Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Lunch Out With Frankie

While I was in Louisiana visiting family I got a text from my sister with a picture of this sad faced little bulldog saying, "Frankie wants to meet you". So my Mom and I went to met Frankie and my sister for lunch. Frankie belongs to my sister's boss and he goes to work with his owner everyday, greeting everyone that comes into the office.
Of course after seeing his adorable little face in that text message, I couldn't resist bringing my camera along to get a few photos of my own. It was fun getting to spend a little time playing and capturing Frankie's unique personality.

I hope Mike and Eva enjoy these. Thanks for letting me photograph Frankie.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Frankie- Sneak Peek

A little sneak peek from my trip to Louisiana, a mini-session with the handsome bull dog Frankie. More to come soon...

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Leci- Senior Session Sneak Peek

A little sneak peek of Leci's senior shoot from my trip to Louisiana. I'll post more from this beautiful young ladies session soon....

Happy Holidays Everyone!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Wish Bone Canine Rescue- Sneak Peek

I know it's been a while since I have posted. I promise are very good reasons. First reason, I have been editing and wrapping up client work for the year before my trip home to Louisiana. Second is that I have been working on a project and this time it's not a personal project. So, everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge softy for animals. Well I decided to take what I had been doing before with taking photos of rescue dogs to a whole new level. I sat down one day and wrote a business proposal for a local dog rescue called Wish Bone Canine Rescue to create a 2012 calendar. This proposal involved taking photos, finding sponsors to ease the cost of printing and designing the calendar.
A3 you probably guess by a previous posting, Wish Bone said yes. They joined in to help by assigned volunteers to help with identifying sponsors and driving dogs to locations for photo sessions. While searching for sponsors the volunteers were contacted by a local print company called StarNet Digital Publishing wanting to assist with the printing.
Well as I type this today, I can't seem to express my excitement. It's has truly been an amazing day!!! I was able to pick up the proof and see all that work come together for the first time in printed form. Tonight, my husband Chris is making minor adjustments and tomorrow the printing starts.
This project has been a truly amazing experience. Something that started with just an idea and watching it evolve into this incredible event that has brought people and local businesses together, all to help local dogs get the care they's truly a blessing.
Through the whole process, getting to know the family of volunteers and fosters that work with the Wish Bone organization and meeting all the dogs in the calendar (and those up for adoption) has been wonderful for me and my family.  My son and I also now volunteer on adoption days as well as photographing new adoptable dogs that come into Wish Bone. If you want to help out, Wish Bone can always use volunteers or even foster families for dogs waiting for their homes. Check them out online.

Also, if you are looking for a gift for someone this holiday season and you would like to pre-order a calendar please contact Wish Bone Canine Rescue.

Here is a peek at what the calendar looks like.




Friday, November 11, 2011

For the Dogs

I haven't posted in a little while, which is not typical of me. If you are a friend of my photography on FaceBook, you have seen me posting a ton of dog photos lately. (No, I haven't given up on photographing people..ha-ha) The reason for all the dog photos in the last few weeks is because I am currently working on a fundraising calendar for Wish Bone Canine Rescue.
For those who have met me or know me well are very aware of my love of animals and pet photography. For the last 2 years I have worked with Paradise Pets capturing images of their foster dogs. This year I thought why not take a larger step and instead of just taking adoption photos, why not help a rescue raise money for all the dogs. So I presented a proposal and plan to the Vice President of the Wish Bone organization and she loved the concept.
We are almost done with the calendar photo sessions and will be spending November designing the actual calendar. The plan is to have the calendar available for purchase in time for the holidays.
I have had so much fun capturing all of the dogs unique personalities, meeting their owners/ foster families and hearing their individual rescue/adoption stories. This project has been a real blessing, it means a lot to me being able to help the dogs and the volunteers of Wish Bone.

Currently we are looking for calendar sponsorships to help defer some of the cost of printing. If anyone is interested please contact myself or Wish Bone Canine Rescue for more information.

Also if you are looking for a new canine companion please stop by and visit the wonderful dogs and volunteers of Wish Bone Canine Rescue at Petco (1700 E. College Ave.) in Normal, IL, this Sunday, November 13 from 12 pm to 3 pm. I am planning to stop in myself to drop off some photo session coupons, if you see me there make sure and say hello.

Till the calendar is ready enjoy a few of the images of these wonderful dogs!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Eli's Return

You may recognize Eli from a previous post earlier this year. As soon as she returned from summer break Eli and I got together for a session. It never fails everytime she and I get together, we come up with all kind of creative ideas. The camera certainly loves her and it always shows in the images we create together.
Keep and eye out for more of Eli soon...we have been texting shoot ideas back and forth a lot lately. ;)


We had a lot of good laughs over this dress. It's cute but not an easy one to model...but Eli rocked it.

I love the way these images came out. I had a minor headache at the start of the shoot that kept getting worse. Thankfully, I hung in there long enough to capture these. There is another from this group in her sneak peek.

You may recognize the image below from my blogs banner. I just love her eyes!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Baby E

I met this little guy's mom a while back when a friend asked to use my studio space to do a belly mold on a expecting mother. Lucky for me she got in touch with me to take a few pics of this handsome little man!


I love this photo, he looks like he's trying to cover up.

Baby E's mom wanted a shot of him in his first halloween costume. He made such a cute little lizard.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Congrats to Jada and Mike!

Last weekend we had the honor of photographing the gorgeous outdoor wedding of two family friends. We've known Jada and Mike for a long time so it was really an honor when they asked us to be a part of their special day. These two are so adorable together, plus knowing their friends I knew there would be plenty of great photo ops.
For the ceremony Jada and Mike chose a small service at Humiston Woods with mostly family. The fall colors and sounds of the harp made a beautiful back drop for their ceremony.
At the reception they chose to have us set up a photo booth to capture fun memories of their guest. Those photos can be previewed on our Facebook Page.

Jada and Mike- We wish you the best in your future together as husband and wife.

Enjoy these!

The bride and groom had fun socks (knitted by the bride's sister), so the groomsmen wore cool socks too! 

The bride thought she was going to get a kiss from her bridesmaids and ended up getting licked!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Baby E- 4 month- Sneak Peek

A little sneak peek of my session this afternoon with baby E. He's such a handsome little man! More to come soon.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Maddy- Senior Session

So I had to admit to someone that in the 14 years that I have lived in Illinois, I had never been out to Funk's Grove. That someone was Maddy.  I was really excited to get out of the studio and go capture some of the early fall colors in Maddy's senior photos.
We had a lot of great laughs and I even had some briar's ruin a sweater, not to mention car ride back to town. haha

If you are ever looking for some where to spend a lovely afternoon check out Funk's Grove.


Maddy loves this tree so I had to share with her stories about the huge Live Oaks trees that grow back home in Louisiana.