2018 Miss Fisher Fair Queens | An Interview | Fisher, IL

The 2018 Miss, Junior Miss and Little Miss Fisher Fair, Alyssa, Paige and Mackenzie; would like to invite you all to the 2019 Fisher Fair (July 9-13) and the Miss Fisher Fair Queen Pageant to be held on July 9 at 6:30 at the Fisher Fairgrounds. Tuesday night is “Giveback” night at the fair. FREE gate admission for those with Military ID or for those that BRING FOOD for the Fisher Food Pantry. Tuesday night’s admission is $2 without a food donation.

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VIN | 6 MONTHS | LIFESTYLE FAMILY SESSION

Why an in-home photo session? I’m giving you 5 reasons why a #lifestyle session in your home is right for you. There is a time and place for in-home lifestyle sessions, just as there is a time for a studio or a random outdoor location. Whichever is the best option for your family is the best option to me. I would love to guide you through all the pros and cons and build the perfect photo session for your family.

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Elijah | Newborn Session | Hospital Essentials

I remember being pregnant with our firstborn, Payton. As a new mom to be, I had no idea what was truly needed in my bag for the hospital and what would just sit in my bag, unused. So I packed…a lot…and used about 1/3 of it.

When you’re expecting you receive so much advice. So. Much. Advice. Some of it good, some of it - well let’s just say some of it was, “not as good.” Advice from your doctor, your mom, you mother in law, your friends - and occasionally strangers on the street.

I scoured the internet for checklists (I’m a list kinda gal), and settled on the checklist found in my What To Expect When You’re Expecting book. This checklist covers everything, and is super comprehensive. If you decide to pack everything that the lists on the internet say you need, be prepared to put it all in an extra big suitcase! If you’re a chronic over-packer like me, you’ll have a full suitcase no matter what :)

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Hadley | Yellow Lemons | Preschool Graduation

Hadley had graduated from All God’s Children preschool the night before these pictures, so this was a sweet opportunity to celebrate that milestone. Milestone sessions don’t stop just because your child turns one - there are all sorts of reasons to celebrate your child(ren) with a photo session. My own 14 year old son is getting a milestone session of his own soon (whether he likes it or not haha!), because he just finished 8th grade and will be entering high school next fall. Another client is planning a session with her daughter who is learning to play the violin.

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Motherhood | Sams Family | Nashville, TN

Today marks the start of summer, and that has me thinking about all sorts of things. I caught myself lamenting about what kind of mom I am opposed to what kind of mom I thought I would be before I had kids. The difference is night and day, although I got one thing right. I was going to be a Martha Stewart/Pinterest master mom, doing all sorts of crafts with the kiddos and baking all the time, blah blah blah.

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Mackenzie | Rainbow Tween Session

As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by rainbows, and now my daughter is too. I remember seeing my first double rainbows over the mountain tops in Wyoming while visiting family. I love running outside after a storm with Mackenzie searching for the rainbow. At our wedding, my dad and I danced to What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong - I wonder if she’ll choose the same song to dance with her daddy someday. Rainbows symbolize peace, hope and promises made by God. Who doesn’t love a rainbow!!??

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Kenna | Newborn Photography | Mahomet, IL

It’s that time of year when the grass is getting greener, the days are getting longer and there are signs of rebirth and new growth everywhere. Spring is by far my favorite season. Everything feels like a new beginning, like each new life is the beginning of someone’s story. My goal at every newborn session is to portraits that will shape the story of your lives and provide a legacy of family history for future generations to treasure.

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Mackenzie | Retro Rainbow Session | Champaign, IL

Children of creatives are always in danger of being talked into doing crazy things. A couple of months ago I got this crazy idea in my head for a “retro rainbow” photo shoot. I knew immediately who my muse would be. My poor kiddos suffer from PCS, a.k.a., Photographer’s Child Syndrome, in which the child(ren) of a photographer have been photographed so many times throughout their young life, they are no longer interested in smiling at a camera, much less even look at one. The. Struggle. Is. Real.

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ISABEL | FRESH 48 | CARLE HOSPITAL URBANA, IL

The most important moments of our lives, the ones we find ourselves yearning for just a moment longer in years later, are often filled with so many details that we want to remember, but tend to forget. Scheduling a Fresh 48 session means that even though those precious brand new details may fade from your memory as time wears on, they will be preserved for a lifetime via the photographs from your session. 

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HOME SWEET HOME | TRUMPOWER FAMILY | ONARGA, IL

There are many reasons I love photographing family’s in and around their homes. Your home is where the majority of your memories are made as a family, so why not make your photographic memories there too? As you can imagine, photo sessions with 3 young boys comes with it’s challenges, but because we were in their “safe place,” the boys were able to play and run around comfortably, which allowed me to get so many genuine smiles and expressions. Photographing this family in their natural habitat has created even more special memories for this family to treasure.

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A Conversation with Simple Cozy Charm | Cissna Park, IL

You know how you see homes in magazines or Pinterest that you wish you could just move in to? You might think to yourself, “No one really has a home like that, and if they do they don’t live in it.” Well let me tell you friends, not only is Martha’s home one of those picture perfect dwellings that you dream of having, she and her hubby Glenn, and their 3 beautiful daughters, plus their dog Wrigley all live and make memories in this beautiful home you are about to see.

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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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