Friday, February 22, 2008

It's time!

Well, this happened quicker than I anticipated!! I wasn't even aware it was made public till I stumbled upon it! (whoops...)

So, the new changes are here and ready to be unveiled!! As I said, I've spent the last six months working and perfecting and reworking and reperfecting and reworking again and I FINALLY think I'm over the moon thrilled with the results.

We've got a new logo, new colors, new website, new images, new sections.... And, to celebrate all that newness, I'm going to do a promotion. For those that have been with me for the past three years, you know that this is unprecedented. But, this new launch deserves it's own bells and whistles, if you will. So, for the next 24 hours, I am giving 50% off the session fee for a NEW session booked in March! I have limited availability left for March, so be sure to contact me right away to ensure you get the pick of the litter. I MUST receive your call or e-mail by 2:23 pm tomorrow (Saturday 2/23) afternoon. In your call or e-mail, please list dates that work for your schedule (remember, I take sessions Saturdays & Sundays only), what the session will be for and the location you'd like it held. You can e-mail me at or call at 847-970-8055, though e-mail is the best way to get in contact with me throughout the day. Payment for sessions are due immediately, via electronic invoice.

Now get over and see our changes!!! Shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment and let me know what you think about the new digs.

Come see the new look of Essence now!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New stuff on the horizon...

Well, this has been in the works for months (not joking....six months, to be exact!!) and I am so excited that I am *almost* finished. What is it? Well, I can't tell you that....that would spoil all the fun!! But, I can tell you that a new, fresh look for Essence is on the way. :) Exciting!!

To celebrate, I'm thinking about having a ONE-DAY, keep a watch on the blog for details of that. No advance announcement, just a spur of the moment thing and it will only last one day!!! No longer!! So, keep your eyes peeled for info....

And, cause it's fun to tease....a little peek at what's to come....

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Memory Lane...

One of the great aspects of this business is watching my clients grow (that's the kids, not the parents...). Some of my kiddos have been with me since before they were even out of mom's belly. And, some started when they were just babies....others started a bit later. No matter how they start, I'm always so excited to see how they've changed and grown.... what cute "tricks" they are doing now, who they look like and what their personality has evolved to.

I recently had the pleasure of doing a session for a long-time client - we've made our way through one kid and are now working on the next!!! So, I got double shocked at this how they grow.

Remember baby Cole?

He's gotten a bit bigger now....My goodness was he smiley!!! I had him LAUGHING!!!! What a doll... Of course, I wasn't all that surprised...after all, big sis is one of my faves. :-)

Sweet Kaya when I first started with her:
And now....

Course, this session was for baby brother, but how can I not capture that?!?!? She is a hoot - even gave me a little "talk to the hand" at our session (not now, Brianne....I can't be bothered):
And, my personal fave series from our session....

I imagine our conversation went much like this:

Me: Whatcha eatin' Kaya?
K: What? I'm not eating anything...I don't know what you're talking about...
K: Alright, fine....they're m-n-m's.K: See?
Me: Huh....they're turning your mouth blue...
K: They're WHAT?
K: WhatEVER Brianne....I don't see how that's quite relevant at our session..... *maybe* our conversation didn't go quite like this, but still comical, nonetheless!!!

Alright...signing off with some other faves from baby brother Cole:

And, finally - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!! - from my cutie to yours....

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The year of peanuts

Odd title, I know... But, I don't have any other words to describe this itty bitty boy!! I had the pleasure of photographing the brand new baby boy of a friend of mine. He arrived several weeks early and weighed I think around 5 pounds at our session. Needless to say my "just a couple of shots for a mini album" turned into a full-blown ordeal with way more proofs than I intended to show. But, I ask you.....could *you* have nixed any of these?!?!?