An apology, a thank you, and pure sweetness!

First the apology. In the 3 years I’ve been a business I have never missed an appt. I am always on time (most times early), well except the time I ran out of gas (remember that?). Anyway, the other day I was making ham and beans, doing some laundry, mating some socks (I detest mating socks), just catching up on some things around the house. I came upstairs from switching the laundry and noticed the light on my blackberry was flashing. I listened to the voicemail and it was one of my new clients “J”. Her message:

“J”: “Hi Shannon, this is “J”, I thought you were taking pictures of my kids this morning at 10:00.”

Oh my gosh! It is now after 11:00 and I totally started to have a panic attack. I knew her session wasn’t til tomorrow, I checked my calendar just this morning and her session is not til tomorrow!! I ran to my calendar and I had written the date down in the correct spot on the monthly calendar but when I transferred it to the daily calendar I put it down on Friday instead of Thurs.!! Oh (word that rhymes with strap)!

I called her right away and apologized 10 times for my flub and she was just as sweet as can be. I felt so bad I called her again an hour later to apologize again. We rescheduled for the following Tues. So again I just wanted to tell “J” that I’m sorry and I appreciate you being so great about it. So that brings us to my thank you…

Thank you to the “S” family for referring these wonderful new clients.

Now, onto the the pure sweetness. I totally fell in love with these two kiddos. Miss “A” was so polite and full of personality. I laughed through our entire session. She chatted and sang and asked me loads of questions. “What’s this for Miss Shannon?” “What do you do with this Miss Shannon?” She got to try out my new fabric background and I think she was pretty excited. I have loads of favorites from this session. It was difficult to narrow it down to just 3 each.







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!!


Peoria Illinois Children’s Photographer ~ Playroom!

Little K’s playroom was bright, cheery and full of color!  She was surrounded by her favorite things including mom and dad.  She even had a family photo album…loved that!  Can’t think of a better place to shoot a busy toddler!

I’ll give you three guesses to what she was saying in this photo (hint: it starts with a “ch” and ends with an “e”, it also rhymes with please)

Illinois Newborn Photographer ~ Big Sister!

So I photographed little “N” a couple years ago when she was new.  Well, now she is a big sister!!!  I can’t believe it has been 2 yrs already since I’ve seen her.  I was thrilled when mom called to let me know they would be adding to their family and asked if I would photograph their new baby girl. 

With the help of grandma and a bit of chocolate bribery we got some really sweet shots of big sister….



Baby sister was a dream and was so good for us!  Isn’t her momma beautiful!  Love this image. 

There is something about daddy’s arms holding a baby that gets me every time.