EJB Photography: Blog https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog en-us (C) EJB Photography (EJB Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:37:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:37:00 GMT https://www.ejbphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u647286904-o303518408-50.jpg EJB Photography: Blog https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog 82 120 Downtown Rockford Family Session {Rockford IL, Byron IL family photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/downtown-rockford-family-session-rockford-il-byron-il-family-photographer 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} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/6-month-milestone-session-lake-in-the-hills-belvidere-il-baby-photographer 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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(EJB Photography) 6 month old baby Belvidere child family IL Lake in the hills milestone on location photography outdoor photography photographer https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/6-month-milestone-session-lake-in-the-hills-belvidere-il-baby-photographer Thu, 08 Aug 2019 19:01:42 GMT
Elaina's monkey cake smash {Chicago IL, Belvidere IL 1 year old photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/elainas-monkey-cake-smash-chicago-il-belvidere-il-1-year-old-photographer 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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(EJB Photography) 1 year baby baby girl Belvidere cake smash Chicago child downtown family IL milestone monkey on location photography outdoor photographer purple https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/elainas-monkey-cake-smash-chicago-il-belvidere-il-1-year-old-photographer Wed, 07 Aug 2019 22:49:05 GMT
5 week old baby Jack {Rockford IL, Belvidere IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/5-week-old-baby-jack-rockford-il-belvidere-il-newborn-photographer 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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(EJB Photography) baby basket Belvidere bowl brown family froggy pose gray green IL little bed newborn newborn boy photographer photography photography props Rockford siblings studio sweet teal https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/5-week-old-baby-jack-rockford-il-belvidere-il-newborn-photographer Tue, 06 Aug 2019 19:38:19 GMT
4 day old newborn girl, bright and airy {Rockford IL, Belvidere IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/4-day-old-newborn-girl-bright-and-airy-rockford-il-belvidere-il-newborn-photographer 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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1 year Luau session {Roscoe IL, Belvidere IL baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/1-year-luau-session-roscoe-il-belvidere-il-baby-photographer How adorable is Ms. Emmi.  I photographed her as a newborn and loved her session so much, so when her momma reached out to me to book a 1 year session with a cake smash at my Belvidere IL studio I was beyond excited.  I love return clients, it is such a wonderful feeling and honor to get to capture multiple milestones for families. What made it even more exciting for me is the Luau themed cake smash mom wanted for Emmi's 1 year photos. Such a fun theme. 

All the excitement and fun did not end with planning the session. During the session, we had loads of fun.  I loved seeing how much she has grown and her personality was shining through the entire session.  This girl is so adorable and full of personality.  All of her expressions just kept me smiling the entire time.  She loved the cake smash part of the session and the bath after as well. I mean, foot in the cake, splashing the whole 9.  

Check out some of my and her mom's favorites from the session.  These colors are so much fun. 

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5 week old Klaira {Rochelle IL, Belvidere IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/5-week-old-klaira-rochelle-il-belvidere-il-newborn-photographer Gosh, this family and their newest addition, are beyond amazing.  I first met Heidi, Klaira's grandma a while back through a networking connection.  Heidi is a State farm agent in Belvidere and just opened up her office here.  We started chatting about insurance and feel like we clicked on a personal level as well.  I did a quick headshot for Heidi a while back but since her son and his brand new family of 3 were moving back to Illinois from AZ, Heidi wanted to schedule a session for her grand baby.  Of course, I was beyond excited. Sometimes when the babies are a bit older it is harder to get them to pose and settle in but Klaira was the perfect model for us. She slept the entire time, let me pose her and change her little outfits multiple times without so much as a peep. 

I could not be happier to include a few shots with grandparents and also Heidi's other sons.  It was totally unplanned but I know they are glad they got in a few as well. Mr. Klaira's album from this session is going to be that much more special because it includes her extended family as well. She is so loved and is part of a very close knit family.  I just loved their dynamic and am so proud to at least have them be part of my EJB Photography family. I cannot wait to watch Ms. Klaira grow and hopefully document more of her milestones  

Check out the amazing shots from her session and that hair on her.  I could have died when I saw it.  She is literally like a baby doll. 

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(EJB Photography) baby Belvidere family floral girl grandparents Illinois newborn photo photography pink props Rochelle session studio uncles https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/5-week-old-klaira-rochelle-il-belvidere-il-newborn-photographer Thu, 01 Aug 2019 17:46:00 GMT
Meet baby Beckham, {Huntley IL, Belvidere IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/8/meet-baby-beckham-huntley-il-belvidere-il-newborn-photographer I met Beckham's mom and grandma a few months back when they came in for an in person consultation to find out about my services.  A few of Jessica's colleagues are my clients and friends so she already knew my work.  The consultation was so perfect.  I got to know a bit about Jessica and what she envisioned for her session and she got chance to meet me and check out the studio.  I feel that is very important to do when choosing a newborn photographer. You want to make sure you are choosing someone based on the work they can produce but also to make sure that your newborn photography experience will be safe for baby, enjoyable for you and that you will be a good fit for each other.  Jessica and her mom are the sweetest people you will ever meet so I knew right they were my kind of people and needed to be a part of the EJB Family. 

This feeling was only confirmed when I met baby Jack and Jessica's husband Ryan.  Ryan was involved in the shoot, watched while I worked my magic and reported back to Jessica on what was going on. I love when dads enjoy the experience as well. He is such an amazing guy, husband and dad.  Jessica was getting pampered in the other room getting her hair and make up done by the wonderful Connie from As U R studio. So far, I have found that new mommas enjoy getting that little break and the best part is that when they see the photos, they are a total surprise. 

Few days after the session Jessica, Ryan and Jessica's mom returned to my downtown Belvidere newborn studio to view the gallery. This is the best moment not only for parents and grandparents but for me as well. It really brings it home why I do what I do, watching parents see the photos and cry if I'm lucky :).  This is what having professional photos is all about, it is about the experience before, during and after the session but also the memories of this beautiful new baby captured forever. They will only get more valuable with time and become priceless. Jessica and Ryan chose a gorgeous album, hand made in Italy as well as a brand new announcement photo block I offer with their favorite photo fo Beckham and his name/date of birth and weight. I cannot wait til those come in and get displayed in their home. 

I loved the fact we were able to include Ryan and Jessica's 1st baby Cali in some photos as well. 

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3 year old outdoor session {Pecatonica IL Photographer, Belvidere IL Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/7/3-year-old-outdoor-session-pecatonica-il-photographer-belvidere-il-photographer This was such a fun session.  All my summer outdoor sessions downtown Belvidere have been filled with so much adventure and playtime that they don't even feel like photo sessions. When it comes to photographing 2 or 3 year olds, you better believe it needs to be fun, otherwise they want nothing to do with the camera. As we walked through downtown Belvidere, we stopped along the way to take some pictures and Hunter was having a blast which resulted in some adorable smiles. 

The second part of our session, we headed off to the fire station #1 just down the street from the studio.  Hunter's mom and I discussed including these photos in the session as his 3rd birthday party was fire truck/fireman themed. Big thanks to my husband for arranging the photos at the station for me with fire chief Al and and Captain Burdick.  We were originally going to do a couple photos in front of the truck but the fireman at firehouse #1 were beyond amazing with Hunter and let him sit in the truck and gave him a fire hat as well.  This little guy is obsessed with fire trucks so can you imagine his smiles and amazement when we got to the station.  It made my day to see him so happy.  He was all about the truck and sitting in it, we know that was the highlight for him and we could have finished the session right there.  Biggest thank you to firehouse #1 and the fireman that made this day so special for Hunter. 

But that is not all, we went over to the amazing Sips and Sprinkles and had some ice cream to finish off our time together. This was really the only way we could get Hunter on board for some more pictures as nothing could top the fire truck. Here are some highlights from his session. 

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(EJB Photography) 3 year old Belvidere Belvidere fire department downtown family fire truck Pecatonica photography https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/7/3-year-old-outdoor-session-pecatonica-il-photographer-belvidere-il-photographer Tue, 30 Jul 2019 15:08:08 GMT
Love you to the moon and back 1st Birthday {Winnebago IL baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/love-you-to-the-moon-and-back-1st-birthday-winnebago-il-baby-photographer I cannot believe these cuties are almost 1 already.  This year has flown by.  We started off this theme during their newborn session with both of them laying on the moon you see in the cake photos, we then carried it into their sitter session with each one of them sitting on the moon and now we finished off their 1st year with a cake smash feature the moon. 

These 2 were a hoot. As you can imagine, babies at that age are usually on the move and it is hard with 1 but 2 presents a whole new challenge. I had an assistant Mariah and the twins mom and their big sister all helping out to make this session a success. It takes a village, am I right? It was so worth it and all of us covered in cake by the end of it. I love this theme so much. Love how my 2nd set of balloon garland came together even though this one did prove to be a bit more challenging. Both Beckham and Bentlee loved the lemons and were just chewing on them throughout that set and didn't really make faces. I love how this set came about too.  I guess it pays off being friends with your clients on FB because their momma posted a picture of the lemon dresses the girls received from grandma.  They are from Italy and are the cutest ever.  I didn't know if mom planned on bringing them to the session or not but I had to message her to make sure we do some photos with those dresses.  The little outfit Beckham is wearing is from my studio closet and went so good with the dresses.  

My studio has a great variety of outfits for babies of all ages and even some kids clothes and well as gowns for moms so clients don't really need to bring much with them when they come for the milestone sessions but I do love incorporating meaningful items and special outfits in the photos too. 

These 2 loved the cake. They were all about smashing it and eating the frosting and getting messy.  I just love a good cake smash because honestly, most times the behind the scenes is not as it seems in the photos. Most babies are not fans of getting dirty or the texture of the frosting but we make it work.  These two required no help with the cake part.  So much fun.  I hope I get to watch them grow over the years and document many more milestones. 

 

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(EJB Photography) 1st birthday baby balloon birthday cake smash garland lemon love you to the moon and back milestone moon photography Rockford Winnebago https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/love-you-to-the-moon-and-back-1st-birthday-winnebago-il-baby-photographer Mon, 24 Jun 2019 22:01:33 GMT
Family and milestone Photography {Rockford IL family photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/family-and-milestone-photography-rockford-il-family-photographer I know I am doing a lot of blog posts today but finally coming off a super busy few weeks and I have time to catch up on blogging and sharing what I have been shooting lately. This spring/summer has been quite different this year.  My sessions go in spurts.  I will have a full week of sessions for a week or 2 and then nothing for the next. I am glad because it does give me time to meet with my clients, help them choose their products to show off those amazing photos and edit. 

The Kellenberger family is one of my loyal return clients that I love seeing each year.  Sometimes even a couple times per year. Mom always coordinates the outfits so perfectly without being too matchy. Speaking from experience I think it is easier to dress families with girls than boys.  Especially if you want variety. There are tons of cute outfits for boys and men but it becomes a challenge to try to pick something different each time. This momma rocks it though. Not only are they stylish, they are so much fun to work with. Including this last session.  Chance is a typical boy that wants to have fun and not necessarily take a ton of pictures and usually he makes me and his parents work smiles and we do a lot of chasing but this year, he gave us lots of smiles and made the session really easy.  We did throw in a bit of time on the playground which made for some fun photos and this year, unlike in the past we did more of an urban feel to the rest of the session which worked out great.  As from my earlier blogs, you can already figure the mosquitoes are pretty bad this year and keeping out of parks and tall grasses worked out wonderful. We had no mosquitoes.  We walked around downtown Belvidere and used the amazing brick buildings and soft light that was created by the buildings diffusing the bright sun. 

We headed off to the playground where Chance got a chance to burn some energy and from there we finished the session off with some delicious ice cream from Sips and Sprinkles, the fairly new Ice Cream place in Belvidere. I enjoy taking my family there and since it is down the street from the studio, I have been taking advantage of taking clients there which gives me an opportunity to introduce them to the new place and support local businesses as well as add on to the client gallery with fun photos. Plus the kiddos enjoy it and it gives me brownie points for next time.  Check out this fun session.

 

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(EJB Photography) 4 year old session Belvidere family fun Illinois northern outdoor photography photography Rockford session summer https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/family-and-milestone-photography-rockford-il-family-photographer Mon, 24 Jun 2019 19:21:54 GMT
Floral Pink 1st Birthday {Rockford IL cake smash photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/floral-pink-1st-birthday-rockford-il-cake-smash-photographer It is such a compliment when clients are referred to me by other clients or even someone who has not been a client.  Galilea's mom contacted me after she was referred by a wonderful make up artist I use for momma's for sessions, Karen.  We scheduled the session and I was so excited to start getting everything planned and prepared.  Galilea's cake smash set up started my obsession with balloon garlands after finding a super easy way to string them together. 

When session day came, I was so excited to meet this little lady and the rest of the family.  You guys, when I saw her and her siblings, I was even more excited.  How adorable are these kiddos? Ms. Galilea was a typical 1 year old that was interested in everything but the set up we had for her. she wanted to explore the studio and play and run.  She didn't really have a photo session in her plans. We used bribery and got some sweet, sweet pictures of family and her by herself but since mom wanted some outdoor photos as well we decided to finish the session up another day with some more sibling photos. 

I had such a hard time narrowing this session down as far as what to present to mom to choose her favorites.  Even though Ms. Galilea made us work for every photo and mosquitoes were beyond horrible outdoors (even with a  can of fogger), we managed to get such a full gallery of wonderful photos. My and mom's favorite was at the little surprised face she made throughout the session.  It was so cute. Here are some of my favorites. 

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(EJB Photography) 1st birthday aqua baby girl balloon beautiful cake smash floral flowers garland gold photography pink Rockford siblings https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/floral-pink-1st-birthday-rockford-il-cake-smash-photographer Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:44:58 GMT
Mr. Onederful Cake Smash {Belvidere IL birthday photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/mr-onederful-cake-smash-belvidere-il-birthday-photographer Can I just say I love, love, love this session. Henry was a teeny tiny little guy a year ago for his newborn session and now has grown to be the most adorable, flirtatious little guy. We had so much fun at his session.  I had a friends daughter help out during the session and Henry just adored her. It was hard to get a non smiling photo of him. Well except for the cake part, he wasn't a fan of getting dirty but everything else, he loved including the bath afterwards.  I love my new baby clawfoot tub for splash after the smash :) It came from Oz Backdrops and Props and it so well made and perfect size.  Henry approved of the tub for sure.

I love the theme and mom's vision for the cake smash. I think the little gentleman theme really fit him well. I think part of why I loved the session so much is because he reminded me of how my boys used to be at that age.  Always happy and smiley and such little flirts.  

Mom chose the new luxe acrylic cover album from his session and I think it will be amazing.  Cannot wait to order it. If you have come to the studio and looked through my samples, he is the little guy on my heirloom album.  Here are just a few pictures from his session.  

 

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(EJB Photography) 1st birthday boy outfits cake smash classy little man mr onederful photography photoshoot Rockford studio vintage https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/mr-onederful-cake-smash-belvidere-il-birthday-photographer Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:28:55 GMT
Spring Orchard Session {Roscoe IL child photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/spring-orchard-session-roscoe-il-child-photographer This little lady is just amazing to photograph.  The 1st time I photographed her was for her 2 year old milestone and she was super shy but was probably the easiest 2 year session I have ever photographed.  She took direction, posed and gave me so many amazing smiles. Part of the reason why I don't like to do back to back sessions is because some kids take a bit to warm up.  If we just jumped in and rushed the session we might have missed out on amazing smiles and connection between them and the camera.  I try to build relationships with kids so that way they don't view the session as something forced but something they look forward to each time they come in.  I want them to be comfortable.  Ms. Ellyn is definitely on the shy side but over the couple years she has become very comfortable with me and has that smile from the time we meet til she leaves.  At this orchard session, she rocked it the entire time despite the mosquitoes and gnats swarming us and best of all, I got a hug at the end as well. Here are some of my favorites from her session. I love watching her grow. 

 

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(EJB Photography) Cherry Valley child outdoor photography photo photographer pink dress Rockford Roscoe session Valley Orchard https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/spring-orchard-session-roscoe-il-child-photographer Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:13:26 GMT
Roscoe Family Annual Photos {Roscoe IL family photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/roscoe-family-annual-photos-roscoe-il-family-photographer I have been photographing this family since 2014 since Luca was a newborn. The time I spend with them for each session is just amazing and I anticipate their session each year. The sessions are basically just a play date with friends and not sessions anymore. Abbie has some amazing ideas and I love when she comes up with new stuff each year to document the kiddos growing. We always incorporate family portraits and parents with kids, kids alone and together and things that the kids are interested in or sports they are playing.  I love it because I can go back and look at every session and see their growth, and if it gets me excited I know parents love to look back on the photos see how much they have changed. That is one thing we don't always notice on a daily basis, we know our kids are getting older, growing but any time I pull out old photos or albums and look at my kids I am amazed and a bit sentimental each time. 

Ms. Brynn is my little muse.  I just love this age but she has always been a great model for me.  Her beauty shines through all the photos and love that mom wanted to recreate a recent photos by another photographer showing the strength and flexibility of girls. They can be cute and princess like and also tough and loves sports and getting the job done. Brynn is the sweetest little girl and even though her and Luca bicker I see how much she loves her brother.  It was more evident during the reveal appointment when she would oooh and ahh over her brothers photos and expressions. 

Luca, oh Luca.  This kid has my heart because he reminds me of my boys.  He is cute as they come and a has a personality like no other.  He is mischievous but so sweet at the same time. I know kids that age or with that type of personality can challenge parents and photographers but since I don't put time limits on my sessions we let him get his energy out, let him be silly and also manage to get those adorable pictures and in the meantime capturing every aspect of his personality.  Luca loves to put on a show and is the most charming little man.  

I am so blessed to have families that return each year (or even multiple times per year) and have me capture those memories for them. I am such a sap when it comes to looking through photographs that I am sure years down the road I will be sitting there crying seeing my clients all grown up as if they are my own children. I know some people put more value on pictures than others but the Rotellos are my kind of people, they value photography and understand what those memories mean. The value of them increases with years and will be priceless years in the future.  I challenge all of you to take as many photos as you can, print them, make albums, create memories and capture them.  I love to be the one to capture your family in a professional way and allow both parents to be in the picture.  I know with technology and cell phones all of us take thousands of pictures but unless they are printed and displayed, they don't mean as much and will most likely not be around or easily found.  I think the art of professional portraits is still as important as ever even if it is once a year/every few years or only the most important milestones.  There is just something about getting dressed up and looking your best, even if it is for a few photos that will look amazing on your wall.  Plus letting me, the photographer do hard work of getting them captured, culling them down to choose the good ones, printing your favorites for you, it all saves you time.  That is an expense worth investing in.  Check out some of my favorites from the Rotello Family session. 

 

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(EJB Photography) child family photographer on location photography outdoor photography Rockford Roscoe https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/roscoe-family-annual-photos-roscoe-il-family-photographer Sat, 15 Jun 2019 19:32:31 GMT
Best Friends in the Orchard {Rockford IL, Loves Park IL lifestyle photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/best-friends-in-the-orchard-rockford-il-loves-park-il-lifestyle-photographer Most of you know me for my newborn and maybe family photography but this session was a bit outside of my norm and I loved it. Like truly, loved, loved hanging out with these girls.  You see Charisa has been coming to me for the past 2 years for sessions for her and her little guy.  I loved watching him grow from a tiny newborn to the latest session a couple months back for his 2 year photos and mommy and me photos. I had the pleasure of meeting Ana during the last session reveal.  She came along to help Charisa pick her favorite photos.  I really saw the bond those 2 have at that moment.  When a girl dreams of having a best friend. This is the relationship she dreams of. They are the perfect pair. 

When I announced a few spots for orchard sessions in my VIP group on Facebook, Charisa wanted a session but was not really sure if she would like to do another mommy and me since we just did one recently.  She let me know she would love to surprise Ana with a bestie session. I loved the idea and so we met at the orchard on a beautiful Thursday afternoon.  When they arrived, Ana still had no clue what was going on until she saw me coming down the path with my camera in tow. She was tired but excited about the idea.  We had a great time being silly, sweet and trying to figure out best poses to not look too much like a couple but really show their love for each other as friends. I think we nailed it. I left the session feeling excited and my face was still sore from all the laughing. 

I posted one sneak peek for them on FB and instagram but I like to keep the photos private until the clients can see them at the reveal session for the most impact.  Well, with busy schedules, the reveal didn't happen for another couple weeks so I know they were really anxious to see the photos.  I always put out kleenex on the table during the reveals because it can get emotional.  To be honest, I have had moms come near crying watching their babies but when I saw these 2 cry, my eyes watered and the whole experience was just amazing and solidified to me that what I do matters and what photographs mean. I honestly hope that the albums they are getting will be the thing they can always look at when they are feeling down and remember what amazing friendship they have.

 I did not think ahead and get wine for the reveal because that would have made it all the better. Honestly, I am never sure if that is a good idea but Ana and Charisa assured me that would have been the perfect choice. Noted for next time girls. Ok, I could keep going on and on but here some of their photos from the session. 

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(EJB Photography) lifestyle photography best friends photos loves park photo session rockford orchard photography valley orchard in Cherry Valley IL https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/6/best-friends-in-the-orchard-rockford-il-loves-park-il-lifestyle-photographer Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:21:08 GMT
Exciting New Things for 2019 {Belvidere IL, Rockford IL, Chicago IL Newborn Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/1/exciting-new-things-for-2019-belvidere-il-rockford-il-chicago-il-photographer Boy oh boy, how have I slacked on blogging.  You see, being a newborn, family, child or any other photographer is more about clicking the shutter and sending out images.  First, there are long hours spent on educating myself to know how to achieve amazing images under any circumstance. You might think, well, you have been in the photography business for about 7 years now so you should have all of that down.  And I do, for most part as far as technical aspects but there is always room to learn new techniques to be able to capture my clients in the best possible way, then there is finding your unique style and technique of editing photos.  I consider myself a fine art photographer, which means my editing is far more time consuming and requires a more in depth knowledge of editing techniques.  While, this might not be what every family is looking for, the families that choose me, come to me because they have fallen in love with my artistry.  I want to be able to provide my clients with a luxury experience that they are not able to find anywhere else or be able to produce themselves.  So I invest lots of time and money into keeping myself educated. Safety while photographing babies is of upmost importance to me so I am sure to invest time into researching best ways to keep babies safe. 

 

All of the points above lead me to my exciting news.  Being a legitimate photography business, I have decided I need to have a store front to best serve my clients.  So the big news is that I will be moving into a downtown Belvidere photography studio, hopefully in the next month or so. Also, I want to be able to provide my clients with a guided experience from start to finish.  I want each client to feel confident they chose the right photographer for their needs, feel like they have me on their side to make the right decisions and that I will ensure you love your images and get them printed and displayed in your home as wall art, in an heirloom album or a keepsake box.  I decided to offer only top of the line products that are made with archival quality paper, ink and are preserved to last a lifetime.  I no longer want to choose the images for you, hand you a sign in to an online gallery and leave you wondering what to do with those photos besides sharing on social media (you will also be able to get digital images to share on social media, I understand the need for it :).  I want your children to feel seen and loved by being able to see themselves and your family displayed as art on your walls, albums they will be able to look through far longer than any social media will be around.  I love social media just like the next person but that is not the main goal of my business. I want clients to book me for my expertise in selecting the best products around for what they are envisioning for their house and how they want their children and future generations to remember them. 

 

I understand I might not be a photographer for every person out there and there are plenty of wonderful photographers in our area to fit everyone's needs and budget.  For all clients who value quality and attention to detail, I am the girl for you.  It is an investment but this investment will only get more valuable as the time passes.  How many of us go out and don't blink an eye when spending thousands on TV's, furniture or other items that will only last for a few years before having to be replaced.  I want to focus on making sure that your memories last forever and you are able to display them in your home instead of generic art. 

 

Follow me on Facebook or Instagram to see the progress on the studio and to see my latest work. Here are some photos of the wonderful quality products I offer but nothing replaces the feel and seeing them in person.  If you are looking for maternity, newborn, milestone, baby's 1st year, family, high school senior, or fine art portrait photographer for yourself, please contact me to find out if I am the right fit for you.   Heirloom Products Heirloom Products Heirloom Products Heirloom Products Heirloom Products Heirloom Products

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(EJB Photography) acrylic Arlington art baby baby photographers Belvidere belvidere il photographers best newborn photographer best photographers best photographers near me canvas chicago il photographers child Dekalb Estates family family photographers family photographers belvidere family photographers rockford Grove Heights Hoffman Huntley Illinois Janesville Loves Machesney near me newborn newborn photographers north suburbs northwest suburbs on location photography outdoor photography Park Pecatonica photography photography studio picture frame pictures Pingree quality Rockford rockford IL photographers Rockton Roscoe Schaumburg South Beloit WI stateline Wisconsin https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2019/1/exciting-new-things-for-2019-belvidere-il-rockford-il-chicago-il-photographer Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:56:46 GMT
Coral and Mint cake smash for Ms. S {Marengo IL 1st year photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/coral-and-mint-cake-smash-for-ms-s-marengo-il-1st-year-photographer Little Ms. S is growing up so fast.  I met her and her parents last fall for some outdoor pictures and she wasn't sitting up just yet.  She is now 1 and oh so beautiful.  She kept us smiling the whole session with her expressions and her favorite new words "what" and "this".  She was pretty serious for her session but did give us some smiles prior to the cake.  Once the cake came out, she was all business. She ate a bit of it but really enjoyed picking it up and smashing it.  She was the last of my 3 girl cake smashes last week and she definitely didn't disappoint.  All the cake smashes were so much fun.  S did enjoy the cake though, she even had some while in the little wash bin cleaning up, she reached over and grabbed a handful of it.  Now that's the life. Eating cake while taking a bath.  LOL. 

 

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(EJB Photography) baby child feathers cake smash flower girl one https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/coral-and-mint-cake-smash-for-ms-s-marengo-il-1st-year-photographer Tue, 23 May 2017 18:47:19 GMT
Ms. G's unicorn cake smash {Elgin IL 1st year baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/ms-gs-unicorn-cake-smash-elgin-il-1st-year-baby-photographer Ms. G was so much fun during her session.  She is so adorable and has the cutest little voice.  She kept saying "hi" to us the whole time.  As any model she needed a break in the middle of the session and she was ready to go again after she had a little snack.  I just love the unicorn theme of her smash and was super excited about this session ever since her momma scheduled it.  And seriously, how lucky did she get to have 2 awesome unicorn cakes.  I guess it's a good thing she liked the cake lol.  Her dad put on some mickey mouse clubhouse songs and she had her own little party at the studio.  I tell you, the "Hot Dog" song does it every time.  Babies love it.  She also had lots of fun with the bath afterwards.  Enjoy some previews from her session. 

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl child flowers gold sparkly dress pink unicorn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/ms-gs-unicorn-cake-smash-elgin-il-1st-year-baby-photographer Sat, 20 May 2017 00:23:53 GMT
Floral cake smash {Northbrook IL 1 year old photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/floral-cake-smash-northbrook-il-1-year-old-photographer The set up for Ms. L's cake smash turned out really beautiful.  She is such a pretty little girl but like many other 1 year olds really fast and likes to be on the move.  L gave her momma a work out during the session. It was so worth it though, we ended up with a beautiful gallery.  I really should add that to my emails to parents because 1 year sessions really can be a workout for the parents, especially for babies that are walking or crawling really fast. LOL.  L also has so much personality, she was such a blast during the session.  Her happy mood and adorable smile made my job easy.  So happy her momma came all the way from Northbrook for a session with EJB.  Thank you so much for trusting me to capture those memories for you. 

 

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Little stud muffin {Arlington Heights IL baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/little-stud-muffin-arlington-heights-il-baby-photographer Mr. H was a cutie pie when he was a newborn but oh my how adorable is he now.  I just love all of his rolls and those dimples are to die for.  He also has so much personality and just loved getting his pictures taken.  I am still smiling thinking about his sitter session.  Mom brought the cutest outfits too.  There are so many choices for little girls but for boys I really love the preppy look outfits and the timeless bare booty ones to remember all these rolls when they are still so cute.  Enjoy some of my favorites from H's session and try not to get baby fever.  

 

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(EJB Photography) adorable baby child dimples preppy sitter studio https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/little-stud-muffin-arlington-heights-il-baby-photographer Thu, 18 May 2017 16:58:46 GMT
Baby girl C {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/baby-girl-c-rockford-il-newborn-photographer What an amazing family.  So happy I got to meet them and honored to capture their precious little bundle of joy.  Before they know she will be heading off to collage.  Speaking from experience here so that is why I love that I am able to help families preserve these precious moments.  She was such a sweetie for her session and we got so many cute set ups.  Enjoy some of my favorites from C's session.  Welcome to the world baby girl.

 

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl family newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/baby-girl-c-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Tue, 16 May 2017 23:32:31 GMT
And then there were 3 {Freeport IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/and-then-there-were-3-byron-il-newborn-photographer This special little boy is so loved by his parents.  You can just feel the love when you are around them.  I loved their maternity session honoring the fact that he is a rainbow baby.  For those of you not familiar with the term: A "rainbow baby" is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth.In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.
The storm (pregnancy loss) has already happened and nothing can change that experience. Storm-clouds might still be overhead as the family continue to cope with the loss, but something colourful and bright has emerged from the darkness and misery. We decided to also add a rainbow set up to T's session.  I was so smitten with this little boy as soon as mom brought him in.  He is a little peanut but he is so sweet and of course, that hair.  There is just something about babies with full head of hair.  He was a superstar for his session.  We were able to do so many different set ups and he did not mind one bit.  I am so honored that his parents chose me to document this wonderful and special time in their lives.  Babies change so fast and I know his mom and dad will treasure these photos forever. Welcome to the world baby T. 

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(EJB Photography) adorable baby boy child family newborn newborn boy rainbow rainbow baby https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/and-then-there-were-3-byron-il-newborn-photographer Tue, 16 May 2017 17:04:43 GMT
Spring family session {Belvidere IL family photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/spring-family-session-belvidere-il-family-photographer Love photographing this family.  I met them for the first time when little Ms. A was still in momma's belly. Time sure flies.  A is now 2 and is as cute as can be and was so much fun.  We started off with some posed photos and in the middle of the session decided to get some playful images since A and D were up for some dancing photos.  Love that we got big sisters playing ring around the rosey with them for a few as well.  Since it was a bit chilly, it helped that everyone was so cooperative, we finished the session in under an hour.  I had to finish the session with a family silhouette pictures.  I just love those.  Ms. A wanted to hold big sisters hand instead of mom and dad.  LOL.  

 

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(EJB Photography) blooms family on location photography outdoor photography spring https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/spring-family-session-belvidere-il-family-photographer Thu, 11 May 2017 18:46:58 GMT
Mr. A 3 month session {Streamwood IL baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/mr-a-3-month-session-streamwood-il-baby-photographer I just love all my returning clients.  I can't believe it has been 5 years since I began photographing this family.  Their oldest S was only 3 months back then and I have photographed middle sister G and now getting to watch Mr. A grow throughout his 1st year.  So honored their parents choose me to capture all of those memories for them.  We included some Cubs pictures in A's 3 month session as we did for his newborn session and he was the happiest in that set up.  Definitely a tiny Cubs fan already :)  He did really good for his session.  It was nice and quick since he did let us know about 30 minutes in he was pretty much done LOL.  How about those baby blues.  He is adorable.

 

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(EJB Photography) Cubs baby blue child https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/mr-a-3-month-session-streamwood-il-baby-photographer Tue, 09 May 2017 20:08:59 GMT
Ms. C's Wild One themed cake smash {Rockford IL child photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/ms-cs-wild-one-themed-cake-smash-rockford-il-child-photographer This session was so much fun.  I am so happy to have met this little lady and her parents.  Ms. C has so much personality already at 1 she will be such a firecracker when she grows up.  Her parents are some of the sweetest people I have met.  I hope they enjoyed the workout that came with the session as C is really fast.  She's not a fan of hats or headbands so we had to work hard to distract her to keep things on her head.  I love that mom brought along a traditional Korean hanbok.  I love including meaningful items into the session.  The headpiece is really gorgeous but we were only able to get a quick photo in it.  The cake smash theme was one of my favorite themes to design for a session.  Love how it turned out and C loved the cake.  

 

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(EJB Photography) 1 year session baby cake smash child flowers hanbok pink wild one https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/ms-cs-wild-one-themed-cake-smash-rockford-il-child-photographer Tue, 09 May 2017 17:49:02 GMT
M family welcomes baby boy C {Roscoe IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/m-family-welcomes-baby-boy-c-roscoe-il-newborn-photographer It was such a pleasure meeting this family last week and capturing some wonderful memories for them.  Mr. C was such a laid back, sweet little guy.  It was truly a dream session. Big sisters love him so much already.  I was so happy to include a few requested shots mom wanted to accomplish that were special to the family.  C was more than happy to oblige as well.  He is a little model in the making.  I just love my job and meeting these wonderful babies and their families. Little bit of an overshare again because I have a hard time to narrowing what I want to share with you guys.  

 

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(EJB Photography) adorable baby baseball family gray navy newborn siblings spoken stars https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/m-family-welcomes-baby-boy-c-roscoe-il-newborn-photographer Tue, 09 May 2017 17:46:23 GMT
Smiley newborn Ms. M {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/smiley-newborn-ms-m-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Ms. M was in for her newborn session last week and boy was she a dream baby.  Not only did she sleep the entire time, she really seemed to enjoy being a model.  She smiled so much, mostly when my camera was down but I was able to capture a few really good ones for her parents.  Such a beautiful little girl.  It was such a pleasure meeting her family as well.  Her big sister did such a wonderful job and is so in love with her baby sis already.  Her momma is a teacher and requested a desk set up and it turned out so cute.  I've had so many teacher parents lately, I try to do the set up a bit different for each baby.  Funny enough, this is the only set up she resisted a bit.  Here is an overshare of my favorites from the session, just because I couldn't narrow them down. 

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl child family newborn sisters https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/smiley-newborn-ms-m-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Wed, 03 May 2017 16:46:14 GMT
Orchard Family Session {Rockford IL family photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/orchard-family-session-rockford-il-family-photographer This session could not have fallen on a more perfect evening.  The day was a perfect spring, sunny warm day.  I think when we did the session it was still 70 degrees outside.  Fast forward a week and it has been nothing but rain an high of 47.  Oh how I miss this weather.  It also fell during the time that the orchard trees were blooming and I was lucky to be able to have permission to use it.  I was only able to do 2 sessions there before mother nature changed her plans but it was so worth it.  I also forgot how easy it was working with a 10 year old that is not mine ;)  I think girls generally are much better at getting their pictures taken anyway but having photographer's child syndrome makes it so hard to photograph my boys.  We were able to fly through the session with ease and head over to the park not to far from the orchard and get some silhouette photos as well.  The sky didn't disappoint either that evening.  Wish every day of the year was like this.  A photographer can dream, right?

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(EJB Photography) apple orchard in spring blooms family on location photography orchard outdoor photography spring family session https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/orchard-family-session-rockford-il-family-photographer Tue, 02 May 2017 20:57:53 GMT
Ms. R turns 1 {Roscoe IL family photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/ms-r-turns-1-roscoe-il-family-photographer We had such a beautiful day for this session and the blooms at the orchard were perfect to capture the spring feel.  Love the outfits momma picked out for the session and I was extra happy that Mr. G actually wanted to keep his hat on. Usually we have to beg lol.  I took a look back at Ms. R's newborn session and boy how have they grown in little over a year.  I was expecting to see Ms. R to grow and change a lot over the course of the year but Mr. G is such a big boy, he doesn't look like a toddler anymore. The session went great and both kiddos smiled and had fun.  

 

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(EJB Photography) blooms family on location photography orchard session outdoor photography spring photos https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/5/ms-r-turns-1-roscoe-il-family-photographer Tue, 02 May 2017 00:15:42 GMT
Little mermaid Ms. V {Richmond IL cake smash photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/little-mermaid-ms-v-richmond-il-cake-smash-photographer I am so happy I got to know this little miss and her family over this past year.  What a wonderful family and Ms. V and big brother B are just the sweetest.  For V's sitter session we did not get too many smiles but this time around we got plenty from both kids.  Well, until it came time for the cake and Ms. V got very upset about getting dirty.  She did not like it one bit.  I love the photos we got including the crying ones because that is just what happened and it will be so much fun mom and dad to look back on those and think back on that moment.  Take a look at the cutest little mermaid.

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(EJB Photography) https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/little-mermaid-ms-v-richmond-il-cake-smash-photographer Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:35:17 GMT
Rockstar Mr. R {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/rockstar-mr-r-rockford-il-newborn-photographer What an amazing, sleepy newborn session this was.  I have had some not so sleepy and feisty newborns lately so this little guy was a breeze.  He barely made a peep.  We fed him once in between set ups and he was just passed out the entire session.  We had a really fun session with him.  So many set ups, I really love the football and desk photos because those are special to his parents as his mom is a teacher and his dad a football coach. Plus using dad's high school football jerseys really made it personal.  I am so happy I got to meet Mr. R and his parents.  What a beautiful, sweet family of 3.  Hope to see them and work with them again in the future. 

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(EJB Photography) baby brown football green hockey newborn purple teal https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/rockstar-mr-r-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:32:43 GMT
4 week old Ms. E {Roscoe IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/4-week-old-ms-e-roscoe-il-newborn-photographer This little gorgeous baby girl came in to see me this Monday for her 1st photo session.  She was just over 4 weeks during our session so I didn't expect to get many or any sleepy or super posed shots but I promised mom we will still get a gallery full of beautiful photos.  E did an amazing job.  She didn't really sleep but for a few minutes here and there, she would wake when I moved her around.  We started with some family shots and she did awesome and I kept her nice and wrapped and kept shooting away.  She gave me the most adorable eye contact and would follow me with her head when I moved around her.  It was so sweet.  I adore the outtake photo where she stuck her tongue out at me.  She wanted to show me what she thought of this moving her around business. lol. She was pretty content and it probably best that we did the session now as mom told me the poor little lady had reflux issues and was not so happy when she was a week or two old.  Mom didn't have any expectations for the session, she just wanted sweet photos of the 3 of them as a family and of her new baby girl.  I absolutely love all the colors we used throughout the session, E's skin was so gorgeous and the dark hair definitely went well with bright colors.  I am so happy E's mom and dad are doing the 1 year package and I will get to watch this little lady grow.  

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl bright colors family green newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/4-week-old-ms-e-roscoe-il-newborn-photographer Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:31:03 GMT
Rainbow after the storm {Freeport IL maternity photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/rainbow-after-the-storm-freeport-il-maternity-photographer I am so excited for more and more mommas scheduling maternity sessions.  I love capturing the beauty of the pregnancy and the radiant, glowing mommas to be. Especially honored that J shared with me that her little guy will be a rainbow baby and wanted to incorporate this into the session.   A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.  I am in love with all of the images we captured during our session and so happy I got to meet J and K, they are such a sweet couple.  I cannot wait to meet their little man and capture some more wonderful memories for them.  

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(EJB Photography) field floral crown maternity navy maternity gown on location photography outdoor photography rainbow maternity photoshoot red barn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/rainbow-after-the-storm-freeport-il-maternity-photographer Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:06:22 GMT
Smiley Mr. I {Pingree Grove baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/smiley-mr-i-pingree-grove-baby-photographer I had so much fun today with Mr. I for his sitting milestone.  He was such a happy little guy. It helped that it is Good Friday and his siblings were home from school so they were able to come along to the session.  He sure loved to smile for them.  I feel accomplished today, it was a fairly slow week so I got all caught up on my editing so I was able to edit this session same day.  My hope is to stay under the 2 week mark for editing at all times.  Keeping my fingers crossed as the next few months are already pretty booked.  Check out those adorable baby blues and those 2 little teeth he already has on the bottom.  

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(EJB Photography) baby boy rustic vintage plane https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/smiley-mr-i-pingree-grove-baby-photographer Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:17:21 GMT
Downtown maternity session {Belvidere IL maternity photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/downtown-maternity-session-belvidere-il-maternity-photographer How adorable is this couple.  I had such a great time this past weekend capturing this wonderful time in their lives.  It was such a pleasure meeting them and spending time with them.  They are both so sweet and you can see the love they have for each other.  What a lucky little little guy it's going to be to have such amazing parents.  "A" contacted me a couple weeks ago to discuss the session details and I was so happy the weather cooperated for doing an outdoor shoot.  It was a bit windy but since she liked the brick and iron fence locations it helped quite a bit being in between buildings and I just love how these photos turned out.  The colors in their outfits matched the mural on one of the walls that I just had to get a pic on there too and I love color so it was right up my alley.  Here are some favorites from the session, there was quite a bit and I had a hard time narrowing down what to share. 

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(EJB Photography) maternity on location photography outdoor photography red brick urban maternity session https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/downtown-maternity-session-belvidere-il-maternity-photographer Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:33:45 GMT
Peter Rabbit Cake smash {Caledonia baby and family photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/peter-rabbit-cake-smash-caledonia-baby-and-family-photographer How fitting is this cake smash for this week, I loved how everything came together this session, the theme, the muted tones.  Just perfect spring session.   The cake was amazing, as usual. I never have to worry about how the cake will look, if all else fails the cake will always steal the show.  Mr. A is one already, agh, all these babes growing up so fast.  I just love seeing this little man in my studio.  He is so much fun, always has a big smile on his face that lights up the room.  He did amazing for his photos, we did have to move quickly from one set up to another as he started getting a bit frustrated with outfit changes but it was so easy to just get a few shots and move on.  Enjoy some of my favorites from the session.  

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(EJB Photography) cake smash child one year old cake smash one year old milestone peter rabbit spring cake smash https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/peter-rabbit-cake-smash-caledonia-baby-and-family-photographer Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:26:53 GMT
10 day old Ms. J {Sycamore IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/10-day-old-ms-j-sycamore-il-newborn-photographer I am so happy to have this little miss join my 1st year package club.  She is so adorable and even though she did not feel like sleeping during her session she stayed pretty content so we were able to get a lot of cute set ups with her anyway.  It was a pleasure meeting her parents and working with her adorable older siblings.  Enjoy some of her newborn session favorites and I cannot wait to watch her grow over this next year. 

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl family newborn siblings https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/10-day-old-ms-j-sycamore-il-newborn-photographer Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:33:05 GMT
"C" family welcomes a beautiful baby girl {Byron IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/-c-family-welcomes-a-beautiful-baby-girl-byron-il-newborn-photographer Little Ms. H was in my studio last week with her gorgeous family.  Seriously, they should be on a cover of a magazine.  Big sister E has so much personality and kept us smiling the whole time.  Ms. H loved being wrapped so once the wrap shots were done she took a bit to settle in, took about 3 feedings before she hit the full mark and was in a milk comma for us.  Once she did though, we were able to get some super relaxed, gorgeous photos.  I absolutely love her hair and the red tint it has to it as well.  Dad will have his hands full keeping boys away once these 2 beauties grow up :)  Here are just some of my favorites from Ms H's session.  Well, quite a few but they were all so cute :)

 

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl family newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/-c-family-welcomes-a-beautiful-baby-girl-byron-il-newborn-photographer Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:59:52 GMT
All that sass {Capron IL child photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/all-that-sass-capron-il-child-photographer Gosh, I just love seeing this little lady and can't believe she is 3 already.  She was so much fun for her session last week.  How about those adorable outfits.  Her momma has so much style and I love all of the outfits.  I think I had the most fun with the swimsuit set up. Just adorable and it puts me in a sunny, cheerful mood on this cloudy day.  So do E's smiles.  I tried to get her to give me some sassy poses in the pictures but she was all about posing very cute.  Can't complain about that :)  Enjoy some of my favorites from her session. 

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(EJB Photography) 3 year old girl beautiful child flowers girl https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/all-that-sass-capron-il-child-photographer Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:06:49 GMT
Little bear {Rockford IL baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/little-bear-rockford-il-baby-photographer I can't believe how much Mr. G has grown in the last 4 months.  Wow, he really amazed me too at how well he holds his head up and how strong he is.  What a cutie pie.  This age group is usually not my favorite to photograph so I always try to make sure babies are 4 months for this session as they are much happier than at 3 months,  which he definitely was, but he too only could take so much of me. So, we kept his session nice and short and still were able to get so many adorable photos.  I can't wait to see him again for his sitter milestone in a few months.  

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(EJB Photography) 4 month old photo session baby baby boy child navy spring baby photos stars https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/little-bear-rockford-il-baby-photographer Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:51:28 GMT
Mr. Bray and big brother B {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/mr-bray-and-big-brother-b-rockford-il-newborn-photographer How lucky am I to work with such adorable clients.  Big brother B who is almost 3 did exceptionally well for his photos with his little brother Bray.  He adores him so much.  This is really a hard time for toddlers with new baby coming home and having to share mom so I give all moms with toddlers and babies props.  I know you are tired but once you are out of that stage and look at your babies down the line, your hard work will be worth all the sleepless nights and constant exhaustion.  I promise.  So slow down, take it easy on yourselves and enjoy this beautiful time.  This momma looks amazing by the way, after just having a baby and even though she is one tired momma, you can't even tell.  I have a soft spot for boys being a momma of 2 boys myself so enjoy a little bit of overshare from Mr. Bray's newborn session. 

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(EJB Photography) baby cowboy boots family newborn newborn boy https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/4/mr-bray-and-big-brother-b-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:25:50 GMT
Tiny beauty {Roscoe IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/tiny-beauty-roscoe-il-newborn-photographer I have said it many times but I am so grateful that clients choose me over and over for their newborn sessions.  I photographed Ms. A as a newborn and a couple other times in her fist year.  She is a proud big sister now.  Meet little Ms. A, tiny 6 lb peanut with a very strong personality.  She knows what she likes and she is not afraid to let you know.  She is small but mighty :).  I started off with some sibling photos and A did a wonderful job.  It is hard to predict how a 3 year old will react to photos let alone with a brand new baby sibling.  She just adores her little sister.  She took direction better than kids older than her and she was so gentle and loving.  She was also a great helper during the session, holding the baby shusher and checking on her sister when she would cry.  Plus I love conversations with 3 year olds as their little minds just want to know everything and say the cutest things.  I would say when my kids were 3 I didn't really feel that way hearing "but why" a million times a day but I sure find it adorable now and kind of miss it :) Enjoy another over share as I had a hard time picking a favorite sibling pose and am sharing most of them.  

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl beautiful family newborn sisters vintage vintage newborn girl https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/tiny-beauty-roscoe-il-newborn-photographer Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:25:12 GMT
Mickey cake smash {Rockford IL cake smash photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/mickey-cake-smash-rockford-il-cake-smash-photographer I first met Mr. B during his newborn photos.  He was such a cutie back than, fast forward a year and B was back for his 1 year session.  Boy is he a handsome little guy and that adorable little man haircut.  Swoon.  He was very shy and wasn't sure about me and my camera.  I am happy Julie was there helping me out that day because he seemed to like her and would smile for her as well as his mom and grandparents.  We had lots of help that day and it worked out great.  We got some smiles from him but most of all we had a super fun cake smash session.  He enjoyed the cake very much and we tried to clap and make noise to cheer him on, but he would cry out whenever we got too loud.  I think poor guy though we were yelling at him.  Once we realized what was going and stayed quiet he was a cake smashing pro and was super excited.  I think if we let him, he would have ate the whole cake.   Enjoy some previews from his session as I get the gallery uploaded and sent off to his momma. 

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(EJB Photography) baby belvidere IL baby milestone photographer cake smash child mickey mouse cake smash https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/mickey-cake-smash-rockford-il-cake-smash-photographer Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:30:23 GMT
Perfect rosey cheeked little man {Salem WI baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/perfect-rosey-cheeked-little-man-salem-wi-baby-photographer Last week was a busy week for me at the studio, so many adorable babies, some new and some returning clients.  Mr. C's was back to see me for his sitting milestone and even though he is a bit shy he gave us some awesome smiles and was such a sweetie. His parents travel over an hour to come see me.  I'm so humbled when clients live so far and continue to come back and have me capture their memories.  I just love photographing this family, all 3 kiddos are adorable and so well behaved and sweet as can be.  I couldn't wait to edit these photos and cannot wait for C's 1 year session next.  

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(EJB Photography) baby boy child sitter milestone https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/perfect-rosey-cheeked-little-man-salem-wi-baby-photographer Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:15:37 GMT
Sweet newborn Ms. E {South Beloit IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/sweet-newborn-ms-e-south-beloit-il-newborn-photographer What can I say about this session?  This little girl was a photographer's dream.  She came in last week with mom to do baby portion of the session since dad had to work.  We did so many set ups with her and she slept through all of it.  She ate once in the middle of the session and was back asleep in no time.  Not only was she a content, dream baby, she also has the cutest chunky thighs and lots of rolls and adorable cheeks.  I had the pleasure of seeing her again yesterday afternoon for the family portion of her session and she was still as sleepy as can be and even gave us some smiles.  She definitely is a daddy's girl, just kept smiling for pics with her dad.  Big brother J was so good and gave me the biggest smiles for the family photo.  He has the most adorable red hair and is sweet as can be. It was such a pleasure meeting this wonderful family and I hope I get to see them again in the future.  Warning, lots of previews since I could narrow down my favorites. 

 

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl family newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/sweet-newborn-ms-e-south-beloit-il-newborn-photographer Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:01:02 GMT
Smiley 4 month old Ms. S {Rockford IL baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/smiley-4-month-old-ms-s-rockford-il-baby-photographer I was so happy to get this little lady in the studio. I felt bad because I was so booked up last year that I could not get her in for her newborn session but so glad mom scheduled this session.  I hope to get to see her for more milestones in the coming months.  I won't lie, the 3/4 month milestone is my least favorite to photograph because even though babies smile so much at that age at home or when they are relaxed I find that they are very weary of the big camera in their faces in an unfamiliar surrounding and smiles are almost impossible.  Our best bet is usually with a well rested and fed baby and within the first 10 minutes of the session and then things go down hill and they are tired of seeing me lol.  This little girl was definitely an exception, I've only had a handful babies at this age be this happy and smiley for their photos and even with her, after the first couple set ups, she was more interested in everything around her than with smiling for me.  Nonetheless, even if we had no smiles, those rolls and gorgeous features would have stolen the show.  Check out some of my favorites from her gallery.  

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl child family https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/smiley-4-month-old-ms-s-rockford-il-baby-photographer Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:05:51 GMT
Shades of pink and gray {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/shades-of-pink-and-gray-rockford-il-newborn-photographer This little girly was super comfy just staying in momma's belly.  I met mom and dad during their maternity session and could not wait to meet little Ms. E.  We kept checking in to see if she has made her arrival but she doesn't like to stick to due dates and decided to come when she was ready.  LOL.  What an adorable and laid back little girl.  The extra cooking was what she needed :)  She rocked her session.  Check out the adorable pic of her soothing herself with her fingers. Had to get a pic of that.  Enjoy this cuteness.  I sure did editing the rest of the session.  Nice change of pace of a few days of working on painting the studio floor, rearranging things and cleaning out the garage. 

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(EJB Photography) baby girl carriage flowers newborn pink white https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/shades-of-pink-and-gray-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:57:44 GMT
Mr. B's sitter milestone {Rockford IL baby photographer] https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/mr-bs-sitter-milestone-rockford-il-baby-photographer I just can't believe how fast time goes.  My kids are older so it is not so evident anymore but seeing all these little ones that I photograph as newborns come back for their milestone sessions really puts it in perspective.  Mr. B just keeps getting cuter and cuter each time I see him.  He was so much fun for his session.  Such a sweetie, he just smiled and smiled.  I love that his parents bring along a couple things that are special to him that we try to incorporate into each session such as his froggy Mr. G and the super cute ball his grandma made for him. I already can't wait for our next session.

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(EJB Photography) 6 month old studio photo session baby baby boy child family frog https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/mr-bs-sitter-milestone-rockford-il-baby-photographer Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:14:58 GMT
1 year milestone {Rockford IL child photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/1-year-milestone-rockford-il-child-photographer E was one of the most laid back 1 year olds that I have ever photographed.  He was a bit shy when he first came to the studio and was just taking everything in. His momma and aunt were there and got a workout just trying to get this little man to smile.  It was good that he didn't mind staying where we put him to take a picture and did run as most 1 year olds do.  He is so adorable and such a smart little guy.  His vocabulary alone was amazing.  Mom opted for no cake but we did do a lumberjack set up per mom's request and it turned out so cute.  

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(EJB Photography) 1 year old lumberjack boy child lumberjack rustic https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/1-year-milestone-rockford-il-child-photographer Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:08:47 GMT
Ms. G's soft and girly newborn session {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/ms-gs-soft-and-girly-newborn-session-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Ms. G visited me last week for her newborn photos.  We started the session off with photos of Ms. G wrapped up nice and snug.  She loved being swaddled and was super relaxed.  Once the wrap came off she made us work lol.  Little miss must of had a growth spur because all she wanted to do was nurse.  Persistence and patience does pay off.  Hats off to momma for feeding her what seemed like 20 times (exaggerating a bit).  Finally Ms. G fell into a deep sleep and let us pose her and we ended up with a beautiful gallery of images.  We ended up doing family portion of the session another day since dad had to work the first time around and I got to meet G's big brother I.  What a sweet little boy.  I still can't believe how well he did for the family photo and the ones with just him and his sister.  Such a lucky little girl to have a such a loving big brother.  Check out this gorgeous family of 4.

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl family newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/ms-gs-soft-and-girly-newborn-session-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:30:48 GMT
11 day old Ms. N {Oak Brook IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/11-day-old-ms-n-oak-brook-il-newborn-photographer Ms. N came to visit me last week for her newborn session along with mom, big brother M and grandma.  N made us work a bit for some of the poses but overall was a great little model.  Such a beautiful little lady.  I photographed her big brother as a newborn as well and he was a smiley little guy.  Mom was hoping for at least one sibling shot of N and M together but as we know 2 year olds run the show and M did not feel like having his pictures taken that day.  He is a sweet little guy but really shy and not a fan of pictures and when a toddler has their mind set on not doing something there is not much we can do.  I love coordinating sets to babies nursery and when mom told me N's nursery had feather accents and coral and mint as the colors I knew my feather backdrop was perfect for a photo.  Love how it turned out and hope momma loves it.  

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl feathers mint and coral newborn girl newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/11-day-old-ms-n-oak-brook-il-newborn-photographer Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:54:10 GMT
Chicago Cubs themed cake smash {Lanark IL 1 year old photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/chicago-cubs-themed-cake-smash-lanark-il-1-year-old-photographer Another one of my newborns is finishing up his 1st year with EJB Photography.  Mr. O is the sweetest, smiliest little guy and has been like this since his newborn session.  He was great for his newborn session, so much fun for his sitter milestone and again for his 1 year session.  I am so happy his momma stuck with me this whole year in spite of having to travel so far for the sessions.  Also, let's talk about the little Cubs outfit mom got for O's cake smash portion of the session.  It just made the whole set come together perfectly.  She also brought along the W flag which made for an awesome background.  I will miss seeing this little guy every few months.  

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(EJB Photography) 1 year old boy photos Chicago Cubs photo session Cubs themed 1 year old session baby baseball child https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/chicago-cubs-themed-cake-smash-lanark-il-1-year-old-photographer Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:07:58 GMT
Bright and colorful cake smash {Hampshire IL 1 year old photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/bright-and-colorful-cake-smash-hampshire-il-1-year-old-photographer Gosh, how time flies.  I remember when L was in for her newborn session and her 1st year milestones and she is now 5 and her little brother has just finished up his last 1 year milestone.  I love seeing them every few months.  Kind of sad knowing that it won't be as often any more.  K was a bit shy at first during his session but warmed up after a bit but made his momma get a workout trying to get him to smile.  I just loved how his cake smash set came together.  So colorful and bright.  Mom brought his awesome race car as well to incorporate into the photos.  Here are some of my favorites from his session. 

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(EJB Photography) 1 year old 1 year old boy photos Belvidere cake smash photographer Chicagoland area cake smash photographer cake smash photography child race car cake smash https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/bright-and-colorful-cake-smash-hampshire-il-1-year-old-photographer Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:02:28 GMT
2 year old Mr. N {Rockford IL child photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/2-year-old-mr-n-rockford-il-child-photographer Mr. N was in the studio the other week for his 2 year photos.  I met him and his parents last year for his 1 year photos and cake smash and he was so adorable. Well fast forward a year and this little guy keeps getting cuter and cuter.  This time around he was much more in control of the session than last time.  2 year olds are so stinkin' cute but boy they make you work for pics and N made his parents and me work for each shot.  I'm glad we ended up with so many good shots.  It was worth all the work :)

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(EJB Photography) 2 year old boy photography boy chicago cubs child family https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/2-year-old-mr-n-rockford-il-child-photographer Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:34:48 GMT
Baby A studio newborn session {Chana IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/baby-a-studio-newborn-session-chana-il-newborn-photographer I had such a hard time picking just a few photos to share from Ms. A's newborn session.  She totally rocked her session and I just loved all the set ups we did.  Such a loved and adored little lady.  It was so nice to be part of some of the firsts memories for the family.  A's first photo session, capturing all the wonderful little details that change ever so quickly as well as the first time for big brother and sister holding their baby sister.  I just felt so special to be able to capture that moment for their parents to treasure for years to come.  It was the cutest thing too, they were both so excited to get to hold her and did so so well for their photos.  Enjoy :)

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl bright color newborn photos child color family newborn newborn and siblings photos https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/baby-a-studio-newborn-session-chana-il-newborn-photographer Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:31:27 GMT
Mr. L and family visit the studio {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/mr-l-and-family-visit-the-studio-rockford-il-newborn-photographer I had a blast with this family during N's maternity session.  Big sister E is so adorable and has such and outgoing personality.  Mr L was quite laid back when he came to see me for his photos. Love that I was able to capture some more memories for the B family.  E adores her little brother as you can see from the pictures.  She told me she was a sister but not yet a big sister because she wasn't big yet.  How cute is that.  Enjoy some previews from L's session as I upload the gallery to send off to his parents. 

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(EJB Photography) baby baby boy child newborn newborn boy photo session newborn with sibling photos siblings https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/mr-l-and-family-visit-the-studio-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:01:37 GMT
Meeting Ms. E {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/meeting-ms-e-rockford-il-newborn-photographer This little lady was an absolute dream to photograph.  I photographed her mommy and daddy during a maternity session and it was such a pleasure to finally meet this little beauty.  I fell in love with her cheeks right away and all that squishiness just molded in my hands when I was posing her.  Love my job :)

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl family green and pink newborn set up newborn purple https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/meeting-ms-e-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:00:22 GMT
Handsome Mr. L {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/handsome-mr-l-rockford-il-newborn-photographer I am so over the moon with all these newborns I've had in the last couple weeks.  As you guys might have noticed lots of babies that I had on the schedule for February were born in January which freed up a couple spots on my calendar.  L's mom C contacted me regarding one of those spots and I am so happy I was able to get them in on my schedule.  How adorable is this little guy, plus what a gorgeous, sweet momma.  Here are just a few of my favorites from the session.  EJB_2453 copyEJB_2453 copy EJB_2302 copyEJB_2302 copy EJB_2285 copyEJB_2285 copy EJB_2326 copyEJB_2326 copy EJB_2313 copyEJB_2313 copy EJB_2348 copyEJB_2348 copy EJB_2378 copyEJB_2378 copy EJB_2362 copyEJB_2362 copy EJB_2421 copyEJB_2421 copy EJB_2258 copyEJB_2258 copy EJB_2414 copyEJB_2414 copy EJB_2410 copyEJB_2410 copy

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(EJB Photography) Chicagoland newborn photography Rockford IL newborn photographer baby lamb newborn newborn and lamb newborn boy https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/handsome-mr-l-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Wed, 08 Mar 2017 22:49:41 GMT
Ms. E newborn photo session {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/ms-e-newborn-photo-session-rockford-il-newborn-photographer I was happy E's mom contacted me to do photos for her new little bundle of joy.  I did photos for them a couple years ago.  We did maternity and newborn for E's big brother Z.  I haven't seen them since Z's newborn sessions so I was excited to see how much he has grown and to meet their newest princess E.  E was born on Valentines Day so mom wanted to incorporate some themed photos into E's session.  Little lady made me work that day but it was all worth it.  All 10lb9oz of her stole my heart.  

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl family hearts newborn pink red valentines day newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/3/ms-e-newborn-photo-session-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Mon, 06 Mar 2017 23:49:57 GMT
Baby A studio sitting milestone {Rockford IL baby photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/baby-a-sitting-milestone Gosh I love these little girls and of course their whole family.  I have known their grandma for years now and their mom and her sisters became like a second family to us.  I enjoy being a part of documenting and celebrating their milestones. I just loved all the squishy little rolls Ms. A has.  If I didn't get to play with babies every week she definitely would give me baby fever.  Take a look at some of the favorites from the session.

 

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(EJB Photography) adorable baby girl baby baby girl child cute studio photography https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/baby-a-sitting-milestone Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:28:20 GMT
The S family {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/the-s-family-rockford-il-newborn-photographer This little peanut did so great for his session.  He was so content and let us pose him pretty much any way we wanted which made the session go a lot easier.  When you add a toddler sibling who is just getting used to having to share mom and dad and can't quite understand all the changes (2 is a hard age to photograph as is) having to pose for photos with your new baby brother is not what you they have in mind.  It makes it that much harder when baby is not cooperative.  I love all the family photos we got and am happy big brother B gave us some cute smiles in those as well.  I loved capturing these sweet memories for this wonderful family and can't wait to watch H grow as I have big brother so far.  Enjoy some of my favorites from the session. 

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(EJB Photography) https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/the-s-family-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:53:56 GMT
Ms. E milestone session {Sycamore IL baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/ms-e-milestone-session-sycamore-il-baby-photographer I first met this little lady back in August when she was born a few weeks early and came to see me for her newborn session.  She was such a tiny little peanut but she rocked her session then.  She is 6 months but since she was really early she is not sitting up yet and was not a big fan of smiling for the camera.  That's ok, she is a cutie and even with no smiles she is adorable.  Milestone sessions before the baby is sitting on their own very well usually are harder and it is rare to get many smiles.  She did flash me a big smile for family shot.  She is just gorgeous.  Check out some of my favorites from the session. 

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(EJB Photography) https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/ms-e-milestone-session-sycamore-il-baby-photographer Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:15:13 GMT
Becoming a Smith {Poplar Grove IL family photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/becoming-a-smith-poplar-grove-il-family-photographer Smith family is up next on my blog. I just love them, Ali is the talent behind all the wonderful cakes you see during my cake smash sessions.  She is beyond talented when it comes to baking.  Not only the cakes are to die for but her decorating skills are next to none.  That is not what makes her so wonderful though.  She has a huge heart and is one of the coolest people I know.  She opened her heart and home to little Ms. J when she was just a teeny tiny baby.  J is turning 3 and is finally being adopted after 1105 days in foster care.  How lucky is this little girl to come across this wonderful family and now she gets to be one of the Smiths.  I could not be happier for her and the family to gain such a beautiful little girl.  J has not always been fond of getting her pictures taken so when I saw this awesome cheesy smile this time around it made me so happy.  Also, can we talk about these outfits, I absolutely adore them.  Ali knocked it out of the park in the styling department with these.  I actually love how they really went with the brownish tones of the landscape (which I love by the way)  Wish I could do more outdoor sessions during these months.  Just something about it that speaks to me.  I love beautiful colorful flowers and the green grass of the warmer months but there is just something so simple about the bare trees and brown grasses.  Makes for a beautiful neutral backdrop.  Enjoy some of my favorites from their session. 

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(EJB Photography) Belvidere IL family photography adoption child family on location photography outdoor photography https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/becoming-a-smith-poplar-grove-il-family-photographer Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:04:24 GMT
Beautiful Ms. K turns 1 {Roscoe IL 1 year cake smash photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/beautiful-ms-k-turns-1-roscoe-il-1-year-cake-smash-photographer I can't believe K is already 1.  Seems just like yesterday she was in her momma's belly.  She was a rockstar for pretty much all her sessions throughout her 1st year and I am so honored to have been able to capture her little personality and the milestones as well how much she has grown and changed for her parents.  We used the navy, deep pink and teal during her newborn session since those are her accent colors in her nursery.  I loved that mom wanted to use them again for her cake smash.  I love light and airy set ups but I also love love color and these colors are so gorgeous together.  I do love a dark backdrop and feel like it makes the subject really stand out.  Love that the focus is on Ms. K and the wonderful time she had smashing her cake.  This girl really has a personality and made the session really fun. 

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(EJB Photography) Belvidere IL cake smash photographer Rockford area cake smash photography baby baby girl cake smash child child photographer near me family navy pink snowflakes https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/beautiful-ms-k-turns-1-roscoe-il-1-year-cake-smash-photographer Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:33:37 GMT
Mr. C celebrates his 1st birthday {Lake in the Hills IL baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/mr-c-celebrates-his-1st-birthday-lake-in-the-hills-il-baby-photographer Another one of babies I photographed as newborns is celebrating his 1st birthday.  Mr. C has been a great model for his sessions with me.  He was a wonderful little sleepy newborn, we had some fun outdoors for his sitter session but his 1st birthday session takes the cake (literally and figuratively lol)  This little guy has so much personality.  I had so much fun during the session.  He loved being cheered on while smashing the cake and would totally feed off of us laughing and loved the attention. I cannot wait to watch him grow over the years, already looking forward to our next session. 

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(EJB Photography) baby boy cake smash child family https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/mr-c-celebrates-his-1st-birthday-lake-in-the-hills-il-baby-photographer Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:22:00 GMT
Newest little Chicago Cubs Fan {Streamwood IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/newest-little-chicago-cubs-fan-streamwood-il-newborn-photographer Some sessions really remind me why I love doing what I do.  Not only do I get to snuggle little babies but I also get to watch them grow over time and watch families grow.  The S family is one of the families that I have had the pleasure of photographing over the years.  Big brother S was only 3 months old when I first met the S family.  Then Ms. G was born and I got to document her 1st year and now I got to meet the newest member of the family.  Mr. A.  We started off with some sibling shots and did some family portraits which included one with everyone in their Cubs attire.  What a wonderful milestone for these long life Cubs fans.  Having their team win the World Series and welcome a brand new life.  Mr. A was such a wonderful little model.  Enjoy some of my favorites from his session. 

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(EJB Photography) Belvidere Chicago Cubs IL Streamwood area baby baseball boy family football newborn photographer sports https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/newest-little-chicago-cubs-fan-streamwood-il-newborn-photographer Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:40:56 GMT
Mr. M and family {Rockford IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/mr-m-and-family-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Little Mr. M was a dream to work with.  He was so content and let me pose him any way I wanted to as long as I kept him nice and warm.  I was also so proud of his big brother.  For a 2 and 1/2 year old he did a wonderful job with posing for pictures as well as playing and keeping occupied for a couple hours while we did M's photos.  I have definitely had some wonderful toddler older siblings in the studio lately. It really is hard to photograph toddlers in general but also to know how a toddler will react to a new addition to the family. I always tell parents we will try and I do my best but it is all depending on the siblings and baby.  Well, so far I have been super lucky.  I am just so in love with all of the pictures and I love the family photos from this session.  How adorable is this new family of 4. Enjoy.

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(EJB Photography) https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/mr-m-and-family-rockford-il-newborn-photographer Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:04:03 GMT
Fireman cake smash {Rockford IL baby, 1st year photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/fireman-cake-smash-rockford-il-baby-1st-year-photographer I was really excited to get to see Mr. P again in my studio.  I have loved watching him and his big brother grow.  Since their daddy is a police officer we usually include police themed set ups but mom decided to add fireman themed cake smash this time since P's godfather is a firefighter.  I loved being able to document that into P's session.  Big brother J is always such a happy guy for our sessions and he did so great for pics with his brother and family portion of the session.  P is a bit more shy and reserved but we were so happy we got smiles during the session and the cake smash portion and clean up after was so much fun.  

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(EJB Photography) https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/fireman-cake-smash-rockford-il-baby-1st-year-photographer Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:50:57 GMT
Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st birthday session {Rockford IL child photographer] https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/very-hungry-caterpillar-1st-birthday-session-rockford-il-child-photographer Last week Ms. R was in for her 1st birthday milestone session and boy has she grown up since her newborn session.  She is growing up to be a beautiful little lady.  Her mom wanted to match her 1st birthday party of Very Hungry Caterpillar for R's cake smash session.  I love how everything came together.  Ms. R is in the midst of cutting teeth and was not herself for the session but this little girl has so much personality, pain did not stop her from giving us the biggest smiles.  She wasn't a big fan of getting dirty but we ended up with lots of awesome cake smash photos that her parent will treasure for years to come.  Enjoy some of my favorites from her session.  Loving the new floral backdrop as well.  

 

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(EJB Photography) https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/very-hungry-caterpillar-1st-birthday-session-rockford-il-child-photographer Wed, 08 Feb 2017 03:18:11 GMT
Gorgeous baby M {Gurnee IL newborn photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/gorgeous-baby-m-gurnee-il-newborn-photographer I had the pleasure of meeting M and her parents this past week during her newborn session.  I am really humbled by the fact that they traveled from Gurnee to have me capture those memories for them.  Ms. M did a wonderful job during her session.  Her mom and dad are so nice and I had a great time taking their photos.  I hope they love M's photo as much as I loved taking them.  Here are some of my favorites. 

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl chicagoland newborn photographer family gurnee IL newborn photographer newborn newborn photography https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/gorgeous-baby-m-gurnee-il-newborn-photographer Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:28:55 GMT
Mr. H's 1/2 birthday {Rockford IL baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/mr-hs-1/2-birthday-rockford-il-baby-photographer After speaking to H's mom over the phone a couple weeks before our session I was super excited to meet this little guy.  When she described his chubby cheeks and big blue eyes I knew I was going to have fun at the session.  Well his cheeks, thighs, dimples and big blue eyes did not disappoint but what made the session is his personality.  He is truly one of the happiest babies I have met.  How adorable is the little 1/2 birthday outfit that his momma got for him and wanted to use in the session.  I also loved the cardigan and red pant outfit and knew I had to make it preppy and include a V-day set up.  And, of course, who doesn't love a loyal Chicago Bears fan. 

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(EJB Photography) https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/mr-hs-1/2-birthday-rockford-il-baby-photographer Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:19:21 GMT
Garden Themed Cake Smash {Rockford IL cake smash photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/garden-themed-cake-smash-rockford-il-cake-smash-photographer I decided recently I had to get back to blogging my sessions.  There are so many favorite pictures that I usually have from a session and would love to share them all but don't want to blow up everyone's FB feeds each time I edit.  LOL.  Well, I really don't feel bad about it but figured it would be nice to see more previews from a session, all in one place.  Ms. I was in for her 1 year session recently.  I have done her photos since she was a newborn and I just loved watching her grow.  I love seeing the family for the sessions.  I's grandma has a bit of Etsy obsession and gets "I" so many new pretty headbands for each session.  Having 2 boys I totally understand the obsession with headbands :)  Her momma is so creative and has the best ideas for sessions.  Including a garden themed cake smash.  Loved designing this set and I rocked her session. 

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(EJB Photography) https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2017/2/garden-themed-cake-smash-rockford-il-cake-smash-photographer Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:54:52 GMT
Ms. T turns 1 https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/8/ms-t-turns-1 EJB_1445EJB_1445

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(EJB Photography) https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/8/ms-t-turns-1 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:41:25 GMT
Dapper Mr. J {Belvidere IL baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/dapper-mr-j-belvidere-il-baby-photographer I was super excited when mom sent me pics of J's outfits for his session.  She did an awesome job picking those out.  What a little stud!!  His personality was just as much fun.  Such a happy little guy.  Rocked his session, really loved the couch.  Overall super fun session.  I tell you guys, I am so lucky and also get to meet the sweetest parents.  Loved, loved this session.  Hope mom loves the pics and will cherish them for years to come as the babies grow so fast. Enjoy.

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(EJB Photography) 9 month old baby child family milestone photos https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/dapper-mr-j-belvidere-il-baby-photographer Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:43:05 GMT
4 month old beauty {Rockford IL baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/4-month-old-beauty-rockford-il-baby-photographer K was referred to me by one of my other clients and contacted me to capture some memories for her 4 month old daughter J.  It was so much fun meeting mom and J for our session.  J is such a happy little girl.  She held her head up so perfectly and did so great on her belly.  Love capturing those milestones, babies around this age are starting to become aware of their surroundings, smiling and just so squishy and cute.  She also had fun playing with her toes when on her back.  So glad I got to meet this little lady and I hope I get to capture some more memories for her parents in the future.  Just want to squeeze her little cheeks!! Enjoy some previews :)

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(EJB Photography) 4 month old girl baby baby girl child pink https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/4-month-old-beauty-rockford-il-baby-photographer Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:38 GMT
Easter Mini with the B girls {Chicago IL child photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/easter-mini-with-the-b-girls-chicago-il-child-photographer So this year I wasn't really sure if I should do Easter minis or not.  Knowing my schedule will be super busy with newborns and regular full sessions, it will not leave me much time.  I did put out a call to see if there would be any interest in them vs a spring mini which I am super excited for and this was the only one I ended up booking.  I've had a couple other clients change their mind and decided to just wait it out a bit longer for the spring mini's.  I don't know if it had something to do with the idea of finally being able to do an outdoor session but it sure makes me anxious to finally get to announce those.  M who is the mom of those beautiful girls contacted me to do an Easter session, being Polish like me it is a very important holiday for our culture and having family still in Poland she wanted to make sure she gets them done in time to send Easter cards out.  I have worked with these girls 3 times now in the past few months and they have got to be the easiest sessions I have ever had.  Not only are they beautiful but so so easy to work with, so well mannered and polite and just so sweet all around.  I am also so humbled by the fact that mom drives oven an hour each time to see me for the sessions.  I also got this really beautiful backdrop which was actually designed by a fellow photographer, she hand made the whole thing with paper flowers and then had it made into a backdrop.  As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it and the first thing that crossed my mind where Easter or Spring sessions with it.  

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(EJB Photography) Easter child flowers spring https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/easter-mini-with-the-b-girls-chicago-il-child-photographer Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:16:52 GMT
1 year old cutie Mr. K {Roscoe IL child photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/1-year-old-cutie-mr-k-roscoe-il-child-photographer Where, oh where has the time gone!!! Nothing brings me more joy then getting to see all these babies from their newborn session through their 1st year.  I get to see them either every 3 or 6 months for most part and get to watch them grow so much in that first year, capture their little personalities and milestones.  So when the 1 year mark comes along I do get a little sad because I know I probably won't see them as often anymore.   K has been the most laid back baby I have worked with throughout all of his sessions, not much gets him upset and he doesn't mind posing for the camera.  This time he was a little more curious to see what was around but still hammed it up for us.  Each time we have a session, it feels more like just a get together than a photo session.  Love catching up with his parents and seeing his big sister M and even got to meet his extended family with uncles, aunts, grandma and grandpa during one of our sessions.  I always feel like his parents have really cool ideas for pics and always have awesome props they bring along to include in the session (and I seriously really want that chair we used in the last couple sessions, the one with the plane background here :)  How awesome is the tin metal background in his pics as well.  Dad mentioned it at the last session but we didn't get to use it so I had to make sure we included it this time and it turned out even better than I expected.  Enjoy some previews!!

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(EJB Photography) 1 year old John Deere tractor child family vintage https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/1-year-old-cutie-mr-k-roscoe-il-child-photographer Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:06:31 GMT
On location family session {Hampshire IL family photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/on-location-family-session-hampshire-il-family-photographer I don't do very many in home, on location sessions as I don't quite feel like I have the best handle on lifestyle type sessions. I do have to admit I was a little nervous how it was going to turn out etc., especially that 90% of the indoor sessions I do are babies.  I was kind of excited about working with this family.  Mom has wanted to get some pictures of her and her 2 kids for a while now and decided to treat herself to a photo session for her birthday this year.  I absolutely love that!!!  I am so incredibly happy she chose me to capture those moments for her.  Most moms are always busy being the ones behind the camera capturing sweet moments in their children's lives that a lot of times we forget to actually get in the picture as well.  I know I am totally guilty of it.  I just think looking at the photographs years from now will definitely bring joy to D's kids and grandkids.  Especially that her daughter T is excepting her first child later this year.  Just want to say kudos to D for taking the time to capture those moments for herself and all the generations to come.  

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(EJB Photography) family on location photography outdoor photography https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/on-location-family-session-hampshire-il-family-photographer Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:55:04 GMT
Mr. G turns 4 {Machesney Park Child Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/mr-g-turns-4-machesney-park-child-photographer So have to keep on top of the blog as I promised myself and you guys so posting a few finished sessions all at once.  I have photographed G and his family since his little sister was in her mommy's belly a couple years ago.  I cannot believe he is already 4 and how much he has grown up.  He truly is not a toddler any more but a very handsome boy.  Usually he gave me a run for my money during his pics but this time was so much different, he is still full of energy but was much more willing to pose for pics and take direction on where to sit and gave me so many smiles.  I think it was by far the quickest session we had.  Can we also talk about how dapper he looked in his outfit.  Love the orange and navy.  I love color so it was right up my alley :)  

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(EJB Photography) 4 year old child trucks https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/mr-g-turns-4-machesney-park-child-photographer Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:45:44 GMT
Ms. D welcomes her baby sister {Belvidere IL Newborn Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/ms-d-welcomes-her-baby-sister-belvidere-il-newborn-photographer Little Ms. H decided to make her entrance a couple weeks early and was such a little peanut.  Oh how posable she was for her session.   She did such as awesome job during the session and so did her big sister D.  What a gorgeous family of four.  It was such a pleasure meeting the parents and I just loved how sweet and gentle D was with her little sister.  I usually try not to make promises to get shots with newborns and toddlers because it can be really hard sometimes.  Usually I am super happy if we get at least one pic with the siblings.  Not D, she totally rocked it.  Enjoy some previews from their session.

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl family hot pink newborn sisters https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/ms-d-welcomes-her-baby-sister-belvidere-il-newborn-photographer Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:38:42 GMT
Little Monkey Cake Smash {Rockford Birthday Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/little-monkey-cake-smash-rockford-birthday-photographer What a year it has been, loved seeing Mr. M every 3 months for his sessions.  I get kind of sad to think I won't get to see him as often.  I think it is time for mom and dad to get working on another baby :)  Let's talk about that huge #1 dad made for the session.  This thing is awesome.  Love the bright, bold colors, perfect to celebrate this big milestone.  And of course the monkey cake smash.  Thank you Ali Beth Bakery for another awesome smash cake and M for doing such a great job smashing it.  

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(EJB Photography) baby birthday portraits cake smash child monkey https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/little-monkey-cake-smash-rockford-birthday-photographer Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:50:08 GMT
6 month old Ms. S {Belvidere baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/6-month-old-ms-s-belvidere-baby-photographer What a little beauty.  Ms. S has definitely grown so much since I saw her for her newborn session.  I absolutely love this stage when babies are playing with their toes and she did plenty of that for us.  Her big sis M was so wonderful too, I have been photographing her since she was about 9 months old.  Looking forward to the next session with these little beauties already.

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(EJB Photography) 6 month old baby baby girl child vintage stroller https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/6-month-old-ms-s-belvidere-baby-photographer Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:28:11 GMT
Laid back Mr. M {Schaumburg Newborn Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/laid-back-mr-m-schaumburg-newborn-photographer This little guy was a dream to photograph.  His mom and grandma brought him to the session, unfortunately dad had to work so he couldn't make it.  M ate as soon as he got here and was nice and ready to go.  I started off with some blanket poses to kind of get him settled all the way in and we were able to go through all the blankets I had set up for his session and a couple basket/prop shots before he got just a bit fussy.  He ate again and I was able to get a few more poses in.   We managed to get in some shots with mom as well.  It truly was a super laid back session.  Sessions like that don't happen all the time so when they do I try to get in as many poses as I can :)  Enjoy some previews from his session :)

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(EJB Photography) baby child newborn superman https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/3/laid-back-mr-m-schaumburg-newborn-photographer Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:59:28 GMT
Beautiful Ms. B turns 3 months {Machesney Park baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/beautiful-ms-b-turns-3-months-machesney-park-baby-photographer I cannot believe that this little lady is already 3 months.  It seems like we just did her newborn session.  She was a tiny little peanut then and she is still a peanut now but did so great pushing herself up and keeping her head up for us and actually seemed to enjoy that part.  By the end of the session and the last few pics she was so over it.  She just wanted to go to sleep and did not like being put in a box or have anything else on.  We definitely got some really cute pics and I absolutely adore the one piece romper that mom had her in.  So cute and the pale pink colors really looked good on her.  Cannot wait to see her again at the 6 month session :)

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(EJB Photography) 3 months baby baby girl child heart milestone pink https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/beautiful-ms-b-turns-3-months-machesney-park-baby-photographer Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:44:19 GMT
1 year old Mr. K {Rockford Cake Smash Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/1-year-old-mr-k-rockford-cake-smash-photographer Little Mr. K.  He is such a reserved little guy.  It takes him a while to get used to people so it was a bit of a challenge to get several expressions out of him during the session. He really wasn't sure what to think about what was going on.  I do have to say he was enjoying the naked shots though.  Well, what can we say he felt comfortable wearing his birthday suit :)  Ok, don't judge me.  Writing jokes really is not my thing.  The cake smash was a bit tough when it started out until he figured out that it's ok to get messy, then he had fun with it.  Mom wanted to do a Fox in Socks themed shoot.  The cake turned out super cute and we had a socks banner but I wanted to make it more of woodsy background to go along with the fox.  It was so much fun to plan out this cake smash.  Here are some previews from his session:

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(EJB Photography) Fox in Socks cake smash boy cake smash child family first birthday fox https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/1-year-old-mr-k-rockford-cake-smash-photographer Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:14:50 GMT
2014 Senior Ms. K {Machesney Park, Harlem High School, Belvidere Senior Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/2014-senior-ms-k-machesney-park-harlem-high-school-belvidere-senior-photographer I did Ms. K's senior pics this past fall as that is her favorite time of the year and I have to say it is mine too.  I didn't get a chance to blog her session so I figured I will do it now.  As you guys know, most of my clients are newborn through maybe 1 or 2 but I do love photographing seniors as well.  It is just so much different and at times feels weird when we go a whole session and don't have to take a nap afterwards. LOL.  Here are some of the pics from beautiful K's session.

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(EJB Photography) Harlem High School High School Senior fall girl on location photography outdoor photography senior https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/2014-senior-ms-k-machesney-park-harlem-high-school-belvidere-senior-photographer Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:36:50 GMT
6 month old Ms. G {Streamwood, Belvidere Baby Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/6-month-old-ms-g-streamwood-belvidere-baby-photographer Just have to say, I love this little girl.  She is just such a happy baby.  She literally sat there and just smiled the entire time.  Mr. S is her big brother and he was a typical 2 year old and really had no interest getting in the pictures and G just sat there and smiled while we worked on chasing her big brother.  Love seeing this wonderful family about every 3 months.  I think mom and dad should start working on baby #3 because G will be one before we know it and I won't get to see them as often :)

 

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(EJB Photography) 6 month old baby girl child family ladybug https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/6-month-old-ms-g-streamwood-belvidere-baby-photographer Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:31:47 GMT
Handson Mr. D {Rockford, Belvidere, Newborn Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/handson-mr-d-rockford-belvidere-newborn-photographer What a handsome little fella Mr. D is.  I was honored to capture his picture with dad's US Marines uniform. That will definitely be a great one to look back on down the line.  We used the time when he was awake to get some family shots in since he was nice and relaxed. I really love how the family shots turned out from this session.  Mom and dad are also into Cross Fit and mom asked if we can incorporate the awesome onesie and rattle dumbbells she had.  What a great session and beautiful family.  It was a pleasure meeting them and hopefully I get this see this little guy again for another session to see him grow.  

 

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(EJB Photography) Marines US Flag boy child family newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/handson-mr-d-rockford-belvidere-newborn-photographer Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:16:50 GMT
Beautiful Ms. A {Chicago, Belvidere, Newborn Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/beautiful-ms-a-chicago-belvidere-newborn-photographer Oh, how long I've awaited this little lady to be born.  Her mommy is a really close friend and poor thing had such a rough pregnancy.  Ms. A took her time during labor as well.  Definitely has tons of personality already.  When mom sent me a pic of her from the hospital she was wide awake and just so alert and so beautiful.  That made me even more excited for the session.  I ended up doing the session at their house in Chicago.  The session started off pretty good but once A woke up she just pretty much wanted to visit with us.  She had a snack and decided she would rather hang out than take sleepy pics.  That's ok, in the time she did dose off for us we managed to get some good pics and even catch a perfect sleepy smile.  Love this little girl and her family to pieces.  Thank you so much guys for letting me a part of capturing those memories for you. 

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl family newborn on location photography owl hat https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/beautiful-ms-a-chicago-belvidere-newborn-photographer Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:02:03 GMT
Colorful Cake Smash, One year old Mr. J {Volo, Belvidere Child Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/colorful-cake-smash-one-year-old-mr-j-volo-belvidere-child-photographer I am so proud of myself for keeping up on the blog so far this year.  I have been trying to also keep current on editing especially knowing that spring and summer will be upon us really soon and I'll be doing a lot more sessions and probably outdoors too.  Well, I know it is hard to imagine especially today when we got about another 2 to 3 inches of snow.  I am really ready for spring to come.  I think just like everyone else I am over this snow.  The only thing that is keeping me sane is getting to meet wonderful families such as this one.  Mr. J came to see me for a cake smash session and his 1 year portraits.  He was not very sure about taking pics at first but warmed up a bit as we went on.  I think both mom and I were surprised how many super cute shots we got.  Sometimes during the session it seems like babies and toddlers are kind of all over the place but most of the time I manage to get really cute and unexpected shots (I guess it pays off to overshoot).  For being only one he is such a sweet big brother.  We did a few shots with his little brother and J just loved giving him kisses.  It was the cutest thing ever. I also loved how the cake smash set up turned out.  Mom wanted something plain as far as background with pops of color in balloons and cake and I think we accomplished that well.  

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(EJB Photography) boy child polka dot cake smash studio https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/colorful-cake-smash-one-year-old-mr-j-volo-belvidere-child-photographer Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:54:13 GMT
Elmo Cake Smash {Belvidere, Roscoe Cake Smash Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/elmo-cake-smash-belvidere-roscoe-cake-smash-photographer I had the pleasure of photographing this little sweetie since she was in her mommy's belly.  We had a great maternity session and then got to meet her for her newborn session.  Ms. E was back to see me for her 1 year pictures and oh man, she has grown so much and into a beautiful little girl. She is a pro at walking and has been doing it for a few months already.  This usually makes it hard during the sessions as we have to do a lot of chasing.  She has so much personality and she actually enjoyed some of the props so it made it easier.  I don't think I had 2 of the same expression during the whole session.  She didn't really enjoy the Valentine's day set ups but we had a blast and she enjoyed her cake.  How fun are these colors together.  I just have a smile on my face every time I look at her pics, it was as much fun editing them as it was taking them.

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(EJB Photography) 1 year old photo shoot Elmo Elmo cake smash cake smash child family orange pink red https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/elmo-cake-smash-belvidere-roscoe-cake-smash-photographer Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:45:42 GMT
Little beauty Ms. H {Belvidere, Rockford Newborn Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/little-beauty-ms-h-belvidere-rockford-newborn-photographer Meet Ms. "H", she is such a beautiful little girl and has quite the expressions already.  She was awake for the first part of the session so we decided to start with parent shots and she did really good and stayed content the whole time but just wanted to hang out :)  Once she fell asleep we started on her solo portraits and she did wonderful for the basket/prop shots (she did open her eyes a few times just to check in with us).  She wasn't really a fan of posing on the blankets/rugs.  I do love the ones on the blue furry blanket.  Mom chose that set up and I have been really a fan of using blue with girls as well.  So cute.  It was a pleasure meeting Ms. H and mom and dad, what a wonderful family.  Enjoy some more previews:

 

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(EJB Photography) baby baby girl blue family nest newborn pink https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/little-beauty-ms-h-belvidere-rockford-newborn-photographer Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:36:29 GMT
Valentines Day Minis 2014 https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/valentines-day-minis-2014 This was the first year where I set aside a few days and strictly did themed mini sessions.  Usually I just schedule them whenever during the month or so before a holiday.  I think I enjoyed doing them this way but what I enjoyed most was seeing all those cuties in the span of the 3 days.  We had some rough times and some really fun times but overall I think it was a success.  Happy Valentines Day to all of my clients past, present and future and to everyone who visits my page and blog and checks out my work.  Valentines Day is very special in our family since our oldest son was born on Valentines Day so it is the best gift each year.  Happy birthday to my baby (well not really anymore as he turned 16 today :( )   EJB_4979EJB_4979 EJB_4998EJB_4998 EJB_5085EJB_5085 EJB_5255EJB_5255 EJB_5324EJB_5324 EJB_5351EJB_5351 EJB_5477EJB_5477 EJB_5521EJB_5521 EJB_5579EJB_5579 EJB_5608EJB_5608 EJB_5653EJB_5653 EJB_5707EJB_5707 EJB_5780EJB_5780 EJB_5800EJB_5800 EJB_5900EJB_5900 EJB_6334EJB_6334 EJB_6403EJB_6403

 

 

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(EJB Photography) Valentine's Day mini sessions baby child hearts love pink red https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/valentines-day-minis-2014 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:28:08 GMT
3 month old "O" {Belvidere, Huntley, baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/3-month-old-o-belvidere-huntley-baby-photographer What a fun session this was.  This little guy sure has lots and lots of personality.  He was so happy and just kept smiling.  We got quite a few set ups in that mom and dad had in mind from looking at some of my previous sessions.  O's mom used to be a teacher so we did some pictures with books.  The little glasses and dad's favorite kids book Hop on Pop really added some fun elements to the picture.  I absolutely love the outfits mom and dad brought for the session but we also had to squeeze in some bare bottom pics of course.  O's dad also referees for basketball games and brought along the cutest baby referee outfit.  Overall this session was a success, Mr. O did get a little tired of posing by the end but I think we had so many things we wanted to do we kind of tired him out. Enjoy some previews :)

 

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(EJB Photography) 3 month boy photos baby basketball boat books glasses referee https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/3-month-old-o-belvidere-huntley-baby-photographer Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:39:14 GMT
9 month old Ms. "B" {Belvidere baby photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/9-month-old-ms-b-belvidere-baby-photographer Oh Ms. B, she is just the cutest little girl you could meet but she is not a fan of having her picture taken.  We had to pull all the stops out at the session to get her to not only stay sitting but also to smile.  Poor thing just was not having it.  We sent mom out for a bit and brought a couple of her siblings in to help.  It worked for a bit then she realized she wanted mommy again.  Mom came in and made her smile for a few which was awesome.  They turned out super cute.  We ended up getting quite a few smiley images from the session to I think all of our surprises.  She is just so cute, you can't even blame her.  

 

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(EJB Photography) 9 month old girl baby baby girl child pink https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/9-month-old-ms-b-belvidere-baby-photographer Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:24:05 GMT
3 week old Mr. H {Belvidere, Chicago, Newborn Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/3-week-old-mr-h-belvidere-chicago-newborn-photographer Mr. H was 3 weeks old when he came to see me but since he was born 3 weeks early he was just as sleepy and cuddly and posable (or probably even more so) as any newborn under 10 days old.  Let me tell you.  He was asleep from the start and just rocked his session.  Since my assistant Nicole wasn't there that day (and I have to give her much props as she has made my life much easier and has been such a tremendous help with newborn sessions) I have to thank mom and dad who were very hands on with the session.  What a wonderful couple, and I am so happy I will get to see them every 3 months this year and watch Mr. H grow as he is one of of the Baby's First Year Package babies :)  Here are some more previews as the gallery is wrapped up and link sent to mom and dad:

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(EJB Photography) baby boy family newborn photos parents and newborn photos https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/2/3-week-old-mr-h-belvidere-chicago-newborn-photographer Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:26:46 GMT
E & A maternity session {Belvidere Maternity Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/1/e-a-maternity-session-belvidere-maternity-photographer I met E and A a few years back.  Our sons play basketball together and go to the same school.  I was super excited when E told me she was interested in scheduling a maternity session as well as newborn session.  She is such a beautiful, glowing mommy to be I knew it will be a breeze.  She knew she wanted to do some outdoor photos which I of course was up for since I love winter photos outdoors. Most of my clients are usually too small to take out in the cold so that was a perfect opportunity.  Since I don't do many maternity sessions (hmm, not sure why I think every woman deserves to treat her to capture this time in her life) I just had all these ideas going through my head along with some of the ideas E sent me prior to the session.  I probably could have photographed them for the entire day but A probably would not have been too happy about it.  He only had a couple hours of sleep the night before but you couldn't even tell from the pics.  This was a wonderful session, E and A are a great and gorgeous couple and interacted so well and felt comfortable during the session which made me feel super comfortable as well. Now, we just wait for their beautiful baby girl to arrive.  I cannot wait to meet her and get some family pics with her big sister and brother as well. 

 

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(EJB Photography) awaiting baby bump belly pics maternity https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/1/e-a-maternity-session-belvidere-maternity-photographer Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:40:26 GMT
1 Year old Ms. D's Snowflake Cake Smash https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/1/1-year-old-ms-ds-snowflake-cake-smash I absolutely love this cake smash even though the snowflakes gave me a little trouble during the set up.  Ms. D came to see me a few times over the past year starting with her newborn session.  It has been so much fun watching her grow up and get to know her and her parents.  She has tons of personality and has lots of smiles but was not very into taking her regular pictures before the cake smash.  We really had to work on getting some smiles out of her.  Well, once the cake came out her true personality shined through.  It was one of the most fun cake smashes I have done.  And she really enjoyed the cake.  Thank you to Ali Beth Bakery for the cake and to Theresa from Jade Belle Bow'tique for the beautiful tutu for this session.  Couldn't have done it without you guys :) EJB_1788EJB_1788 EJB_1935EJB_1935 EJB_2049EJB_2049 EJB_1949EJB_1949 EJB_1958EJB_1958 EJB_2088EJB_2088

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(EJB Photography) 1 year old photos Valentine's Day baby girl cake smash child snowflake winter winter wonderland cake smash https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/1/1-year-old-ms-ds-snowflake-cake-smash Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:00:08 GMT
5 day old Mr. N {Orland Park, Belvidere, Newborn Photographer) https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/1/5-day-old-mr-n-orland-park-belvidere-newborn-photographer I was super excited for Mr. N's session.  Mom contacted me well in advance to schedule the session and provided me with some ideas for the shoot along with a picture of N's nursery, which by the way is super awesome :)  It is AIR Jordan themed after the love his dad has for Michael Jordan (dad has an entire wall of boxes with his own Jordan's and as you will see below N has a nice collection of them himself already).  At 9 lbs 8 oz Mr. N was definitely one of the bigger newborns I had lately but did such an awesome job during his shoot.  He was a little over it at the end and definitely let us know but we got pretty much all the set ups mom wanted to incorporate into the session.  We were going to try to take some pics of him on the boxes of dad's shoes but just ran out of time.  All in all, it was a great session and it was so nice meeting N and his wonderful parents.  What a beautiful family.  Enjoy some sneak peeks from his session :)

 

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(EJB Photography) air jordan baby boy basketball football golf newborn newborn boy https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/1/5-day-old-mr-n-orland-park-belvidere-newborn-photographer Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:40:30 GMT
2 year old Hello Kitty Session {Belvidere, Rockford, child photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/1/2-year-old-hello-kitty-session-belvidere-rockford-child-photographer This little beauty turned 2 and loves Hello Kitty so mom ordered this beautiful outfit for her pics. We scheduled a quick mini session to capture the 2 year milestone and it's good we didn't opt out for a full session.  Ms. Y was not really into taking pictures in a regular 2 year old fashion, so a mini session was just perfect.  Love the Hello Kitty pink piano that mom brought along as well.  It complimented the outfit so good.  Mom decided on keeping it simple as far as background goes so we mostly focus on Ms. Y.  It took a while to get her to smile but when she did, she lit up the room.  I've been photographing this little girl since she was 4 months old.  

 

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(EJB Photography) 2 Hello Kitty girl old photo photoshoot pink shoot toddler tutu year https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/1/2-year-old-hello-kitty-session-belvidere-rockford-child-photographer Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:29:06 GMT
Week old Mr. E {Belvidere, Rockford, Newborn Photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/1/week-old-mr-e-belvidere-rockford-newborn-photographer One of my resolutions this year was definitely to blog more.  My writing skills are definitely not the best but I want to be able to share more of my work with everyone and I feel like blogging is definitely better for that.  Well with that said, Mr. E came to see me last week for his newborn session. He was such a little peanut but definitely had quite a personality already and if he didn't like a pose, he definitely would let me know:)  He was also awake for the first part of our session which was the family portraits but he definitely rocked the awake look.  It is very hard to get this much eye contact and have a newborn be this relaxed when they are awake. Without further ado, meet Mr. E and his beautiful family.

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(EJB Photography) awake baby boy child family newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2014/1/week-old-mr-e-belvidere-rockford-newborn-photographer Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:00:37 GMT
Anderson Japanese Garden Wedding {Rockford, Belvidere, Dixon wedding photographer} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2013/6/anderson-japanese-garden-wedding-rockford-belvidere-dixon-wedding-photographer So as I said in my last blog post I was going to try to blog more but it is harder said than done.  I think a wedding is a perfect opportunity to blog so here it is.  Jolanda and Mike had a beautiful small ceremony at Anderson Gardens in Rockford, there are a lot of beautiful venues for a wedding but this one is truly amazing, the scenery all around is breathtaking, even though it was end of May and most places were still pretty much mostly green, at Anderson there is color everywhere you look which made for some great photo settings.  The day of the wedding was the first time I got to meet both Jolanda and Mike as well as their 5 boys and their parents.  I am so happy they chose me to be a part of their day and made me feel so comfortable and welcomed.  Here are some previews from their big day as well as the reception which took place the next day.

 

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(EJB Photography) anderson belvidere ceremony dixon falls garden japanese reception rock rockford wedding https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2013/6/anderson-japanese-garden-wedding-rockford-belvidere-dixon-wedding-photographer Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:58:01 GMT
I'm back https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2013/5/im-back So I have not blogged in a few months, wow.  I have been so busy trying to keep up with everything else I really neglected the blog.  I will make sure to try to do a better job keeping up from now on.  Most of you know that I love to talk and can talk for hours on end but for some reason when it comes to blogging I get lost for words.  For that reason my blog will probably never have much of a story going on,  I think I will mostly try to keep it updated with my work for those who stumble across it without seeing my FB page or website first.  I love to share my work with you guys and love to hear feedback so feel free to leave me some comments on here as well :)  So to start things off here is some pics from the last session I edited.  

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(EJB Photography) 6 month old Belvidere baby photographer Rockford baby photographer baby girl on location photography outdoor photography https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2013/5/im-back Thu, 30 May 2013 16:01:04 GMT
Sweet Newborn Mr. "E" {Belvidere IL, Lake Zurich IL newborn, family photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/sweet-newborn-mr-e-belvidere-il-lake This little guy is so handsome, how lucky am I to be working with all these babies lately.  My boys are getting so big so it is a great feeling to get to hold and photograph all these little guys.  Oh, it brings back so many memories.  It's a great way to get my baby fix this way :)  between photography and my other job as a medical assistant at a pediatrician office. At least with photography I don't get to be the bad one who has to give them shots.  Well enough about me and back to this sweet guy and his mom and dad.  It was such a pleasure meeting this family, mom and dad are such nice and great people and wonderful parents.  "E" did give us a little resistance at first but he got much better as the session went on, as long as mom was not too close because then he thought it was time to eat.  I do love how the pics with mom and dad turn out.  The family pic is definitely one of my all time favorites.  Such a wonderful   way to capture this beautiful time in their lives, both mom and dad were glowing and you can just see how proud they are to be parents and how they love their little guy.  Enjoy some sneaks from the session!!













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(EJB Photography) infant family baby newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/sweet-newborn-mr-e-belvidere-il-lake Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:04:00 GMT
"D" Family beach session {Belvidere IL, Chicago IL family, child photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/d-family-beach-session-belvidere-il I have been behind on editing, blogging etc for a while now.  It's a great feeling to know that I am staying super busy I just feel bad that all my clients are waiting longer than usual for their pictures to be done.  My hope is that they love the pics once they are done and that the wait was worth it.  "S" is one of my clients who has been waiting anxiously but patiently for her family pics.  I am all done editing this gorgeous beach family session.  The session itself turned out great but what a session it was.  We got to Chicago early in the morning to start our session by Lake Michigan thinking we were going to beat the traffic and the crowds but little did we know we ended up right in the middle of a marathon and we spent almost as much or more time looking for parking and walking to our destinations as we did shooting.  Thank you so much "D" family for being so patient and wonderful.  I had a lot of fun during the session and since my kids and hubby came along as well.  The kids had a great time swimming and having fun on the beach.  As you can tell from the pictures the "D" girls were definitely the happiest during their time in the water.  I definitely love beach sessions but wish we were a little closer to lake Michigan so I can do more of them there.  Here is a preview from our beach session. 













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(EJB Photography) outdoor photography Chicago IL on location photography family child https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/d-family-beach-session-belvidere-il Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:13:00 GMT
Baby "T" visits the studio {Belvidere IL, Rockford IL newborn, infant photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/baby-t-visits-studio-belvidere-il
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(EJB Photography) family baby newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/baby-t-visits-studio-belvidere-il Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:05:00 GMT
"H" Family Session {Belvidere IL, Roscoe IL family, child photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/h-family-session-belvidere-il-roscoe-il









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(EJB Photography) outdoor photography on location photography family child https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/h-family-session-belvidere-il-roscoe-il Fri, 14 Sep 2012 21:30:00 GMT
K & Z maternity session {Belvidere IL, DeKalb IL maternity photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/k-z-maternity-session-belvidere-il










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(EJB Photography) baby bump expecting outdoor photography belly on location photography https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/k-z-maternity-session-belvidere-il Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:05:00 GMT
Little Brother "J" Newborn session {Belvidere IL, newborn, family photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/little-brother-j-newborn-session

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(EJB Photography) outdoor photography Belvidere IL infant family child baby newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/little-brother-j-newborn-session Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:49:00 GMT
Little Miss Personality "L's" 9 month session {Belvidere IL, Hampshire IL baby, milestone photo https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/little-miss-personality-ls-9-month






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(EJB Photography) outdoor photography baby girl on location photography baby 9 month old https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/little-miss-personality-ls-9-month Sat, 08 Sep 2012 20:39:00 GMT
Little Ms. "A's" 3 month old milestone session {Belvidere IL, Sycamore IL baby, family photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/little-ms-as-3-month-old-milestone





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(EJB Photography) 3 month old outdoor photography baby girl on location photography family baby https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/9/little-ms-as-3-month-old-milestone Fri, 07 Sep 2012 20:17:00 GMT
Brother and Sister Session {Belvidere IL, Roscoe IL family photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/8/brother-and-sister-session-belvidere-il After a few reschedules I finally got to photograph my friend "K's" son and daughter.  We have been planning this session for a long time and we knew that we definitely wanted to focus on sports since "C" and "A" are both into sports.  "C" even brought along the trophies and medals he won at the State playoffs.   How awesome is that.  "A" plays softball and mom brought along some of her equipment as well and we had fun on the baseball field.  We got some posed shots as well as some action ones too.  We then moved our session to the football field where we took some pics in "C's" jersey.  He had a spare one so we were able to get some pics of both sibs in the jersey.  From there we headed over to a park and took some regular portraits.  It started raining as we wrapped up the session so there are a few pics that did not turn out at the end but with over 600 pics on my memory card I definitely had a lot to choose from.  I had such a hard time narrowing down the best ones.  Now you can see why I am running behind on my editing.  LOL :) Well, here are a few sneak peeks from the session.


















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(EJB Photography) outdoor photography sports football softball on location photography family child baseball https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/8/brother-and-sister-session-belvidere-il Thu, 30 Aug 2012 20:27:00 GMT
"D" is 3 months old!!! {Belvidere IL, Machesney Park IL, baby, milestone photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/8/d-is-3-months-old-belvidere-il

Once again I got to work with a returning client and see how much Ms. "D" has changed in the last 3 months.  It doesn't seem like a long time but at this age they change so quickly.  She was such a trooper for our session.  Mom brought along some cute outfits and overall the session turned out great.  Mom also had some great ideas she came up with for the pics.  She showed me a picture she found online with the baby facts for the current age and wanted to do something similar.  I loved the idea, it will be so cute for the baby book.  This photo summed up a milestone session to the tee. The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold what more can you ask for.  So without further delay, here are some previews from "D's" 3 month session.  








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(EJB Photography) 3 month old outdoor photography baby girl on location photography child baby https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/8/d-is-3-months-old-belvidere-il Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:22:00 GMT
"K" turns 6 months old {Belvidere IL, Chicago IL, child, family photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/8/k-turns-6-months-old-belvidere-il






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(EJB Photography) outdoor photography 6 month old Chicago IL baby girl on location photography family child baby https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/8/k-turns-6-months-old-belvidere-il Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:10:00 GMT
"N" newborn session {Belvidere IL, DeKalb IL newborn, family photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/8/n-newborn-session-belvidere-il-dekalb











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(EJB Photography) outdoor photography infant baby girl on location photography family child baby newborn https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/8/n-newborn-session-belvidere-il-dekalb Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:50:00 GMT
On the Farm {Belvidere IL, Stillman Valley IL, first birthday, cake smash photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/8/on-farm-belvidere-il-stillman-valley-il











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(EJB Photography) outdoor photography cake smash birthday on location photography family child https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/8/on-farm-belvidere-il-stillman-valley-il Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:24:00 GMT
6 day old RJ {Belvidere IL, Elgin IL, newborn, family photography} https://www.ejbphotography.com/blog/2012/8/6-day-old-rj-belvidere-il-elgin-il It seems like my sessions usually end up being a few of the same type of session in a row.  If I have first birthday session, I usually have at least a couple in a row, then milestone sessions are usually clustered as well as family, etc.  My last newborn shoot was almost 3 months ago and that felt like forever ago as I love newborn sessions so I was going through a little bit of withdrawal.  "R" contacted me a few weeks before her due date and I was so excited for the arrival of this little guy.  He made his appearance and 6 days later I had the pleasure of meeting him during his newborn session.  What a cutie!! He was doing great for family pics (well with the exception of pooping on mom and dad, LOL) but once he woke up he made us work a little bit harder.  In newborn world, being awake means it's time to eat, and that is what RJ did, we did most of the pics in between the feedings.  Once he was sleeping he did really good.  He even woke up towards the end of our session and stayed really content just looking around and trying to take in the world around him.  During that time we were able to get some pictures of him with his eyes open and they turned out great.  There was even one of him smiling while awake.  Thank you guys for choosing me to capture this wonderful moment in your lives.  This stage only lasts for such a short time.  Enjoy your new bundle of joy, can't wait to see him for his 3 month session.  Here is some previews from his session.