2 spaces available!

I have a 5:30 and 6pm space available tonight for our Tux Special.  Here is an example of a series I photographed last weekend.  You will treasure these ALWAYS, I promise!  

Valentine Fun ~ Illinois Child Photographer

I have to apologize because I had intended to do a Valentine mini session and had so many newborns born this month that I didn’t have time.  I’m behind a bit on designing birth announcements and proofing sessions because of the recent baby boom and just felt it wasn’t fair to my clients to add to the work load.  It drives me crazy when people have to wait, I’m not a patient waiter myself 🙂  Anyway, I bought this frame at the end of December with the idea to do this for Valentines day.  I had seen a cute shot I believe on pinterest (the kisses set up) and wanted to try a few other things I came up with after the kisses inspiration.  I love finding inspiration for images all around me, I really don’t like copying something exactly as I see it, but to use it to come up with my own ideas.   I asked one of my clients who comes every few months to have me photograph her boys if she’d be interested in letting me try the setups during her session.   Can I just say that for a last minute request she did not disappoint with the outfit selections.  I told her she’d never be able to do a mini session because she brings too many adorable options!!  I love these boys.  They have become like family I see them so much.  I even asked if it would be okay for Emma to come for their session because she has been begging to help me.  She did such a great job and think the boys had fun hanging out with her.

I nearly forgot how to post it’s been so long!

Last week I photographed yet another little doll and when I met her mom she said, “Do you ever post on your blog anymore?”   “I read through most of it and really enjoyed reading it but noticed you hadn’t posted since September.”  Yikes, that’s a LONG time!!   So I decided that the first blog post of 2012 should be of her little cutie petutie!  I really enjoyed working with this family.  I always love getting the opportunity to work with someone new.  I enjoy it even more when they come back year after year so I hope I get to see little Miss “A” again in the near future because she was absolutely awesome to photograph.  Smiles came without much effort and to say that her parents were quite smitten with her would be an understatement.  Prepare yourself…she is almost too cute to handle….

 

Brothers and Laughter.

I recently photographed these two with their little sister.  I have a bunch of images to share from this session once mom has seen all of them.  While I was proofing their images I came across this one.  There is a quote that reads something along the lines of “laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”  So true 🙂  The three of them reminded me so much of my 3, especially the two big brothers.  When I saw this photo I instantly thought of a similar image I have of my boys from a couple years back.  It has been hanging on my wall until recently when we painted and prompted me to get it back up.  It is one of my all time favorites and makes me smile every time I look at it.  They aren’t looking at me, perfectly posed but I can almost hear the laughter when I look at each one of these.  I don’t expect your kids to sit still like statues during our session together, in fact, my favorite sessions are the ones when my little clients feel comfortable enough to have some fun and most of all be themselves 🙂

Congratulations to Cori Roberts and Kristen D’Alfonso!  You are the winners of a complimentary session and (25) holiday cards.  Please e-mail shannon@shannonwalton.net to set up your November session!   Thanks so much to all of you for posting your comments!!  Have a great weekend!

 

Closed for VACATION!

Just a little note to let everyone know that the studio and I will be closed for vacation Sat. July 23rd-August 1st.  I am planning to disconnect from my phone and computer as much as humanly possible during this time.  If you do leave a message or send me an e-mail I will return them as quickly as I can after August 1st.  This summer has flown by faster than any summer I can remember.  I’m sure it has to do a little with the fact that all three of my kids played baseball or softball.  It will be nice to look them in the eyes and eat a meal together a few nights in a row.  I’m very much looking forward to the break and hope to come back rejuvenated and full of great ideas for fall 🙂

We have had quite the baby boom at the studio the past couple weeks.  Since I won’t be posting for a week or so I decided to put some of the newborn images I’ve taken for everyone to see.  Congratulations to all the new parents and siblings!!