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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” was here!/Central Illinois baby photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

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!

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My coffee table book/Central Illinois Newborn Photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

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


Miss “V” is one!/Central Illinois baby plan photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

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 cannot look at these images and not smile. Enjoy!

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The “D” family session/Central Illinois on location family photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

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!

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October newsletter is here!/Central Illinois family photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

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!



Baby girl “A” was here!/Central Illinois newborn photographer/Ahort Stories Photography by JUlie

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!

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Be in the know…immediately!/Central Illinois baby, children, family photography/Short Stories Photography By Julie

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:

Like Shortstoriesphotographybyjulie

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!

Join me!

Weekend winner/Central Illinois family photographer/Short Stories Photography by JUlie

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!

Miss “K” is Five!/Central Illinois Children photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

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!

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Mr. “C” is gonna be one!/Peoria area baby photography/Short Stories Photography by Julie

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!

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