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...]

The Kid in Us All


I had the pleasure of spending last Saturday with four lovely families for our Fall Mini Sessions.  Despite some chilly weather, the scenery was beautiful...only to be outdone by these gorgeous families. After a quick shoot in the autumnal wildflower fields, we had just enough time to play in the leaves. After all, what good is a fall day at the park if you can't play just a little. And the best part is it wasn't just the kids having fun. One of … [Read more...]

Golden Girl…and Boy


So, what do you get when you take a little October sunset and add a sweet, warm and not-to-mention gorgeous family?  Well, this... Can you believe those beautiful eyes?  No fancy Photoshop tricks there.  Those are just what we would call, good genes. See what I mean? {This is the part where I say, "Just watch your kids playing over there for a minute."  This is sure to bring out the smiles from mom and dad...and sometimes looks of panic.  ;)  But we got some easy smiles … [Read more...]

CROP Hunger Walk and Community


Yup.  My heart is pretty full today because some of my dearest friends and favorite little "World Changers" are up over on Glennon Melton's blog Momastery.  So beyond humbled to be able to share a little reflection with Glennon - who just happens to be one of my favorite authors, my personal cheerleader, and a HUGE source of inspiration to me {and I know to so many of you} to find and be and share the good in the world. Take a look?   {-----> We All Finish Together} And of course, a few … [Read more...]

The Sound of their Laughter


I'm sure I've already forgotten what they're laughing about here.  {Some classic three-year-old potty humor of some sort I imagine.}  But that's not important, really. I just want to remember the sound of their laughter here a minute. Breathe it in a bit.  Because it's good. Three is hard...both being three and parenting three.  There is no instruction manual for either I'm afraid. But this, This is good. And so just pausing a moment.  To look.  And to listen... … [Read more...]

A Few of their Favorite Things – {Family and Children Photographer, Plainfield, IL}


While I love pictures of my children (as evidenced by the thousands I have on my hard drive and growing number I'm finally putting up on my walls), I also love pictures of what they love. For these boys, tractors are on par with Super Heroes.  A trip to the farm is like a day at Disney.  Digging in the dirt is where it's at, clearly. I brought these toys along as bribery material (ehem...I mean, not that I ever bribe my kids) when we went out to do our own family photos a … [Read more...]

In the Orchard…


Red.  Delicious. Took the boys out for their first trip to the Apple Orchard tonight. And I'm not sure why we haven't done it before, but we'll surely be doing it again. One can hope we've started a new family tradition here in the orchard. Dad is a good sport.  He totally gets bopped in the head riiiiight after that last shot there.  Did you see it coming? The apple is always redder.  Especially when it's in your brother's bag. This place was … [Read more...]

What Awaits – Plainfield, IL Maternity Photographer


Oh, this family.  I'm not even sure where to begin, other than to say I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to capture a few moments for them before their sweet threesome becomes a quartet. I know, it's hard waking up from a nap and getting your hair all fancy.  {Not that I have two of my own about this age, and not that they ever give me this same look after naptime.} Op, now there's that smile. {Pssst...and don't worry, Buddy.  You'll be great in your new … [Read more...]

Saturday in Chicago – And a “Mini” Twin First


Sometimes I struggle with whether to grab my camera or to just enjoy the mental pictures and try to commit those to memory instead.  But lately the evenings have been so lovely and I just ache to follow the gorgeous light.  It just seems to saturate everything these days, and I couldn't by more grateful.  When I don't have my camera, I find myself suppressing the overwhelming urge to reach for the empty space where it usually hangs around my neck.  I'm not sure if my kids don't even see it … [Read more...]