Thursday, December 29, 2011

Matt, Gladys, Brianna, & Mia : Afton Forest Preserve, DeKalb, IL Family Session

I photographed Matt, Gladys, Brianna, and Mia back at the beginning of October and it couldn't have been a more perfect day!  It was gorgeous out, and the light was just to die for!!  Seth and I have known Matt and Gladys for awhile now, but we don't get to see them that often, so it was great to have an excuse to hang out and catch up.  Seth and Lucas even came along to keep us company, which came in handy when Brianna and Mia got sick of having their picture taken.  They played with Luc while I got some pictures of just Matt and Gladys, and Gladys' ADORABLE bump!!  :)  

This is actually the first part of two blog posts.  Gladys had her adorable little baby a few weeks after we took these pictures, and I had the pleasure of photographing him as well, so those pictures will be in the next post.  :)

Isn't Mia a DOLL????

I'm jealous of your beautiful, smooth belly, Gladys. :)

Brianna was having a grand ole' time exploring the field!

Seriously, Gladys. Gorgeous!!

This next set is my favorite. :)

Stay tuned for part 2!!  Happy Thursday!!!! :) :) :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Beth & Dan : Afton Forest Preserve, DeKalb, IL Wedding

It was almost a year ago that I met with Beth and Dan about their October 2011 wedding.  When Beth told me that she'd be making her wedding dress, I flipped.  Then she told me that she also planned on making Dan's wedding clothes, and that they'd all be modeled after 1800's fashion.  I about DIED!  I was so excited about the opportunity to photograph such a unique wedding, and was beyond myself when Beth and Dan actually booked me!!  They must have known about the week I spent in depression after reading Pride and Prejudice because I didn't live in that time period.  But I digress...

They knew from the beginning that planning an outdoor wedding at the end of October in the Midwest would be hit or miss, but they ended up with a truly beautiful day.  The sun was shining, and it was actually kind of warm!  A perfect fall wedding day. :)

Since Beth made Dan's wedding clothes and was the only person who knew how they worked, it made sense for them to get ready together so she could help him get everything just right.  And leaving no detail out, Beth also made her undergarments. :)

One of my favorites from the day. :)

The ceremony was set to take place at Afton Forest Preserve, which is one of my favorite places to shoot, especially in the fall!

I don't normally do this kind of processing, but I thought it fit with the 1800's theme. :)

It was a very intimate ceremony, with only their closest family and friends in attendance. 

Every aspect of the ceremony reflected Beth and Dan's personality, including the vows they wrote for each other.

The reception was held at Beth's parents house, and pretty much everything was homemade by Beth and her friends, including these dried leaf flowers...


...and the ENTIRE dinner menu!!!

When I met with Beth a couple weeks before the wedding, she described the reception as being very relaxed and, in her own words, "a time to hang out and drink beer."  And that's exactly what it was!!

Thanks again, Beth and Dan, for the perfect end to the 2011 wedding season!!  :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christina, Shannon, Abby, & Maddie : Sandwich, IL Family Session

I'm so excited to finally share this next family's session with you all!!  It's been 2 months to the day since I shot their session, which is just insane since it feels like it was just yesterday.  Seth and I wish we could hang out with Shannon and Christina all the time because they are seriously AWESOME and we have so much in common with them!  And their daughters Abby and Maddie are two of the cutest girls in the world! 

We started their session out on their front porch. They recently bought their house and hadn't gotten a picture of themselves out in front of it yet.  I loved the idea!

We headed out to a forest preserve in Sandwich next.  

This next picture was both hilarious and heartbreaking.  Seconds after I took it, Abby started crying because she thought Shannon was going to throw her into the river!  So sad, but so sweet. :)

This was about the time Abby finally started to warm up to me.  I just love her personality and spunk!!

Maddie was so chill through the whole session!

I have a rule that if there are leaves, you must play in them.  :)

Maddie!!!  We had to do some creative moving of leaves to keep her from eating them. :)

I couldn't not take some pictures of Shannon and Christina together.  :)