08.23.2016

A prairie sunset at sacred Casper Bluff was perfect for Leslie’s Maternity Session

Leslie contacted me very early in her pregnancy about photographing her birth.  I don’t think she’d even told her husband she was expecting, lol.  Yes, it’s REALLY cool that I get to document huge life moments like the birth of a baby, but this time, it was a huge life moment with sprinkles and a cherry on top because Leslie was having a home birth.  Though I had my child at home too, I’d never been commissioned to shoot a home birth, only hospital births.  The birth story is coming up here shortly.  This maternity session though, OMG, the sunset and stunning mama just made for some WOW images.  We had lots of fun at Casper Bluff.  It’s a sacred, special place- perfect for Leslie’s session.

Soft, quiet...sigh...kind of dream like.

Soft, quiet…sigh…kind of dream like.

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I love this strong image. It’s definitely not “portraity” It’s all about contrast, line, shape. Yet, it still has that lovely flow in the fabric to soften it up. Definitely one of my new favorites.

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The sunset silhouettes her beautiful baby belly.

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08.22.2016

Kid with the Boingy Curls Sprinkler Session

I admit I am partial this this little guy.  Not only is he wicked smart, he’s sassy and stubborn and inquisitive and he has SUCH a FREEEEEE spirit.  Plus, that hair.  I just want to pull those curls and watch them bounce back over and over.

It was a sweltering day here in Galena, IL.  SPRINKLER TIME, right?!

Look at that scrunchy kid belly and the dinosaur tattoos!!  Haha

Look at that scrunchy kid belly! Haha

I think I annoyed my beau with all the ooohinag and ahhing I was doing while editing this one.  I love the painterly quality it has.  Ugh.  Beautiful.

I think I annoyed my beau with all the oooh-ing and ahh-ing I was doing while editing this one. I love the painterly quality it has. Just Beautiful.  Those lashes.  The perfect lips and slightly rosy cheeks.  Where is the sassiness here?  He’s hiding it, for sure.  Angelic.

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That little black fuzzy thing in front of him is the fluffiest caterpillar I’ve ever seen. We had lots of fun letting it crawl up our hands and then shrieking.  He’s gentle even while shrieking, by the way.  He has a compassionate heart.

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The magic of a sprinkler on a sweltering day in Galena, IL.

The magic of a sprinkler on a hot day in Galena, IL.  This summer has been slightly brutal.  The humidity, oh, my.  If you were here, then you know what I’m talking about.  Might as well just stay in those swim trunks, Freeman.

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05.02.2014

Baby Chase in Galena, IL

Little Chase gave me about 15 minutes tear free.  From there, it was monkey noises, peek-a-boo and everything we could think of, but I still managed to get some great smiles and look at those gorgeous eyes!

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