Portraits

Target Family Holiday Photos

Ann texted me one day a couple months ago asking if I would be up for a session at her family’s favorite place to shop — Target! I couldn’t type back “YES!” fast enough! Her kids know that when they visit the red bullseye that there’s a good chance they’ll get popcorn or cake pops for good behavior. We got to have both during their session (though one of the twins popped a whole cake pop in his mouth as soon as it came out of the case… not naming names!). The kiddos love visiting the Dollar Spot, the toy aisle (duh!), and LOVE looking at all the sparkly light-up holiday decorations. There was even a fun kids’ tent set up, so we made sure to use that, along with some very Target-esque lights throughout the store. I snuck in splashes of red whenever I could too — the red basket, the red cart (of course!), and the red walls. And how cute are the girls’ Target tees?

All in all, I think we successfully terrorized a local Target well enough for an hour. 😂😂😂 We only had a couple minor meltdowns, and I got some fantastic, genuine smiles in a good portion of the photos. Ann will treasure these for a long time, I’m sure!

Nevan | Tween birthday photoshoot

My nephew Nevan moved to Florida a couple years ago with his mom (my sister Stephanie). They live in the land of Gators, where in fact Stephanie works at the University of Florida.  For the past couple of years, Nevan has been able to come back to Illinois and spend about a month rotating between family (my mom, my dad, my grandpa, and us) and he spent about 2 weeks total with us this year.  Before he left about a week ago, we gave him a fresh new haircut and I made him put on a clean shirt and take some new photos for his favorite Aunt Holly. ;)  He turned 11 yesterday and is flying back to Florida tomorrow with my mom.  

See you in November, Nevan!!  Love you!!!

Photography Workshop at Sunset with Jessica Weinstock

I don't photograph many families anymore (I reserve a few open dates in the fall for minis or returning clients), but I never turn away the chance to learn from a great photographer and teacher!  For our summer Central Illinois Professional Photographers' group meeting, we wanted to host a hands-on workshop for our members and guests that would get everyone excited for the upcoming busy fall season.  Jessica Weinstock is a family & newborn photographer from the north suburbs of Chicago and she brought a TON of great tips and inspiration for us all.  I am excited to use some of my tricks and tactics at sessions this fall!

HUGE THANKS to my co-leaders Kristin Darling & Emily Donohoe for helping me plan this great meeting and workshop.

Speaking of... my fall mini sessions will be announced soon, once I decide which weekend works best for the bulk of them.  I'm currently taking names and email addresses for those who want to be in the first to know and have first crack at booking when I announce. Fill out my contact form on my site here if interested, or email me and I'll get you on the list!