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 I'm a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Chicago and central Illinois.  Grab a
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FINDING THE BEAUTY IN THE DAY TO DAY Personal | The Family Was Here Wk 2

A group of my local photographer friends and I have set out to document a slice of our lives during this time in our world. Our project is called “THE FAMILY WAS HERE,” and is taken from the original project by KETTI PHOTOGRAPHY called “THE KIDS WERE HERE.” The idea is simple but gives such […]

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April 2, 2020

ARE YOU A PARENT THAT HAS A CAMERA?! FREE LIVE ONLINE CLASS: tips for any camera, for the day you learn them!

Moms, dads, grandmas, aunts, grandpas….all the proud photographers of littles in your lives??? This is for you!! Especially if you, like many others, could use a fun little distraction right now, and an activity to keep your mind busy!  I am SO excited to invite you to a FREE online class (on next Monday, 4/6 at 8:30 […]

April 1, 2020

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KIDS CLOTHING AND HOW IT PLAYS INTO THE PHOTOS YOU TAKE AT HOME Mamahood | Making Magic from Mess

Today I wanted to share a quick tip I use when I’m taking pictures of my kids (both just for fun photos documenting our day to day and when I want to take nicer pictures).  It is a bit of a “secret” that I don’t think most moms think about when they go to take […]

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March 31, 2020

CAPTURING THE BEAUTY IN IT ALL Personal | The Family Was Here

I’m excited to share the first installment today of a project I am working on with some local photographers that we did years ago and are starting again now!! A group of my local photographer friends and I have set out to document a slice of our lives during this time in our world. Our […]

March 26, 2020

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DO YOU EVER TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS (EVEN WITH YOUR PHONE??)? A Community for Mamas who take Photos of their Kids

Bear with me here, friends–this is an important post and I don’t want you to miss it! There are a lot of things that make me emotional these days, and I’m guessing I’m not the only one.  I look like this a LOT through the day… One of those things is seeing people’s ideas and […]

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March 25, 2020

LOOKING FOR AN EASY, SAFE ACTIVITY WITH YOUR KIDS? Mamahood | Scavenger Hunts for Families

Deep breaths…what a month this is turning into.  As someone who is prone to anxiety, what I am finding is that time on social media or watching the news, as we could all guess, is not very helpful (though does help me feel connected in some ways).  What I do know is this: Action helps […]

March 19, 2020

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SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS SPRING ELEGANT COUNTRY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Kristyn + Dustin | Married

Honestly, I’m not sure where to even begin with this story, and for a totally different reason than ever before.  But before I even give that situation credit, I just have to say that this wedding combined 2 people who I just think are genuinely beautiful, joyful, kind, and deeply loved people who have known each […]

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March 18, 2020

WORKING FROM HOME WITH YOUR KIDS HOME TOO Mamahood

Well we are certainly in an interesting (scary, unusual, uncharted?) time in life right now as we all hunker down and hope that somehow it is enough to slow the Corona Virus.  I honestly never even considered that this would be something I would deal with in life (but let me tell you, I spend tons […]

March 16, 2020

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS MILESTONE FAMILY AND BABY PHOTOGRAPHY Baby L | Baby's First Year

Sweet baby L is the last in this little series of adorable boys I photographed recently, but I am SO excited to share these!!  When I think of all the features that typically make people go “awwwww” about a baby…this guy has it ALL!  And he is so charming too!  His lovely parents love him […]

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March 3, 2020

ROMANTIC BLUSH AND BLACK SPRING WEDDING

NAVY + SILVER WINTER WEDDING, ILLINOIS

Downtown Late Summer Engagement Session

CLASSIC PURPLE SUMMER WEDDING

PEACH AND NEUTRAL SUMMER WEDDING

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