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!

 

Bean.

That’s what we call her.  Lately I’ve been obsessed with photographing her.  I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because she has a loose tooth and those top baby teeth will no longer be.  She’s growing up, I don’t like it, but she is.  She could be the most photographed child in Central Illinois.  After all I started doing this when she was just 9 months old.  Yep, nearly 7 years ago.  So many things have changed in that time, I have grown as a photographer, and she has grown into a little lady.  I look back at the thousands of images I’ve taken of our baby, our only girl, and am thankful to be able to give her beautiful photos when she is grown.  My hope is that she looks at these images and feels how much we loved HER, not how much I loved photography.

Fall is almost here and the field was looking beautiful with all the yellow flowers in bloom.  It was just calling for the new yellow chair, so her daddy and I made promises of  an ice cream cone at DQ and she agreed to some fun in the field.   The sun wasn’t quite low enough when we first arrived so she got that cone before our session 🙂  She has always been pretty great as long as I’m patient while we are shooting.  Most of the smiles are a result of her dad giving me bunny ears or pretending he sees a spider on my head.

We are completely booked for September and I only have 3 remaining spots in October.  So if you want a fall session it’s best if you grab one now 🙂

**Anyone who posts a comment on THIS blog post will be entered to win a complimentary session and (25) custom holiday cards!  That’s right, I’ll waive the session fee and you’ll get a set of (25) cards!  The session will be booked for November 2011.  Session can be immediate family or a sibling/kid session(no large groups or newborns).   I’ll draw a winner Friday! **

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!!