30 January 2012

Baby Mason

One of my best friends just became an Aunt (on new years day) and since I've been an Aunt for 11 years now I know how excited and proud she is.

Meet baby Mason. He was born on new years day! How cool is that! He's such a sweetheart and slept through the whole session practically. Again, making my job easier. Out of all the newborn sessions I've done, Mason was probably my easiest because he was asleep right from the start. Most newborns take a while to settle down and they're definitely not used to being put into positions and moved around a lot.

Take a look at how cute Mason is...

12 January 2012

Senior Graduation Announcements

Last year I had about 30 seniors that came to me for their senior portraits and I'm still in shock with that number. My favorite type of portrait to take are seniors and I just can't tell you what it is. There's so many thing to say about it. I guess if I had to narrow it down to one thing it would be that I get one-on-one time with my seniors and it's their special day to do whatever they want and to feel like a rock star. Okay, so rock star may be pushing it, but I know every senior looks forward to having their pictures taken. It's such a competitive market and to have 30 seniors on the books for 2011 is just extremely exciting. I can't wait to see what 2012 brings me!

Now, moving on to why you're reading this in the first place. Graduation is just a few months away and most of the schools around the area are already planning for it and processing graduation announcements. Nothing has changed since I was in high school (10 years ago.... UGH, did I really just put that out there for everyone to see). It's still the boring announcement that speaks nothing of the senior, or the class for that matter. Traditional announcements are old school and I'm hear to offer something different and unique.

I'm going to be offering CUSTOM DESIGN senior announcements this year. That's right, custom. I want my seniors to feel like they are special and unique and the only way to do that is to give them something that no other senior will have.

Here's what I'll be offering:

5x5 or 5x7 Folded Cards – $100 for set of 25 ($75 for extra set)
These are your standard square/rectangle cards that open like a birthday card.

5x5 or 5x7 Flat Card – $75 for set of 25 cards ($50 for extra set)
These are your standard square/rectangle cards that open like a birthday card.

5x5 or 5x7 Luxe Card – $100 for set of 25 ($75 for extra set)
Round, scalloped, and ornate shaped

This is a picture of examples of luxe cards, for those of you who don't know what they are.

These cards are not being offered to just my clients but to any senior that wants a custom designed graduation announcement. 

If you have any questions, just call or email me!

07 January 2012

Stephanie & Ty | Wedding

Stephanie and Ty were married on December 17 and it was such a gorgeous day. It had been raining off and on the couple of weeks leading up to the wedding but on their day, the sun was shining and was just beautiful. The girls all got their hair done in Red Bud, IL and then we all drove over to Columbia, IL where the ceremony was taking place. When a bride plans her wedding, some can get stressed out and become a bridezilla. Well not Stephanie. I've never seen such a cool and calm bride. She just went with the flow and had fun with her bridesmaids. I actually had never met the groom till the wedding day and I gotta say, Ty is one heck of a guy. He has a great attitude and treats Stephanie like a queen. The two of them together just work and you can see how happy they are.

Stephanie and Ty, thank you so much for letting me be apart of your big day. I had a blast and I loved meeting your families. And I just have to throw this out there... your bridal party was probably one of the best I've been around. SO MUCH FUN! Never a dull moment with any of them. Enjoy your time in Arizona, especially since now it's a bit chilly here in Illinois. I wish you two the best and many years of happiness.

 Loved Stephanie's dress! Simply gorgeous!

 Stephanie, you're gorgeous!
 The flower girl is Stephanie's sister. She's adorable!

 I love this picture of Stephanie.
 The handsome groom in uniform!

 Stephanie's father and grandfather walked her down the isle. Such a great moment.

 You may now kiss your bride!!!

 Time for the toasts!

 Frist dance. :-)

 I actually teared up a little bit during the father/daughter dance. Not sure if it was the song or just how much Stephanie's father loves his daughter, but the moment just touched me. I know.... I'm a sap!