Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Celebrating summer!

Summer is here. It's now. It's not even half over. But pool toys are half off at the drug store. And some retailers are selling Christmas on their shelves. I can't handle it! We are living in a central Illinois HEAT ADVISORY at this very moment and browsing for Christmas tree ornaments in check-out lanes. 

Life is strange sometimes. I can't handle all the weirdness sometimes. 

So I turn inward, where my mind says, "Stay in this lovely moment. Don't let your kids grow another inch, have another mature thought, grow out of their shoes (again) or blow you away with how much they've changed (again) without snuggling them and smothering them with kisses until they protest." 

That moment passes quickly. They can only stomach so much sentimentality. 

But this pausing in the moment, this reflection, this soaking up life...that can only mean one thing. We should still be celebrating summer!! 

I'm going to do it with backyard BBQs, sunblock and swimming, late nights chasing fireflies, driveway chalk drawings and....

A special offer for you to celebrate the joys of family and summer with a portrait spectacular! 

Here's how it works:

1. Call or text me to book your appointment and either option A or option B. 217.801.7464. 

2. Put on something fancy, cute or comfortable. Be yourself. Enjoy. Live. Love. Capture. Treasure. 

3. can't use this offer with other offers, coupons or gift certificates because it is special pricing! You can only use for families and child/ren. It doesn't apply to senior portrait sessions.


A.  Me shooting portraits and candids for about one hour at a location within 30 minutes of Athens. $150. You will be able to download all digital files free through my web site one time, as well as buy prints and all kinds of other fun gifts through my lab at reasonable prices. 

B. The same as A, except with a custom-designed keepsake CD of all the images with a copyright release. $200

If you want to add extra time, the cost will be $100 per hour. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Meet Sarah

One fun morning, we took Sarah's senior portraits. It unforgettable experience that started at sunrise. And it was beautiful... 

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Addison has a lot to say about Abraham Lincoln, not to mention her first day at kindergarten. You'll definitely want to tune in and hear her explanation about our beloved 16th (is that right? I should have asked Addison!) president's assassination! Who knew kindergartners could be so darn smart? 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Matt and Addi

I may be a little biased, but these two are just adorable. Thankfully they're a little more talkative around me, but I heard a rumor that Addi didn't stop talking about kindergarten all day. Yet, she didn't have that much to say to me! Even still, I love to hear about school from their perspective! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

My cousin Emily

This is Emily. 

She is absolutely stunning! She is sweet, graceful, kind, respectful and intelligent. And yes, she is pretty on the outside -- only more so because her inner beauty just radiates through her smile and her eyes. I am so proud to call her cousin! Although if I'm not careful, I'll call her my niece because she's so much younger. :-) 

I am flattered that she wanted me to shoot her senior photos, and we had a wonderful day in St. Louis hitting some cool spots to showcase her personality. Here are the highlights from our session: 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Meet Annie

What a pleasure to meet Annie and her siblings -- talented, ambitious, polite, sweet, smart, amazing kids! Such a blessing to photograph her! And...she broke a track record at her school. How cool is that? We had fun downtown and around Auburn, and especially trashing the prom dress. Well, it was fun for me. Maybe a bit yucky for her! 

Check out the video of her sessions: 

Sunday, June 17, 2012