Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Courtney, Jason, & Lorelei : DeKalb, IL Family Session

Let's face it, Mondays and Tuesdays just plain stink.  So I'm getting this post of Courtney, Jason, and their darling little 6-month-old, Lorelei, up early in the week because I know you won't be able to frown after seeing this little one's AMAZING cheeks!  Seriously.

Jason and Courtney have an such a sweet house and I'm absolutely IN LOVE with their decorating...honestly, I wish I could move in tomorrow.  (Don't worry, guys, I won't really move in...)

After the pictures at their house, we moved on to the NIU campus.  Honestly, I'd never really thought to shoot around NIU besides at the Lagoon, but Jason is a philosophy professor there, so he and Courtney were very into the design of certain buildings and suggested we walk around campus.  It was a great reminder to me that any place can be a great place for a session! Also, I love shooting at locations that are meaningful to my clients, and NIU certainly is since it's the reason Jason and Courtney live here!

How anyone could get anything done with those cheeks around is just beyond me.

Just try frowning right now.  I double-dog-dare you.

LOVE the colors here! 


Thanks so much, Jason and Courtney, for a fun session, and for putting up with my obsession with your daughter's cheeks! :) It was a pleasure photographing you guys!!!   

And to everyone else, you feel much better now, don't you?  ;) Happy Tuesday!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sarah, Dave, Ben, Danny, & Isabel : Afton Forest Preserve, DeKalb, IL Family Session

About a year ago, I had a conversation with Seth about how much I'd love to have some photographer friends that I could get together with from time to time to share the joys and frustrations about our industry.  About 90% of what photographers do takes place behind a computer, and as much as I enjoy my introverted alone time, it can get pretty lonely behind the screen.  I was craving to physically talk with someone else who did what I did.  Not even two weeks later, I received a Facebook message from photographer Sarah Aranda saying that she would love to get together for coffee sometime just to chat about the biz.  I. about. died.  I knew right at that moment we'd become friends.  It was just too coincidental to be coincidence, if you know what I mean.  Since then, we make every effort to get together once a month.  It doesn't always happen, but we try. And let me tell you, it's been so awesome to have someone to bounce ideas off of, and to just talk about the general day-to-day of being a photographer.  I'm always refreshed after our hangouts! 

Anyways, back in October, I had the wonderful honor of photographing Sarah and her family.  I just think these kids are SO adorable (and well-behaved, I might add!!).  And, um, Dave, it's a good thing you're a cop because your Izzy is going to be a HEARTBREAKER!  ;)

For real, they are too cute!

The light was AMAZING!  

I swear these kids could be models!!




This one literally kills me.

While we were up on the lookout tower at Afton, the kids found a caterpillar up on the ledge...

...which later ended up on the ground about 10 feet below.  

We grabbed a some pictures of just Dave and Sarah before we left, and I was cracking up because I had them kiss for a couple shots, and the kids were so grossed out by it!  At one point I overheard the following conversation:

Danny (very serious and disturbed, with pauses between each word): "Ben, mom and dad kissed!"
Ben: "Eww!!  How many times?!?!"
Danny: "Twice!"
Ben: "EWWWW!!"

Hilarious!!!!!  When they get older, they'll appreciate how adorable their mom and dad are together. :)

Sarah, I'm so thankful that you were willing to put yourself out there and contact me, because honestly, I'm not sure I'd have had the courage to do it myself.  I just want you to know how much it means to me. :) 

For those of you who are photographers and feel like you're floating around out there on your own, I can't stress enough to you how important it is to get to know other photographers in your area.  Our job is unconventional in that we don't have coworkers to gather around the water cooler with and shoot the breeze about such-and-such account or how much of a jerk our boss has been (for the record, my boss is a slave driver).  It's just us.  And people aren't meant to be islands.  We were made to share life together.  So here's any open invitation to any DeKalb/Sycamore, or anywhere around here, photographers:  Let's get coffee and chat about the biz.  :)

Happy Monday, lovelies!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Beth & Dan | Sneak Peek : DeKalb, IL Wedding

A little preview from Beth and Dan's 1800's inspired wedding from a couple of weeks ago!  Here's a fun little fact for you:  Beth MADE their wedding clothes!!!  How awesome is that???  

Check back in the next few weeks for a full post!  Happy Almost Friday!!!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Megan, Steve, Jamyson, & Arizona : Johnson's Mound, Elburn, IL Family Session

It's been good getting back into the habit of sharing pictures with all of you fine people.  I'm still getting caught up from being down for the count with my morning sickness (woohoo 2nd trimester!!), so you can be sure there's still plenty more bloggy goodness coming your way. :)

This adorable family belongs to fellow photographer, Megan Dibblee.  I take every session I do very seriously, but when it comes to sessions for other photographers, I get over the top nervous!!!  But I really have the best clients EVER, so there's never any reason for it besides my own craziness. :)  And since Megan knows the occasional challenges of photographing kids, she was so laid back, and even came prepared with marshmallows!

We started our session out at Johnson's Mound in Elburn, which was beautiful in early October!

Arizona was soooooo darn cute during the entire session!  She was pretty much up for anything and always had a smile ready for me. 

She loves her daddy!!!!

This handsome little guy is Jamyson, and he was having a grand old time going on adventures and exploring the Mound, just like a little boy should. :)

Look at those lips!

Marshmallow break. :)

Steve and Megan just celebrated their FIVE YEAR wedding anniversary back in September, and hadn't had professional pictures of just the two of them since their wedding day!  Thankfully we were able remedy that. :)  They are still so in love, and so, SO cute!!  I barely had to give them any direction!!

After we were finished exploring Johnson's Mound, we headed over to Kuiper's Family Farm in Maple Park to grab a few pictures in the orchard.  

I love these next couple of pictures!!  

Happy Monday!