We’re Expecting!!!!!!!!!

Ha ha!  Gotcha!  Well, we are kind of expecting, not me, but the newest baby Walton will be here shortly.  My brother-in-law and his wife are due in April and I cannot tell you how excited we are!!  I can’t wait to get my hands (and camera) on this baby!!  I have been told I will have to wait in line as there are many who are anxiously waiting his/her arrival.  They didn’t find out the sex of the baby, but will say that my Emma is sure it’s a girl!  They have waited for this for a long time and am so, so happy for them.  They have been so good to my kids, Scott managed to spoil them even from 3 hours away and Courtney just sweetened the deal when they got married.  I am very much looking forward to returning their kindness. 

They have had a few hiccups during this pregnancy but will say Courtney has really been a trooper.  They are going to be such great parents and can’t wait to witness it.  We love you both!

Here are a few snapshots from the shower…




Don’t Forget!

I’ll be at Glendale School tomorrow (Sat.)!!  Please see post below (Mark your calendars!)

Ahhh, 2 year olds!  Busy, busy little 2 year olds!  I was so thankful it was warm enough to venture outside during our session.  What a doll!  I think his dad is thinking I’m going to post a shot I took while testing my light, but while I was setting up the camera for our outdoor images I looked over and saw this…..


Well, I wasn’t totally ready with my camera settings because I wasn’t planning on shooting in the harsh light in their backyard.  Dad is in focus but the little guy isn’t.  Even though the lights not the best and the image isn’t perfect I thought it was fun and photography is about capturing the moment and the memories and I think this is a good example of both!

Happy 2nd birthday “B”!  It was a pleasure to meet you and your family!!  I will add you to my list of favorite clients simply because you are Cub fans!!




Hanging my heart…

on a limb for you!  I’m not really sure how my mind works sometimes, but I was at the store shopping in the valentine aisle and saw this heart.  Well, for some reason it inspired me to hang it from a tree.  (I know…why would I think that?)  Anyway my husband found several limbs for me and think it worked out so cute for Emma’s valentines.  As you can tell I couldn’t decide on an outfit….

I’m pretty sure this is the final draft for her valentines for school.  These will be small cards like business cards printed front and back.  I plan on attaching them to her treat bags like I did for my boys last year.  I used bookmarks last year and decided to try something a little different.  I think I’ll print them using the labs pearl paper.  Now, all I have to do is think of something for Kyle.  Boys are a little tougher than girls for valentines.  Nothing very boyish about pink and red hearts and flowers. 


My friend, fellow artist and owner of j. doodle designs created the adorable denim jacket Emma is wearing.  She creates custom clothing and accessories unique to your  child.  Check out her site http://www.jdoodledesigns.com/  She’s super sweet and way talented with a paint brush! 


Illinois Children’s Photographer~Attention Chicago area clients!!

I received an e-mail this morning from one of my clients in the Chicago area wanting to book her 2009 session.  She included a photo she took of the images I had done for their family to show me the display in her home.  LOVE THAT!!  Here’s the photo:

She also wrote this:

” I can’t even begin to tell you the number of people who would be waiting in line to book a session with you if you came here.  You’d need to spend a month here!   Everyone who ever comes in our house goes crazy over those pictures.”

So this got me thinking that it might be lots of fun and a great opportunity to shoot in the Chicago area.  I am reserving some time at the end of July for a select number of sessions in the Chicago area.  There will be an additional travel fee in addition to the session fee.  The fee will be $200.  This does not include prints.  It will cover my travel and session fee.  Please e-mail me if you are interested and the spots will be filled on a first come first served basis. 

Thank you to all who have booked their sessions for 2009!  I’m a little overwhelmed at the amount of e-mails and phone calls I’ve received already and it’s only Jan. 2!  I’m looking forward to a fabulous 2009!

Happy New Year everyone!!


My little spark plug…

His teacher referred to him as the spark plug of the class.  A very fitting description of our Kyle.  He cracks me up nearly every day!!  He is EXACTLY like his dad.  Since I love hats and he had a shirt that just happened to match we did a little mini session last night. 

No Kyle session is complete without his signature eye buggin out pose!  lol!