I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. “K” recently. Can you say future heart breaker?! His smile was enough to make anyone else smile right along with him. I just wanted to squeeze him! I think his favorite thing was to take his pretend bath. One thing I noticed was that every time he was ready to do something, he would stick out his tongue first….. dead giveaway for those that are watching him. So I was ready any time he was going to do something cute. Enjoy!
11*26*2014 at 11:22am Posted in Uncategorized
11*02*2014 at 1:07pm Posted in Uncategorized
Hi all! I have made a coffee table book that showcases some of my newborn clients as well as some of the new things I have gotten and made in the past few months. I have so much fun during a newborn session, although we are all sweating and melting. The newborn is such an innocent, pure being that brings so much joy to all that are lucky enough to spend time with them. These are memories that will make your heart melt any time you look at them.
I love to photograph them. There are so many things that we, as photographers, can do with them to show how tiny, fresh and precious they are. There are many safety issues that need to be attended to and are so important. You need to make sure that your photographer is paying attention to those needs. You should hire someone that knows how to handle the babies and knows how to keep them safe. I have a pediatric nurse background that has taught me these things and enables me to get the sweet images that the family deserves to have. My clients refer to me as “The Baby Whisperer”. Ha-ha! I also know how to get those images that appear that the babies are magically suspended in various props, but I assure you, those are composites and the baby is safe on the ground at all times and mom or dad is right there. I then put the prop and the baby together in one of my computer editing programs.
I guess what I am trying to tell you is that they are vulnerable tiny humans that need the utmost care and a gentle touch and that is what you should look for when hiring someone…anyone… to photograph your sweet baby to keep them safe.
This coffee table book is in a slideshow form that may have your computer asking if you want to save the file or/and open it. One of my mobile devices opens and plays it, the other asks me to save it and then I am able to view it. Whichever way your device or computer asks you to save or view it, it is well worth it to take a look at the tiny sweet faces in this book. Enjoy! Coffee Table Book <click here! Mac version CTB-mac
10*16*2014 at 4:18pm Posted in Uncategorized
Miss “V” was here recently for her “I’m One!” part of her baby plan. Mom and Dad came prepared for her session with all kinds of goodies. She was a little cupcake, a cheerleader, and all around cute as she could be. Guess what team her dad likes? Betcha can! Ha-ha! We had some fun outside too and explored the garden even though it has seen its better days this year. All in all, a successful session of this precious girl. I just love her grin and laugh..you cannot look at these images and not smile. Enjoy!
The “D” family session/Central Illinois on location family photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie
10*09*2014 at 10:04am Posted in Uncategorized
Oh my! I had the pleasure of meeting the “D” family and boy…were they fun! We had rescheduled because of bad weather and I am so glad that we did. We had sunshine, warmer weather and a beautiful setting. They were up for anything as you will see, even the “run and jump”. (After I asked dad if he had a good back…haha) I totally messed up my explanation of which direction we were traveling, but dad took it in stride and knew which way was which. Whew! Their daughter, “P” was such a sweet girl and I enjoyed every minute of our session. Enjoy!
09*27*2014 at 3:59pm Posted in Uncategorized
It is newsletter time again. I have some news in it about the October special for Fall Families and there is a small piece on existing in photos. There is also news about what my newborn parents get as a gift when they bring their newborn to me for their session. A lot is covered so don’t’ miss out on any of it!
One of the things that I talk about is the newborn birth announcement that the parents get. Here is the link to a sample of what it looks like. Introducing Miss “A”. Newborn announcement
I am so excited about this! I love that they can share their sweet newborn’s face with friends and family with a click of a button. Saving trees and postage at the same time!
09*25*2014 at 3:16pm Posted in Uncategorized
Well, I must say, I had the tiniest little baby girl in the studio yesterday. She was just precious and darling! I wanted to keep her but I am sure that her mom, dad and sisters would not allow that. They kinda like her. Who can blame them?! Miss “A” has the perfect face and she let us put her into all kinds of sets, sleeping away. All of the hanging images and the images in baskets are composites. Safety first! Enjoy!
Be in the know…immediately!/Central Illinois baby, children, family photography/Short Stories Photography By Julie
09*09*2014 at 5:51pm Posted in Uncategorized
Wow! I just learned about a new way to keep on top of any of my Facebook posts! Text on your phone to 32665 and type this:
You are sending a text directly to Facebook. You will “like” my page and you will get a text anytime I post something on Facebook. When you do that, you will get the links to my newsletters, image posts, announcements and contest information in a text whenever I put that on Facebook. If you get tired of receiving those texts, you type: unsubscribe to 32665 and you will be taken off of the text list. Simple!!!
I hear people tell me that they never knew about a certain special or contest even though they like my page already. The business page posts is chosen to show up on various feeds by some unknown person or machine on FB. It drives me crazy! So for now, we will beat that with this! Until they change it. Haha!
09*05*2014 at 3:27pm Posted in Uncategorized
I have posted my newsletter a few days ago on my Facebook page. It has the September special in it that is a family session that lasts 30 minutes and comes with a $100 portrait credit. The creation fee is $50 and that includes one set or area on location. The idea behind this is to get those images for your Christmas cards and gifts done before the busy season hits that has you going every which way. I will have the full Fall Family special in October, but this is for those that need to get this in before that….or that just want to have a shorter session because of being pressed for time or just have a hard time getting everyone together for those longer sessions. This is the first time offering these and I am curious to see if anyone is interested in the shorter sessions. It will be hard for me to shorten them, because I get on a roll and want to keep going!
**You have all been so sweet over the years and I want to gift one of these sessions to someone. What you need to do is reply here with your name over this weekend. Then on Monday I will randomly draw one name to be the winner of a September family session! Get your name in here, on Facebook (contest or drawing is not associated with Facebook in any way), or send an email to me. All names will be entered. You must be available for the session in September. Good luck!
08*30*2014 at 3:24pm Posted in Uncategorized
I love when Miss “K’s” birthday comes around every year. Her mom drops her off and then we go on an adventure for a session, either on location or in the studio. This time we did both. It was nice outside at first, but then the humidity set in and we were hot. I didn’t think mom would appreciate images with sweat running down her daughter’s face, so we both decided it was time to go back to the studio for some air conditioning. She is her mother’s daughter for sure! I saw her mom’s face and expression so many times through the camera lens. But she is definitely her own person and knows what she wants to do. We had so much fun finding new places to photograph her. She helped and had great ideas and is mature well beyond her years. I could post a bunch, but this is it for now. Enjoy!
08*25*2014 at 12:22pm Posted in Uncategorized
Well, Hello handsome! I was so thrilled to see this little guy, or should I say big guy, at the door. He is a baby plan member so was here for his one year session. He also loves his mommy….can you tell?! So full of giggles and smiles, he really brought on the charm for his images. At the end, he let me know… in no uncertain terms but still in a charming way, that he was done. Can you pick out which image told me that? Have I told you lately that I love my job? Enjoy!