Monday, December 27, 2010

Jake & Christy : DeKalb, IL Engagement Session

The first time he asked her out she said no.  Well, he didn't actually have the chance to ask her.  As Jake said goodbye to her on her porch that night during their junior year of high school, Christy sensed that he was going to ask her out, and she knew she had to say no.  It wasn't that she didn't like him, because she always did.  She just knew she wasn't in the right place for a relationship.  So before he could "pop the question", so to speak, Christy decided to nip it in the bud and said,  "So, we're just friends, right?"

But Jake was persistent. They eventually did start dating.  And on that very same porch, Jake had the opportunity to redeem himself by popping the real question.  And this time, Christy said yes.

Jake and Christy are getting married this summer, and I have to say, I CANNOT wait for this wedding!  Seth and I have known Jake for a very long time and are close with him and his family, so I almost feel like one of my brothers is getting married!  But if anyone can't wait for the wedding, it's Jake and Christy.  Jake is in the USMC and currently living in California, while Christy is going to school here at NIU.  The past 2 1/2 years of their relationship have been long-distance, so I can only imagine how much they are looking forward to finally being together, forever.  :)

We started the session where it all began, on Christy's porch. :)

Then moved on to Hopkins Park while the snow picked up.  This was probably the first time I was overjoyed about a snowstorm.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and so romantic. :)

We stopped in at Shawn's in Sycamore to warm up with some hot cocoa before heading back out into the cold.

Jake and Christy, I'm so happy for you guys, you are seriously perfect for each other!  Thanks for your willingness to brave the snow, you guys were beyond amazing!   :) :) :) :) :) :)


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mattea and Mackenzie : DeKalb, IL Child Session

Every time I get in my car to head to a session, I thank God for allowing me to do something I love.  Never in a million bajillion years did I think I'd find something I was passionate about, much less have a job I truly enjoyed. And yet, here I am, taking pictures.  FOR A LIVING.  Although, to me, it's more than just taking pictures. It's documenting the special moments.  The ones we try so hard to burn into our memory, that are over in the time it takes to blink.

I recently had an amazing reminder of just how important it is to document the special things in our lives.  At 9 weeks old, Mattea was diagnosed with ATRT (Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor), a highly malignant brain tumor with a survival rate of less than 10% in children.  After surgery, chemo, radiation, many other procedures, and I'm sure uncountable sleepless nights for mommy and daddy, Mattea is now 4 years old and cancer free!!!  Mattea is one tough cookie, and it means a lot to me that her parents, Tara and Mike, would invite me into their home to take pictures of her and her sister, Mackenzie.  :)  Their family of 4 (soon to be 5 come this January/Febraury :]) is super tight, and they know what's important: each other.

Mattea loves to play with blocks...

...and Mackenzie loves knocking them over. :)

Mackenzie is such a bundle of energy!!!

This was hilarious, Mike and Tara were throwing Mattea and Mackenzie onto this giant beanbag to get them to laugh.  It was extremely effective, and very cute!! :)

Mommy knows how to make her smile!!

Thanks so much, Mattea and Mackenzie, for letting me come hang out and take some pictures of you two.  I had a blast!!!! :) :) :) :)


Monday, December 13, 2010

Sylvia & Kyle : DeKalb, IL Wedding

I will forever be in debt to Kyle and Sylvia.  They took a chance on me when we first got together back in January.  I was trying to start my business as a wedding photographer, but I had only ever tagged along with other photographers.  I was upfront with them from the beginning.  I would have more experience by their wedding, but it took a lot of trust for them to book me for such an important day without having done any weddings of my own.  I'm deeply appreciative of the chance they took. :)  

The day of their wedding was sunny and crisp.  When I showed up at Kyle's parent's house that morning, there was giddiness in the air and the Kardashians on the TV as the girls were getting all dolled up.  Sylvia was beaming and beautiful, the nervousness she felt not showing through her smile.  Her day was finally here.  She was about to marry her best friend.  The day went perfectly, and Sylvia and Kyle pledged themselves to each other in front of family and friends.      

While I was getting pictures of the girls getting ready, Seth was off with the guys.

Kyle and Sylvia's son, Dominic, was the ring bearer.  He's so cute!!!!

Kyle's gift to his groomsmen were Nike's embroidered the groomsmen's name, as well as Kyle and Sylvia's wedding date.

I love this shot!  This is why I force Seth to be my second shooter. :) :) :)

Hello, hotness!

It was freezing, and I felt so bad for the girls in their sleeveless dresses!  They were troopers, though. :)

It was so, SO cold outside (did I mention it was cold?), and this alley was a wind tunnel.  Major props to Kyle and Sylvia for being so awesome and willing to freeze for 15 minutes while we grabbed a couple pictures.  :)

The reception was at Walter Payton's Roundhouse in Aurora, which was serious awesomeness!!  

He's just so darn cute. :) :) :) :)

I love this shot of Kyle dancing with his 2 week-old niece during the dollar dance.

Sylvia and Kyle, congratulations, and thank you so much for believing in me!  You two are the best!!!! :) :) :)