Avery and Greta :: Twins!

When Kendall and I first chatted over the phone about photography, Kendall was still pregnant. She had called to inquire about newborn photography, and I was so elated when she said she was expecting not one, but TWO sweet baby girls! This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of photographing twins and I loved every minute of it!

And now, meet Miss Avery and Miss Greta :).

These little eight-day-old girls were the picture of serenity. There was hardly a peep throughout the entire shoot

Can you believe she had twins -TWINS!- just eight days before this photo was taken?? Seriously, Kendall, you’re gorgeous.

Holding hands already. I have a feeling they’re going to be bffs.

Pretty much my favorite photo of the day.

Kendall had an Etsy seller make her girls these adorable hats. So cute!

Amber and Keith :: The Photobooth!

I had such a blast going through these photos that I couldn’t keep from posting them right away :). Amber and Keith wanted to do a few fun, unexpected things at their reception for their guests. So they asked me if I could set up a larger format photobooth in their reception hall. Of course, I had been DYING to do something like this for such a long time that I jumped at the opportunity. I had just purchased an awesome black and charcoal grey damask backdrop, which I thought would work just perfectly and I hired a genius set of photographers to run the booth while we were shooting the rest of the reception. Amber purchased a whole slew of accessories and props to make it even more fun. It was such a hit, I think I may begin offering this as an add-on on a regular basis :).

If you’re interested in having a photobooth at your wedding, please Email Me!

Brit - I wish I would have asked you about this sooner – it didn’t even occur to me! We have a photobooth booked already, but will definitely be sure to share this tidbit with any brides!

Amber and Keith :: Married!

To say I had a good time at Amber and Keith’s wedding would be an understatement to say the least.  Hula hoops, Coldstone, clients-turned-friends… yeah, it was incredible :).

Amber and Keith, thank you so much for making us feel like part of the family during your wedding. We’re so lucky to have been able to witness your wedding day, and better yet, to call you friends.

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Really, really ridiculously good looking…

In the midst of all the rain and cold and unpleasant climate we experienced this October, there were just a few days that were nothing short of lovely. And the day I shot Tiffany and Ryan’s engagement session was just one of those days. The clouds were thick and heavy during the morning and early afternoon, but as the time for their shoot drew nearer, the sun broke through and gave us warm, soft light, which always makes this photographer smile:). Tiffany and Ryan are really really ridiculously good looking, and I have so many favorites, so brace yourselves…

See what I mean? Really really ridiculously good looking.  Definitely one of my faves.

Bella came along for a few shots. I love well-behaved dogs who sit and stay when you tell them to sit and stay. Maybe Bella needs to hang out with my dog Stella for a few days so she can teach Stella how to not be so hyper….

Love this

Two of my faves right here…

Ah, fall colors in the midwest

I know I keep saying this… but this is another favorite.

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Tara and Adam :: Engagement Guestbook

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this session! I met up with Tara and Adam last fall at New Town in St. Charles for some engagement photos, and just love these two :). They were so laid back and easy to work with… just what I love in an engagement session :). Here are a few of my favorites:

New Town has such a variety of architecture and scenery to photograph, but I was especially drawn to the farm area on the outskirts of town.

Love these next two. Tara, you are gorgeous!

I did an engagement guestbook album for Tara and Adam, and I was thrilled with the way it turned out. When clients choose to do an engagement guestbook, I always get a little giddy because engagement photos + signatures = a great coffee table book and conversation piece that can be enjoyed for years after the wedding is over.

The outside of the book has a photo cover from edge to edge, making even the cover a customized piece.

The spine is also customizable with names and wedding date.

The pages are cut down the middle, which allows the spread to lay flat. Definitely convenient for guests as they sign the pages.

One of my favorite spreads :). All the spreads have extra white space for your guests to use as a guestbook.

To see a slideshow of their complete album, click here.