The Hamilton Family | Harbert, Michigan

Meet the Hamilton Family. Steve, Leah, Max and Olivia. Matt and I have had the pleasure of knowing this wonderful family for three years now. The Hamiltons are incredibly creative and innovative. Steve owns one of the most well known food photography studios in the city and across the country, Stephen Hamilton Photographics, where he works with some of the leading national agencies and food brands. Stop by his Who’s Hungry blog to get an idea of all that goes into photographing food. It’s pretty incredible. Leah launched her own line of really awesome all natural bamboo building blocks for children this last year called Be Blocks. I love them and they are a great idea for gifts for the little ones this holiday season. They also recently converted parts of Steve’s studio space into an absolutely stunning event and wedding reception venue called Room 1520. You can see all of the beautiful pictures on the website. There are two spaces available, the Sky Loft and Aérée. Located in the West Loop they are on the rise as Chicago’s newest and hippest places to host your party, art benefit, luncheon, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding reception, etc.

On the day that we met the Hamiltons at their lake house in Michigan for their photo shoot, Olivia showed me her butterfly and heart shaped rock collection. It brought back memories of being a kid when my brother and I spent our summer evenings running around chasing lighting bugs in a jar or peeling slugs off the back porch in Virginia to tantalize each other with. There is something so refreshing about being around kids and stirring up those old childhood memories.

It rained for most of the morning that we drove out to Michigan for their shoot but we didn’t let it stop us from having fun. Leah made us all hot tea and we had a great time hanging out and catching up. We were able to get outside a few times in between the rain showers and I ended up loving how the images turned out. They each wrote down one word that describes what family means to them and I loved seeing what they all came up with. We don’t get to do family portraits often, but it is a great feeling to know that we had the honor of preserving the individual relationships that they each have with one another.

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