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  • Hello there…

    Thanks for stopping by! I started my business in 2007 shortly after the birth of my daughter, it felt like time was slipping away like a thief in the night. There were so many moments I wanted to hold on to. For me, photography isn't about a staged moment with manufactured, on cue smiles. It's about freezing time to capture a feeling in a fleeting moment. I've found that behind my camera I could see life unfolding and it seemed magical. And I Ioved it. My camera is a conduit of my quest for beauty and connections that I want to preserve. Years from now I want to remember how I felt, provoking emotions and memories that have long past... and I think you will too. I pour my heart and soul into each session. Everyone has a unique story to tell, and I would be honored to tell yours. This is my art and passion, I can't imagine doing anything else. I'm inspired by films, music, and fashion. Amy Poehler is my alter ego. Life is weird, unpredictable, adventurous, sentimental, and so much fun! It's quite a ride... let's go somewhere.

    I encourage all potential clients to shop around. Compare photographer portfolios. There are a ton of photographers out there- one for every budget. See what you like... and what you don't. Photography isn't a brand, it's about finding someone that connects with you... a shared vision and style. Anyone can take a picture, especially with technology today. Not everyone can tell a story.

    Here I share personal projects, client work, amongst other things that inspire me. I try to blog at least once a week. So come back soon!

    Technical details: I am a film and digital photographer incorporating video in all of my sessions. I want you to truly have the finest experience and the greatest memories. Film creates a look that cannot be digitally replicated, digital is perfect for immediate gratification, and video tells a story of its own. I attend several workshops throughout the year all across the country with the industry's top photographers from around the world because I truly believe there is always more to learn, especially in this ever-changing industry... this keeps me inspired and humbled, while giving you the very best.

Alexandra // Bloomington Illinois High School Senior 2017

Go against the grain.

Stray from the crowd.

Hold your head up high.

Make your parents proud.

There’s a voice inside of you, listen closely.

Ignore the lusty opinions of others,

what you think of you counts, mostly.

Be different, use your voice, help others always.

This— the right direction.

It’s not always easy, prepare to make mistakes—

big ones, I should mention.

Some will leave scars, others will groom you,

it’s just the pain of diffusing your youth.

If you can laugh at yourself, you’ll be just fine.

Okay, not yet? Give it time.

 

 

A birth story / Jolene & baby Drew

I’m always honored beyond words when someone asks me to take their pictures. There are so many talented photographers out there–when they choose me, it brings me such delight. To invite me into your delivery room to document one of life’s greatest miracles and most humbling moments–only after meeting me 1 time for 1 hour, floods me with so many emotions. I’m humbled and honored to share in the miracle, and document the most transforming day of your life.

I still get nervous before every session, wondering if I have it in me to make you comfortable in front of my camera. I worry I will run out of things to talk about and we’ll have that awkward silence that I will fill with nonsensical babble. Introvert woes. I fear that you won’t see the beauty that I see in you– we all have our weird hang-ups about ourselves. So I pray and I trust. It works out 90% of the time. Birth sessions are no different. You have no idea how long you will be there, and you hope that you have the words to encourage and relax an anxious mother-to-be.

I have been wanting to do a birth session for years, I just don’t have it in me to solicit pregnant women at the store to get one. So when Jolene contacted me and coined me her “photography twin,” I thought this could be my chance! After all, we have the same name! We would meet… giggle over the coincidence of a shared uncommon name– her backstory a bit more meaningful than mine. I’m just a Dolly Parton inspiration. I, being a labor expert (3 times with a total of 36 hours qualifies me, right?) was hopeful I could convince her into actually going through with this. Sharing her intimate space with a perfect stranger, photographing her enduring pain like she’s never experienced, ugly cries and all– maybe that’s just me. And while those are scary things, there’s incredible beauty in strength and courage. Fighting for life, delving into the depths of your being for energy to pull through the hardest thing you will ever face as a woman,  granting you the most precious gift in the world. Jolene was all in, all we had to do was wait.

On July 7, at 6 am, she texted me saying her water broke at 5 am. I showed up at the hospital at 10 am. Little did we know we would be spending the next 18 hours together. We laughed, we cried, we watched Mountain Men on repeat 12 times, until baby Drew decided to grace the world with her darling presence at 2:16 a.m the following day. It was every bit as beautiful as I imagined. Worth every second of the 18 hour wait. Not being the one in labor gave me new perspective on the beauty of it all. Witnessing life happening is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. So this is a thank you to Jolene! Thank you for sharing “life” with me. Thank you for trusting me with your most meaningful day. You blessed me with such a miracle. Know that I came home and tucked in my 3 kids, and went to bed with the happiest heart. I thanked God for his beauty and magic of creation. I said a prayer and drifted off into the sweetest slumber. I’ve been on the newborn high since. Savor every second, because they fall away like stardust. You blink, and it’s over. Change is the only guarantee in life, that you can be sure of.

If you are pregnant and are interested in having me shoot your birth session (which would make my heart so HAPPY!) please email: jolenebresney@gmail.com.

A Day in the Life session // Hartweg

Bim, an Australian Shepherd, is 13– he’s oldest member of the family. He’s been sick for quite some time– having endured several surgeries on his elbow, but this hardly slows him down. He still enjoys playing fetch, he just lacks the energy to play for long. This family wanted to capture spending time with him as his life winds down. I was honored to be welcomed into their home to see them spending quality time together. If you would like to hire me for your Day in the Life Session, please email: jolenebresney@gmail.com.

Eileen // 1st Birthday

Turning one is such a special moment. You no longer count your child’s age in terms of months. Those milestones have slipped away. Each one celebrated and savored. The baby days birthing into toddlerdom. Where the world expands ever so slightly, starting with that first step. Happy First Birthday, Eileen- Korean and American style.

Dol or doljanchi is a Korean tradition that celebrates the first birthday of a baby. This ceremony blesses the child with a prosperous future and has taken on great significance in Korea. The birthday babies wear a hanbok and a traditional hat: a jobawi or gulle for baby girls.

The highlight of the dol is a ritual where the child is placed in front of a table of foods and objects such as string, brushes, ink and money. The child is then urged to pick up an object from the table. It is believed the one selected will foretell the child’s future. For example, if the child picks up a brush or book, he/she is destined to be smart. If he/she picks up money he/she will be wealthy; If he/she picks up food that means he/she will not be hungry. If the child picks up the thread, it is believed he/she will live a long life. The types of objects placed on the table for the baby to choose has evolved over time, as a reflection of society’s evolving perception of successful occupations.

Baby Eileen is destined to be a judge, she picked up a gavel. We celebrated her birthday at the Vrooman Mansion with her parents and grandparents.

If you would like to book me to photograph your special event, email: jolenebresney@gmail.com.