It can often be hard to get the family all together when you aren’t close but one wonderful thing about us being located in central Illinois and easy to access from Bloomington, Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Peoria, Springfield, Champaign, etc is that we can be your central meeting location and coordinate with you and your family to bring everyone together for a whole family portrait!
That’s exactly what we did for this beautiful family. And it was wonderful to meet them on session and create images that can bring them all together even when they are afar.
I have such a soft spot in my heart (and a HUGE burst of gratitude) for the families that have been with me for years. I’m thrilled to say that I’ve been working with Myra since before this little lady existed! It’s been a treat to watch her grow (check out her first birthday session here) and we had such fun on her session this year playing in the dandelions.
Heather and Blair are the stars on the blog today! These two are the sweetest and their wedding day was full to bursting with love and family and fun. We kicked off the day at the day getting ready at their homes (where even Heather’s dog got fancied up for the special occasion).
This was my first wedding at First General Baptist Church and I have to say I’m a big fan especially with it being just walking distance to the beautiful Garden Path which we made our first stop after finishing formals inside! And Heather and Blair’s reception location was just as beautiful so we spent some time around sunset on the Hickory Point Golf Course grounds.
Their album is currently being hand-crafted in Italy and I cannot wait to see it in-person so soon!
Check out Darcy’s senior session! Don’t you just love her hair, the braids were such a fun touch. Darcy’s a senior at Warrensburg-Latham high school and we’re just a couple months away from the big graduation day for all you class of 2018 seniors.
Darcy, like a lot of our seniors, chose to mix it up with her session locations to get a bit of that great urban grunge texture along with the beautiful wild natural look of our conservation areas. And I just loved her style. It’s so eclectic we went from ripped jeans and leather jacket to school house prep to soft natural dresses to a bold pop of red at the end!
And LOOK!!! How adorable is her little fur baby?!?
We finished up the session working in one of her favorite things, her book collection (I don’t think we event got all of them out for these image!).
In January I was invited to speak at the Richland Community College 8th grade career fair on the art panel along with my fellow creatives and entrepreneurs Kat Smalley (Thrive Entertainment Guide), radio personalities Toby Tucker and Tat Taylor, Kate Flemming (Millikin University) and performer Jerry Johnson. This was a blast and I was excited to see a number of these 8th graders have a great interest in not only photography but many areas of arts and entrepreneurship.
Through that event I connect with John Oliver with Richland’s Student services office and they invited me in as part of their career week to offer executive portraits for some of their staff and students. As college students, either entering their college careers or about to graduate and searching for their full time career, many of them are starting to adjust their online profiles to reflect a more professional appearance and/or creating new professional social profiles through sites like LinkedIn. Clearly, when you set up your LinkedIn profile it’s time to phase out that selfie on the beach for something a little more formal and professional. But what students often may not think about or know is that a professional executive portrait session can easily run you a couple hundred dollars investment and much more for a full executive branding package*.
So I was excited to partner with Richland to bring the students these portraits for use on their growing web resumes absolutely FREE to them! And a few of their staff and visiting personalities (like Tat and Nicole) jumped in at the opportunity as well. And I’m excited to be offering a similar opportunity to the professionals in Decatur this coming Tuesday, March 13th from 3:30-5:30. We’ve partnered now with Network Solutions Unlimited to offer a public Executive Portrait event to once again create professional headshot images for the professionals in our area 100% FREE.
Our NSU event will be held at NSU (1234 N Water St, Decatur, IL 62521) on Tuesday, March 13 from 3:30 -5:30 and will include FREE quick 2-3 minute sessions (black background) with immediate viewing of your images to select your favorite. PLUS, we’ll provide a fully retouched web-size file for use online (printing rights are available for as little as $50). And while you wait, you’ll be able to network with other area professionals and enjoy a few light refreshments.
To help us prepare please RSVP here. Walk-ins are welcome but may incur longer wait times.
Can’t make it to the event Tuesday, but still need updated portraits for you and/or your staff? We offer in-studio individual executive portrait sessions for only $45 plus the ability to bring out studio to YOU for in-house portraits your staff can complete in just a few minutes. Bulk pricing is available for larger offices/schools/etc.