Let it snow....

Beautiful snow falling... looking through the window... as I sit nice and cozy on my sofa.

I've always wanted to shoot snowflakes so I got out there today and tried it out. It was not ideal considering it was -3 with windchill.... it was cold, I was shivering and it was windy. All of this combined made it hard to get super sharp focus but it was fun. Not too bad for my first time working with snowflakes. Next time maybe I will attempt some freezing bubbles :)

I got nothing else done today and I had 15 things on my "to do list" but it was worth it.... good for the soul.

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Love you to the moon and back...

Another little nephew for me makes three!

And the cutest thing is to see how much his sister and brother love him and always check on him.

Welcome to the world Charlie...

Congrats Mike and Jessie!

 

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World's Littlest Strong Man!

Step right up. Come one. Come all.

Be amazed.... Be enchanted...

See with your very own eyes... the one, the only World's Littlest Strong Man!!!!

The strongest little man you ever will see.

 

Taming tigers and preparing his platform

Taming tigers and preparing his platform

Checking his equipment

Checking his equipment

Showing off his curls

Showing off his curls

It's a girl.... x 2

Twice the smiles....

Twice the hugs.... 

Twice the laughter....

And twice the love.

 

Way back in February, I got an email from a very excited soon-to-be grandmother. Kate and I worked together for many years so I was happy to hear the good news... and that it was twin girls... and that she wanted me to photograph them.  A few months later... here they are... born on July 21, 2017.  I'm so happy I could be a part of this special time and got to meet Zoe and Eleanor.  Kate is going to be the best grandmother -- fun times ahead!!!

 

Welcome to the world sweet souls.

Congrats Natalie and Zachary

 

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Oh yawn... cuteness is hard work

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair ~ Susan Polis Schutz

One more little girl makes four for this family and her sisters adore her already. They were so curious to see what we were doing. Even on the first 80 degree day, it was hard for them to play outside for too long before checking on her. But can't blame them..... who would want to be away from this pretty little girl for too long????

 

Welcome to the world little one.

Congrats parents Rebecca and Brandon and sisters Addie, Millie and Elsa

 

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Donuts!!!!!

Life is sweet with a donut treat.  Rainbow sprinkles put a smile on my face and make for some pretty pics.

iphone photography

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The moon danced with the stars....

"On the day you were born, the angels clapped their hands and the moon danced with the stars...."

 

Such a sweet and very loved little girl.

Welcome to the world little one.

Congrats Jamie and Garrett!

 

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Lights.... Color.... Fashion...

I have loved fashion photography since for forever :)

Magazine pages combining photography, text, graphic images and illustrations.... It's what led me to study design... Editorial moments of vogue fashion and beautiful light with a soft haze or a little edge.

For the past few years I have been able to photograph BHS Rock the Runway.  This is a wearable art fashion show celebrating handmade pieces using non-traditional found materials designed by Batavia High School students and directed by instructor Dawn Zalkus.  Here are some highlights:

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Baby + Mohawk = Happy

This little one can rock a Mohawk and is full of smiles.  Life is pretty good at 6 months... and lots of fun for anyone that gets to hang out with him.

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sugar sweet and pretty pink

I have had lots of little boy sessions lately..... here's a look back at this sweet little girl....

She just turned 3. We are heading to her birthday party later today to celebrate!

May you always...
Dream big... Sparkle... and Shine Bright

 

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Give thanks for the rainbows, the butterflies....

Give thanks for the rainbows, the butterflies.... the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain, for the tree... for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand, and the whispered "i love you"

~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

May this sweet boy do all of this and more.

Welcome to the world little one.

Congrats Heather and Frank!

 

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love is in the details....

And here is a look at some beautiful details.

My friend Dawn created such cute decor for her sister's baby shower a few years ago. This was her first time being an Auntie and she went all out to put together a sweet winter time party filled with snowflakes, hot cocoa, polar bears and little trinkets with a vintage flair. Beautiful work!

I just photographed her second nephew's newborn session last week but here are some highlights from when I photographed this pretty party for her first nephew.

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All of God's grace....

All of God's grace in one little face.

This tiny peanut was so excited to get the party started that he decided to show up 5 weeks early; he was quite the surprise but he is healthy and sweet and loved beyond belief.

Welcome to the world little one.

Congrats Nick and Robin!

 

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Moving scrapbooks....

A moving scrapbook is a great way to celebrate all the best moments in life.... make photo books, make videos, and keep your memories at your fingertips!

I love giving these to clients because it allows them to be in that moment again and again.... for newborn sessions, portrait sessions, or events.

Here are some newborn sessions just added to the website portfolio under "kids"...

Contact me for more info :)

a baby is a blessing....

.... and this little one joined my family on September 28, 2015.

My nephew Isaac is such a sweet gentle soul.  

The name Isaac means "he laughs" and he definitely makes everyone around him smile :)

 

Welcome to the world little one.

Congrats Mike and Jessie!

 

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sofa Chicago 2015

So many beautiful and interesting things....

Walking around this art event makes you think, makes you wonder, makes you ask why and how and what???

Makes me so happy!

Here are few pieces I found....

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Jason Griego

Jason Griego

Jason Griego

Jason Griego

Kirsten Stingle

Kirsten Stingle

Kate Hunt -- I connect with these on such a personal level and stood there for a very long time -- I see them as industrial angel wings-- a surgical or medical apparatus like my hip brace after my surgery and although I only had to wear if for 6 weeks it has had such a strong effect on my life and sometimes I think that I really haven't taken it off yet.

Kate Hunt -- I connect with these on such a personal level and stood there for a very long time -- I see them as industrial angel wings-- a surgical or medical apparatus like my hip brace after my surgery and although I only had to wear if for 6 weeks it has had such a strong effect on my life and sometimes I think that I really haven't taken it off yet.

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Mona Luison -- look at this happy little guy

Mona Luison -- look at this happy little guy

Erica Rosenfeld

Erica Rosenfeld

wearable art -- representations of flowers, moss, pearls, butterflies, shells, bark

wearable art -- representations of flowers, moss, pearls, butterflies, shells, bark

the glass changes from greens to pinks depending on the kind of light that hits it (natural light vs fluorescent light)

the glass changes from greens to pinks depending on the kind of light that hits it (natural light vs fluorescent light)

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Joan Rasmussen

Joan Rasmussen

Tip Toland -- a series on African Albino children

Tip Toland -- a series on African Albino children

Crystal Stubbs

Crystal Stubbs

Crystal Stubbs -- postcard

Crystal Stubbs -- postcard

tiny tike... sleep tight

Let him sleep for when he wakes, he will move mountains.
— unknown

This tiny tike was wide awake... he did not want to sleep, he was all ready to shake, rattle and roll.... but.... eventually he was all tuckered out :)

Welcome to the world little one.

Congrats Marnie and John!

 

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