Portraits

Friend headshots | kDarling Photography

This dear friend of mine recently had a birthday, and I didn’t have a chance to get her a gift. BUT I am remedying that tonight when we meet for our quarterly Central Illinois Professional Photographers meeting in Monticello. I have her gift ready to go and we’re riding together and will be eating Jimmy John’s once we get there! I know, so random. LOL

Seriously though, Kristin is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. She usually has some purple in her hair, she’s always just a text away, and she is a great listener and confidante. We, along with our friend Emily, call ourselves the Three Amigos, and we try to meet for lunch at least once a month to decompress and talk shop. We recently swapped sessions with each other and I photographed her daughter Mackenzie, and Kristin photographed my daughter Hadley. And then in July, Kristin is going to photograph my family at the fair with all the fun neon lights — can’t wait!

I hope 2019 is your best year yet, and I look forward to many more lunches (or brunches?), conferences, road trips, and texts! See you tonight, friend!! <3 By the way, what’s your Jimmy John’s order??? :D

Mary Beth + Aaron | Lifestyle session with fur babies

I did a lifestyle session this week that was a little outside of the box from what I normally do. Mary Beth her boyfriend Aaron have 4 cats that live with them, and one of them sadly is getting up there in years and not in the best health. She wanted to capture the whole family together this holiday season. The cats’ personalities were all over the place which was hilarious to witness. One of them stayed far away unless there were treats around, one of them liked to get his face right up in my lens, and the other two were pretty chill. I think we did exactly one photo where the human subjects were looking at the camera, and that’s exactly what I was hoping for. I love how these turned out! Fur babies are always welcome at my sessions! <3

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!