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  • Hello there…

    I'm Jolene Bresney, a lifestyle and portrait photographer located in Bloomington, Illinois. Let's see... a little bit about myself: I love books. It's the words I'm drawn to. I love how simple words, entwined, create something beautiful. Art and expression as one. It's probably why I love photography. I can say so much without uttering a single word. I am a perfectionist, never quite content. A blessing and a curse. Music. It entices my creativity...I can get lost in a song. I love the ocean... she is constant and steady. Yet, every time she hugs the shore, she brings the promise of a new beginning. The mountains... a reminder of how small and insignificant I really am. Nudging me to look up. Always, and for everything. I have 3 kids. Without them, none of this could ever have been. Through them I have found myself. No words can express my gratefulness and love for them. They have taught me about unconditional love, and grace. Through them I see the beauty in the everyday. I love summer. Her evening song, the carefree days of sunkissed play. Sunrise and sunsets, again so constant, yet breathtaking every time they grace the horizon. Enough about me... I want to meet you! If you like what you see, you should call me.


Earlier this month we packed up the car and drove to the Smokies- one last hurrah before school resumed.  There we rented a log cabin at the top of a mountain- when I say “top” I’m talking 7 loops around the mountain (my knees still hurt from walking/running up and down.)  The views were breathtaking, and incredibly serene.  This trip I wanted to capture our mornings together.  We all take pictures of all the touristy things, which I, of course, have.  We zip lined (twice!) and bought the CD of images, went white water rafting, bought those images, too! We hiked the Appalachian, went put-put on a mountainside, toured some caverns, and saw a dinner show.  All amazing memories.  But there is something about the morning that I love so deeply.

Our Christmas morning story.

This year I really wanted to document Christmas morning.  In years past, the kids have always ransacked the living room loot well before Todd and I even got out of bed.  This year, I begged the kids not to get up before 7!  Of course no one listened.  They got it half right… they got us up at 6.  It was pitch black out.  So I went with it… It was a very merry Christmas:)

 Santa ate everything… except his vegetables.  Bad Santa. Kisses for her new stuffed bear. A letter from Santa apologizing for the delay of 1 gift.  Glad he left a note!:) And the fav….  farting silly putty in a toilet! Santa hid one last special family gift… I think they liked it?

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!! Happy 2015.


If you like Free People and hanging out in a forest, you and I will get along just fine!!  I had a blast even if I ruined my favorite boots… this session was so worth it!

 *** I am catching up on my senior sessions this week!  Check back soon:)

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