Love + Light + Connections

My entire life I have been obsessed with beautiful light, romance of all sorts, and connections between families, couples and friends.  Some of my earliest memories involve the clicking of a shutter or the scratching of my pencil drawing on paper to preserve a moment.  Once a moment is gone, it's gone.

Or is it?

If the shutter clicks — at just the right time — the moment lives on.

Photos become treasures.  Think about it.  In an emergency, if you could save 1 thing (besides your family/pet), what would it be?  Your closet full of clothes?  No.  Your jewelry?  Possibly, but it is replaceable.  Your family photo albums?  Most likely, they're irreplaceable items that live on for generations.

How long is a newborn all sleepy and squishy?  How long until they start to hold their head up?  Smile?  Sit up or stand?  It truly goes by in the blink of an eye.

Newborn baby boy photographed in Champaign County
Newborn baby boy photographed in Champaign County

These are moments we treasure.  Moments we never, ever want to forget.

Baby girl in a floral crown and antique dress
Baby girl in a floral crown and antique dress

Chubby cheeks, long eyelashes, and sweet smiles.  We want to remember every detail.

One year old girl with a fun cake smash
One year old girl with a fun cake smash

Soon, they've been tiny humans for an entire year!  They're no longer "babies," now they're toddlers.  They've developed their own unique personalities.

Family photo session in Champaign County with antique tent.
Family photo session in Champaign County with antique tent.

What an honor it is, as a photographer, watch these little darlings grow!  Year after year I am blessed to photograph many of the same families for updated family photos and meet new ones.  To hear the love an laughter between a mother and her babies.  To see a dad beam with pride.  This is what makes me fall in love with my job over and over.

Senior prom photo shoot, beautiful couple
Senior prom photo shoot, beautiful couple

Having the privilege to photograph them on their way to the senior prom.

High school senior girl, early spring flowers in the woods
High school senior girl, early spring flowers in the woods

To get to meet such wonderful high school seniors as they embark on their lives as young adults.   I adore getting to know each and every senior I photograph.  It amazes me how strong and self-confident they are.  They know what they want for their future, and are not afraid to go for it!

Engaged couples, weddings, and love during the golden hour photo session
Engaged couples, weddings, and love during the golden hour photo session

Ahh...romance!  Without it, there wouldn't be babies and toddlers and seniors - Oh My!  Capturing love with Sweet Darling Weddings and my "partner in clicks" Heather is truly such a honor.  Let's face it, these blushing brides have been dreaming of their weddings since they were little girls, and preserving their memories for a lifetime is an awesome responsibility we don't take lightly - although we do have tons of fun doing it!

Early spring maternity session pregnant with baby girl
Early spring maternity session pregnant with baby girl

First comes love, then comes marriage - and more little darlings for me to photograph!

Until next time darlings - love, Kristin