Simple Sessions

I am at the studio on set days during the week, so it makes sense for me to offer a smaller session on those days for those wanting a simple option.  These sessions include just family pictures or siblings all together etc, but not both in one session.

If these sessions sound like something you would be interested in, please contact me to go over the details!  I would love to hear from you!simplesessions


Watseka, IL Maternity, Baby, & Family Photographer

Sunshine & Spring | My Life


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We’ve been having some amazing spring weather the past few weeks here in central IL!  The magnolia tree in our backyard is in full bloom and the kids have been excited to watch it start blooming from our upstairs window.   I love this time of year. It’s so nice to see everything starting to grow again in the sunshine! I had all my windows open the other day and added a few spring touches around the house.

The kiddos can play outside again in the afternoons and in the cool evenings we’ve been absolutely loving our front porch!  My calendar is filling up with sessions and I am looking forward to getting outside in the beautiful weather taking pictures of all my lovely clients!

Happy Spring!

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Watseka, IL Maternity, Baby, & Family Photographer

Adoption Sessions

I’ve always loved adoption. It’s something Phil and I have talked about since we were first married. We have been blessed to have many families come through our lives who have adopted and set an amazing example for us. We are not adoptive parents at this time, but we have been blessed to be foster parents for a couple of years now.
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Even though adoption has always been something I’ve admired, it hasn’t been until more recently that I’ve realized just how much adoption costs families that decide to follow that call… and I’m not talking about money. I’ve learned lately that adoption is a beauty from ashes story for everyone.

I definitely know that it’s one of the most emotionally taxing things you can go through as a mother, no matter how you choose to adopt. This is why I was so excited to team up with Red Thread Sessions to offer a gift to families who have recently adopted. I am excited to give something to families who have given so much to love a child. Through Red Threads I am offering a no cost session and package to families that have adopted within the last 6 months, or who have a finalization date coming up.

If you know someone who is going through the adoption process, please pass this onto them. Or contact me yourself and I can help you give this as a gift to that special family.


Watseka, IL Maternity, Baby, & Family Photographer

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

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!

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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!


Watseka, IL Maternity, Baby, & Family Photographer

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!


Watseka, IL Maternity, Baby, & Family Photographer