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Welcome to my blog!

Hi!  I'm, Julie. Children should be allowed to be children.  I believe that every stage of childhood is unique and precious.  I see and appreciate all that is wonderful about a child...relating to them on their own level.  Because of that, I can create portraits that reflect who your child is, what they are experiencing in that moment and what becomes so easy to see when you look at it. If you are the kind of person that feels the way that I do, you will want that portrait of your child...being a child...seen through my eyes and felt with your soul.  I'm passionate about creating portraits that make you laugh or touch a part of your heart. 

Specializing in photographing children, I am enthusiastic about what I do and I have a great time doing it.  My clients have a great time too.  There are laughs, giggles and aw-w-w-s heard throughout the session. If you are a client of mine, you know that already.  If you are not, then you just have to come and see for yourself!


Mr K- Phat February runner-up/Central Illinois baby photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

Mr K came in for his complimentary session and 8×10 gift print because he was the runner-up in the Phat February contest.  I was so glad to have him here.  Look at him!  He has the most adorable eyes and those belly rolls!  He is almost one year old so watch out world….he is a charmer.  Enjoy!

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Enchanted Fairies/Central Illinois Fairy photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

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My heart, Miss L/ Central Illinois on location photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

Miss L was here on her Spring break.  We were able to get outside when it was unusually warm for March, just like last year, and get a few images of her ever changing and growing self.  I got way too many that I love to have to decide which ones to post so I have a bunch. There are solemn, sweet, fun and soulful expressions…..all indicative of who she is.  I could go on and on about how much she means to all of us, but you need only to imagine that she is our world. Enjoy!

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Mr J-Phat February winner!/Central Illinois baby photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

Mr J….and all of his “Phatness”, came into the studio because he won first place in our Phat February contest!  He got a free session and an 11×14 canvas portrait for being so cute and getting the most likes on the studio business Facebook page.  He has the most precious serious looks along with his big smiles, especially when he is cuddling one of his favorite toys, his fox.  He DEFINITELY did not like wearing his hats, although he had worn one in particular throughout the store when his mom bought it.  Haha!  That just goes to show you that  you never know what you are going to get when you photograph babies. So, that is why I take my time and let them be themselves, allowing them to explore, play and show us what they are feeling at that particular time.  They give their best then and I am happy and blessed to be there to see it and get them in those sweet images.  Enjoy!

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Mr T is one!/Central Illinois baby photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

Mr T came in for his one year part of his baby plan, Once Upon a Time.  He cannot get any more handsome!!  He adores his grandparents that came with him…..along with having a great time with his birthday cake!  Can his eyes get any more blue than they are?  I don’t think so.  Enjoy!

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Miss L and Mr M/Central Illinois on location newborn photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

Well, last weekend was so much fun.  First of all, we went down to visit our own Miss L and her mom, my daughter.  Then I had the privilege of meeting and photographing these two angels.  They were so cooperative!  Hardly a peep!  They loved snuggling up next to each other.  I could have stayed there all day to put them into different fabrics and props and watch them as they melted into each others arms. I got a lot of them separately as well but I just wanted to share their coziness together.  So sweet!!!!! Enjoy!

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Mr J was here!/Peoria area baby photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

Mr J came to the studio for his newborn session.  He is 6 weeks old here and he didn’t want to miss a thing!  He has found his thumb…….cutest thing EVER!  That image is on my Facebook biz page.  He gave me all kinds of looks expressing his opinion of what hat we put him in. I think he did a great job with his first session! I actually photographed his mom and her sister here when she was around 5 years old.  Wow…not counting the years passed.  I get such a thrill seeing past clients and their new families. Enjoy!

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The B Family!/Central Illinois family photography/Short Stories Photography by JUlie

I love this family!!!  I had the privilege of photographing them all together this past weekend.  You can see the love that they have for each other.  You can see the fun that they have at home and the sweet things that mom does with her girls.  I can see where the girls get their sweetness, humor and affection from in their parents when I see them look at each other and their children.  We had some family time, tickle time, jump on the bed time and hugs all around time.  I could post the whole session!  But these few will have to do. Enjoy!

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Mr. H was here!/Central Illinois baby photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

Mr H is a charmer.  He is a serious guy although he can break out in a giggle like the best of them.  He takes his raspberries seriously too, furrowing his eyebrows and giving it his all. We were all laughing at his adorable expressions and how he worked the camera, posing and moving and posing again! Enjoy!

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Snowflakes/Central Illinois newborn and baby photographer/Short Stories Photography by Julie

Well, it snowed again yesterday.  The first thing I thought of is… “are there any snowflakes?”  The last snow we had produced icy haystacks that were pretty but not as ornate as real snowflakes.  I was so thrilled to see the snow change from fast falling icy things to big chunks of snow floating down to the ground.  I ran outside with one of my gloves to check…. and there they were! Snowflakes!  So with wet hair in a hat and all bundled up I went out and froze for a few minutes to see if I could catch any of these illusive beauties in my camera. It was coming down so heavy that it was hard to isolate just one snowflake, but the canvas of many of the wonders in one image were just as fascinating.  I could even see an angel shaped flake in the upper left corner of one of them!   They never disappoint.  Enjoy!

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