Monday, December 06, 2010

Is this thing on?

*tap tap tap* Is this thing on? I know, I's been forever (and then a couple days beyond that). The good news? I already have a blogpost up and ready for you! The bad news? You have to work a little to get there.

That's right - the Essence Photography Blog has permanently moved locations to a much prettier home.

Change your bookmarks, subscribe on the new blog, and have fun looking around!

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

An Influx of Cuties

It seems I have some catching up to do on the blog!! I have been so fortunate to have had wonderful clients again this past year and of course, I photographed some absolutely adorable babies and kids. Let's have a looksie...

Sweet Kaya and Baby Cole (who isn't such a baby anymore). I have absolutely loved watching these two grow up.

This sweet baby was so, so good during the session...slept almost the entire time and only cried for a bit...but Mommy was able to soothe...
This next session was so fun and relaxed... Daddy was a DJ and so Mommy had a great idea to capture that in their pictures...I absolutely loved how they turned out.

And let's see what was inside that little tummy...

And finally the last of my babies this year...
It has been a wonderful year and I can't believe we have only 12 days until Thanksgiving already!! This will serve as my last posting for 2009 as I wrap up my last clients and get things in order for year-end so I can enjoy the holiday season with my family.

Here's wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year! Enjoy your time with your little ones - soak in all that you can and remember it all. Next year will fly by just as fast as this one did.

All my best,

Friday, September 04, 2009

When did Seniors start looking like this?

I'd like to think I'm not that old. Sure, I've had my 10 year reunion, but I'm not even into the big three-ohs yet (at least not for another couple of weeks). I can only assume that some sort of weird alternate universe happened between the time I went to high school and now. Or perhaps it's something in the water now.

Regardless...tell me this one isn't utterly stunning.

Yes, she really did hop in the freezing cold water of Lake Michigan here. And it was cooooooold outside.Senior portraits aren't on my normal list of sessions I do, but every once in a while I like to do one. They allow me to be creative in a way that you just can't be with itty bitty babies and chubby-cheeked kids.

Update on booking: Two slots available in September, October is booked, and a few remaining sessions available for November. If you want pictures in time for Christmas, remember that November is too late!! Call or e-mail to inquire about scheduling a session. 847-970-8055 or

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Oodles of cuties

Once again, summer has come and (almost) gone and Essence went from being fairly manageable to exploding in just a few weeks. It happens every year and you would think I would be used to it by now!!

I've been a busy bee with lots of tots, newborns and those gorgeous mamas. Here's a little taste of what I've been up to.

This family has been with me since the mom's first pregnancy. We've now made it through both her son's first years, even after they moved away to Tennessee. They've promised to come visit me again, though. :)
Big brother was too busy having fun to be concerned with getting pictures for Mom and Dad, so this was about the best we could do.
This is more of that hot mama I did a sneak peek for in my last entry. I've gone back and gotten the tiny baby pictures and I can't wait to proof them and see what ones we got!
Another of my clients that moved half way across the country and came back for images. They've been with me since Big Brother's one year images and we've now made it through Baby Sister's first year.

And, last but not least a pregnant mommy that is I believe! Just waiting for the little bundle to pop out. Some of you may recognize her - I did her maternity images with her first child almost exactly three years ago!

That's it for now! More to come - a couple of tiny babies, some kidlets and even a high school senior.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sneak Peek at an Itty Bitty Belly

Not to worry - I will have more from this gorgeous mom-to-be, but her proofs go up tomorrow and I wanted to give her a little taste ahead of time!Seriously - is that not the cutest baby bump you've ever seen??

Can't wait till you see the rest Jennifer! :)

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Babies and Bellies

Well, it's about that time of year again where I get inundated with pregnant mamas and their new little bundles. I know I say after every session that the type was my favorite, but I fib a little bit. There is nothing sweeter than a fresh little baby all curled up. They are by far the most work, but they are also by far the most rewarding...

And, of course, we couldn't have new bundles without the mama bellies...

I know this isn't a mama belly, but come ON - look at those sweet eyes....More babies and bellies on the fact, that's about all that are booked!! Sessions are now opened for July & August. Only a couple of slots are left in July - the summer books fast! If you are interested in scheduling, please call or e-mail me at