Lincoln Illinois Photography

My vows to you as your wedding photographer

Austin & Hailey Goodman had their wedding on June 9, 2018! It was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple to get married!  Photographing their wedding (or any wedding) is not something I take lightly! On a wedding day the bride and groom make promises to love one another until death do us part. Well, this began to make me think about the promises I make to the brides and grooms that choose to hire me on their wedding day. Here are my vows to them! 

I promise to document this momentous day to the best of my ability. I fully understand the importance of these images. I know that one day your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will see these images and stop, stare, and instantly feel connected with you. This is not a job that I take lightly. 

I promise that when you look at these images you will be forced to admit to yourself how you are the most stunning bride and/or most handsome groom. While you are in front of my camera, I promise to make you feel nothing but comfortable. It is my job and my honor to show you just how incredibly beautiful and special you are. 

I promise to wear more than one hat on your wedding day. Whether that is calming nerves, fixing your dress, getting tissues to your crying mother, or fixing the straps on a bridesmaid's dress. I will do everything in my power to ensure that this is the best day of your life. 

I promise to maintain a fun and optimistic spirit. Wedding days are a roller coaster of emotions. I promise to be there with you through each and every one of them. You will see me more than any of your other vendors on your wedding day (and even the groom)! I promise I wont leave your side through the laughter and the tears! 

Most of all, I promise that if you hire me, it will be one of the best decisions you make for your wedding day. Thanks Austin & Hailey for trusting me with one of the most important days of your life. Enjoy some of these sneak peeks from your special day! 

Hair: Ashley Moehring and Jamie Park with MAD Styles

Makeup: Blades Hair and Nail Salon

Dress & Jewelry: Girls in White Satin Bridal and Formal Wear

Flowers: Drugh's Floral Art out of Mason City, Illinois

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"Miss Jen's" Maternity Session

"Miss Jen" as my two year old daughter, Annistyn, would say is someone super special. When my daughter turned two she qualified for speech therapy. It wasn't that we couldn't understand her... She simply wasn't interested in talking. Of course, as a mom you wonder where you went wrong. What could I have done differently to prevent this? We read books to her all day every day, frequent visitors of local libraries, spent lots of time playing with her, etc. 

I wasn't really sure what to expect when we had our first appointment with a speech therapist. I just knew I wanted to understand my child. She was so smart, her comprehension was off the charts, but she just refused to talk. But after meeting Miss Jen and working with her for 6 months... my child is now speaking just as well as anyone else her age. She actually "graduated" from the program and is no longer in speech! I can't believe it and I'm so very thankful! 

So when Miss Jen approached me about taking some maternity and newborn photos for her growing family I was so excited to do so! Enjoy the sneak peeks from the session. But first, enjoy this little letter just for you Miss Jen! 

 

Miss Jen, you cared for my child in a way I will always remember. The first time she told us a story, the BIGGEST smile came to my face. You did it! You listened when I had doubts, and gave me great advice. Never once did you judge me or make it seem like I was doing this whole parenting thing wrong. And I sure had my days of doubt. You became more than my child's speech therapist, you became someone I truly admire. Thank you for caring, and thank you for coming into our lives when we needed it the most! 

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Amiyah is 6 months!

I've had the privilege of watching Amiyah grow before she was even born! When her mom, Katina, scheduled a 3 month session for her son, Princeton, she had just found out she was pregnant! So whenever I got to photograph Princeton throughout his first year, I got to see Amiyah growing in her mommy's belly! When she was born, her mom scheduled a Baby's First Year Session with me and so I had the pleasure of photographing her when she was a newborn as well! I cannot believe she is already 6 months old. In motherhood the days can feel SO long, especially when you have 2 kids under 2! But the years are short, friends! Hold them tight and enjoy every season! Her are some sneak peeks from Katina's session with her beautiful family!  

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Welcome Grant Christopher!

Angie Brooks took part in my Belly to Baby package when she found out she was expecting Baby #5! You can view some sneak peeks of her maternity session here. Well, sweet Grant Christopher came a week earlier than expected via emergency C-section but Mom held up like a champ! She brought him into my studio a week later. Taking photos of this whopping 5 lb. 10 oz. sweet baby boy brought so much joy to my heart! I cannot wait to watch him grow! Congratulations Angie and Chris! 

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Motherhood is something special!!!

As a mother, holding your sweet newborn and snuggling all day long, you think, "it cannot possibly can get any better than this." But then you get to begin every single day with your sweet little one staring straight up at you from their crib, grinning from ear to ear with their big toothless grin and its somehow even better than before. This is motherhood. This is the pattern of motherhood. 

Capture this pattern of motherhood before it's too late. Message me here to find out more information or book your Baby's 1st Year Photo Session! A customized package where I photograph your child at different milestones throughout their first year so you are sure to never miss a thing! 

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