Category Archives: Central Illinois
I loved seeing this beautiful Mama again! The last time I saw her was for a maternity session with her first baby and her family has grown so much since then!
I drove up to Fabyan Forest Preserve in Batavia, Illinois. Fabyan is hands down one of my favorite spaces to shoot in. First of all, it’s beautiful and on the Fox River. Second of all, there are tons of really cool and unique areas to shoot in.
Plus there is plenty of space for kiddos to run around in to burn off some energy 😉
This is an awesome place for Fall family photos in Batavia! If you’re in that area and need some new photos, let me know. I love coming up that way! Click here to see another session at Fabyan.
It’s not often I learn a little life lesson from a photoshoot but I did yesterday and I wanted to share it with you.
The very first squeeze of paint from Alice to her Mom went directly into Mom’s mouth. Now, some parents would immediately get upset, scold their child, get angry with them. Paint fights are messy. Not every parent would do this with their children. Nicole did. She didn’t worry about the mess. As a photographer and a Mom, I was SO happy to see Nicole laugh it off.
This session could have easily turned sour right away. I’ve seen it before. If a child is scolded or feels negative energy from you before or during a session, it affects them. I’ve seen this happen too many times and it always makes me sad.
Because Nicole laughed it off and had carefree fun energy, Alice literally giggled during the entire session. I can still hear her giggles. She painted Mom’s face, hair, clothes. She had a BLAST and they made fun awesome memories together.
Nicole, you’re doing it right!
Something that I love that I don’t get to do often is photograph furbabies! My family always had dogs growing up so I know how they really become part of your family. Penny is still a puppy but she was such a good girl and even looked right at the camera for me!
Plus, look how photogenic they all are! We even hit the perfect time of day to get that beautiful golden hour light.
2018 was a pivotal year for me. It was a new beginning for my business, having put my photography business on the back burner for too long. I got a slow start to the year but once my feet hit the ground, I took off running. I started new and creatively exciting projects. I have had so many clients become friends. I photographed families who have lost loved ones, knowing those images will be cherished for a lifetime. In all of this, I have truly rediscovered my calling to be a photographer.
Thank you. For trusting me with your family’s most special moments. For believing in my talent and vision. For coming back to me year after year to photograph your family. For being there supporting me along the way.
2019 is going to be my best year yet and I am so thankful to have you all with me on this journey.
Bringing you another fun Hello Dolly shoot today! This was my second time shooting inside a greenhouse and I’m definitely obsessed! The light is so beautiful and it was so much fun to play around in the plants. Plus, it’s always nice to be around green things and plants in the cold dreary Winter!
This property also had a beautiful red barn, a log cabin, and we lucked out with some pretty snow too! I always love working with Nikole and her super fun and adorable Hello Dolly boutique!
You can shop all the super cute and trendy clothes in the boutique by clicking here.
If you want to see more (*ahem* shop more) from this boutique, here is another shoot!