I have been a NILMDTS photographer since 2006.
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month so I wanted to share some posts the families I have photograph put online.
If you are interested in volunteering there are NEW NON-Photographer roles available. Please join this Facebook group and consider attending out quarterly recruitment meeting in November!
I have recently had a LOT of requests to include angel babies in family portraits and have been working on how to do this. Here is one I recently did:
The Hodge Family was all set for a perfect session. They selected great clothing, an amazing location (Mom's beautiful yard) and made sure little Gavin had a full tummy. We got lots and lots of smiles from everyone and even took a short hike to this amazing spot for a few. Had to pick a few burrs out of my pants but it was totally worth it! What a great day and wonderful portraits we made!
This family is so close and has lots of fun together. They are always on the go at a park or festival and love to be outside so Luthy Botanical Garden was a great spot for their session!
Didn't mom do a wonderful job on timeless clothing?!? LOVE this one! Everyone was so cooperative and full of smiles. Perfect weather, wonderful family and beautiful location-what more can you ask for?
Local Photographer Earns Recertification
Jenni Williams of North Pekin Maintains Excellence as a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP).
North Pekin, IL—Jenni Williams of North Pekin reaffirmed her status as an elite photographer, once again earning the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
Williams, who owns and operates Blissful Images in North Pekin, successfully completed the requirements required to keep her CPP designation.
Every three years, CPPs must show that they have maintained the mark of excellence that the CPP designation represents. Williams earned this designation after meeting challenging requirements that measure her artistic and technical competence. PPA currently recognizes fewer than 2,500 Certified Professional Photographers.
“When I first became a Certified Professional Photographer in 2005, I did so because I wanted the credentials that prove I am a true professional. You wouldn't go to a Doctor or a Lawyer that didn't have their industry credentials, so why trust your most valued tangible memories to a photographer who can't prove they are a leader in their industry. Having my Certification makes me a better photographer and I strive to grow and learn all the time. I believe continuing education, while certainly not required to be a photographer, is a very important aspect of this profession.”
Professional Photographers of America is the leading body for certifying imaging professionals in the U.S. Certified Professional Photographers must pass a written examination, submit a portfolio for review and adhere to a strict code of conduct that upholds their mark of excellence. Certification must be renewed every three years, ensuring continuing confidence in the professionalism of Certified Professional Photographers.
For more information on PPA visit PPA.com. To learn more about the certification program go to certifiedphotographer.com and to view samples of Williams work and for booking information, visit www.BlissfulImages.com
We believe in professional photography - but more than that we believe in photographs. We can hold on to them, pass them around, frame them and enjoy them for generations.
We are passionate about creating photographs printed on professional paper.
We want future generations looking at and touching photographs, not a piece of technology. Some photographers shoot photos, edit them and burn them on a disk or drive and make a few bucks. We care too much about your images, you and future generations that might have no photographs because we wanted to make fast and easy money selling files.
We start with a pre-session consultation.
This can be done in-person, over the phone or via e-mail. We will plan every detail from location to clothing. We will give you our best tips and hints to ensure we will create portraits you can display on your wall so every morning in the craziness at breakfast, between ‘Mom, where’s my homework’ and ‘He’s touching me!’ you can take a moment, breathe in deeply and remember exactly why you love your blessed life so much. Our goal is to help you feel prepared and relaxed for your upcoming session.
The trend right now in home décor is to personalize your space. We specialize in creating custom photographic art of your family. We combine our passion, genuine love of art, unique style and personality to ensure your portrait will truly be one of a kind art piece designed just for you.
Anything we can incorporate to make your session more personal and emotional will make it even more special to you and your family in the coming years. It will be more than just a portrait, it becomes a story of your family and all the joy you share!
Here are some ideas:
Recreating something your family did when your kids were younger now that they are older (picnics)
Physical things that have meaning like antique cars, musical instruments or family heirlooms.
Special places to your family are always fun for sessions!
Activities you all enjoy doing such as camping, boating, playing games or walking the dog.
Specializing in newborn, family and children's photography, our goal is to take the stress out of your session.
We load lights, backgrounds and props into the Blissful Images van and drive up to an hour each way to magically transform your home into a portrait studio. No packing your little ones up while hoping Jill doesn't wreck her hair in the car or that Billy doesn't have a blowout.
Finally at your in-person order selection appointment you will be awed by a custom designed slideshow of your portraits followed by being walked through the process of selecting the perfect portraits of your family for yourselves and to gift to family and friends.
We will share our ideas and vision for your wall art so you can adore your portraits for years to come.
We will give our expert advice for choosing the perfect frame for your final portraits. Once you receive your portraits all you will have to do is hang them up and enjoy!
As your children get older and want the car keys instead of a trip to the park, you can look at your portrait every day and relive the fun times with the kids that were forever captured by Blissful Images
I am SO excited for October!
It's my busy season with the leaves changing and I love it! This year I am not playing 'beat the clock' and hoping I could get everything done before baby arrived so that's a huge relief.
I have a NEW outdoor location I am SO excited to use! Who wants to go here?
I do 4 sessions every Saturday and 4 sessions every Sunday in October. It's a crazy schedule as I also book during the week for families who are available but it's just one month, right?
October is to Certified Professional Photographers as April is to Tax Professionals!
I start my day at my computer sipping coffee and reading emails. I get and and all news from Facebook. I never watch or read the news.
I miss the Today Show sometimes but find myself a happier person for not being inundated with all the awfulness of the world every morning.
It's been this was for about 2 1/2 years now. I remember a big news event with a theater shooting and just crying about it as I held Arianna. Shortly after there was the Boston Marathon incident. I personally knew someone running so I was so afraid. That was what sealed the deal for me though. I just can't let media control my emotions and start my day off poorly over something that has little impact on my own life.
I choose happiness. This also means I am choosing to be ignorant of the things happening in our world. It's a trade I am willing to take.
Tell me, do you choose not to watch or read the news like me? How does it impact your day and mood?
If you do watch and read the news, why do you? Do you feel it brings negativity to your life?
Growing up my family was not involved in volunteer work. My parents were in Jaycees for a while when I was very young but I never knew what it really was.
When I was introduced to the concept of volunteering in my early 20's I was confused. You mean people work for free? What?
Ever since then it is like I am trying to make up for lost time. I volunteer my time and talents at charity events and try to donate 120 gift certificates a year to fundraising efforts in the Peoria/Pekin area and surrounding communities.
The volunteer work closest to my heart is the work I do for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS)
Here is more information from the organization:
NILMDTS provides remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the free gift of professional portraiture. NILMDTS trains, educates, and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring the child’s legacy. History Maddux Achilles Haggard was born on Feb. 4, 2005, with a condition called myotubular myopathy that prevented him from breathing, swallowing or moving on his own. On the sixth day of his young life, his parents had to make the excruciating decision to take him off life support. But before they did, they called Littleton, Colorado photographer Sandy Puc' to take black and white portraits of them cradling their son. Puc' photographed the couple with Maddux at the hospital before he was removed from life support and after — when he was free from the tubes and the wires that had sustained him. “That night was the worst night of my life. But when I look at the images, that’s not what I’m reminded of. I’m reminded of the beauty and blessings he brought,” Cheryl Haggard (Maddux's mom) said. Those tender photographs documenting Maddux’s eternal connection with his parents inspired Cheryl Haggard and Sandy Puc' to found a nonprofit organization that has provided thousands of families of babies who are stillborn or are at risk of dying as newborns with free professional portraits with their baby. Sandy and Cheryl founded the organization in April 2005 and called it Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) after the children’s bedtime prayer. Reach Since NILMDTS was founded in 2005, over 11,000 volunteer photographers have been part of the network. NILMDTS reaches every state in the United States and has been present in 40 countries worldwide.
Since I became a volunteer and then the Area Coordinator in 2006 I have personally photographed and/or retouched 45 sessions.
Our local organization is currently looking for volunteers. Photographers as well as non-photographers can help and are encouraged to contact me for more information!
I often am asked how I got everyone looking so perfect for their portrait. I wanted to give you a good visual of all the things that go into our beautiful wall art.
After your session I go through and personally narrow it down to the best of the best. No need for you to try to figure out from 2 similar poses which expression you prefer on little Billy. And look, your husband's eyes are closed on the one you love of little Amy. I will be sure every image you see looks amazing. I go through all the images in each series and use the best expression of each person to make one great image!
Once I have selected the best one I go to work perfecting every detail. Color correction, exposure tweaking, extra saturation, softening, blending and smoothing skin tone are all standard.
I also love to really make an image pop with things like enhancing the sky and clouds and making everyone look their best. Wish you were 10 pounds lighter? Done!
I truly believe my love for my profession shows in every image. What do you think?
Blissful Images is a Certified Professional Family Portrait Photographer in Peoria, Illinois specializing in preserving your family's memories in photographic prints and wall art.
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