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DeKalb, IL Maternity Photographer | Derek & Samantha

DeKalb, IL Maternity Photographer

The last time I photographed Derek and Sam was right before they got married allllll the way back in 2012! That was SIX YEARS AGO. (insert shocked face emoji here) Back in October, we met at the same place where we took their engagement photos to photograph some maternity pictures!! Eeeek!! It was so good to see them again and to chat about all things pregnancy and I’m so excited for them to enter this new amazing stage of their lives!!

This shoot was interesting for me creatively because we planned the session for the early morning, which comes with a type of light that I don’t get to shoot in that often. It was fun to play with the light at a different angle in a location that I shoot in frequently (and 95% of the time I shoot there it’s in the evening) and to embrace some of the harsher light that comes with a quickly rising sun. In previous years I’d be all about running to the shade in a situation like this, and while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, I really felt like challenging myself to step outside of my photographic comfort zone and see what I could get with the full sun for some of the images. I’m really pleased with the result!

Getting back to the main reason we’re here, here are some of my favorites from my time with Derek & Sam, who I just know are going to make great parents!!

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Lincoln Park and North Ave Beach, Chicago, IL Maternity Photographer | Jaden & Cassandra

Lincoln Park and North Ave Beach, Chicago, IL Maternity Photographer

When I last photographed Jaden and Cassandra back in April 2017, they were just getting ready to embark upon fostering to adopt and had traveled to Chicago from Missouri to celebrate the life change with a photo session (which you can check out HERE!). Earlier this year they finally began to foster, and within a few short whirlwind weeks they were caring for a two babies AND a teenager. They hadn’t even adjusted to their new chaotic life when they were faced with an unexpected surprise…Cassandra was PREGNANT!!! WHAT?!?!? While they’re still caring for the teen, they've taken a step back from fostering in general until they get settled after their baby boy is born in January, but then they plan to continue on with their original plan of fostering.

I’m beyond honored that they drove up to Chicago once again to have me photograph their maternity pictures! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them and was inspired, encouraged, and blessed by their story of obedience to God and of His faithfulness to them. I’m so excited for these two and know they’re going to be amazing parents!! <3

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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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DeKalb, IL Maternity Photography | Matt & Erin

Erin and I serve on our church worship team together, and one of the things that has always stuck out to me is how good she is with kids. She has such an easy way with them and immediately makes them feel comfortable and welcome. She recently came over to my house to talk about birthy stuff, and after she left, my 6-year-old said (without me even asking his opinion, I might add), "I was shy with her at first, but I like her!" Haha! From the mouth of babes. I know beyond a doubt that Erin is going to be an amazing mother and I'm so excited for her and Matt to welcome their little boy in the next few (but hopefully couple!) of weeks!!

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Praying for a smooth delivery and healthy baby!!! Blessings to you both!!!

DeKalb, IL Maternity Photography | Aaron & Marie

How's about an cute baby bump to warm your heart on this frosty day? Marie was 7 months pregnant when we met for our session, and her and Aaron will be meeting their sweet baby girl in January. Like, NEXT MONTH, January!! EEEK! What a joy to be able to photograph this magical time of anticipation!

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I mean, can you even handle this image below?!?! Such a proud daddy!

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Congrats, you two!! Enjoy your last Christmas season as a family of two! :D

Zac & Morgan | DeKalb, IL Maternity Photography

Sweet little Kensington Kristine was born on October 25th, but I still couldn't help sharing a few images from Morgan and Zac's maternity session from September! Can you blame me?!?! 

You are GORGEOUS, Morgan...pregnancy looks good on you! 

This last image was taken near the spot where Zac proposed to Morgan...how sweet is that?!?

Congrats again on darling Kensie!!! I can't wait to meet her!! :) :) :)

Claire & Mason : DeKalb, IL Maternity Photography

Baby belly time! :)

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Due Date : May 22nd

Their Story : We met at Knox College.  Mason was a sophomore and I was just starting school.  We met at his fraternity house and started dating a few months later after we became good friends.

Where they're fromand what they doClaire- I'm from DeKalb, IL and I'm a clinical oncology pharmacist at a cancer center in Owensboro, Kentucky. Mason- I'm from Alton, IL and work in Quality Assurance at a meat processing plant.

Perfect date nightWe like to keep it simple - we like to stay home and just spend quality time together - cook dinner together, watch a movie, work on a project - just the two of us.

What they're havingIf you were to poll the masses - they would say "Boy" but we really don't know - and will love either one!

CravingsNope - no cravings - I do have a sweet tooth though!  Early on in the pregnancy I did have a food aversion to meat - weird, huh?

Jennifer & Tom : DeKalb, IL Maternity Photography

  I don't know about you all, but I love myself a good maternity session!! dekalbmaternityphotography_02

 

Can you believe that Jennifer was 8 months pregnant here???  All those 6 mile runs are working because you look AMAZING, Jen!!!dekalbmaternityphotography_01

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I looooooooove this picture!!!!  It almost makes me want another baby just so I could have a picture of me and Seth like this.  ;)

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dekalbmaternityphotography_12Good luck to you guys as you get closer to meeting your little one!!  He/she is almost here!!

Matt, Gladys, Brianna, & Mia : Afton Forest Preserve, DeKalb, IL Family Session

I photographed Matt, Gladys, Brianna, and Mia back at the beginning of October and it couldn't have been a more perfect day!  It was gorgeous out, and the light was just to die for!!  Seth and I have known Matt and Gladys for awhile now, but we don't get to see them that often, so it was great to have an excuse to hang out and catch up.  Seth and Lucas even came along to keep us company, which came in handy when Brianna and Mia got sick of having their picture taken.  They played with Luc while I got some pictures of just Matt and Gladys, and Gladys' ADORABLE bump!!  :)  
This is actually the first part of two blog posts.  Gladys had her adorable little baby a few weeks after we took these pictures, and I had the pleasure of photographing him as well, so those pictures will be in the next post.  :)

Isn't Mia a DOLL????
I'm jealous of your beautiful, smooth belly, Gladys. :)
Brianna was having a grand ole' time exploring the field!
Seriously, Gladys. Gorgeous!!
This next set is my favorite. :)
Stay tuned for part 2!!  Happy Thursday!!!! :) :) :)

>My favorite pictures from 2008

>I recently read an article that suggested going through your old pictures and evaluating them to see where you can improve. I've only been seriously taking pictures since July, so I didn't have much to go through, but it was fun going through my pictures and seeing what I've done in the past 5 months. So here they are, without further ado, my favorite pictures from 2008!

This was the first "serious" picture I took. It was in August, about 3 weeks after I got my new camera and the first time I actually had a specific vision about a picture I wanted to take. My friend Amber wanted a nice picture of her and her husband Brandon and I needed some models.

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This next picture was taken at my Mother-in-Law's farm in September.

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These next few pictures are of my cutie pie niece, Ellie. These were taken at the beginning of October. I may be a little biased, but isn't she just so sweet??

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For this one, which was taken in October, my husband, myself, and some friends went to play disc golf. I didn't feel like playing so I was just messing around with my camera and actually ended up with something I liked!

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This one is from Matthiessen State Park and was taken in October.

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Another one from October. I took pictures of the band my husband is in, Keslinger. This is a picture of the guitarist, Jon.

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This next set of pictures are probably my all time favorite for the year. My friend, Kimo, asked me back in August shortly after I got my camera if I would mind taking pictures for her when she was all big and prego. It was such a great opportunity for me to learn! These pictures were taken at the beginning of November with their adorable (and very photogenic!) dog, Milo.

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This one is my absolute favorite!!

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My husbands bandmate, Ben, asked if I would take some pictures of him for a competition he was in earlier this month. This was taken in December and was one of my favorites.

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At the beginning of December, Seth and I decided to take a trip over New Year's since I had time off from work. I've always loved Arizona and he had never been there, so we decided to make the long trek out west. From Illinois it was about 23 hours one way. It may have been a long drive, but for me it was so worth it! I had a really hard time narrowing down my favorites!

These first four are from Saguaro National Park. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend it!
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After Saguaro NP, we headed up to Sedona. Another beautiful area!
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And what trip to Arizona would be complete without visiting the Grand Canyon?
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Well, I hope you enjoyed my review of 2008! I'm so excited to see what new opportunities 2009 will bring!