful Lighthouse Beach in Evanston, Illinois for their engagement session. Luckily, the rain held off until the very end of their session and we were able to get in some fun beach photos and even got a few minutes of sunshine.

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Julia and Danny, thanks for showing me Evanston and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in September to photograph your wedding!

Chicago Skyline Engagement Session – Chicago, Illinois – Joanna Smith Photography

Jennifer and Abhi are a photographer’s dream. Beautiful inside and out, sweet, laid-back, and open to adventures 🙂 This couple has the best foundation for an amazing marriage. They not only live together, but they bought a house together which they are currently remodeling in huge ways. Not only that, but they are also in the beginning stages of creating and running a business together! If they can tackle all that together and still smile at each other so sweetly, they can tackle anything together in marriage.

These two slowed down their busy lives enough to walk me through the day of the big proposal last Winter. For their engagement session, we returned to the place where Abhi proposed at Milton Lee Olive Park in Chicago. We wandered around Chicago, taking in the beautiful beach and skyline and stopping for photos here and there. We even ended the day at the same restaurant they went after she said yes. It was an overcast day with very gusty winds but we left with some beautiful photos and memories. Jennifer and Abhi, I’m so honored that you shared your story with me and showed me some of your favorite places in Chicago. I am so looking forward to capturing your wedding in March!

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