Wednesday, October 22, 2014

St. Louis, 2008

Hello, St. Louis!

Inside the City Museum:
(if you like to climb and play - this is a GREAT place to visit while in St. Louis!)
Glass bottle wall inside City Museum
Meramac, Missouri (about an hour west of St. Louis):
Meramac Cave
Have you been to St. Louis?
What are your favorite things to see and do in that area?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Autumn splendor

Here are a few shots (of the 100s I've taken) over the past couple of weeks.
Northern Illinois is gorgeous right now!

Last week, my daughter looked out the kitchen window one morning and said,
"Ah mom, you might want to get your camera and go outside."
So I did, without looking out the window. I went out on the porch and this took my breath away!

I hope your fall is beautiful!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Northern Illinois readers...

I know this is a busy time of year for a lot of people.

If you live in the northern Illinois region, I have a few more dates available this year. Remember, the holidays are coming and photo gifts make wonderful gifts for loved ones!

Contact me to schedule your photo shoot at:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Why Should I Have my Photos Taken?

Do you know how many times I have heard:
*My child doesn't behave very well.
*I look fat in pictures.
*My husband/wife/child doesn't like to have their picture taken.

Let me tell you WHY you should have your photos taken:

*Your child is growing up everyday - each stage of their life deserves to be preserved.
*Don't worry about how you look! This is YOU - and that's the most important thing I want you to remember.
*A member of your family doesn't like to be in front of the camera? We will have fun and I will do everything I can to make them relaxed and comfortable in that situation.

Guess what?

Everything doesn't have to be perfect in your photos! (Some of the best photos I've taken are of an "unhappy" looking family member or maybe a spontaneous moment during a session)

Some tips for shoots with clients under age 5
*Set your time for after naptime or at a time where your child is usually content and happy.
*Bring snacks and water/juice - but please try to avoid things like cheese crackers, chocolate and red or purple juices.
*If I take a younger child away from the group (with your permission!), it is to try to get them to relax. Some little ones don't "perform"well under the eyes of others.
*Parents: be patient! Getting worked up isn't going to help a meltdown.
*While working on a certain shot, small ones sometimes don't look where they're supposed to - and that's ok. I will work the best I can to get and hold their attention for a few seconds. Your "job" during those moments, is to look where I have asked you to and keep smiling.

Tips for the whole family
*Most importantly, relax and have fun with each other (and me!).
*When picking your wardrobe for a shoot, wear something that is COMFORTABLE for you! If someone is wearing something they don't like - it will reflect in your photos.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The R family

I had a photo shoot with a wonderful family this past Sunday. Here is the first set of photos I will post:

Thank you for looking!