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Mommy & Me Session | Peoria, Illinois Family Session

I was super excited when Michelle asked if I could squeeze in a quick family session with her and her girls. The Fall colors were still sooo pretty but they were starting to fade. The leaves were just starting to fall from the trees. It was the most perfect timing because within a few days, the wind and weather took almost all of this beautiful color.

Also, how cute are these girls?! They were so excited to throw leaves in the air and hang out with their Mom on this beautiful day. Leaf throwing is my favorite! I also loved the colors in their outfits, definitely on par with Fall colors.

For another gorgeous Fall family session, click here.

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Fall Mini Sessions | Chicago + Peoria Illinois Family Photography

Fall is absolutely my FAVORITE time of year! The leaves are changing color and crunch when you step on them, the air is cooler and crisp, and there’s nothing better than roasting s’mores over bonfires with friends. Fall is also a really beautiful time of year for family photos 🙂 This is my most popular event of the year so I have opened up 3 dates for them! Here are the details…

25 minute session, online shareable proofing gallery, your choice of 15 edited images along with a print release.

Milton Lee Olive Park in Chicago: Friday, August 31st

Charter Oak Park in Peoria: Saturday, September 1st

Lake Harriet in Woodridge: Saturday, September 8th

 

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Fall Mini Sessions | Oswego, IL | Lisle, IL family photography

On August 5th, I will be joining thousands of runners from across the country to participate in my 3rd St. Jude Run. I am part of the Chillicothe to Peoria St. Jude Run satellite team and our leg consists of just over 55 miles. I plan to run as many of those miles and raise as much money as I am able to. Last year, I ran 33 miles on run day and raised $3,300. I set my goal higher this year and would love to reach it but I still have a long way to go so I decided to donate $25 from each Fall Mini Session to my fundraising goal. All of the money we raise goes to make sure that families never receive a bill for the time their child spends at St. Jude, including housing, travel, food, and treatments. Every little bit helps.

I included some photos in this post so you get a little feel for run day. The picture of me and my husband is right around 20 miles in 🙂 the day is full of inspiration, encouragement, emotion, and I consider it to be one of the best days of the year because of the runner culture and the amazing people I have met in the years I have been part of this team.

In order to secure a session, a $25 must be made to my St. Jude fundraising page, then the remaining $125 must be paid before the session. If you see a date/time combo that works for you, please email me at joannasmithphotos@yahoo.com (fastest method) or comment on this blog post to snag it.

The following dates and times are available to book:

Friday, August 11th @ Hudson Crossing Park in Oswego, IL: 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, and 6:00pm

Saturday, September 23rd @ The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL: 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, and 5:00pm

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I look forward to seeing you for a Fall Mini Session! I will update this post as session slots become unavailable.

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Fall Mini Sessions | Chicago Family Photography

Due to popular demand, I am so excited to share some new mini sessions for the Fall! I have selected two dates, one for Chicago (Museum Campus) and one for the suburbs (Morton Arboretum). These sessions are perfect for updating your family photos or getting ready for your Holiday cards. These always book up fast so if you’re interested in a date, snag it fast! Available session times will be constantly updated below.

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October 9th availability: 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00

November 5th availability1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00

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Amy & Jacob | Grace Lutheran Church Wedding | Fitzgerald’s Nightclub Wedding Photography

I instantly knew I would love Amy and Jacob when they suggested we meet at Chinatown for a wedding consultation. I absolutely love Chinese food and knew immediately that these two people would be amazing. My instincts proved true, as Amy and Jacob are two of the kindest people I have ever met. I was incredibly honored to photograph their wedding last October.

I loved the vibrant colors of the bouquets which complemented the beautiful blue bridesmaid dresses. The bridal party was a lot of fun, up for a bunch of silly poses, which always makes for some great candid photos afterwards.

Amy and Jacob opted for a First Look before the ceremony, which was done right outside their venue, Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Illinois. The church was a beautiful backdrop for photos, inside and out, and we lucked out with some amazing Fall colors and weather. The famous venue Fitzgerald’s Nightclub was their reception choice – a Bon Jovi music video was filmed there as well as a scene from A League of Their Own. Here are a few of my favorites from Amy and Jacob’s wedding!

Venue // Grace Lutheran Church

Reception // Fitzgerald’s

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