When I lived in Iowa and worked for a portrait studio we photographed several area preschools. It was hard work but always so much fun! We also took portraits in the studio for any kids who wanted something a little better than the school pictures where you never know what you are getting. I have really missed that kind of work so last year I started doing school portraits. It ended up being something many of the homeschooling families in the area were very happy with and so this year I got to see several of the same families which was great! They all came to me, which is so strange because I have a mobile studio and I am usually the one traveling but in order to keep pricing similar to school pictures they all came to me! I will be sure to offer this for many years to come so long as area families are wanting it!
Tom contacted me looking for some professional portraits to use on the jacket of his recent book. He wanted something nicer than a DIY photo but something casual and fun and not stuffy and formal. We did the portraits in his beautiful home and had several locations to choose from. I especially loved the idea of his bookcases in the background and was just so happy when that was the one selected. I am so excited to have a portrait I took on a book. Pretty cool! Hopefully the author will autograph my copy!
The Young family fit perfectly in the urban scenery of downtown and we had a blast! The colors and décor were just perfect! The girls were adorable and did everything they were asked. They had not had a family portrait session in a couple years and were excited to have an update. I especially love Jennifer's style in coordinating everyone's clothing. They aren't 'matchy-matchy' but they all go together well. Perfect coordination!
I have volunteered as the photographer for EP!C both at their amazing annual fund raising event, Bon Appetit as well as doing some on-site promotional photos for their advertising. Having a good childhood friend with special needs, the work they do at EP!C is very close to my heart! At the last event, the CEO, Kim, mentioned needing an updated family portrait so we got together on what I think might have been the hottest day of the summer! My lens even fogged up when we headed outside.
Kim's family was a great to photograph. Their home and yard were perfect for their session. I especially loved the portraits of the girls separately and seeing how much their individual personalities came through. I know the next time they all have a professional family portrait will likely be one of the girls weddings, so being able to do the last family portrait before their family grows in the future was quite an honor!
Teresa contacted me about photographing their wedding after their friend, Holly Ott, recommended me. (Thanks Holly!!!) I had photographed Holly's beautiful daughter for her senior portraits a couple years ago and we had a blast!
Teresa and I emailed back and forth, but since she didn't live locally we didn't get to meet in person until the wedding day. I instantly adored her. She has an amazing personality and a beautiful smile! She and Ed made an amazing couple and it was so wonderful to be a part of their day!
We got some beautiful portraits and even braved the mosquitos for the beautiful outdoor ones. I especially love the receiving line portraits. I don't usually photograph much beyond immediate family in the receiving line, however Teresa and Ed had a fairly small wedding guest list and embraced each and every guest as though they were the most important person in the world. The emotions captured in those portraits are just so telling of the type of warm and inviting people they are. I know I felt like a good friend by the end of the evening and I can't wait to see Teresa and Ed again.
Malia was perfect for her newborn session! She was a little older than a typical newborn because she was a preemie but you wouldn't know it by her portraits! Love the adorable preemie chunk cheeks! Her family lives in Chicago so we did the session at Grandma's house in Peoria. They had lots of excellent ideas and we did some stunning skin on skin portraits with mom and dad. This one in the antique stroller is my favorite though. I have been just beyond excited for this prop and I finally got to use it. LOVE!!!
The Ellicott family took me to a new location and I sure love new locations...especially ones so beautiful! This park has special meaning as they come here quite often. Benny really wanted to play on the playground and I bet that seemed strange to come to the park and NOT be doing only that but he was a real trooper and smiled for quite a few. Evelyn got several portraits by herself being the newest member of the family! Love the great portraits we got with the Illinois river in the background!