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DeKalb, IL Maternity Photographer | Craig, Liz, & Annabelle

DeKalb, IL Maternity Photographer

In just a few short weeks my baby sis is going to have BABY!!!! It’s been quite an exciting year-and-a-half for this clan! Back in April 2017 Liz married Craig and became stepmomma to darling Annabelle, and she also finished up her nursing degree and got a job in the field. Then they found out they were pregnant around the same time they closed on a new house (she announced her pregnancy to me while we were packing up their kitchen, haha!)! So many good changes! I’m so excited for them and can’t wait to snuggle my newest niece!!

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Rockford, IL Newborn & Family Photography | John, Jackie, Dylan, & Lucille

Rockford, IL Newborn & Family Photography | John, Jackie, Dylan, & Lucille

I just photographed this family back in the Fall, and it was great to see them again as they welcomed darling Lucille into their family on May 17 (which is a pretty darn good day to be born, if I do say so myself!  ;) ). Lucille was just 8 days old when I photographed her, and she was such a content little babe!! 

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Isn't Jackie absolutely radiant for just having a baby?!?!? AND they were moving literally the day after our shoot! Talk about a supermomma!!

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Dylan cracks me up. He was all about these pictures, as you can see. 

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I also photographed John & Jackie's wedding. I love being able to follow these family from their very beginnings!!

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To John & Jackie, congrats again!! You're great parents and it was so good to see you again! <3

Sugar Grove, IL Family Photography | Brandon, Amber, Ava, & Ella

Sugar Grove, IL Family Photography | Brandon, Amber, Ava, & Ella

About a year and half ago, I posted a blog about our good friends Brandon and Amber and their 5 year struggle to have a baby, which led to them adopting their daughter Ava as a newborn. Well, about 5 months after I posted that blog, we found out that Amber was expecting!! Sweet Ella was born December 19, 2017, about two weeks after Ava's 2nd birthday. I'm so happy for these guys and in awe of God's redemption of what was once thought to be impossible. <3

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Rock Cut State Park Family Photography | John, Jacqueline, & Dylan

Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL Family Photography

Another sweet bride & groom turned mom & dad on the blog today!! I photographed John & Jackie's wedding back in 2015 but now they're back with Mr. Dylan!! Dylan is a sweet and gentle little dude with an old soul and I had a great time hanging out with him and his parents!

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See you guys next time!! :D :D :D

Rock Cut State Park Family Photography | Joe, Kelley, & Alice

Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL Family Photography

YOU GUYYYYYYYYYYSSSSSSS!!!!!!! I am SO excited to share these images with you all!!! This couple is very near and dear to my heart because Joe & Kelley's wedding was the VERY FIRST WEDDING I EVER PHOTOGRAPHED!!!!! They took a chance on me when I was wet behind the ears and I will be forever grateful! And I gotta say, after just scrolling through those images for the first time in awhile, I'm still incredibly proud of those images! 

So that was 7 1/2 years ago (!!!!), and now these two have a sweet little babe, Alice, who is absolutely darling and the obvious joy of their lives. It was so great to reconnect with these guys and photograph them in this new stage of life!!!  

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DeKalb, IL Family Photography | Dave, Sarah, Ben, Danny, & Isabel

DeKalb, IL Family Photographer

Another year, another shoot with this crew!! I'll never tire of getting to see how much these kiddos grow, and my oh my, have they grown up!! If you feel like taking a stroll down memory lane with me, just check out their previous shoots!! (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016) This year they were joined by their newest family member, Mylo and he is such a sweetie!

We shot out at Camelot Christmas Tree Farm this year and it was nice to change it up from my usual places. The property is so peaceful with the trees and the little lake, and paired with shooting at my absolute favorite time of day, I left our shoot feeling recharged from beauty of it all. 

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Ben (who is a freshman IN HIGH SCHOOL NOW!! What is life!?!?!?)

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Danny

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Isabel

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See you guys next year!! :D :D :D 

DeKalb, IL Family Photography | Dan, Beth, & Hannah

DeKalb, IL Family Photographer

This gang is back on the blog, and it was so fun to photograph them in one of my happy places: The DeKalb Public Library!!! Since their wedding alllllllllll the way back in 2011 (WHAT?!?), Dan & Beth have lived all over the world (Austrailia, the Netherlands, and now Texas!), which means when they visit home it's usually around Christmas (i.e. it's really cold). They wanted to change things up from their indoor session at Grandma & Grandpa's house a couple years ago, and the library was a great WARM option! Little Hannah is a budding book worm (yeah girl!!), so we grabbed some of her favorites and got to work. Grandma & Grandpa joined in after a bit, and I can tell you right now if Hannah ever doubts how adored she is she'll only need to look at these images. 

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Dan, Beth, Hannah, Gary, & Jan, thanks again for a fun time and see you in a couple years!! <3 <3 <3 

Sycamore, IL Family Photography | John, Dawn, Abigail, & Allison

Sycamore, IL Family Photographer

Got some in-home goodness coming atcha today!! It was so nice to meet this family and hang out in front of their cozy fireplace, especially since the day of their shoot was one of the coldest we've had this Fall! Abigail and Allison were so stinkin' cute and up for much silliness, which I always approve of. ;) After we got nice and toasty by the fire, we hopped outside into the freezing, blustery weather for a few quick images in the backyard (and I mean QUICK! I think we lasted about 5 minutes tops!). Thanks so much for inviting me into your home, friends! 

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Sycamore, IL Family Photography | David, Michelle, Leah, Addy, Eliza, & Anna

Sycamore, IL Family Photographer

I just photographed this team back in February right after Anna was born, and I CAN'T BELIEVE how much they've all grown in just eight months!! All four of these girls are so stinkin' cute and so much fun to photograph!!! Technically, this was a mini session because their daddy (David) is a farmer and literally took a quick dinner break for this shoot so he could get back to harvesting, but these girls did such a great job in just 20 short minutes! 

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Bloomington-Normal, IL Family Photographer | Scott, Sharon, & Charles

After photographing their engagement session in 2014, their wedding in 2015, and baby Charles last year, you know I was super excited to see this group again!! It was so good to catch up with Scott & Sharon, and Mr. Charles has changed sin the last year from being containable on a blanket to being a curious explorer of the big wide world. When I used to work at a daycare waaaaaay back in another life, this was one of my favorite ages to work with. Toddlers are so full of wonder and excitement over the everyday things we take for granted, and it's so fun to observe them taking it all in! They always remind me to slow down and appreciate what I consider to be mundane. Maybe "slow down" isn't the right phrase (can I get an "amen!" toddler moms?!?), but they at least help me look at things with fresh eyes. ;) 

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Rockford, IL Family Photography | Michael, Jessica, Reese, & Paisley

Rockford, IL Family Photographer

I've known Jessica for over 10 years now and I've watched her walk through some pretty important life-changes: graduating college, getting a job as a teacher, meeting and marrying Michael, and having kids. The last time I had the privilege of photographing her and her family was back when Paisley was just a wee little newborn, so you know I was excited to see how much these kiddos have grown and catch up on life!!!

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Sycamore, IL Family Photography | Pete, Holly, & Benjamin

Sycamore, IL Family Photography

I just photographed this bunch at Matt & Anna's wedding in July (Pete is Anna's brother, Holly was her matron of honor, and if you check out the post, you'll see a shot of Benjamin in a sweet tux onsie!), so it was great to see them again and get to know them a bit more. Benjamin is already a little heart-breaker (hello, huge blue eyes!!), and I was dying over all of his cute expressions!! 

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Rock Cut State Park Family Photography | Chris, Karissa, Bennett, & Family

Rock Cut State Park Family Photography

I've had the pleasure of photographing Chris & Karissa four now times over the past 3 years! From their engagement session in 2014, to their wedding in 2015, then again last year with Karissa's family after Mr. Bennett joined the scene, and now this year with Chris's side. Never gets old getting to watch families grow over the years while preserving their histories!

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Cantigny Family Photography | Chad, Stephanie, & Beatrice

Cantigny Family Photography.

I know I've said this before, but one of the best things about being a wedding and family photographer is having the opportunity to follow a couple over the years and take part in so many of their important and exciting milestones. Chad and Stephanie are one of those couples!! I just checked, and I photographed their engagement back in December 2012, and then their wedding in September 2013! WHAT?!?!? Wasn't it just last year?!? I seriously don't understand time. 

Well, it was time to photograph these two again, and this time they brought their stinkin' adorable wee one, Beatrice, who just turned one!! It was so much fun wandering around the Cantigny grounds with this sweet family!!

 

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Thanks for spending the morning with me you guys!! Blessings, and until next time!!

Chicago, IL Family Photographer | Jaden & Cassandra

Chicago, IL Family Pictures.

I'm so excited to share just a few of my favorites from my session with Cassandra and Jaden a couple weeks ago!! They're about to take a huge step into the world of fostering and wanted to do a shoot in one of their favorite cities to commemorate this amazing new chapter in their lives. Their love of the Lord and obedience to Him through this process is inspiring and I can't wait to see what He does through them. What a privilege it was for me to be able to document this time for them!!

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Praying for you guys as you enter this new stage of life! Blessings!!!

Chicago, IL Family Photography | Adam, Karly, & Eleanor

Chicago, IL Family Photography.

So excited to share some of my favorites from my recent session with this family! It's no secret that I LOVE in-home sessions, so you know I'm all about these images. Eleanor was such a sweet peanut and I couldn't get enough of her cute little face (trust me, you'll see what I mean)!

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Adam and Karly live two blocks from Wrigley Field, so we just had to walk down and grab a few images in front of the ballpark. We were lucky enough to be over there right as a game was just finishing up, and the Cubs had won, so there was much excitement and celebration in the air. 

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Adam & Karly, thanks for inviting me into your home! It was a pleasure spending the afternoon with you all! Blessings!!

Sycamore, IL Newborn Photography | David, Michelle, Leah, Addy, Eliza, & Anna

Sycamore, IL Newborn Photography.

Sweet little Anna was born at the beginning of February and, you guys, she is such a little doll!! Just wait until you see her cheeks! The temptation to squish them was almost too much to handle, but I dug deep and restrained myself (mostly because my hands were cold). ;) Those of you with baby fever may want to use extra caution while looking through the rest of this post because, seriously. Doll baby. 

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That little babe is already so cared for by her 3 older sisters!!! 

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I know I talk about this every time I post a session like this, so excuse me for beating a dead horse, but I just can't get enough of in-home sessions!!! The day of this family's shoot happened to be one of the colder days we've had here in IL this winter, and who wants to go outside in the cold with a 2-week-old?!?!? When I was photographing Anna by herself, Leah, Addy, & Eliza went off and played with their toys. AND everyone is more comfortable in their own home. Win-win-win!! I could come up with a few more great reasons for an in-home session, but I don't want to take the focus off of how STINKIN' CUTE THESE GUYS ARE. 

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One last soapbox moment and then I'm done. I love squishy posed baby pictures, and I have some of my own kids framed in my house. I follow photographers who do that type of newborn photography so well and I have so much respect for them. BUT. The images I love most of my kids as little newborns will always be the ones that show them as they were naturally. How they held their hand a certain way when the slept or how they stretched. The little things that change so quickly because babies change so quickly. Those are the images that really speak to my heart and are the images I aim to capture for my clients. I mean, this session was just two weeks ago and I'm sure Anna already looks different!

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David & Michelle, congrats again on your sweet little darling and thanks for welcoming me into your home!!! Blessings!!

Sugar Grove, IL Family Photographer | Brandon, Amber, & Ava

Sugar Grove, IL Family Photography.

It's hard to find the words to express just how much these two mean to Seth and I. We've know Brandon and Amber for around 10 years and they are two of our closest friends. We've walked through so much life with them. We've taken trips with them, had countless late nights talking and playing games, laughed until we couldn't breathe...they're our people! But there's been some pretty tough stuff, too. Around 6 years ago they started trying to have kids, and 6 years ago on Christmas Amber had her first miscarriage. Obviously, Christmas since then has been a difficult time of year for them. After years of trying and one more miscarriage, B&A made the decision to start the adoption process. Through a whirlwind of crazy, God-ordained details, within about two months, Brandon and Amber were holding their daughter Ava in their arms. Ava was born December 7, 2015, just a few weeks before the 5-year anniversary of Amber's first miscarriage. Ava means life, and what a beautiful, sweet miracle of a life she is! I wish I could go into more detail about just how amazing Brandon and Amber's story is and all the ways in which God worked to bring about this adoption, but there's so much I'd end up leaving out because there was so much that happened. These two need to write a book because this short account doesn't do their incredible story justice! They've been a wonderful example of what it looks like to have unwavering faith in God, and anyone who knows them knows what a privilege it is to be friends with them! So, it's with great joy that I share these images with you all. Happy Birthday, Ava!! You are such a blessing and we love you!!

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Belvidere, IL Family Photography | Chris, Karissa, Bennett, and family

Belvidere, IL Family Photography

You guys know how much I love extended family sessions! It's such a special thing to have multiple generations of a family in one photo and to be able to document the legacy of two people. This family is extra special because I photographed Chris and Karissa's wedding in June 2015, but now that family has grown by one! Mr. Bennett joined the family in June and he is just as sweet as can be!! 

Aside from family pictures with Bennet, one of the reasons for our shoot was because Karissa's parents are selling their home, Karissa's childhood home, so she wanted to have some images of the whole family in front of the house before it sells. 

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Bennett was enamored by the leaves rustling in the wind on the tree behind me...nothing could break his stare, haha!

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We headed over to Belvidere Park for the second part of our shoot. Fall was really showing off with its beautiful colors and amazing light. 

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Grandpa is the best at getting Bennett to laugh!

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Wanna hear something crazy? Last week I posted Scott & Sharon's family pictures and shared about how I photographed their engagement session in October 2014, wedding May 2015, and now family pictures with their little one in October 2016. Well, I just checked dates on Chris and Karissa: Engagement session October 11, 2014, Wedding June 13, 2015, and this shoot was October 23, 2016!! Serious deja vu over here people!! So good!!

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Thank you so much to this entire group! It was so good to see you all again! Thank you so much for trusting me with your memories!! <3