Nicole Defilippis Photography


Jenny is a Chicago-based, award-winning lifestyle photographer focused on family, maternity, and newborn photography. She's also the founder of Modern School Portraits, a fine art school photo service that offers a fun and authentic twist to Picture Day.


Chicago-based with her husband, Adam, two kids: Charlotte, Bear and their Whoodle dog, Kona


Cold brew + coconut milk creamer is her love language, peonies are her bloom of choice, and Joanna Gaines is her fave mom boss


Meet Jenny Grimm of Jenny Grimm Photography: A Q&A with Voyage Chicago


Voted Top 10 Photography in the World, Shoot & Share 2018 | Birth & Newborn Category


on measuring success...

“I have such an attitude of gratitude and I consider (my work) a life blessing. Creating beautiful, authentic memories that bring tears (of joy) and happiness to my clients fulfills me in such a way that keeps motivating my passion for creating beautiful art. If I’m able to keep getting that kind of feedback from my clients, I consider that priceless.” 

Hey mama, it takes one to know one.


Our family recently had a hell of a year that really compelled me to re-prioritize. We had a little toddler, bought an abandoned Chicago house, tore it down, and renovated a custom home. Every detail picked out by yours truly. On top of all of that, we found out we were expecting our second baby smack in the middle of delayed construction timelines! Life turned more interesting when a routine ultrasound turned ours into high risk, chock full of doubt and uncertainty.

Talk about life grabbing you by the collar and telling you to slow down and appreciate the little things.

Luckily for us, we have a happy ending. Life now is busy, a bit chaotic, unpredictable, and humbling- but I wouldn't have it any other way. It reminds me of why I gave up a solid career in dentistry to pursue this dream job of creating authentic, emotive images for incredible parents like you.

Life is so incredibly fulfilling when I get to spend time with all of YOUR blessings in life- babies, families, and your close-knit relationships. So you better believe that I'm OBSESSED with genuine, organic, and intimate moments that make you want just hug a little bit harder.

Moments come and go, and no matter how hard I try, my tired mom-brain can't seem to soak it all in each time. I love to capture the ones that shape life, and make you feel like you were right there. I want to capture those intimate moments and connections that I would covet for myself. Let me do all the work and worrying about all of the details. I make it my duty to make my sessions easy and fun for everyone in your crew! I look forward to getting to know you and delivering your precious memories you'll share with your own grandchildren one day. Because at the end of the day, that's just what it's all about, right?

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 Nicole Defilippis Photography

The JGP Promise

At Jenny Grimm Photography, I'm committed to elevating your family portrait experience. 

You're a hard-working parent in the thick of some of the most exhausting stages of child-rearing. The last thing you need is to overthink about all of the details of your photography session. Well you can leave it to me, mama- I've got your back! My standard of care includes high quality family ingredients that equate to a fun, memorable experience.  AND not to mention, beautiful portraits that aren't just for a fabulous Instagram post! These are portraits you'll be itching to print and frame to adorn in your home (and you bet I'm sharing my favorite curated sources with you). I'm always crafting the memory of your favorite family giggles and cheeky smiles with only the most flattering angles in mind. The fond memory of you and your irresistible family unit is just what I'm after. This standard isn't just for you now, but for your future you.