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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NEWBORN SESSION | BABY BOY | OWEN, 9 DAYS | CENTRAL ILLINOIS

 Newborn sessions should be all about baby with simple, timeless images that will always remind you how your baby slept with his hand by his mouth, or how tiny those little sweet features were. There is not much to say about it other than babies are beautiful just as they are!  I love to let the light and shadows tell a story that captures the innocence of your newborn child. 

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Personality Portrait Sessions | kDarling Photography | Fisher, IL

Creating timeless portraits of children, showing their true personalities has been the goal of kDarling Photography since the start.  The Personality Portraits sessions are a perfect way to capture your child or children in timeless photographs showcasing their unique personalities through black and white photography.

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Class of 2018 | Senior Session | Champaign County, IL

Now that school is in full swing, and the Class of 2018 is settling in to their senior year, it’s time to share some of my favorites of the Class of 2017!

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Where the Wild Things Are | First Birthday | Champaign County, IL

When Aiden's mom told me she was planning a "Where the Wild Things Are" themed birthday, I was SO excited.  This was one of my favorite books growing up!  We kept the props simple to keep the focus on the birthday boy!  He LOVED his cake from SugarShaper95, which fit into the theme perfectly with yummy buttercream frosting and an edible fondant crown on top.

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Suzy | Styled Maternity Session | Golden Hour | Champaign County

The glow of an expectant mother is only closely rivaled by the glow of the "golden hour sun."  They are both magical in their own special way.  One glows with the promise and hope of new life, and the other with the hope and promise of a beautiful evening and the promise and hope of a new day to come.

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Callen | Fresh 48 | Carle Hospital | Champaign, IL

When Kristin contacted me about photographing her newborn boy, Callen, I was so excited!  Newborn sessions are among my favorite, and Fresh 48 sessions in the hospital, are no exception.  Many times these sessions are taken to capture the first moments that older siblings meet their new baby brother or sister, and their reactions can be priceless!  Big sis Jocelyn had met her new brother the day before, but today she was getting to spend a bit more time with him during our session.  She was very curious about him, and understandably hesitant to share her mom.

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