C. 1st Birthday Session | Center Street Babies

There have been certain times in my work that it has hit me just how long I have been doing this! That happened when Carter’s mom contacted me to do his 1st birthday pictures and I realized I did her senior pictures years ago! My first studio was in my garage in Piper City IL and I had the privilege of doing a lot of Senior pictures for Tri-Point for the years I worked out there.
So fun to meet this little guy and get to work with him for his 1st birthday session a few weeks ago! Such a little cutie!
Enjoy some favorites!
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I photograph babies and every stage at my studio or at an outdoor location. Contact me if you are looking for more information about what a session with me is like. I would love to hear from you!


Watseka, IL Maternity, Baby, & Family Photographer

What’s Your Story? | My Life

A couple of weekends ago I attended a conference for photographers in Champaign IL called the Reset Conference. I was able to go with my good friend Kara who used to work with me and now has a thriving photography business of her own.

The first main speaker of the morning was Katelyn James I honestly wasn’t sure what she would have to share that would apply to me since she is a wedding photographer and I photograph babies and families.   Right away I was scribbling down notes (I have terrible hand writing and it’s even worse when I am in a hurry to keep up!)  I found I loved her approach to running her business, and almost everything she said applied to all areas of business, not just the wedding industry.

Something she said has stayed with me even as I have gotten into the busyness of my week of packing lunches, rushing kids out the door, squeezing in some work, picking up kids, and trying to get dinner on the table in the middle of a toddler melt down.

She said, “Everyone has a story.”

Somehow the past 11 years have flown by in a whirlwind and even though I sometimes have the urge to blog more of my thoughts or pictures of my life I usually hear the doubts of “Nobody wants to read what you have to say. You don’t have a story.”

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetKatelyn really made me believe that I did and that people enjoy the connection that comes from knowing someone on a more personal level.  When I left the conference that evening and had some time to think and talk to Phil, I had the strong feeling that I did have a story and for some reason I try hard to keep that separate from my business.  Phil is always my biggest supporter and encourager and he was basically ready to line up my speaking circuit so I could share my story… ha, ha, I don’t think so! ;)

So I hope to share a little more on this blog about some of the things that got us here and things that I love outside of my job and just whatever other ideas pop into my funnel… (too much Thomas the Train at our house, maybe? )

I hope you will check back here occasionally and read a few more tidbits from my life as I share more of my story along with my work.  And hopefully you will be encouraged as you read along that your story has value also.

Stay Tuned!


Watseka, IL Maternity, Baby, & Family Photographer

O. 1 Year Session | Center Street Babies

I loved working with this happy little guy with his cute little teeth showing as he smiled! And those cheeks!  Always nice to see repeat clients again and see how their families are changing.

Check out a few from his session at the studio a few weeks back!

owen1I photograph babies and every stage at my studio or at an outdoor location.  Contact me if you are looking for more information about what a session with me is like.  I would love to hear from you!


Watseka, IL Maternity, Baby, & Family Photographer

Now Booking Spring Family Sessions

I’ve opened up my booking for Spring Family Sessions! I have a very limited number of slots left in May!

It may not seem like it yet, but spring weather is right around the corner. I am eager
to get back in the fresh air and spend some time photographing families!

This year I am taking outdoor family sessions in May, September and
October only. These are the best months of the year for weather and pretty scenery in IL.

Please contact me soon if you would like me to photograph
your family this Spring!
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Watseka, IL Maternity, Baby, & Family Photographer

My 2015 Paper Planner – East Central IL Photographer

Until more recently, my method for remembering things and organizing myself has included a lot of scribblings on random paper and sticky notes all over my desk. I’ve relied a lot on google calendar over the years because my husband and I have to have a way to share our schedules so we aren’t double booking ourselves. But this year I really wanted something to manage my time better for work, household related things, and kids schedules.

Somewhat on a whim I decided to try out Plum Paper Planners. They aren’t super expensive so I didn’t think it was too big of a risk. They have different layout styles you can choose from and also start with whatever month you want which is really nice! I chose the lined columns layout.

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I’ve still been using google calendar for all my appointments. I sit down with my planner at the beginning of each week and plan out everything from my google calendar and the kids school newsletters, etc.

I love that I can see the whole week at a time. After I ordered this planner, I did some research to see how other people use it, and I loved seeing how much people use washi tape and stickers to make custom headers and dividers.

I’ve been dividing the daily columns into four sections for each day: schedule, kids, house, and work. It also has a little “weekly lists” sidebar and a “notes” sidebar. Things that I need to get done but not necessarily on specific days go in the weekly lists section and under notes I usually keep a little errands list for myself.

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Each month has a Notes page, and I’ve been using that for ideas/planning, listing out my orders and blogs that I need to get done. I also stick my random sticky notes on that page which is great because then they are coming back and forth with my from my office to the house, since I work in both locations.

I taped the “homemaking schedule” I made for myself on the inside of the back cover so I can refer to that each week, and that is a lot of what goes under my “house” category each day. That’s also the category that is least likely to get done…

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My main goal is to do my best to use it each week, and write everything down that comes into my head so I am trying to remember less.

This is one way I am trying to stay more organized in 2015. Hopefully I will find time soon to blog about a few other things I’ve been trying so far this year!


Watseka, IL Maternity, Baby, & Family Photographer

K. 6 month Session – Northern IL Baby Photographer

Had another cute 6 month old at the studio a couple weekends ago! Kamden was just starting to sit up and full of fun smiles and expressions for me. Love his chubby cheeks and blonde hair!

Enjoy a few favorites from his session!

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I love working with babies in my studio and outside. My baby plan starts at 3 months and I also do individual sessions at any age. Contact me today if you would like to learn more about a baby session with me. I’d love to chat!


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A. 6 month Session – East Central IL Baby Photographer

This girl was as cute as can be for her 6 month session at the studio! Such a chubby and fun age to photograph- definitely one of my favorite ages. Enjoy some favorites from her session a few weeks back!

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I love working with babies in my studio and outside. My baby plan starts at 3 months and I also do individual sessions at any age. Contact me today if you would like to learn more about a baby session with me. I’d love to chat!


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L & A are 1! – Central IL Baby Photographer

These two have been so fun to photograph this past year! They are always happy and full of energy!

They celebrated their first birthday before Christmas, and finished up their baby plan at the studio not too long ago.

Enjoy a few favorites from their 1 year & cake smash session!
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My baby plan starts at 3 months and is a great way to remember you baby’s first year. These sessions can be at my studio or outside and can include family and siblings. Contact me if you would like more information! I would love to hear from you!


Watseka, IL Maternity, Baby, & Family Photographer