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Naperville Lifestyle Photographer Session Giveaway!


I’m feeling Give-away-y.  And since I’m the boss of me, I’ve given myself the authority to go ahead and give something away.  Wooohoooo!


It’s simple, really.  There’s a rafflecopter app at the bottom of this post with a couple ways to enter.  The giveaway is only open for 3 days, so get in there!


Happy Family, gorgeous portraits

Happy Family, gorgeous portraits


So enter here, tell your friends, get ready to love you some pictures.:D

(BTW – this giveaway is for a session credit only, and it’s worth $100!  Prints/Digitals/Products like Greeting Cards etc… are ordered separately at a Reveal and Ordering appointment scheduled around 2-3 weeks after your awesome lifestyle session.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ciao for now!

(PS – ready to schedule your session?  Contact me here!)

Naperville Beloved Photographer

A Beloved Session for a sweet Couple in Naperville


Craig and Jen run the Crossfit gym I go to on the Southside of Naperville.  They run it with obvious dedication for the business and all of their clients, fostering a close and supportive community of fellow Crossfitters – you basically can’t walk in the place without an enthusiastic welcome.

Equally dedicated are the couple themselves, parents to two crazy cute and charming kids and another on the way.  You can tell that they’re obviously very much in love and not afraid to show it.;)

Sweet smiles in Beloved Experience Photography by Naperville Photographer

When I started training for the Beloved method, I learned I would have to do a practical session for the culmination of the course, and I worried for a minute about who I could possibly choose as my models that would “get” what I was asking for.   I decided to ask Jen and Craig if they’d be my guinea-pigs for the experiment and received a resounding yes!


I was nervous the evening of our shoot, having no idea what to expect using my newly learned techniques.

Craig and Jen were the absolute best models I could have asked for - trusting me completely to capture their relationship on camera.  They granted me a glimpse of their hearts and I’m honored by the privilege.

Naperville Couples Photographer Beloved Session So Proud -for-web


While editing this session, I discovered a bit about myself and this photographic career I’ve chosen – that I feel a big responsibility to my clients to take care of them, to represent them fairly and to understand the fragility of self-awareness, self-esteem, emotion and connection. Photos are proof you Existed.  They show your space in time, putting a little stake in the ground of your place here.

How you leave the world and the people you touch is your legacy.

Security in a Photo by Beloved Photographer in Naperville

Anyway – enough of my rambling – now for some more pictures!

Naperville Family Photographer Sweet Couple for Beloved SessionLoving Couples Session by Beloved Experience Photographer in Naperville belongPhotographer in Naperville doing Beloved Photography Portrait for the Future-webA place to land for couples relationship photographer using Beloved Experience in NapervilleNaperville Custom Photographer couple with peace to share by Beloved SessionBeautiful connection by Naperville Family Photographer using Beloved Method


Interested in a photo session with Appelman Images Photography?   Contact me now, I’d love to chat with you!


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Your Naperville Beloved Photographer

Naperville Family Photographer

Popcorn, Tire Swings and Opera in a Lifestyle Photo Session at Home


When this Dad first saw his future wife – he watched her from afar on a stage.  Both music students, they bonded over school, opera and friends.

Fast forward several years and this music loving  and entrepreneurial family (Mom has a thriving custom clothing business)  has grown to a vibrant 5 year old, 2 3 year old twins and 2 lovely, loving doggies.  It’s a full house filled with love, art and playtime!

I was thrilled to do a lifestyle photography session for them and we started off doing a normal family activity – play-doh with the kids.  We got to throw in more fun and show off the family favorites, like the kids bedrooms and fave toys, we got some family portraits (my fave is everyone piled on Mom & Dad’s bed), and some fabulous shots with Popcorn (no kidding!)

There was a bit of opera serenading, some candy found in a secret stash and a tire swing.  Doesn’t get better than this folks – this is why I love Lifestyle Family Photography so much.  A family documenting them doing just that – being a family.


Take a look at some of the shots we captured!

Fabulous lifestyle photo of family by Naperville Family Photographer

The moment in between

natural light at home for a portrait by Naperville Family Photographer

Winning Family Portrait!

Kids found the secret candy stash during a Family Photography Session by Naperville Photographer

Secret Candy Stash!

One of the family doggies and definately counts as one of the children by Naperville Family PhotographerThree little children walking down the stairs in Home Photography session by Naperville PhotographerSweet Girl in Pink Tutu portrait in NapervilleStory time with Mama and her little girl by Family Photographer in NapervilleSweet portrait of a little boy in his family home by Naperville Family Photographer

Laughter and Popcorn for three siblings by Naperville family photographer


Popcorn and family chaos by Child photographer in Naperville in a Iifestyle photo

So many stories!

Beautiful lifestyle portrait of three children dressed in white by Naperville Child Photographer

Magical portrait of all three

So much fun on a tire swing for little kids at home by Naperville Family PhotographerSweet boy snuggles with his mama nose to nose in treasured family photo by Naperville photographer

Fun Couple portrait of a mom and dad by Naperville Photographer

Love and Laughter


Now is the perfect time to schedule your session with Appelman Images Photography!

Contact me now to book!

  • July 2, 2014 - 4:18 pm

    Gretchen - Love this session! Favorites: little girl picking popcorn off carpet, kids on the stairs, and the mom and girl reading. The family will treasure these!ReplyCancel

    • July 2, 2014 - 10:32 pm

      Kate Appelman - Thanks so much Gretchen! This family was so easy going, it really worked well doing Lifestyle with them! :D ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    Brianna - Stunning session, really. You captured their love (and you can feel it in the images) beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    Jon Fleming - even got the dog!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2014 - 11:17 pm

    Lauren - Now, I’ve seen lifestyle sessions before, but this one is fairly stunning. I love the black and white shots, especially. Everything looks so clean and crisp and inviting. Lovely family, lovely photos.ReplyCancel

    • July 3, 2014 - 3:44 am

      Kate Appelman - Well now that’s a wonderful comment to read, Lauren! Thank you so much for your sweet words. :) ReplyCancel

  • July 3, 2014 - 12:51 am

    Chantal - There is nothing I love more then at home lifestyle sessions!! Great job!! The lighting is perfect!ReplyCancel

    • July 3, 2014 - 3:43 am

      Kate Appelman - Thank you so much, Chantal!!! I seem to love this session more every time I look at it :) ReplyCancel

  • July 3, 2014 - 2:33 am

    Crystal - Such a fun lifestyle session! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • July 3, 2014 - 2:34 am

    Benny Lynne - What a good looking family. You did a great job capturing them in their natural environmentReplyCancel

    • July 3, 2014 - 3:43 am

      Kate Appelman - Thank you Benny Lynne! They’re terrific people, it was great working with them!ReplyCancel

  • July 3, 2014 - 2:59 am

    harshita - love this beautiful lifestyle photography session…cutest moment captured which is candid expression from the kids :) ReplyCancel

  • July 3, 2014 - 11:21 am

    Siobhan - love love LOVE how relaxed and natural these photos are! <3ReplyCancel

Naperville Kid Photographer shooting a Mini Session at Home

Elsa Crowns and Frozen Songs


Just a quick post today – my little one is, like most other little girls – obsessed with the movie Frozen right now.

“Let it Go” is on constant replay by our own personal karaoke singer – even if she doesn’t quite have all the words and sort of quietly whispers gibberish to get through the parts she hasn’t learned yet.

Today’s Memorial Day activities had her putting on a brand new lacy eyelet dress (the color of snow) and asking me to make her a new crown (blue, the color of ice) so she could practice her Frozen song and dance.

And by the way, we are to call her “Elsa” from now on – and if we slip and call her by her given name, we are quickly corrected.

The whimsy of this called out to me for a black and white film look, so I present to you here – a photo my own little Queen Elsa.



Naperville Child portrait photographer Lifestyle photojournalist Elsa Crown 147-365 2014

Teeny Queen Elsa

Tiny girl in white dress and handmade crown for film look frozen shoot

Lost in icy thought

Queen Elsa Crown and Snow dress little girl photo by Naperville Kid Photographer

A more dramatic over the shoulder pose

Dramatic little girl make believe as Frozen Queen Elsa for personal Naperville photo shoot

So much worry for the Queen

Little girl in home made Queen Elsa crown by Naperville kid photographer

Love can melt a frozen heart


By the way, you can see the first pic of this set and so many more of my pics in my one-photo-a-day 365 Project.

Interested in a lifestyle portrait session for your own little princess?  Contact me now!


Ciao for now!




Naperville Lifestyle Child Photography




I’m working on a 365 Project, have you heard of that?   It’s where I make a picture every. single. day. for 365 days.

The rules I’ve set for myself include that I have to complete one picture (set up, photographing, downloading, editing, uploading, coding, etc……) before I can start a new one.  That means that I can’t take 7 pictures one day and just post them one after the other for seven days.  Nope.  I have to make a new one each time.  (I do, however, make a special forgiveness for film pictures, which can require months to complete – so those several of those might go up in a week.  Hey, I get to make the rules, right? )  :)


This has been great for practicing, making me think about and try new stuff and for discipline.   Some days I have great stuff.  Some days – eh – not so great.  But all in all, this has been good (and a lot of work!  I’m not quite half way through the year and I’m not sure I’d do it again!)


Anyway, yesterday produced a sweet set of fun pictures of my little girl giggling, and I just couldn’t choose which one to feature as my picture of the day.  I asked for opinions on my Facebook page, and a clear winner was determined.

However, the set of three speaks volumes, so I’m featuring it here!
What do you think?

Giggles and White Blankets Little Girl Portraits in Naperville by Appelman Images Photography in Illinois



Interested in some fun shots of your own kiddos?  Contact me now, let’s chat!


Ciao for now,


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