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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.

Winter’s contradiction

I took Mady out for a mini session——in the snow.  Trying to live up to my pledge to take a photo (or 2) a day of my darlings.  Being outside was so refreshing…spring p-aaa-lease hurry up.  The lighting (reflecting off the snow) is simply divine!  Ethereal might begin to describe it.

I am all about the *shock* factor– placing things….out of place.

More to come…..later…..

M1

Heading to Chicago for the weekend to see loved ones….

Happy Saturday!

~j

Collections

Collections

I am fervently working on putting together collections.  These will not be posted on the website; you will need to email me for details.

I promise…..they will be worthwhile.

~j

P.S. SBP sent out it’s first monthly newsletter.  It was a huge success—-if you haven’t signed up yet, you should.  I offer monthly specials to subscribers only– you don’t want to miss out!

Photogs (outside of a 2 hour radius of Bloomington-Normal, IL)—–I am working on a huge project.  I can’t tell….just yet.  Soon.

cup of *JOy*

blogCUPOFJOYI won! I won!  I never win anything…or so it would seem.  (We won the Mom & Daughter coordinating apron set. Downside:  Ella wants one too.  Time to dust off the sewing machine.)

Had a blast Saturday night at a school fundraiser.  Not sure if it was the entertainment or the company.  It made me almost wish I were Catholic.

A riveting read that I cannot put down.

I need this.  It is my mission this spring to find a vintage one to call my own.  *Kris– you in?

Super yummy recipe that I can vouch for…..make it—your tummy WILL thank you.  It’s simply divine.

A Spring Break maybe.

This little story makes me cry every time I read it. I’m such a sucker. (Yes, Folger’s commercials can move me to tears too…I know….lame.) {Insert LITTLE BOY love here—where’s my Chase?}

And this one made me laugh.  I think I may frequent this site in the future.  🙂

Todd’s favorite new site.  I must admit..it’s fun.

This photo made my heart stop.  Ahhh….sweet babyness always lifts my spirits.

~j


Prince Griffin

I believe in fairy tales…love is magic.  Babies are a *wish*….come true.  Peace on earth is real…if we listen to hearts we will find the path.  The soul speaks to us in many ways…we just need to open our mind to clear the path to our heart.  Embrace those who love us…our imperfect selves…as children do.  More sleep………will come.  Less worry…this I cannot promise.  Dreams come true–absolutely…look around.  I believe there is a slice of heaven in every corner of the world.  Goodness will prevail–perhaps not every time, but when it truly counts.  Life is funny like that. Wish upon a star…every night–do your part to make your dream come true.

Sweet dreams….sweet life.  ‘Til we meet again, Prince Griffin.  I’m certain you are a dream come true.

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