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Rad Custom Portraits – Girls of Crossfit

Naperville Portrait Photographer

I’d rather wear Chalk than Lipstick

Check this out.

This super woman handles a household with two busy kids, a career that has her flying across the country every single week, works out pretty much every day.

Naperville Crossfit Portrait Photographer Athlete Woman in Gym

What’s up

She’s careful about her Paleo lifestyle, calls Crossfit Resurgence home and can stop you dead in your tracks with her striking amber eyes. And I got the chance to take rad custom portraits of her in her favorite hangout

And when she’s got time to pop online for a minute, you’ll always find her posting something encouraging, empowering and motivating.  This is no shrinking violet, this is a mama with Goals and drive.

Take a look at some of the shots from her Crossfit Gym Shoot:

Glamour Portraits for woman in Naperville rad modern and beautiful eyesColorful crossfit gym art and modern womans portrait by Naperville Custom onsite photographer

Tough Girl at Naperville Gym with Barbell at Crossfit by Lifestyle PhotographerTough Girl at Naperville Gym with Barbell at Crossfit by Lifestyle Photographer


Strong woman with chalk cloud and handstand in color gym portraits by Naperville boudoir photographer

Chalk clouds and handstands. No big whoop.

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Strong Woman at a Crossfit gym by Naperville Photographer girl lifting barbell

She means business

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Contact me to create a custom shoot for you or your family!


Ciao for now,


April 17, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Kate Appelman - Jenni! Right?!!!! First thing I noticed on this girl – she’s so striking!! :D Thanks!

April 14, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Jenni - WOW! Her eyes are amazing!!!

April 13, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Kate Appelman - Thanks so much, Laura!! I appreciate that. :D

April 12, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Laura Jones - These pictures are amazing! You are one talented chicka! She looks gorgeous! So jealous being the most un-photogenic person in the world!

April 12, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Kate Appelman - Yes, this girl is totally driven, Katie! Motivation is her game :D

April 12, 2014 - 3:52 am

Katie Estes - Wow! Motivation! I need to get my act together ;). She’s stunning.

April 11, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Kate Appelman - Chantal! Seriously, right?!

April 11, 2014 - 11:01 pm

Chantal - She is stunning! Those eyes!

April 11, 2014 - 10:51 pm

Kate Appelman - Thanks Rhea! Though and beautiful sums it up!

April 11, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Kate Appelman - Thanks Heather! Crossfit is a total game changer, isn’t it? :)

April 11, 2014 - 9:51 pm

heather - She is gorgeous! Great job capturing her in her element! I so envy those with the dedication for Crossfit!

April 11, 2014 - 9:45 pm

rhea - I really like this custom portrait session. It really shows her personality.

Mother’s Day Mini Sessions – Naperville Fun Family Photography

Honest, Quirky and Fun Family Photography in Naperville and the surrounding Chicago Suburban Area

Mama & Me Mini Portraits are Coming!

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Look what’s new!   Mother’s Day Mini Sessions

Here’s a great opportunity to:

1) Give the perfect gift to a special Mama in your life

2) If you’re a Mom, Get some fun pics of you and your favorite little people

Check it out -

Bite-sized photo sessions right by downtown Naperville, Il of a Mama and her bebes.  Hanging out, having fun, being real.

The sessions will be held the weekend after Mother’s Day – meaning it’s PERFECT timing to give as a gift!

You get five photo proofs to choose from – and the package even comes with two prints up to 8×10″ AND a custom Headline Cover image for Facebook to show off to all her friends!

Totally a deal for only $100!


Mothers Day Mini Sessions Naperville Fun Family Photography 2014


Limited Time, Limited Sessions

We don’t run mini’s very often (this is the first time in YEARS!) so snap up your session time now before it’s too late!

Quirky, fun and honest pics of Mama and her little folks – such a cute little session!


Contact me now for more info and to book!


March 31, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Kate Appelman - Thanks Candy, I agree! It’s fun to get some quick pics, and what better way to celebrate mama then to dedicate a little time to Mama and her babies!

March 31, 2014 - 12:31 am

Candy Hoehn - I love running mini sessions. They are so quick and fun for both the clients and the photographer. What a great deal!

March 29, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Kate Appelman - Gretchen, me too! Next time you’re in town let’s set something up :D

March 29, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Kate Appelman - Marie – Thanks! I’d love to, let’s get you on the books! ;)

March 29, 2014 - 1:40 am

Marie Bohn - Such a great deal, I need to do some photos of just me and my boys, what a great idea.

March 28, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Gretchen - I love this! It really is the best gift you can give a mom – or her children, for that matter! Wish I lived closer! :)

Professional Headshots for Business by Naperville Photographer

Naperville professional head shots for Business
Professional Photograph Nurse headshot in Naperville and Bolingbrook

Your Headshot is more than just a pretty picture.

Professionals are offered tools every day to make their lives and business more profitable, more streamlined, more innovative.

Whether you’re looking for the next big challenge or presenting the next big thing to clients, you have to have your figurative business tool box stocked.

Got your resume? Check.

Business card? Check.

Elevator pitch (prepared and practiced)? Check and check.

Got your professional headshot?    ….


Get a running start to making valuable connections online and networking by putting a face with your name.

Here’s what people are saying about their professional shots with Appelman Images Photography:

“I hired Kate to do my professional yoga teacher photography. She was amazing at capturing the emotion and spirit … I could not ask for a better photographer” – Rachel G. The Yogi Within

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Think about how people make connections today.  Sure you meet people through in-person networking, but how about the likes of LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Twitter?   Have you heard about Google Authorship?  That’s a big one and it’s coming up fast.

In the absence of an actual face to face meeting, people at least like to see who you are!

Check out Appelman Images Photography for a fun, relaxed, painless headshot portrait session that will get your online profile souped up!

You’ll be so glad you did!

Contact me now to schedule your very own quick, easy and professional headshot session.


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Some Details:

How do I schedule?

  • Click the Contact form – tell me a little about you and what you need.  I normally can get back to you the same day.

How long does the shoot take?

  • Shoots are usually wrapped up within a half hour to an hour at most.

What if I’m nervous in front of a camera?

  • No worries.  I’m a professional and also a little goofy – I’ll make you feel at ease and bring out your very best look.

When do I get my professional images?

  • Headshots are normally available within a week, sooner if you need them.  Just let me know!

What if I need a little touch-up? Do you do that?

  • Absolutely!  Minor editing is included on all professional headshot images to bring out your best, but not to change how you look.  These things include minor blemish removal and/or skin smoothing, overall brightening and gentle teeth whitening.

I’d really like my hair and make-up professionally done for my shots.  Can you help?

  • I sure can! I have a  network of outstanding hair and makeup professionals that I can recommend or coordinate for you to help your head shots look outstanding!

I’m ready to book, when can I get in?






Fun Outdoor Family Pictures in Orland Park – W Family

Suburban Chicago Custom Family Portraits

Family Portraits in Chicago Suburbs

I had the privilege of meeting Mrs. W long before I took her family pictures – about five years ago when she did my hair and makeup for my wedding.  Professional, sweet and undyingly stylish the Mama in this family is a super friend and full of creative energy.  She notices little details and can make anyone look faaaaaabulous!Her family – my goodness, what can I say?  GORGEOUS.  Every. Single. One.  Take a look at these fall family pictures.
Fun Naperville Family Pictures by Appelman Images Photography

This picture is fit for print

 We took them outside in a park that she had scouted near her home, when the light was just perfect and the weather wasn’t too cold.

Relaxed Naperville Family Pictures by Appelman Images PhotographySweet Couples Photography Session by Appelman Images Photography

Sunny Chicago Family Pictures by Appelman Images Photography

Photo of sunlight on her hair

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Beautiful Chicago Portraits by Appelman Images Photography

Colors and Light, a simple portrait

Connected Naperville Family Pictures by Appelman Images Photography




Besides Mrs. W being simply stunning and bubbling with openness and a generous spirit, her family is just as great!  Mr. W gives the perfect male-model super-stare, Miss W could walk the runways tomorrow and little Mr. W is a playful charmer with that adorable smile.  What a delight it was to capture this terrific family for their holiday cards and home portraits.

The honor is all mine.


Contact me now to schedule your family pictures!


Ciao for now,


Your Naperville and Chicago area family photographer


Check out more Naperville and Chicago family photography in these posts, like the E Family summer family pictures, or a shot from the W Family Pancakes Lifestyle portrait session.

December 14, 2013 - 5:04 pm

heather - This family did a great job on their wardrobe! Beautiful images, as always!

December 13, 2013 - 9:56 pm

Kate Appelman - Thanks Marie!

December 13, 2013 - 9:56 pm

Kate Appelman - Thanks, it was really a great session – and it was wonderful working with them!

December 13, 2013 - 7:59 pm

Marie Bohn - wow great job, very beautiful

December 13, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Anelle - This looks like such an amazing photo session! What a gorgeous and stylish family!

December 12, 2013 - 7:07 am

Katherine Mendieta Photography - Beautiful session. love the image of Mrs. W looking up at Mr. W :)

December 12, 2013 - 4:23 am

Gretchen - What a great photo shoot! They look like an ad for J. Crew! :)

December 12, 2013 - 2:25 am

Ashley - Such a beautiful, stylish family! You did a lovely job capturing them!! :)

Naperville Newborn Family Pictures – R Family

Naperville newborn baby photographer


Baby A and his Family

I met Baby A’s mama a year or so ago as she was new in town and I reached out as a fellow photographer.  Her daughter is about the same age as mine and we both happen to have gone to the same college in Michigan (Grand Valley State University!).

When I found out she was having another little one I insisted on taking photos for them as soon as he arrived, and as soon as his Mama was ready, we had a little mini family shoot.

Naperville In Home Family Newborn Photography R Family


Big Sister L was obviously smitten with her new baby brother, and of course Mama was in the kind of swoon-y new-mama-again love that comes so naturally with fresh bebe littles.

And of course, since this family is so comfortable in their skins and casual in general, this Lifestyle Photography session fit perfectly for their new family pictures!  This is why Lifestyle Photography is so totally awesome – it catches you and your loves being exactly who they are – instead of posing as someone they’re not.  The photos show love, connections, honesty – you know – the Good Stuff.:)

Newborn Family Candid Photography in Naperville Home

Baby and Child Photographer in Naperville Candid Honest portraits


Baby Photograph by Naperville In Home Photographer Appelman Images Photography

Little Man A

Naperville Photojournalistic Baby Photographer Baby A and mama

New Baby Love


For more of my signature Lifestyle Sessions, click on this link.   Or contact me to set up your session now!  (You won’t regret it):)


Ciao for now,


Your source for Naperville Family Pictures
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