Miss “K” is 4!

I’ve been photographing this little doll since she was brand new!  She’s a bit shy but good golly she’ll turn on that smile for sucker like no one else!  Loved her outfit and I especially loved those adorable boots!  I have pretty small feet so when she changed into the ballet outfit it was temping to hide them in my camera bag.  I hope you all had a great holiday and new year.  I went back to shooting yesterday with a brand new baby born on Christmas.  Thanks for your patience as I catch back up and tend to a sick kid at home.  I enjoyed the lazy days, lots of food and time spent with my family, but I am definitely ready to get back to creating some images.

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!!

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!


Where I started…

Those of you who have been following me and my work for awhile now will most likely recognize one of the beauties in this post.  I have been photographing her since I started.  This family changed the way I thought my business would go.  They changed the way I thought of photographing kids and families.  I’m thankful they were one of the very first clients because it’s a session that I think about often and am continually reminded why I do what I do.  During that very first session I drove to their home.  Mom had planned a tea party for her daughter and I sat back and watched (and snapped) the connection unfold.  I FELT the love shared by this family.  It was an amazing experience to witness and capture with my camera.  I left there thinking, that is what I want from every session.  I want to “Capture the Spirit of Childhood.”  Those tea party images are still hanging on their wall and while I’ve grown as a photographer in both business and skills I’m reminded how important what I do is.  I’m reminded that I am responsible for preserving these memories for a lifetime.  So for those of you who choose me as your photographer, I’m grateful.  Fast forward to 2011, the “G” family now has a new daughter and little Miss “M” has a sister.  I recently photographed them together and had so much fun seeing this new connection in their family.  I have so many clients who have become dear friends.  I have so many kids I have watched grow and each time one of them walk in the door I’m grateful to be a small part of their lives.  Now that I’ve gotten all sappy let’s proceed with some photos, shall we?

New Blog~New Baby

So we have a new blog, which will actually be our new website soon.  I love the new features this blog offers and everything can be found in one spot.  I have been terrible about updating my website because quite frankly it was a pain.  This new site makes it easy to update galleries, add favorite sites, info, ect.  I LOVE it!  I love the colors, the layout, the overall feel.  It is me.  I hope you all love it too!  I still have galleries to add, but you can view a few of them under the “My Work” tab at the top.  Today I worked on the blog, but I also photographed the sweetest little baby girl.  Which also brings me to the next reason I decided to make the time to upgrade my site.  I have missed posting about my sessions.  I have missed sharing my experiences.  I believe the connection I make with my clients is the reason we have grown each and every year.  The blog has always been my way of staying connected and will admit that facebook has made me lazy.  Well, I plan to change that starting with this little beauty…