Introducing our new line of high end portraits for children. These sessions are out of the ordinary, and incorporate fantasy and imagination. We will work with you to design the perfect setting and perfect gowns/outfits designed for a memorable photography session for your child.
This girl was such an angel to photograph. I love that I can capture children in their element. Miss E--you are beautiful inside and out!
"GREAT DANCERS ARE NOT GREAT BECAUSE OF THEIR TECHNIQUE, THEY ARE GREAT BECAUSE OF THEIR PASSION!"--Martha Graham
Three Reasons to Photograph Your Tween or Teen
1. If you have a tween (child between 9-14) this is the last time to capture their childhood before they head into the teenage years. At this stage there is so much changing. From interests, opinions and friends.
2. Self Esteem Booster- For any young girl this is a necessity. As a parent you want your child to feel good about her self. With society and social media pushing our younger generation to look a certain way or dress a certain way. You want your child to know that you think they are beautiful and perfect just the way they are. So why not let them see their beauty and individuality through pictures. Tweens love instagram and selfies, they value how they and others view them.
3. Friendships are important- These are the friendships that will lead them into high school and they will remember these friendships into adulthood. The memories they make with these friends will be remembered forever, and any photographs will be cherished.
A session would be perfect to capture your child before a 5th, 8th, or highschool graduation! A session is a great idea for a birthday present! Call to book your tween or teen session today.
Shutterfest is an amazing continuing education experience for photographers. I gathered this past week for two days with 2000 other photographers, and 200 models to shoot and learn! And shoot and learn we did! It was held at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. I learned from some amazing photographers over the course of two days, and came home super excited about all the ideas I want to add to my photography business.
We had the opportunity to photograph some amazing teens. Here is a sampling of images from one of the photo sessions.
With social media and our online presence playing such a large part today in the success of our businesses, it is now more important than ever to put our best face forward.
A professional picture is an opportunity to portray yourself to a potential client. Potential customers look at businesses online, they are looking at your website and you to evaluate your customer service and professionalism. Showing your audience a little bit of you, will help them make a connection and start a bond before they even meet you.
A session to update your professional image starts at $100.00.
I had the honor of taking this young ladies headshot for her audition to Joffrey Ballet. She is so incredibly beautiful and talented. I am sure we will be seeing her dance on stage for years to come!
Leroy Oakes is a great destination for portrait photography. There is two barns and lots of great forest preserves with trails providing a wonderful backdrop for your photography session.
Just wrapped up Christmas themed mini sessions at Vehe Barn in Deer Park, Il. My favorite part was when we decided to make it "SNOW." It wouldn't be Christmas in Illinois without a little snow.
I had so much fun photographing this extended family at Vehe Barn in Deer Park, IL. They won a photo session with me at an auction for Holy Family School in Inverness, IL. We had perfect weather, and the family was all smiles! Here are a few images from their shoot.
I had an amazing session with Miss O at the Popular Creek Golf Course in Hoffman Estates, IL! She loves to golf and her personality really shined throughout the session. She was so fun and fierce on the golf course.
I recently had the opportunity to take some beautiful images of 3 year old little girls. The girls were attending a Princess Camp at the Dance Project in Hoffman Estates, IL. They dressed in beautiful princess attire and put on a little bit of makeup. They LOVED being princesses. Here are a few of the images from the session!
My daughter started dance this past year at The Dance Project in Hoffman Estates, Il. Her teacher and studio owner Lisa Gomez is phenomenal with the girls! This past week the studio put on a 3 night show for the families and others in the community at Harper College. The show on Thursday night was amazing. You could tell the dancers poured their heart into their dances, and everyone shined on the stage! Below are a few pictures from the evening.
The 14th Annual Barrington Country Garden and Antique Faire was a wonderful two day event on June 13th and 14th, 2014. In the history of the faire Hands of Hope has raised nearly $4 million dollars by attendees and donors. Hands of Hope is a 100% volunteer-run organization, and the funds go to improving the lives of the impoverished in Africa. The organization focuses on improving agriculture, water supply, as well as ensuring access to health care and education.
The Garden's Faire's French Market showcased about 20 outside vendors, and the Farmhouse was staged with unique furniture. In the cottage they featured jewelry, purses, and other home and fashion accessories.
My favorite part of the Faire was the beautifully decorated gardens with different vignettes.
Celeste Jackson designed a “Herb-Inspired Bridal Shower for Juliette” by the main pool; Michelle D"Arcy of Horticultural Associates staged a "Midsummer's Dream" in the garden; Lori Lennon transformed the main garden's gazebo with an amazing display called Crystal Garden Elegance; Toms-Price developed a French-themed “Salle de Soliel”; and Event planner Christina Currie Events created an Enchanted Garden Wedding Vignette in the greenhouse that was absolutely dreamy with orchids and a crystal chandelier.
Another feature was the wonderful workshops.
“Floral Inspiration” with Glen Egeland, Barrington Flower Shop:
Glen Egeland, owner of Barrington Flower Shop, shared his expertise and advice on how to use personal inspiration to create your own fabulous floral arrangements.
“Rescue, Restore, Redecorate with Style” with Debra Phillips, SG Geneva (aka Scentimental Gardens):
Debra Phillips, Master Gardener and owner of SG Geneva, taught attendees how to transform old, outdated furniture, lighting, mirrors and accessories into upscale design elements by using the Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint process – no stripping, no sanding, no priming – just beautiful new home décor to grace your home!
“Summer Salad Surprises” with Kelly Donlea, Organizing Dinner:
Kelly Donlea, chef, author and owner of Organizing Dinner, hosted demonstrations incorporating a variety of summer garden vegetables into deliciously easy salads to sample and savor.
“Take a Walk on the Wild Side” with Ron Zick, Wild Birds Unlimited:
Join Ron Zick, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, on a behind-the-scenes tour to explore the special wild bird habitat of the English Garden property.
The Faire was an amazing two day event that goes towards a great cause. If you would like more information about the Hands for Hope organization, click here.
I recently had the opportunity to meet Vicki Wauterlek, the founder of a non-profit organization Hands of Hope. Hands of Hope has its annual Barrington Country Garden and Antique Faire June 13th and 14th, 2014, which helps raise funds to help families in Africa.
A little about Hands of Hope:
"Hands of Hope is breaking the cycle of poverty through our efforts to bring opportunity to the people of Africa. We focus our attention and resources in the key areas of agriculture, economic development, education, health care and water. Our initiatives include:
- Giving poor rural families training and credit opportunities to start businesses such as poultry farming, poultry feed production and bio fuel crops;
- Establishing market infrastructures to ensure that farm families receive fair market prices for their crops;
- Supporting education for impoverished children;
- Providing wells to supply clean drinking water;
- Developing irrigation systems to ensure crop sustainability through long periods of drought and to increase crop cycle productivity;
- Addressing critical medical needs through the building and support of clinics."
I was able to visit the Garden and Antique Faire today, and the grounds are absolutely stunning! I am looking forward to viewing the grounds on June 13th and 14th with all the wonderful vendors and fully decorated gardens. Guests will be able to browse the farmhouse, guesthouse, stables and tents surrounded by a ten-acre garden estate. Today, I was able to take photographs of some of the special treasures which will be available for purchase. They have so many items ranging from furniture, china, collectibles, antiques and more.
This is an event you and your friends will not want to miss. To purchase tickets, visit Hands of Hope Country Garden and Antique Faire.
Children believe in magic! Little girls love to dream of princesses and fairies. Make her wish come true with a fairytale session to capture this special time in your child's life.
"If a picture really is worth more than a thousand words, imagine kids' well-being when they see their own images all around the house. Strategically placed family photos are an effective way to reinforce your child's self-image and self-confidence.
Visual reminders of school events, family trips and everyday activities are proof-positive that a child has a place in life and relationships with others." By Ro Logrippo of The Baltimore Sun
The article in The Baltimore Sun, "Kids' self-esteem can be enhanced by photographs," goes on to mention that research has shown that placing positive images in your child's room allows them to feel loved and in a safe environment.
This is why it is so important to have family photos taken and to make sure you print and display your images in your home.
I returned Wednesday from ShutterFest. It was an amazing two day conference that was all things photography! It was actually more like 500 + people who shared a common passion for photography and business. We networked, we photographed, we learned, and we laughed! I met so many amazing new people, and I have a whole new vision for what is to come with my business. The lectures and hands on portions were very informative. I loved learning all about posing from Roberto Valenzuela. Lori Nordstrum did a lecture on bettering your business which was so informative. Thank you to Sal and Taylor Cincotta for hosting such a wonderful event. I can't wait till next year!!
I frequently get asked what to wear to a family photo session. It is an important decision as these photos will be treasured for years to come. Below are some tips to pick out some clothes for your family.
What to wear in a family photo session:
1. Coordinating colors, not everyone has to match.
Pick a couple of colors and have everyone coordinate, but not necessarily matching. If you stay within a color palette everyone will complement one another.
Accessories add to your outfit and can be fun in photos. Scarfs, necklaces, hats, and ties. You can choose to just use accessories in some of the images, to change the feel of the photo shoot.
3. Think layers, or clothing collections.
It is nice if shopping for the kids if they have clothing collections (Old Navy, Gap, Gymboree are just a few), Being able to buy for all children at one place makes sure you are coordinating the clothes.
Layers are nice to change the pictures a bit. Add or take off a jacket or sweater and the shoot will gain a new feel.
4. Think about background.
Are you having a session indoors our outside? If indoors what are the color of the backdrops.
5. Think timeless.
Since these photos will be treasured for years to come, if you stay classic you cannot go wrong.
One of my favorite websites for clothing inspiration has ideas of what to wear for your family photo session. Check it out for inspiration: What to Wear Guides.
I have to share this blog post by Michele Neal Celentano Photography. I am so inspired by her work and her words. Photographs are truly priceless. After all they are an investment in memories for you and your children, and the photographs are timeless--they will remain even after you are gone.
The post below is directly from her website, and I couldn't agree more.
I believe in photography - but more than that I believe in photographs. Printed photographs are tangible. We can hold on to them, pass them around, frame them and hang them on a wall. We can make albums to be treasured and looked through by children for years to come.
We can’t touch a file and the truth is we don’t know the longevity of a file or if we will even be able to find it someday. A digital file is a bit of a mystery - if it’s lost, where did it go. If a drive is damaged what happens to the files? How many people truly back up all their images?
What happened to disc cameras, eight track tapes, Walkman's and other technology we thought would last forever? What will our children be looking at in 20 or 30 years
Photographs are special - files are not!
I believe in printing my work professionally. I believe my work is more than a screen saver. Years of studying and perfecting my craft comes down to more than sending files via the internet.
The photographs I create for my clients are not only precious to my clients but they are precious to me. It is my work, a lifetime of work that deserves to be printed.
Photographs are passed on to children and grandchildren.
Can you imagine a floppy disk, a DVD or a flash drive sitting in a frame representing your family portraits?
Like many photographers I have struggled with bending to the needs or wants of a clientele that is looking for files. But this is what I discovered over the last year - It makes me uncomfortable in the center of my gut to hand over digital files no matter the price. Clients have told me that the DVD is still sitting on a desk and they should have had me make the prints in the first place because they never have time to get to it.
I wonder about those files that were sold.... How were they printed? Did the client crop it to tight? Is the color correct? Did they attempt to alter the image? It troubles me because I put so much of myself into my work. And, I have to wonder... am I really acting as a professional and serving my client the best way I know how to by simply selling intangible files that may never be printed?
For some, it’s easy.... take some photos, edit them, burn them on a disk or flash-drive and make a few bucks. I don’t and can’t operate that way - I care too much about my work, my clients and future generations that might have no photographs because I wanted to make fast and easy money selling files.
I’m taking a stand! I am a photographer! I am without a doubt passionate about creating photographs - real pictures - printed on professional papers - and made into beautiful albums. I want your children, their children, my children and future grandchildren looking at and holding onto photographs not the latest greatest gadget.
It has taken deep soul searching, a lot of thought and time to define the value of my work. I am taking a stand against selling files and taking a strong stand for printing my photographs.
If being a business owner and photographer today means the current market will force me to sell files not photographs and to compromise my work and my values - well then, I’m out.
But, that won’t happen! I know it won’t because I know there are people and clients who value my work, understand and respect the value I have placed on my work and actually want photographs.
There I stand!