7 Simple Tips for Great Christmas Tree Pictures

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Ever wondered how to get those great Christmas tree photos with the soft, glowing lights?  Or, maybe you've wondered how come so many of your Christmas images end up with your subject blurry but not the lights?  While getting the {technically} perfect Christmas tree light shot can be tricky, there are some simple tips to help achieve that holiday magic in an image. 1.  Pull your subject away from the tree.  This can be tricky inside, but in order to get those pretty, twinkly lights behind … [Read more...]

O’ Christmas Tree


About a month ago, I brought a dear friend of mine and her beautiful family out to a local tree farm to test it out for a future holiday shoot location.  As you can see, they were such lovely models.  These girls are the sweetest, and mom gets an A+ for styling and wardrobe. Next year, I would like to just edit this first picture slightly...and insert my own family.  ;)  Actually, I love these folks so much that I may just keep them on my mantel for the year and call it … [Read more...]



They are getting heavy now. They are almost four and they're getting heavy. It wasn't long ago that I carried them together.  Somehow, miraculously, with my body and then with a single sling, and then one on each arm. Up and down and back up the stairs so many times each day. I still carry them.  But now, just one at a time.  Just once. Their sugared request coming still.  The task which once exhausted me, now the thread to which I cling. Carry me like a baby, Mama? Okay my … [Read more...]

Generations Sessions

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This.  This image right here is why a "Generations" Gift Certificate would make for a fantastic gift for the grandparents for Christmas... The back story to this photo is that they were headed home after our session while Mom and the kids stuck around for a few more pictures.  As they were walking away from where we were shooting, holding hands under this gorgeous fall canopy, we snuck a few shots. Until we got caught, that is. Once Grandpa knew he was in the spotlight, this was his … [Read more...]

Thank YOU ~ A Giveaway and Black Friday Deals

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As we come to the close of my first season photographing families and faces other than my own children's, or should I say, in addition to my own children's, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you.  Thank you for all the support as I took a big ol' leap to try a new thing.  Thank you for trusting me take your family photos this season.  And thank you for your encouraging words along the way.  You've helped me to keep the butterflies at bay. (And yes, there are definitely butterflies … [Read more...]

Tips for Staying Warm this Winter – Plainfield, IL Family and Children Photographer


In case you've been huddled up inside under a blanket for the entirety of the month of November, it's C-O-L-D cold outside.  Sweet Mother Nature seems to be a bit confused as she has skipped right over fall after her short but sweet summer.  It's January cold out there, and we're not even to actual winter according to the calendar. So - with a little help from some super sweet faces - I've compiled a few tips for staying warm in this season of sometimes bitter cold.  ;) Tip #1:  A Proper … [Read more...]

Introducing HLP Gift Cards for the Holidays!!!


Wondering what you might find under the Christmas tree for you this year?  Maybe you are looking for that perfect, unique and timeless gift for your spouse or your parents.  Well, no worries, friends.  I've got you covered. This year, why not think outside the box and inside the envelope.  (See what I did there?)  Because for the holiday season, Holli Long Photography is offering a *limited* number of GIFT CARDS for 2015 Full Family and Generations sessions!   In other words, purchase … [Read more...]

Gratitude in Black and White

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This week, I participated in a Black & White Photo Challenge on social media.  Actually, I sort of combined it with the popular November "30 Days of Gratitude" Challenge  because I thought for sure I could stay with it for 5 of the 30 days.  (Here is me setting the commitment bar high, I know.)  Honestly, though, I've loved this mini project so much that I almost wish I did take on the whole month.  I'm so grateful for the opportunity to go back through some images from this year (as well as … [Read more...]

Location Scouts – Project 365 {Sort Of}


Well, I had {and still have} grand intentions of completing a Project 365 this year.  And I was cruising right along in July and August.  But then along came September {oops} and now it's almost the end of October, and well...I'm falling a little a lot behind.  However, I'm falling behind thanks in large part to the fact that I've been busy taking pictures of some of the most beautiful people other than my own two children.  {This is a VERY good thing.}  They say October for photographers is … [Read more...]

Fall Highlights


Now that all of the galleries from our weekend Fall Mini Sessions have been finished up and sent off to their beautiful owners, I thought I would share just a few of my favorites.  Despite some pretty chilly weather and clouds (that actually ended up being great for some nice, even natural light), I got to look through my lens at the most warm faces and loving families all day.  Doesn't get much better that that! To see a few more peeks at our … [Read more...]