Proud Part II

Our son Ryan was picked for student of the month! The teachers select 2 students from each grade every month based on citzenship, academics, and kindness toward others. We are so extremely proud of him! Makes me feel like we are doing something right with this whole parenting thing. Way to go Ryan!!!

I don’t have any photos of him being student of the month so how about a couple from last weekends basketball game.

Coffee & Curlers!

The first part of January is always a slow time.  People are recovering from the holidays and it’s too cold to venture outdoors.  I usually take this time to recoop from a busy fall season and work on new products and session ideas I have rolling around in my head.  Well, I thought I would enjoy the down time from shooting, but to be honest I really miss it.  So instead I torture my kids with the camera….


We also worked on her valentines which I’ll share soon.   I’m back to shooting regular clients this weekend.  One of my new babies made his way into the world and one will be celebrating her first birthday.  I have several babies due in the next few weeks so my kids can relax for a bit while I resume photographing other peoples kids.

Illinois Children’s Photography ~ The Oldest 2

I’ve know these two since, well, before they were born.  I can’t believe how much they’ve grown.  They are absolutely beautiful inside and out.  I know their mom and dad are quite proud of them.  It feels really good to be able to give them beautiful images to hang in their home.  I look at some of my images from way back when that are STILL hanging on their walls and just cringe.  PLEASE, please take those down now!  It just goes to show that it takes more than just a nice camera to create beautiful portraiture.  Good thing I wasn’t charging them…Yikes!  Anyway, thanks “S” family for hangin in there with me!

Illinois Children’s photographer~More to Share

Some of the youngest “S” kiddos!

Look at this face, just look at this sad little face.  Is it wrong that this sad little face makes me grin from ear to ear?  How in the world do you tell this face no?




Little “M” is such a little beauty.  Much more aware of my camera than little brother, but her daddy knew how to get a sweet smile.

Thank you!

As 2008 comes to a close I’d like to take some time to say thank you!  I am very blessed.  God has given me so many gifts this year, a wonderful supportive husband, 3 beautiful healthy children, an amazing group of friends and family, and a business that continues to grow.


I have enjoyed each and every session.  I love seeing your children grow from newborns, to wobbly little walkers.  Reconnecting with my clients who have trusted me with their memories for several years to the new faces we captured for the first time.  Thank you for letting me into your lives if only for a short while.   I look forward to seeing you again in 2009!


Speaking of 2009, I only take a limited number of sessions per month.  Once that number is reached that month is booked.  With that said all sessions are booked on a first come first served basis.  I start taking your requests on Jan. 1st for the next year.  A $65 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking.  This fee holds your spot and covers the session fee.  The fee must be received within 5 days of booking.  Updated pricing is now on the website for 2009 so please review it before booking your session.  When booking please e-mail me with your name, phone number and month you would like.  We were booked for 2008 in March or April this year so it is best to book early. 


Also, keep in mind that my specialty is newborn, children and senior photography.  I feel it’s what I do best.  I am not a wedding photographer and I am not equipped to photograph large families.  My favorite way to capture families is to catch them doing the things they would normally do together.  I love those spontaneous moments like a piggy back ride from dad, sharing a secret with mom or siblings all wrapped up in a hug!  I take a more candid style of shooting over traditional posed photography.  Have a look through my galleries to get a sense of my style before booking.


Lastly, all I want for Christmas is for all of my lurkers, blog stalkers, and anyone who stops by the blog to post a comment on this post.  If nothing else just to say Happy Holidays!  Let’s see how many comments we can get on one post.  You don’t even have to use your real name!  Just say hello!  I have made it even easier for you, just click add a comment and all you have to do is fill in the blanks.  Pretty please with sugar on top?!


Again, thank you so much for your support.  Happy Holidays Everyone!!




No post is complete without photos so here are the small cards I designed for each of my kids to give to friends and family.  I attached Emma’s cards to a bag of candy for her preschool class.  I’m also sharing my own family card.