sierra | senior session

this gorgeous girl is about to graduate in just a few weeks and i keep meaning to get some of my favorite images from her session posted.

sierra was an absolute joy to work with...
awesome style, funny, smart, super sweet, and absolutely gorgeous.
she reminds me of a young shania twain with the body of a fashion model. 

her session was another that kept getting pushed back due to bad weather, 
but the wait was definitely worth it as we ended up with a gorgeous and fun fall evening. 

sierra, best of luck + congrats! 
i know you will be amazing at whatever it is you choose to do. 


xo kaley


may + june | what's up

hi guys!

i'm in my final days of "spring break" from my other job over here and while this snow storm 
(yeah, you read right, snow storm, i live in one of the snowiest places in the country!)
has me feeling down and out, the thought of sunshine, green grass, and blue skies has me hopeful!

with that being said, i'm here to tell you that i'm now scheduling for both late may + early june.
it's been another long winter and i'm so ready to hang out with awesome people and create beautiful, unique art!

i'm scheduling child, family, senior, + lifestyle newborn sessions.
as you may have seen in my last post here, i'm no longer shooting posed "studio-like" newborns but instead the real moments of a new life either in the hospital 
(not birth but in the first 48 hours after) or in the clients home. 
i felt i should make a note of that since i've had a few clients worried since i was selling some newborn props i was possibly no longer shooting. 
that'll never happen!
i may change my style + how many sessions i'm taking on during different times,  
but i'll always, always be photographing something!

have a wonderul day!
xo kaley


lein thomas | newborn session

sweet as can be and as cute as they come...

i was lucky enough to be able to spend an entire weekend with this little dude and his awesome parents. 
there was a lot of snuggling, staring, and clicking away.

meet lein thomas stafford. 
(did you catch the first name? look familiar?) 

this beautiful boy is the creation of my sister-in-law (who also doubles as one of my bff's) and her husband.
 we did this laid-back lifestyle session in the comfort of their gorgeous home in chicago using natural light.

no props, posing, or fussing, and i absolutely love how it turned out.

b + m, thank you so much for having me capture this awesome time in your lives and for sharing some of lein's very first days with us. 

i love your little family of 3 so much!

 and a side note:
this my friends, is the type of newborn session that i love and that speaks to me the most.
i get to sit back and observe this tiny human do exactly what they should be doing in the moment rather than spending the time getting them to sleep, praying they stay asleep, sweating, praying some more, posing, getting them back to sleep, etc. you get it.

this is the style in which any future newborn sessions will be shot.
if you're interested in an in-home lifestyle session or would like more information, email kaley@kaleylein.com.

i couldn't leave their beautiful fur child out of the session, so here's lein's guard dog, sweet zoee.


Faith | Senior Session

The sun is shining today and even though it's still FREEZING cold in my neck of the woods, it makes me happy and thinking about spring!
 (I know we have at least two more months to go but hey, I'm trying to be positive!)

 Of course warmer weather has me thinking about the upcoming shooting season. 
I can't wait to start shooting outside again! 

In the mean time, I'm going to be sharing some sessions I never got to posting from this past fall and early winter.

I wasn't planning on any senior sessions last season due to an already busy summer and crazy fall, but I had a few last minute inquiries that I just couldn't pass up and am so happy I didn't.

Faith was one of them and you may remember her from the images I shared on my Facebook page.  
We must have postponed 3 or 4 times due to uncooperative weather but it ended up being so worth it!
 We ended up with the most beautiful fall day you could imagine and this girl was a rock star in front of the camera!

Gorgeous, funny, and sweet as can be...

Faith's session ended up being one of my favorite senior sessions ever and after this past summer, has me fired up for more! 
(Which is crazy as I didn't think I wanted to pursue the senior market much more than a few a season but things have changed my friends. Look out for more info on that coming soon!)

Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend!

I will try my best to not be such a stranger ;)

xo Kaley


sweet sweet summer | what's up

just a few favorites of some of the sweet faces i've been seeing lately... 

 this summer has been absolutely amazing for us so far but is going by a little more quickly than i'd like! 

 i have a few spots left for child + families for the last two weeks of august (one weekend spot and the rest are week day evenings) 

i'll also be booking four more late september and four more early october child + family sessions as well as mini sessions which will be announced here soon.

 if you'd like to be on my mailing list for first dibs on days/times before it's posted, 
please email kaley@kaleylein.com. 

 xo kaley