This is Bev.  She is a sweet soul with a huge heart, and a strong spirit filled with enough positive energy to go around!  She is also a single mom of two very sweet and very energetic boys!  During our session I watched her in amazement and awe at how she kept up with them, always patient and with a smile on her face.  I finally asked her, “How do you do it?”.  She just laughed and said, “Just like this…..”

I love this job

Have I mentioned lately how much I love this job?  In case I haven’t, “I love this job”.  I love spending time with the families, getting to know a little bit about their home and their style, and then working it into the moments I’m recording for them, making – that’s my goal anyway.  Once again, thank you Matt and Lori, for letting me come hang out with your beautiful family, and congratulations on your newest little member, she’s absolutely amazing!

You know what they say…..a picture says a thousand words.

If you haven’t been, I can think of too many reasons why you should go!  Let’s see, great coffee, great pastries, great ice cream, great sandwiches, and the friendliest staff EVER, are just a few that come to mind.  Tonight I was lucky enough to not only stop by for some yummy goodness, but also go to hang out with it’s owner, Rahel, and her super fun and incredibly beautiful daughter.  We all took a stroll across the street to Grant Park, and took advantage of this perfect Fall evening, and the sweet lighting that was going on as the sun went down.  We’d been talking about doing this for what seems like forever.  I’m so glad we finally had a chance to get together, it was such a fun evening!  Here’s a peek at some of the cuteness I got to hang out with tonight.


Holiday Cards

Yep!  It’s really here already.  If you haven’t booked your holiday photo session, I have just a few spots left.  If you have booked your session and are considering using one of your photos to have your holiday cards made, I have a HUGE selection of fun templates to choose from.  Here’s a sneak peek at some of the ones I’ve been working on so far.


Anique just turned 5!  In her family, that means it’s your turn to put on “the” beautiful white dress, have your portrait done, and then added to the very special wall at Grandma’s house!  For those of you who have worked with me, you know that “sitting” for a portrait is not my forte’, and I don’t even pretend to be good at it!  But SOMEHOW, we managed to make Grandma happy by keeping with the tradition, AND getting some gorgeous smiles (and lots of giggles too) from Anique.  Maybe it was the beautiful weather we had that day, or maybe it was how the combination of the trees and her fancy dress made her look like a little woodland fairy.  It might even have had something to do with our talk of her plans to get her first puppy someday – a pink polka dot, yellow tailed, blue-footed poodle!!!  Whatever it was, the important thing is that we all had a lot of fun doing it.  I look forward to seeing that same dress again, two years from now, when her little sister turns 5.

Welcome Alice (gray) and Cooper (white/tan/gray) to our family! They are 2 baby siberian dwarf hamsters who have come to live with us for the next 2-3 years (that’s their life span – in ANY household!). They are making the kids VERY happy, and Kenny is slowly but surly coming around : )