Photo of the Year Contest

So I am done with sessions for the year so I thought it would be fun to have a photo contest.  I’m going to put up some of my favorite photos from the year and let you readers vote for which one is your favorite.  The owner of the winning picture will get a free 8×10 canvas of that photo.  To vote you must leave a comment and in the comment leave the title of the photo that is your favorite.  You can get friends and family to help you vote.  I will close the voting on Friday night at midnight so get started!  (One vote per person, please.)  🙂

Title:  Sweet Girl

Title below:  What a Doll

Title below:  Good Times

Title below:  Birthday Girl

Title below:  We R Family!

Title below:  Whew, it’s chilly!

Title below:  Sweet family

Title below:  It’s a crowd!

Title below:  360

Title below:  The Door

Title below:  Little Model

Title below:  Birthday boy

Title below:  Students

Title below:  Carolina Girl

Title below:  Twins

Title below:  Honey, I heart u!

Title below:  Smoochy scmoochy

Title below:  Brown eyes

Title below:  Baby on the way!

Title below: I-C-U

Title below:  Beautiful

Title below:  Young Love

Title below:  Walkin’ on Sunshine

Title below:  brown eyed girl

Title Below:  “No more cameras!”

Sweet Girl

This morning, I took pictures of this sweet girl.  I’m on my way out the door for another session, but I just had to share at least one picture!  Makes me wish that I had pictures of Mya like this!  Thanks to the super cool mom and dad for letting me come into their home and hang out for the morning.  More to come later today!  (Okay, added some more!)  And some more, and some more!  She’s just so adorable.

The cutest baby room I’ve ever seen!

The proud, big brother:

Gotta include some vintage.  🙂


I finally got to do some newborn pictures this morning with my new props and  camera.  I was so excited!  I drove to Elgin to take pictures of my friend’s sweet baby boy, Hamilton.  Isn’t that the coolest name?!  I told them that if we ever have a boy, I might have to steal that name.  😉  He was a total sweet heart and was pretty cooperative.  Once we got him to sleep, he was pretty good about letting us move him all around and change his hats and locations.  And his parents were so open to any idea that I had, moving furniture around, taking him outside.  Those types of parents rock!  Thank you guys for being so flexible and for trusting me.  Thank you also for letting me take his first real photos and for letting me come to your home.  I loved every second of it and it made me realize that I think I might want another little one, …someday soon.  🙂  Congratulations to you and your beautiful family!

Love this one in black and white too, couldn’t decide which one to share:

Just realized that he is facing the same way in every picture.  Hmmm….that must be his best side!

Show It!

My session got rained out this morning 🙁 so I thought that this would be a good time to show some ways to show your pictures in your home.  I just ordered a ton of prints, canvases and mounted prints for our own house because we just didn’t have any family pictures up around the house.  I felt like it was such a shame.  I’m a photographer and I have great pictures stored on my computer of my Mya and none of them were hanging up!  So here are some examples of things you can do with your photos!  These you can order through right now or you can order these through me starting in January from your on-line gallery.

This is a canvas that I ordered for Mya’s room:

This is a side view.  It’s so cool because the picture is wrapped around the canvas.

This is a mounted print that I ordered for our entry:

This is a side view.  It’s very thin and you can order it ready to be hung.  It’s so easy and it looks great!

I also ordered one for our bathroom.  It’s a canvas of this picture, but the lighting in our bathroom is just awful so no actual picture of the canvas.

These are some more creative ways to showcase your photos.  I know that a lot of people are unaware that these even exist!  They, of course, cost more than prints on paper, but they look amazing in your home and can make a big impact, especially in large prints!

Newborn pictures coming tomorrow from this family.  I’m so excited!! So check back tomorrow for some good old fashion baby chub because he is one big boy!

Calling All Babies!

Lately I have been on the look out for some really cute newborn photo props and boy have I found them!!!  I have gotten a ton of adorable little hats, diaper  covers, swaddlers, baskets, antique benches, wheel barrows, flower pots.  You name it!  I am so beyond excited to use them.  I have a few newborn sessions set up already and I’m so excited.  I did a newborn session for my very first session ever for my friend Kelly.  I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.  I was so nervous that I was sick.  I did a couple more in the beginning but now I’m ready fo real!  I’ve gotten a lot of practice since then and a much better camera so I’m armed and ready to go!  So all of you babies out there all warm and snug in your mommy’s tummy, do a little kicking and tell your momma to contact me!  😉