When Life Throws You a Curveball and You Find a New Normal | Family Photographer | Mahomet, IL

The first photos I had taken after my ex-husband left are powerful images for me.  They are a reminder that we survived the most difficult time in my life. 

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Fall Senior Pictures at Lake of the Woods with 4-Year Tri-athlete Letter Winner | Jack | Mahomet, IL

Jack wanted to incorporate his football and wrestling gear along with his highly decorated letterman's jacket in some of the photos. Also, in his free time, you can often find him with a fishing pole in hand so we knew that was a must for his session too.

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Mahomet-Seymour High School Senior's Dream To Play Baseball At Parkland College Comes True | Austin's Senior Pictures

Austin's love for baseball has not dwindled since he started playing t-ball just a few short years ago so incorporating baseball was a must. 

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Wardrobe Staples for Transitioning Seasons | Senior Picture Ideas | Mahomet, IL

With the fast approaching spring and the lingering winter, the weather is all sorts of jumbled, which can make planning an outfit quite the challenge.  Sydney, one of my current VIP's is gonna share some tips. 

"Layering is always my go-to outfit for this change of season. An outfit with layers gives you options, which is perfect when the weather can’t seem to make up its mind."

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TBT- Prom Pictures at the University of Illinois of Mahomet-Seymour High School students

It's hard to believe it's almost been a year since we took these photos of some of my SLP seniors.  Gosh, I love looking back at these pics. I also enjoy seeing posts on social media by them or their parents.  Seems like they have settled into college life quite well. Prom season will once again be here before we know it! Be watching for this year's in-studio prom mini sessions to be announced.  Mini sessions will be held on Saturday, April 28th. 

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PROM GIVEAWAY! | Prom Dress Consignment Sale | JdMarie Boutique | Mahomet, IL

JD Marie Boutique is spacious providing plenty of space to offer a variety of things.... from trendy clothes, shoes, fashion accessories, custom furniture pieces crafted by local artisans, as well as home decor.  They also offer a high-end clothing consignment section.  So you can SHOP for new items AND EARN money for your gently used name brand women and kids items.    

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Cancer Survivor Gets In The Picture

It's funny to think I was hiding from the camera cause I was overweight and Ted was self-conscious cause he was underweight.  At the end of the day, we were both self-conscious about our appearances but we both did it.  We got in front of the camera with those we love.  

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Hey Foodies! Champaign-Urbana Restaurants That Accept Reservations | Community Content

Have you ever wondered what restaurants in Champaign-Urbana accept reservations?  Twenty years ago, reservations were common practice at most sit-down restaurants and now it is the exception.  While most high school proms include dinner these days (unlike when I was growing up), there are plenty of other occasions when this info will come in handy.    If you decide to make plans on any holiday or a weekend that happens to fall on UI campus-wide events such as  Mom's UIUC weekend (April 13-15, 2018) / Dad's weekend (November 2-4, 2018) and homecoming (October 13, 2018) at the University of Illinois, you will be really glad to have this list.  :-) 

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I was homeless. My experience sleeping in a cardboard box last night. C-U At Home's One Winter Night.

I still had trouble sleeping.  Because of the silence, every sound caused me to stir.  When the wind caught our tarp, I awoke with a panic that someone might be coming in.  When I'd hear voices in the distance and the voices would get louder as they neared our area, I'd wonder if they were going to mess with our box.  Having Jake with me only heightened my awareness as my mama bear instincts were on high alert.  How do people this night after night?  How can we help them? 

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TBT: Mikaela | Fall Senior Session | Downtown Mahomet & Nature

I loved everything about Mikaela's session.  The fun began before we even started taking pics since she arrived at my studio early to have professional make-up applied.  Let me stop right there and say, even if you don't ever wear make-up, I can not encourage you enough to have it done for your senior pictures. 

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