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Paint Fight | Batavia, IL Family Photographer

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!

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Chicago Beach Mini Sessions | Chicago, Illinois photographer

Montrose Beach Chicago Mini Sessions

Well, I started planning out my very limited Mini Sessions for the year. Because of my love for Chicago, I knew I wanted to do a day of Chicago Beach Mini Sessions! I think playing on the beach and splashing in the water is such a fun way to get really great candid moments and emotions. Come get sandy with me on Saturday, June 22nd at Montrose Beach!

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Here are some details for these minis. The price $125 for a 25 minute session. Within a week of your session you will receive a gallery of edited images from which you will choose 10 images to keep.

$75 is due to book and the remainder is due one week before the session date. I will update the available time slots below as they are taken.

Available time slots:
3:30
4:00
4:30
5:00
5:30
6:00
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Pritchett Family | Bird Haven Greenhouse

Joliet, Illinois Family Photography

I learned about two things the day I met the Pritchett family. One is that I LOVED shooting inside a greenhouse! So much pretty light, everywhere! It was so warm and beautiful inside which was a nice break from the snowy weather outside. Bird Haven Greenhouse was even decorated for the holidays. We took advantage of the lights on the trees and festive red decor. It is a beautiful place to have photos taken or even have a wedding! Because there are multiple rooms or areas within Bird Haven Greenhouse, you can get a variety of backdrops in your photos including cactus!

The other thing I learned is how much of a fighter their youngest son, Mason, is. He has a rare blood disorder called Severe Congenital Neutropenia. This means he receives chemo and is waiting for a bone marrow transplant. Looking at Mason, you would never know any of that. His smile immediately makes you smile. He is so sweet, pure, and so obviously full of love that just radiates off of him.

Overall, I am so thankful to have crossed paths with this incredibly strong and kind family. If you would like to follow Mason’s journey and cheer his cute little self on, click here to go to their Facebook page.

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Jill & Kevin | Warehouse 109 Wedding

This Warehouse 109 wedding will always be one of my all-time favorites! I remember it being a ridiculously hot day but everyone was all smiles and so excited! Jill is such a bubbly happy person that not even the heat could faze her. What I remember most from their wedding is that the entire day and night was just filled with laughter.

Another unique part of this wedding was the small and simple bridal party. Just one bridesmaid and one groomsman which made it super fast and easy to knock out bridal party photos.

If you’ve never heard of Warehouse 109, you really need to check it out! They have vintage motorcycles, an Airstream, and so many more cool and unique details to make your wedding or any event a total stand out!

Jill and Kevin even had an ice cream truck brought in from Windy City Ice Cream and they served ice cream to their guests! I mean, does it get better than that?! This was such a cool wedding!

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Warehouse 109 Wedding, best wedding photographers, Chicago wedding photographers
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Airstreams are so much fun! I loved all the vintage vehicles on this property. Such a unique venue.
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The “serious” picture.
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Adding an ice cream truck for the reception is such a fun idea made even more fun by the bride and groom serving it to their guests!
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Warehouse 109 Wedding, best wedding photographers, Chicago wedding photographers
Warehouse 109 Wedding, best wedding photographers, Chicago wedding photographers

Congrats again to Jill and Kevin! Check out another one of my favorite weddings at Meson Sabika by clicking here.

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2018 | Year in Review

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.

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