Storytelling doesn’t just belong to writers.

Beautiful light and little features are the vocabulary of timeless family photography.


Childhood is a blur — delicate newborn hair whorls, sleepy smiles, baby teeth (and the spaces in between) vanish as quickly as they come. Revisiting baby photos and family portraits is like returning to pages in a book you want to read again and again.

Let’s bookmark those pages​ — the child milestones and fleeting moments —​ to preserve them exactly as you left them​.

Specializing in authentic family photography and artistic newborn photography, McCarrel Photography perfectly captures your family’s sweetest moments.

Meet Cadence

Cadence is the photographer behind McCarrel Photography. Based in Carpentersville, Illinois, she is a family and child photographer serving most of northern Illinois and some parts of southern Wisconsin. On-location family photography available in Barrington, Crystal Lake, St. Charles, and everywhere in between.

from the families who know best.