Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Girls on the Run McHenry County

Here's a little personal history.  I know this post isn't about me; it's about an awesome organization and an awesome group of girls.  But bear with me.   About a year ago, I started exercising.  I didn't set out to become a runner, because that was crazy talk.  Totally unrealistic.   So when I was fit enough to run for 3 miles, I was so proud.  Beyond proud, actually.  Completing a race is not just a physical accomplishment.  Yes, it does require getting into shape and building muscles and endurance.  But, really, it's a mental accomplishment.  It requires hard work, effort, perseverance, discipline, confidence, the power to push yourself, and strength. 

For me, one year ago, in my 30's, that was a huge accomplishment.  I only wish I could have done it when I was younger.  And that's why I'm so proud of these girls.  Every one of them.  That's why I get chills when Laurie gives her pep talk.  It's not just about running.  It's about being a strong person, and being confident and believing in yourself.  And that's why I get tears in my eyes when I'm at the finish line.  Because these girls have accomplished something really huge.  And hopefully they have learned that the best accomplishments require work, most times, a lot of it.  But, it's worth doing.  And they're worth it.   GOOOOOO GIRRRLLSSSS!!!!

In a little while, I'll post information on viewing all the photos from the race. Also, posters of the collage are available. If you're interested, please let me know.

Happy First Birthday "N" {Chicago Kids Photographer}

The saying about kids growing up way to fast applies to other people's kids, too.  I can't believe that my niece is one.  And, if I can be a bragging aunt, she keeps getting cuter and cuter.  She's my first niece, and I just melt when I see her.    Here are some cute ones of her.   Watching her eat the cake was so fun.  Of course, having been at her birthday party, I knew that she was going to enjoy the experience. A lot.  Some kids are really hesitant, not liking the texture of the frosting.  Oh no, my niece knew exactly what to do.  She ate and ate and ate.  And was eating it by the fistfuls.  Literally.  The shot below was taken early on, so it doesn't show the damage.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cary-Grove Class of 2011 - Sarah {Chicago Senior Photographer}

I'm so excited to introduce to you Sarah. She is a Class of 2011 Senior Rep for Cary-Grove High School.  I was lucky enough to photograph her about a year ago for a commercial project, and she was so adorable, stylish, and fun.  So I was ecstatic when she applied to be a rep this year.  :)  This time, we got to shoot just for her.  And, we had a great time in the studio, and then had a blast going outside.  We even got "busted" by the local forest preserve patrol.  Apparently, it's new that you need a permit to photograph in the conservation districts.  Good thing they let me take Sarah's mug shot photo after they arrested her.  Just kidding!   Just to clarify, the officer was very nice, and politely informed us of the new rules.  Then we hit the tracks to get some shots with a more urban feel.  She's such a natural, and we had so much fun together that we stopped the session only because the sun went down.  Actually, we kept going until past sunset, pushing the limits on my camera.  Thank goodness for my awesome camera that almost shoots in the dark.

Thanks Sarah for being a rock star!!!!   Ask her how you can receive a great deal on your senior session.  And, next week she'll have some awesome senior rep cards.  Ask her for one!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What a Fun Family! {Chicago Family Photography}

I love my job.  I especially love it when I meet a family that's so fun to be around.  It's the best feeling when someone comes to the studio as a stranger, and leaves as a friend.  I had a great time photographing and hanging out with this super sweet family.  Their kids are super adorable, too.    Here's a few of the adorable shots we got at the session.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sweet and Sassy {Chicago Children Photographer}

These little ones were so cute and so full of energy and personality. Aren't they adorable?