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    Thank you for visiting my new blog site. Web site...Blog site, what's the difference? Well, think of the website as a portfolio and the blog as a living, breathing, visual conversation about the latest works from Roeckell Photography.

    I am a photographer, located in Barrington, Illinois, specializing in contemporary lifestyle and portrait photography of children, babies, newborns, maternity and families. I am also available for commercial work and travel. Much of my work is done on location utilizing the beautiful hues of natural light, however I do have a large studio in my home.

    I believe the secret to amazing photos that speak to your heart is allowing the children to be at ease. I let them be themselves in a fun environment were they are free to run, play, snuggle and once in a while stop to pose. My goal is that the images you receive will reveal the true spirit that makes your loved ones unique.

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Cherries Table and Dish ~ Chicago food photography

As much as I love children… I love food. Cooking it and sadly for my waist line, eating it.  Today I decided to find a good use for the beautiful cherries that have been abundant at the market lately.  I chose to make a tart. The photos pale when compared to the smell of my kitchen between shots.  We just finished it and my family gave it a BIG thumbs up. My 12 yr old son gets all the credit because he is the sweet heart that pitted all the cherries.  Thanks buddy!


  • 1 pie crust
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plus 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup blanched flour
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 pound red cherries, picked over, stemmed and pitted


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a clean work surface with parchment. Cut a 12-inch circle out of the dough. Roll up the edges, making a 10-inch crust. Transfer the parchment and crust to a baking sheet, and chill until firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. Place butter, 1/3 cup sugar,  flour, whole egg, and almond extract in a medium bowl; mix until well combined.
  3. Prick entire surface of chilled crust with a fork. In a small bowl, combine egg yolk and heavy cream; brush mixture on the surface and edges of the crust. Using an offset spatula, spread the almond mixture evenly in an 1/8-inch-thick layer over bottom of the crust, and chill 15 minutes more.
  4. Spread cherries over the almond mixture. Turn up edges about 1″ over the fruit. Brush more egg and cream mixture on edges. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake tart 15-25 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Enjoy!


Beautiful Wedding Beautiful Family Barrington Family Photography

Wedding Photography has never been on my list of things to do. However, when a good friend ask me to help capture this special day I couldn’t refuse. With the help of my friend and fellow photographer Cynthia Kristufek (check her out on flickr, she rocks)  and my son Paul we spent the afternoon and evening capturing and sharing in this beautiful day for Anita and Joe.  What a beautiful family they have formed. We hope it’s the start of a long happy road.  Congratulations!

Sweet Well Behaved and Gorgeous! Barrington, Lake Zurich Family Photography

This is what I need to do for myself.  Photograph my own boys looking sweet and kind toward one another.  That way when they are bickering like an old married couple (like right now) I can look at my wall and know that for just a moment they were all happy (or at least pretended to be).  These boys however, were the real deal.  Sweet brothers, well behaved and so handsome.  Thanks for making my afternoon boys!


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