Happy Holidays from our home to yours!

I fail at this blog thing.  Like really fail.  I’m trying to make a better effort but FACEBOOK is so easy to get images out there and I just get lazy.  I however have changed my photo and updated the top image in an effort to start posting again.  I wanted to share our family Christmas card with all of you.  We’ve been planning this for quite some time.  As you can see, sports, school, business and work keep us on the go most days.  This winter has been especially hectic.  This card is totally us!  We are in the place where we gather, doing the things that we love and make up our busy lives.  My family LOVED doing this.  Usually family photos are not their favorite day.  This time they each put in their input, decided what we’d wear and executed it with smiles on their faces and loads of laughs.   I love it so much!  It is the Walton family 2015!  Thank you so much to each and every one of you for another amazing year.  Merry Christmas and Happiest New Year to all of you!

Rainy Day Mini

Happy Spring!!  I love this time of year!  I’ve been confined to the studio setting all winter and it’s always refreshing and gets my creative juices flowing to be able to get outside.  I noticed this yellow tree on my way to the studio and it inspired this last minute mini session.  I don’t do many mini sessions, and they always sell out so I don’t see these lasting long.  I’m also trying this sign up thing for the first time so hopefully it goes smoothly.  I only have 10 slots available.  A fun umbrella, some rain boots and this gorgeous tree will be the perfect art for your walls!  I will send an invoice when I receive your sign up.  Payment holds your slot!   Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b45a8ab2ea7fc1-rainy

 

Happy, Happy, Happy

Do you all watch Duck Dynasty?  It’s my new favorite show.  Cracks me up, makes me happy!  You know what else makes me happy?  Spending time with cuddly, HAPPY, doll babies like this!  Isn’t she the cutest thing ever!  3 months is typically a tough age to get a lot of variety.  Some baby’s don’t care for being on their tummies, they can’t sit on their own and they aren’t sleepy, curly newborns.  Well, this little love was SO good to me.  I even asked her mom if I could hold her for a bit after we were done shooting because she was just so sweet and cuddly.  I hope you all have a very HAPPY weekend!!

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.

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.