Elle Baker Photography

September 17, 2018

Indiana Dunes Beach Session | Frankfort Family Photographer

Indiana Dunes Beach Session 

Last year I had the privilege of having the most incredible beach photos taken of my family while on vacation in Florida.  It was a dream come true and I remember that evening with my family like it was yesterday.  I wanted to offer beach sessions to my clients but living in the midwest makes it difficult to find open beaches.  But this summer, a friend of ours offered us their private location for an Indiana dunes beach session.  This exclusive location has the most breathtaking grasses, beautiful sand, and calm water which made our night absolutely perfect in every way.  I am thrilled with how this session turned out and I can not wait to photograph many more families at this location.  I will have access to this gorgeous beach spot next spring and summer and I can’t wait to start planning more beach sessions at the Dunes!  If you are interested in booking, simply fill out the contact form to start the process!

The E Family

I have been photographing this Frankfort family for years now, and watching their family grow has been such an honor. They are the perfect example of how important it is to take annual pictures. It is so easy to get lost in the day to day and when you are such a vital participant in your own family, it is difficult to recognize how quickly things change, spouses age and children grow. Most of the time, we can only look back and recognize how quickly everything went. Photos like these are the mile markers of your life. You will look back on them and remember the years’ triumphs and trials. Whether that be a year you moved into a new home, or when your youngest child finally lost all of their baby teeth. No matter how small the details seem at the time, they are so worth remembering. Think of these pictures as the new chapter page in the book that you are working so hard to make memorable.

Joanna and I have been friends since childhood. Years ago, when Joanna and I were running around, laughing and jumping with ease like her girls are now, I could have never imagined that our paths would lead us back here.  I never would’ve thought I’d have the privilege of helping her document some of the moments that she will cherish forever, but that all seem to sail pass us all too quickly.

We have been dreaming of this shoot for her family of four for over a year.  The effortless beauty of this family along with the natural and simple beauty of this setting truly made this shoot, stunning. Watching this family interact and love on one another is why I got into family photography in the first place. The beauty of the water paired with the neutral tones of the sand and clothing everyone wore really let this family and their contagious love for each shine through.  Here are just a few of my favorite images from our time spent together.  What a lovely evening. 

“These pictures mean a lot to me. More than you’ll know. When I hear that song [Perfect by Ed Sheeran] I tear up every time for some reason. When you sent me these pics that song was on and I was emotional. Just how far we’ve come- the life we’ve built together, two miracles that we never thought we’d have.” ~J.E.


Indiana dunes beach session with a gorgeous family of four, photo by Elle Baker Photography Indiana dunes beach session with a gorgeous family of four, photo by Elle Baker Photography Indiana dunes beach session and photo by Elle Baker Photography mother helping daughter out of water at a beach session with Elle Baker Photography two girls playing in the sand during a beach sunset session with Elle Baker Photography

family of four playing in the sand during a beach sunset session with Elle Baker Photography mom helping little girl in the water during sunset session at Indiana Dunes

Laurie Baker captures natural photos of two girls playing in the sand during a sunset session

family of four during sunset session with Elle Baker PHotography at an Indiana Dunes beach session

family of four walking into Lake Michigan during beach session with Laurie Baker

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family of four playing at the beach summer session at the beach

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Laurie Baker captures two little girls at sunset

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This little girls dress is a beautiful ivory lace and a crocheted neckline and was absolutely perfect for a beach session.

beautiful black and white image of family at the beach detail shot of little girl

two little girls searching for sea shells during beach session mom and daughter collecting rocks during beach session with Elle Baker Photography beach session with two little girls at Indiana dunesdad twirling little girl during session dad twirling little girl during session little girl hair do ideas for photo session dad playing with daughter during session family of four feet in the sand formal portrait of family of four at the beach

What to wear for your beach session

Beach family photography sessions are always some of my favorite sessions throughout the year.  Light weight, comfortable and flowing clothing options work best in this setting. The goal of the beach background is to let the calmness of the water highlight the beauty of your family.  In this session, mom was wearing a dress from American Eagle and the little girl was wearing a beautiful ivory dress from Doll Cake.  A full ‘what to wear guide’ is provided for every session and I will help you with clothing choices throughout the process! 

Ready to schedule your session?

For those interested in booking an Indiana Dunes beach session or a session in the early fall, now is the time to book! If you are interested, simply fill out the ‘contact‘ form and I will be in touch soon!

Laurie Baker, photographer behind Elle Baker Photography offers family photography, maternity photo sessions, newborn studio sessions, and in home lifestyle portrait sessions in the Chicagoland area and southwest suburbs.  She services NapervilleHinsdale, and Burr Ridge to name a few.

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