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Here comes baby!

September 3, 2012

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So your having a baby! Please make sure you get BEAUTIFUL maternity photos somewhere!  Remembering this time through pictures of you in your hospital gown with unflattering photos…NO WAY!  It’s worth it to document this special time, even if it’s just for you!

It’s such a beautiful and special time in a woman’s life. Take the time to remember your pregnancy with lovely flattering portraits of your belly.  Don’t worry I remove the stretch marks with photoshop.  :)

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So you’ve got your engagement pictures…now what. Busy times are ahead so make sure you select a great photographer!

Right now I am only available as a second shooter for Weddings. But if you hire a photographer that is looking for help I would love your recommendations!

Make sure you decide carefully, it’s a very important day and you will treasure your memories through photographs FOREVER!

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Well start by getting some great photos with your sweetheart!

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Did you see the post about photographing your High School Senior?  It happens fast so make sure you document the moments along the way.

Come have your Newborn/Baby session today!

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Get pictures of the whole family or just your kids!  We will be outside in a beautiful park setting.  The Robert O.  Atcher Municipal Center is such a neat place to relax.  So come for pictures and stay to enjoy the paths, ponds, fountain, and cool statue!


$75 for a 20 minute mini session including unedited CD w/print release for up to 8×10 size prints. $25 non-refundable deposit required.

You will also get 10 of your favorite poses edited.  The edited portraits will be uploaded to my website where you can purchase prints or digital files.


Sessions will be running between 9:30am and 4:30pm last appointment time available is 4pm.



101 Schaumburg Court
Schaumburg, IL 60193-1899

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We will meet by the bridge that goes over the stream.  The bridge is located around the right side of the pond.  It will be past the concrete statue of the lady.  Don’t worry you can’t miss her!

Space is VERY limited so book your appointment soon!


Click the Schedule Now button on the right side of the page.

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Want Senior portraits (or 8th graders too) that fit your young adults personality? Come book a session with me!

Did you remember to have family sessions? It’s not too late…get some family portraits too before they go off to college.

More details HERE!


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Don’t forget to photograph your every changing family! You will treasure the pictures when the kids have grown…they grow so fast don’t they?

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Tony the American

June 10, 2012

We left off waiting for Tony the American in my previous blog post right?  I apologize for the delay in posting but looks like my family is moving to America.  Had to pack out my house and put everything else on the back burner for awhile.  Sorry for the suspense!  I wanted to post this story only 1 week after Part I.

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What we do while we wait.

So while we wait we chat with the locals, take pictures and sure enough the guy comes back and brings us to meet what we believe might be a cousin.  Crazy right?  It’s true!  Looks like we found a cousin and got some sketchy family history about moving to Rio de Janeiro and someones a pilot.

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The guy on the left we met in the Piazza. The guy on the right we think is the cousin. They heatedly discuss the details

Once we are back at the piazza again along comes “Tony the American.”  Turns out Tony is from this small town but lived in the USA back in the 60’s & 70’s.  So that is why they call him “Tony the American.”  He said hadn’t spoken English is awhile but it came back to him quickly!

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Here he is! Ta-da! “Tony the American!”

He brought us all around town looking for people who might know more family members.  We stop at a pizzaria, a little old lady’s house, and another couples house.  All the neighbors came out to see what was going on and who are these two blonde Americans.  We cause quite a stir, and I think we were the talk of the town.

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This is the little pizza place we stop to get information. They we very nice and helpful. Everyone seems to know everyone here!

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Love it!  Getting some more directions from the guys.

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Tony just started knocking on doors and asking questions. It was so cool! Everyone in the neighborhood just pitched in to try and find the family.

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I just LOVED this little old lady. Isn’t she adorable?

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Stop for a quick cell phone call, not quite finding who we were looking for…Tony was just so cool! He dropped everything to help us! Grazie Mille!

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Here she is again. She was so curious to who we were looking for. Probably the most excitement on this road in awhile.

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Everyone came out to help us. This guy even hoped on his Vespa and tried to get us more information. Who ARE these American Girls anyway?

In the end Tony the American found little more information that we had, but told us he would look into it and we should return next week.  By then he should know more AND don’t forget to bring our families and we will dine together.  What fun right?  So looks like the adventure continues…

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Normally, I reserve my blog for my photography  focused adventures.  But this story is so amazing I wanted to share it with you.  In the end it all comes around to the photos of the people and this amazing city.  So stay with me…

I work with photographer Renee Williams.(  I must say life working with Renee is never dull.  I wake up Tuesday morning, and I have a  facebook message waiting “…Interested in a little adventure?… ” So sure I am always up for an adventure.

Turns out she is helping someone research their family here in the Naples area and we’re going to find out if they have any living relatives in a beautiful little town called San Guiseppe Vesuviano.

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San Giuseppe Vesuviano

A few hours later we arrive and I think to myself…how are we going to find anyone?  This town is much bigger than I thought.  Where do we start?

Renee of course knows that we should talk to the old guys in the main piazza.  Why didn’t I think of that?

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Church in San Guiseppe Vesuviano

We have a google-translated letter in hand, Renee’s iPad and my camera.  So these two blonde Americans walk up and say good morning (buon giorno)…sounds like the start of a good joke right?  Then, we and show them the letter.  Everyone gets out their glasses.

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As they finish the letter there is great debate (or so I assume) about who the family is and where they are now.  One guy thinks he knows a guy who might be related and disappears to get more information.  But first…he tells us to wait here and look for “Tony the American” and points out his parked car.  So who is this Tony the American?  And so we wait…

…and so do you!  While you wait for more of this riveting story enjoy some more pics.

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That’s Amore!

April 3, 2012

You might have seen my post where a bunch of photography students went to Sorrento to practice our passion.  Well we stopped in a candy shoppe that was nothing less than A M A Z I N G!

What I presume to be the owner was such a good sport allowing us to photograph his shop, taking close ups of his sweets.  But I think HE was our favorite subject to photograph.  He posed, sang, and posed for us some more.  Of course many of us bought candy too.  But mostly we all took home some wonderful memories of a really cool guy.

If your ever in the Sorrento area be sure to visit his store.  Click HERE to visit his website.

Here is a little video I took during our session.  Remember I am a photographer, not a videographer.  :)  You might have to double-click on the video to view it.

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