Posts in Photography
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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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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