Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep | Champaign County, IL

NILMDTS offers the gift of healing, hope and honor to parents experiencing the death of a baby through the overwhelming power of remembrance portraits. Professional-level photographers volunteer their time to conduct an intimate portrait session, capturing the only moments parents spend with their babies. Parents are gifted with delicately retouched heirloom black and white portraits free of charge.

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2018 Luke Remington I Made a Difference Walk | Rantoul, IL

Saturday I had the honor of photographing the Luke Remington I Made a Difference Walk in Rantoul, IL.  The walk, now in it's 11th year donates 100% of it's proceeds to The American Cancer Society and other cancer related organizations.  The evening started off with the National Anthem, and then a reading of names of the honored by Jessica Holmes while Amazing Grace played softly in the background.  Following reading was the survivor walk.  This is always such a moving moment at events like this and it was inspiring to see the bond they all shared.

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Ada | 3 Month Milestone Session | Saint Joseph, IL

This little darling holds a special place in my heart for so many reasons.  I first met her mom, dad when I photographed big brother Nolan at about 6 weeks of age.  Since then we have seen each other at least 2 or 3 times a year for pictures, including mom & dad's wedding last September!  Not only that, she is also my birthday buddy!  Don't you think it's such a thrill to know someone that shares your same birth date?! 

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I've got a new love | Film Photography | Central Illinois

Recently, my film images were featured in a blog on the Happy Tog's website.  My friend Holly writes about a truly epic night when we were reminded to slow down and pay attention.  That is exactly what film does for me.

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Gibson | One Year Cake Smash | Champaign, IL

Often people ask me what my favorite age or genre is to photograph.  That is an almost impossibly question for me to answer.  If I've just photographed a newborn, I say, "Newborn!"  If it's a wedding, my answer is, "Weddings, I love LOVE!"  So if you had asked me after Gibson's 1 year photo session, the answer would have been, "One year old sessions with a cake smash - hands down!"

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Kristina | Summer Maternity Session | Fisher, IL

My neighbor and friend Kristina and her hubby Ricky are getting ready to welcome their third baby any day now!  Kristina was so kind to model these dresses for me the other night - doesn't she look gorgeous?!

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The Morrical Family | Our Happy Place | Cissna Park, IL

When my lifelong best friend, Heather asked me to photograph her family on the front porch of their new home in Cissna Park, I was over the moon excited!  Being invited to photograph families in places that are so special to them makes our time spent together even more meaningful.

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Let Them Be Little | Tween Session | Fisher, IL

Do you remember what it was like to be a pre-tween/tween?  Stuck in limbo between no longer being a "little girl" and not quite a "young lady?"  Not quite ready to give up your American Girl Doll and definitely not ready for makeup and boys yet.

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Gianluca | Newborn Baby Boy | Savoy, IL

There is no doubt this lucky baby boy is surrounded by and abundance of love!  His mommy and daddy were so attentive to his every need, and grandma and grandpa couldn't get enough of their sweet new grandson!

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Best Friends | Downtown Champaign Tween Session

"The most important thing a girl wears is her confidence"

Recently, I got to spend time with these 3 friends.  And I have to tell you folks, these are girls that are not afraid to be themselves, they root for each other - even when in direct competition with the other, and they are there when one needs a shoulder to cry on or a good laugh!  

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Eli | Simply Baby Newborn Session | Champaign, IL

Babies are only little for so long and the newborn stage is over so quickly!!  Photographing babies during their first few weeks of life is so magical to me.  It can be daunting for new parents to head out of the house for quick trip to the doctor, the store to purchase diapers or to pick up a pizza - but none ever regret venturing out for an hour or 2 to have their baby photographed.

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Family Photography Workshop | Jessica Weinstock | Bloomington, IL

Tuesday night our local PPA group met up in Bloomington for an awesome lesson in photographing families with Jess Weinstock Photography.  I first met Jess a few years back at the Reset Conference and ever since then I have followed her work.  Her knack for making families look so joyful and relaxed with real genuine connection is was draws me to her photos.  Jess was wonderful about explaining in detail what she was doing and why.

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Princess Day 2018 | Pear Tree Estate | Champaign, IL

Princess Day at Pear Tree Estate was exactly the kind of day you dream about as a little girl playing dress up and watching Disney movies.  Wearing your fanciest dress, wearing flower crowns, receiving jewelry, eating sweets, having your picture taken - truly a day dreams are made of!

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Newborn Session | Baby Boy | Kaine, 9 days | Champaign, IL

Kaine was an amazing sleeper, and slept through most of his session, stopping to eat a couple of times.  A full belly makes us all happy and sleepy - right?  While he was asleep, I was able to grab some lovely macro images of all of his little features - eyelashes, lips, fingers, toes, etc...He graced us with some awesome open eyed opportunities too - love it when newborns seem to be looking right at the camera!

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