hansen family | lake county il family photographer

Oh man, this post is going to be a hard one to put into words. You see, earlier this fall, I had the pleasure of photographing my dear friend Robin and her gorgeous family. You all know Robin – she’s the amazingly talented photographer over at Picsy Photography, and my partner in crime at the Simply Fresh Newborn Workshop. Robin and I started out on this photography journey at the same time, and since both of us are former teachers, we kind of just adopted the collaboration mindset in our businesses, choosing to work together and befriend each other, rather than be competitors. At the time, I really had no idea what was in store – for my business, for me personally, and for what our friendship would turn into.

Fast forward three years, and here we are. Finishing up our third year in our individual businesses, our first year as workshop leaders, and closer friends than ever. But honestly, it wasn’t the smoothest year for me. I struggled – big time. ¬†Personally, professionally, you name it – I’m kind of ready to start fresh in 2015. However, Robin was there for me the whole time – texts, phone calls, little notes to let me know she was thinking about me, as well as big, hard, not so easy conversations – we ran the gamut this year. And here we are – both of us finishing off another photography industry year in the books, looking to bigger and better things in 2015, and for me?? I know that she will always be there for me. I really don’t know if there’s a way for me to truly thank her, so I’m lucky I had the opportunity to do what I do best – take pictures, play with her gorgeous girlies, spend some quality time at my computer, and then present her with images I hope she’ll cherish forever. Check out Robin and her gorgeous family – we were blessed with yummy sun that night, and I was lucky enough to have this beautiful family in front of my camera.


















Every now and then, despite everything that may be going on, no matter what stresses I’m experiencing, I try to just take a step back and look at how truly lucky I am. And I am so lucky that my path in this crazy world somehow crossed with Robin’s, and I am blessed to call her one of my closest friends. I hope she forever holds these images of her beautiful family close to her heart, as I will always feel so fortunate for the opportunity to capture them. Love you friend <3


nicole - November 21, 2014 - 11:19 am

gorgeous pictures of an even more gorgeous family! We are both lucky to call Robin a friend <3

Jesica - January 26, 2015 - 7:50 am

These are absolutely STUNNING!! Your work is amazing! :)

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