09.29.2016

Children’s Portrait Photographers in Galena, IL- TRIPLETS

I met Kristie and Matt several years ago when I shot their wedding in Riviera Maya in Mexico.  THAT was a blast.  I think there may be some of those on this blog.  I’ll have to add the link :).  Anyhow, they are just one of the sweetest couples and now they have these three adorable girls.  To watch them all function as a family is simply endearing, to say the least.  Each of the girls has such a distinct personality and they are all just magical to watch play together.

I really wanted to shoot at sunset at beautiful Casper Bluff here in Galena, IL and it turned out to be such a great day for it- though the poor girls were covered in mosquitoes at the end of the session and we were chased out.  Vicious critters.

Casper Bluff Portraits in Galena, IL

Triplets running into the sunset at Casper Bluff in Galena, IL

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The Triplet Wrangler Mama

The Triplet Wrangler Mama

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I just love the light here. Perfect for such a beautiful moment.

I just love the light here. Perfect for such a beautiful moment.

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Family Portraits in Casper Bluff, Galena, IL

Check out the onder on those little faces. Ahhhhh, sunset at Casper. Beautiful.

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09.29.2016

Senior Portrait Photographers in Galena, IL

Owen….he likes books.  I don’t mean that he reads a little.  I mean that this guy lugged in a couple suitcases worth of books because he REALLY loves books.  I really had fun coming up with ways to use this giant collection of his to showcase his interests.  We shot at the Galena Public Library, of course.  He also plays sax and his request was that he really wanted some night light street scene playing his sax.  YES.  I LOVE shooting at nighttime in Galena.  There are so many colors and a great variety of ambient light down Main ST.  I was amped for it.  I’d love to do more of these night time senior portraits.

Galena Il Public Library Historic Distric

Galena Public Library in the Galen Historic District.

Portrait taken at Grant park in Galena IL

In order to get up high enough for this one, we used the Grant Park Gazebo.

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The classic saxophone player in the street light portrait.

The classic saxophone player in the street light portrait.

Street Musician in Galena, IL

Omg, the colors. I just loved this spot.

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09.23.2016

Birth Photography in Dubuque- You’ll love this beautiful story.

Birth Photography has always made me feel privileged- to be witness to the first moments of person’s journey is powerful.  Every once in a while I get a message asking if I would be willing to document a birth.  Every single time, the location has been in a hospital.  Not that hospitals are bad, but, see, the thing is, I didn’t have my youngest baby in a hospital.  I had her at home, in my dining room in a swimming pool full of warm water.   It was a beautiful experience.

So, Leslie contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to photograph her birth at her home.

Seriously?  A home birth?!  Please, yes, let me do this.

I found out I’d be working with an icon in our community, Pearl- a midwife, musician and mother.  That was like sprinkles on the cupcake.

I could go on and on, but, I’m a photographer.  I’ll show you the photos.  (besides, that’s what captions are for 😉 )

home water birth

Laboring and birthing in a pool filled with warm water really helps with pressure and pain. Don’t worry- the baby doesn’t breathe until it hits the cold air when it is raised out of the water.

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You could hardly tell Leslie was in labor- she remained calm, quiet and focused.

Women are so beautiful.

Women are so beautiful.

Leslie's husband, Tom, provides comfort and holds Leslie's hand.

Leslie’s husband, Tom, provides comfort and holds Leslie’s hand.

Transition.  That's all that needs to be said here.

Transition. That’s all that needs to be said here.

Midwives Pearl and Andrea preparing for baby's arrival.  They let Leslie follow her own instincts and provided the suport she needed to birth in her own way.

Midwives Pearl and Andrea preparing for baby’s arrival. They let Leslie follow her own instincts and provided the suport she needed to birth in her own way.

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Sister looks on, quietly and a little anxious.

Sister looks on, quietly and a little anxious.

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Tom is ready to catch the baby.

Tom is ready to catch the baby.

Family watches in excitement.

Family watches in excitement.

and.....it's a girl!

and…..it’s a girl!

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Okay......just......this is my new favorite image of the year.  Strength, beauty, nourishment, protection, shock, comfort....

Okay……just……this is my new favorite image of the year. Strength, beauty, nourishment, protection, shock, comfort….

Did you know babies are blue when first born?  Until they breathe enough oxygen from the air- then they start pinking up :)

Did you know babies are blue when first born? Until they breathe enough oxygen from the air- then they start pinking up 🙂

...sigh...gorgeous...

…sigh…gorgeous…

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Family wonder and excitement

Family wonder and excitement

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<3

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First nursing

First nursing

Tom cuts the cord.

Tom cuts the cord.

Holding her for the first time ever.

Holding her for the first time ever.

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Pearl conducts a newborn exam.

Pearl conducts a newborn exam.

Weight first.

Weight first.

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A strong heart

A strong heart

Sister puts on the first diaper.

Sister puts on the first diaper.

If she only knew how much that little baby is going to idolize her.  She is wrapped in a beautiful rebozo gifted by Kristi Norman who specializes in therapeutic massage for women in Dubuque.

If she only knew how much that little baby is going to idolize her.  Welcome to the world, Sierra Flo.  (wrapped in a beautiful rebozo gifted by Kristi Norman who specializes in therapeutic massage for women in Dubuque, IA).

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