Smashing the CAKE!

Well hello friends!  It’s been awhile!  So long actually I had to remember how to write a post here on the blog.  I am in the mood to do some spring cleaning and “decorate” this space in the next few weeks.

One of my very favorite sessions is the “smash the cake”.  I probably laugh more at these sessions than any other.  I had a very busy winter with newborns last year so this year we’ve had lots of first birthdays.  These images are perfect for a child’s room and even in the kitchen.  How cute would it be to have a series of cake images hanging in your dining room?!  I even had one family use some images from this session to create birthday cards to send to friends and family throughout the year!  They are so cute!  I had many asking to see more images from these sessions after doing some sneak peeks on facebook.  Here are a couple of beautiful birthday girls who celebrated in the studio with me recently.

Babies, Babies, Babies ~ Illinois Newborn Photographer

It’s been a new year full of babies 🙂  I haven’t shared newborn photos here on the blog for quite some time so I decided to grab several from some recent sessions to share.  I’ve had lots of incredible new clients this year.   One of my new dads carried a baby brush around in his back pocket to fix his little loves hair in between shooting.  So adorable.  It’s really an amazing experience to witness the love felt between parents and their new bundles.  Sometimes I’ll look over when shooting and see the biggest grins on their parents faces and I’m quite sure they don’t even realize their smiling from the inside out.   I consider myself blessed to be a part of their first days together.

We are anticipating a new baby boy this weekend.  Our Myla will have a brother 🙂   We can’t wait to get our hands on him and already have the perfect name picked out which I’ll share on Saturday when he comes home!  Besides a newborn baby’s head their is no sweeter smell than puppy breath…lol!  I hope you’re all having a great week!

 

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….

 

Little Miss Serious!

I’m pretty sure I pulled out every trick in my hat to get this little beauty to flash those toothless gums.   She just stared at me with those big beautiful eyes for pretty much our entire time together.  I was interesting apparently, just not funny!  We did manage to get a few smiles, but even still those eyes and cheeks are pretty much perfect grin or no grin!  I loved her momma, what a pleasure working with these two and hope to see them for many more (smiley) sessions in the future!