Category Archives: St. Jude Runs

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.

Session Auction for St. Jude – Chicago, Illinois Photographer

My first love has always been running and there’s nothing I love more than when I can run for a good cause. I have wanted to do a St. Jude run for about 5 years now and this will be my year to join thousands of other runners and finally do it! For those of you who aren’t familiar with these runs, the main run is from Memphis, TN to Peoria, IL. Those who can’t participate in the Memphis run can do auxiliary runs in varying distances, the one I’m doing is 55 miles. It’s a relay style run and I plan on running as many of those 55 miles as I physically can (my real goal is around 30 miles. Yes, 30!!). In order to participate in this run, I have to meet a fundraising minimum of $1,000. As the overachiever that I am, I recently just raised my goal to $3,000 because I believe in the kindness and generosity of my friends, family, and fans. I know I can raise that much but I need your help.

I’m auctioning off a full portrait session to help me reach my goal. It would mean the world to me if you could bid on this session. If you can’t bid on it yourself or aren’t in the Chicago/Central Illinois area, PLEASE share this post with your friends and family. I won’t keep a dime from this session, all of the money will go to my St. Jude fundraising, which in turn helps make sure that families never receive a bill for their children’s treatment while at St. Jude.

Some important details not mentioned in the photo… this session must be redeemed before December 31st, 2015. You must reside in or be willing to travel to Chicago, Illinois, the surrounding suburbs, or the Central Illinois area for your session. The winner will make their payment directly to my St. Jude fundraising page, payments are fine but the full amount must be paid by May 1st or the session will be offered to the next highest bidder. This cannot be redeemed for weddings or boudoir. Please, please share this post so we can raise as much money as we can for these kids! Please visit my Facebook page to bid on this auction!

St. Jude Runs Photography Session Auction Chicago Illinois Photographer Fundraiser