Family of 5 Fall Family Session with the Likes Family
Family of 5 Fall Family Session with the Likes Family
Fall Family Photos with the Broadstone Family
So I am trying something a little new for my blog posts. I’m not sure how long it will last, if it will be consistent, or it will even work effectively.
I often get behind on blogging/posting to my website because of the amount of time it takes to describe the sheer awesomeness that each family and session deserves. I love each and every family/person that I have the privilege of capturing, but the journalistic side of my job I often find difficult. So, in order to get you WAY more cuteness and a higher volume of eye candy, I have decided I’m only going to include photos for each of my blog posts from here on out (at least as a trial).
I mean, seriously, you all surely don’t come to a photographer’s website to READ, do you?!
So, without further ado, this is 18 month old Charlotte and her amazing family….
Can I just tell you that I love this family?! I have been looking forward to Pax’s session for a long time and it was a gorgeous night for a session on the golf course at Cresticke. Pax wasn’t quite ready to sit on his own at his session…..but mom sent me a photo 2 days later and, what do you know. Sitting all.by.himself. Babies are stinkers like that.
Paxton was born in February, 2017 and I got to photograph him for his newborn session. I died over his eyelashes. The boys always get the longest ones! You can see all his newborn photos HERE.
Lindsay said Pax was a very grumpy baby, crying constantly, not sleeping for longer than 20 minutes at a time, and just not easily consolable. She was patient, hoping he would outgrow this, but when he didn’t seem to get any better. At 4 months, she expressed her concerns with her pediatrician at his well baby visit. Some other worries Lindsay and Jared shared were slight discoloration in his right eye, lack of red eye reflex on his night camera in his room, and failure to follow/track objects.
At that visit, a whirlwind of a wild ride was about to begin for the Johnson family, Jared, Lindsay + Paxton. They were informed toimmediately take him to the eye doctor, then again after that, to a specialist in Peoria, and again after that, were rushed to Chicago. Three days of eye appointments across central Illinois, led this family to the last thing they wanted to hear. Paxton has a rare form of childhood cancer in his right eye….Retinoblastoma. They had to make the most difficult decision of their lives that day. The following day, just 4 days after his routine 4 month check up, Paxton’s right eye was removed. They were informed that he had already lost vision in that eye, and to relieve pain and pressure for him (so he wouldn’t be crying constantly), the best thing to do would be to remove his eye, which would also eliminate the tumor.
Paxton also had some genetic testing done to determine the cause of the cancer. The results revealed a bi-lateral, hereditary retinoblastoma. Meaning it was in both eyes and was a gene mutation that will continue to be passed on through him.
The oncologist recommended 6 rounds of chemotherapy. Since they also discovered some spots present on his left eye, they wanted to incorporate laser treatment for that side in hopes of saving his sight. They placed a port in Paxton’s chest for chemotherapy treatment. Paxton and his family will travel to Chicago every 4 weeks to undergo chemo and laser treatment, paired with eye exams, making sure the cancer isn’t spreading and that it is in fact, hopefully clearing up.
Paxton was also fit for a prosthetic eye, which they say he keeps in for a maybe total of 2 hours max during the day. He will be fitted for a permanent one when he is three —- they learned a child’s eye socket is completely done growing by this age. Interesting fact of the day.
The good news is, since the surgery, Paxton has been all smiles, is sleeping well and beginning to hit all his milestones!
Lindsay and Jared have learned a lot on this short, but intense journey and I’m sure they will continue to learn much more. They have been fortunate enough to meet some other families going through the same thing, so they have someone to reach out to when they have questions. Paxton is, by far, one of the toughest babies I know. He has endured more in his short life than most of us could think of, but he is also one of the happiest babies I get to see.
***If you would like to support Lindsay, Jared and Paxton, you can purchase a t-shirt and/or donate to their family. All proceeds are being used for medical expenses and travel to and from Chicago for Pax’s treatments.***
Buy a shirt and spread the word and raise awareness!
What a pleasure to be a part of someone’s life in the most memorable times. This family reached out for a maternity session last summer and we clicked immediately — I laughed so hard during their Maternity Session and found myself laughing at random times over the next few days just remembering silly moments. I couldn’t wait to see them again.
My next meeting with them would be at the hospital for Coleman’s Fresh 48 Hospital Session. Man oh man, this little boy was striking at less than 48 hours old! Those dimples —- and he didn’t get them from Mom or Dad, he was just blessed by them!
So, when they arrived for his newborn session, I couldn’t wait to hang out again! Coleman was perfect!
We incorporated some of Dad’s favorite hunting items, including a special set of antlers. I loved Coleman’s custom made “Coleman” hat, which he also wore at the hospital.
Spending time together with families over multiple sessions is nothing short of awesome. I love getting to know people and the relationship just naturally unfolds. I cannot wait to watch this little boy grow!
Thank you for trusting me!
I am collaborating with a Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper to bring you something fun and special. For those of you that do not know, Matilda Jane is a boutique line of clothing for babies, children, teens and adults. They have the cutest line of clothing and accessories for girls of all ages. You can check out there page HERE.
So the way this works:
You sign up for a session – we are hosting these at Ewing Manor in Bloomington
You let me know what size clothing you will need and our Trunk Keeper will bring a wardrobe of clothing to choose from for your session
You can also wear your own Matilda Jane Clothing to your session
I take pictures of you and/or your girls wearing and modeling this adorable clothing
You receive 10 digital images of your choice from the session and print release
$75 of your session fee goes towards NEW Matilda Jane Clothing from our Trunk Keeper
I love having the privilege of being invited into people’s homes for photographs, especially when they are celebrating the welcoming of a new baby! This family is welcoming Leo. He is the newest member of their family and was 15 days fresh when we took these photos. His big sister Avery, a HUGE Star Wars fan, was very happy about showing him off! She loves to snuggle him and I’m sure is very much looking forward to having lightsaber battles with him as soon as he can hold one!
My favorite thing about newborn lifestyle sessions is that I get to see your life in real time. Sure, we do some posed pictures and I try to keep everyone together, but I also get to capture real life as it happens. So many of these images have been captured with only a little bit of direction. Avery reading a book on the couch — totally her idea! Their sweet little kitty came out to greet me (and I’m told she is REALLY shy). I guess Avery is the only one that can get as closer to her as she does and can give kisses. Bam! Captured that! I know they will cherish these for a lifetime!
Since Leo is adopted and they got the call last minute about his arrival, his nursery is still in the works of being completed. However, I love the simple touches they have on it already and I’m glad we were able to use it for some of the photos.
Thank you again for the opportunity to photograph your gorgeous growing family!
I love meeting new families. This one was no different. Colette arrived for newborn photos with her big brother John and we had an awesome morning!
Colette and I started her session outside in the flowers — LOVE getting to take outdoor newborn pictures if weather allows! She smiled a lot out there so she must have loved it too!
She gave me lots of smiles throughout her session indoors too!
Sibling shots are my favorite and I work really hard to achieve them for my clients.
Sometimes we wait it out, sometimes we have treats or gifts for participating, and sometimes we get some silly photos, which I know parents will look back on and love just as much as the more posed ones.
John wasn’t quite sure about getting in the photos with his new sister, but of course with some cookies, he obliged! I hope you cherish these for a lifetime!
Thank you for choosing me as your photographer!
Meet Coleman – he is less than 24 hours old here. Brand new!!
Those dimples – it’s a mystery where he acquired them, as Mom and Dad do not have them, but they are unmistakably present and AWESOME!
I love these Fresh 48 Hospital Sessions.
During each one of these, I try to step back and capture moments that are otherwise forgotten —
– The awkwardness of dressing a new baby for the first time –
– Trying to figure out just the right way to hold this tiny human –
– Trying to figure out that perfect method for swaddling –
All the while, your baby is likely screaming his/her head of with disapproval.
But that is life and those moments are fleeting. I would love to go back and capture all these precious memories because when your children are school aged, you forget those tiny but blissful memories.
Olivia arrived to my studio ready for her first images in this big world. She was born with a full head of hair, long eyelashes with a curl, and the best little lips. She was such a good little model for me. I absolutely loved her session colors — turquoise, creams and yellows. She looked amazing in all of them! Thank you for choosing me as your newborn photographer. It means more to me than any of you will ever know!
World, meet Olivia….
This little family is so tough. I had the pleasure of meeting them when they booked me for Owen’s 3 year session this spring. Momma was expecting and asked me to document her second baby….a girl.
We planned on maternity photos and the she got put on bedrest….But we made the best of it and did them on the grounds at the hospital. It was actually pretty awesome. You can view that session here.
She ended up induced the following day, so good thing we planned it out right!
When Addison was born, Mom and Dad knew she was going to be spending some time at the hospital and were waiting to hear of discharge. Patiently waiting, they determined they were keeping her until sometime mid summer.
So, I hopped in my car again and documented their life….as it is. It’s gorgeous. They are handling things like champs, smiles on their faces, being strong for each other, for Owen, and for Addison. There is seriously nothing but love in this family.
They are so supportive of each other, encouraging and patient. I have spent quite some time with this family and can just feel their dedication to one another.
So thankful to be a part of such memories, whether they are tough at times or not, they will be so glad to have this to treasure!
Elyse’s momma and I spent several years working together as nurses before Jamie started having babies. Actually, we have known each other for quite a few years. We go back to the “Yellow Mustang Days” as Jamie and I would call them…..
Now, it’s pampers and mini vans and we wouldn’t change it for the world.
So, let’s talk about Elyse. Isn’t she just gorgeous?! And her big brother is CLEARLY in love with her! How sweet is he?!
Elyse is one special baby. She is what they call a Rainbow Baby. It is a term used to describe a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss.
“In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.
The storm (pregnancy loss) has already happened and nothing can change that experience. Storm-clouds might still be overhead as the family continue to cope with the loss, but something colorful and bright has emerged from the darkness and misery.”
Not only has Jamie’s family lost a baby, but they have weathered multiple other tragedies that left them feeling helpless and lost.
Through it all, their faith never wavered and God prevailed as He always promises to.
They, indeed, have braved quite some storms in their time as a family, but God gave them their long awaited rainbow.
So happy for you all!