Downtown Rockford Family Session {Rockford IL, Byron IL family photographer}

August 08, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

This was an amazing family session in the downtown Rockford area. We could not have asked for better weather and I could not have asked for a better family to photograph.  Throughout the last few years I have done photos for the Walden family and we did some at the studio, the park but this time around Heather wanted to try something a bit different.  She loved the idea of brick buildings, more urban setting and Rockford provides all of those plus some amazing murals that have been added the last couple years. Just a stroll down the street provides so many options. The amazing part is that we didn't have to deal with mosquitoes.  

We ended up having to reschedule our session from the week before due to festivites in honor of Fred VanVleet coming home to celebrate the Raptors championship. Such an amazing guy and a hometown pride and joy, even though he did put damper in our plans for the session. LOL. Well it worked out for the better, the day of our original session was really hot and humid and the day we rescheduled to turned out to be really beautiful, no humidity.  Blessing in disguise. 

I want to also say how wonderful Arch Apothecary was.  Since our session was in Rockford and Heather was coming from Byron, I had to find somewhere for her and Farrah to get their hair and make up done.  Usually I have my girls Connie from As U R studio or Karen from Make Up by Karenxo come to the studio or have clients go to them for make up but this time it made more sense to find somewhere downtown. I have seen Arch Apothecary from being downtown and when they used to be off Spring Creek but have never been. They were so accommodating and even suggested the reschedule due to the festivities. I met Heather and Farrah there while they were getting finished up and I was blown away but the high end feel and amazing space but more so the job the girls did with hair and make up. 

The boys met us downtown and we went from there. Well, I don't have to go into how the session went, just take a look at the amazing photos. 

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6 month milestone session {Lake in the Hills, Belvidere IL baby photographer}

August 08, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Next up on the blog is one of my favorite little cuties. I just love photographing this family from big brother Callum from the the time he was in mom's belly to now Mr. Wes doing the 1 st year plan with EJB.  They are like family.  I love that we incorporate Rhino (because dogs are part of the family too) in most of our sessions. He sure keeps the sessions fun.  

This time I met the family at a forest preserve/marsh area close to where they live. We did the session a bit earlier in the day to make sure kiddos were happy.  I was glad the rain held off that day but man was it a hot one. The 4pm sun in July, on a 90 degree day is no joke.  The one good thing about working earlier in the day was the fact that we didn't encounter too many bugs. Another thing I was glad about was that we started off away from the marsh area and got Rhino in some photos because as soon as we got close to the water he decided to go for a quick swim.  Well, who could blame him, it was hot but it also is a marsh so the water is covered with algae etc. 

All in all, the session was a bit of a workout and a hot one but it turned out really good.  I cannot wait for Wes' 1 year photos and then getting to design his album from the 1st year. He is growing so fast. 

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Elaina's monkey cake smash {Chicago IL, Belvidere IL 1 year old photographer}

August 07, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

It is the best feeling when your friends trust you to capture all the milestones for their babies. They are practically family and I love these guys and appreciate that they come from Chicago for their sessions. For Elaina's 1 year cake smash session, it was a family reunion with the whole Cunningham clan in tow.  She did amazing for her photos, maybe because she had everyone she loves there, cheering her on. All the girls in the family (and all cousins are girls) are so much fun and such cuties.  Courtney's favorite color is purple and each girl has a special animal that they get when they are born and Elaina's is monkey so we incorporated both of those in the cake smash and it turned out amazing.  One of my favorite set ups for sure. 

The other girls were not big fans of the cake smash part but Elaina wanted to outdo her sisters and had so much fun with it. I wish she dug in there a bit more, she was very gentle but it was a success. After the session and cake we finished the festivities with lunch at a favorite mexican restaurant, El Molcajete across the street from the studio.  I just love my job. 

Isn't this family gorgeous. I had a hard time narrowing down the pics so I am sharing almost all. 

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5 week old baby Jack {Rockford IL, Belvidere IL newborn photographer}

August 06, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Jack was a bit older than most babies I photograph as newborns.  Usually we aim for the session to happen around first 2 weeks of baby's life but sometimes that is not possible and that is perfectly ok. We don't always get the curled up, super sleepy poses with older newborns but Jack decided that he would prove me wrong and make me love the older newborn stage.  He slept the entire session. Was posable, sweet and a dream to photograph.  He was a bit more awake when he returned with dad and sisters for some family photos a couple weeks later but he fell asleep by the end of that portion as well. 

Not only was Jack's solo session a dream session but I must have hit the sibling jackpot lately as all of the siblings that came through the studio have been nothing short of amazing. Jack's older sisters Ila and Felicity have so much love for this little guy and were such amazing, sweet clients. Not to mention his parents, they are truly wonderful people and I could just sit and chat with them for hours.  Jack is such a lucky guy.  He is so loved and cherished. I hope to get to watch him grow up and see him again for some more milestone sessions. 

Enjoy some of my favorites from his session. 

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4 day old newborn girl, bright and airy {Rockford IL, Belvidere IL newborn photographer}

August 06, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

I am finishing up editing and placing orders for sessions I shot before I left for vacation.  Feels good to be delivering those sessions to the clients as I know they have been patiently waiting.  Elodie came to see me morning before I left for vacation.  We figured it would be best to get her in before I left as my schedule was quite busy afterwards.  It was a good idea. She was only 4 days old that day. Such a sweet little lady. I absolutely adore her family, they are the sweetest, most kind people and mom happens to be Polish so we have that in common. I met Paulina and Eric when big brother Knox was only 6 months old for his pictures. We have done a few sessions together over the years so of course I was over the moon when Paulina told me she was expecting. 

I just loved all the ideas Paulina shared with me for Elodie's session.  She wanted a bright, airy and pastel feel to the photos to go along with the nursery and summery feel since she is a summer baby. Little miss was curious about what was going on as we started with family photos. She was awake but content, I think she loved being swaddled so that helped.  She fell into a pretty deep sleep after that and let me pose her in all of the prop and poses that mom loved. Her gallery turned out amazing. Mom and dad had a hard time picking favorites. That's how I know I did my job ;)

Check out some of my favorites from Elodie's session.  I especially love the sibling shots. Knox is such an amazing and loving big brother. 

 

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