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Last week Emma and her family came to see me from Rockford. Emma was 13 days new and just as sweet as she could be. She slept and posed so pretty.

Emma is Born!

NmB Photography – Rockford, IL newborn photographer

Emma is Born!

NmB Photography – Rockford, IL newborn photographer

Emma is Born!

NmB Photography – Rockford, IL newborn photographer

Emma is Born!

NmB Photography – Rockford, IL newborn photographer

After finishing up a wonderful session with brand new Abigail and her first-time parents, I started replaying the planning that was involved in capturing these images. Even though I love to photograph the spontaneity of a toddler, the newborn session is approached in an entirely different manner. Steps accomplished before the session:

Four weeks in advance analyze carefully sites like Pinterest and my Google Reader for inspiration like Shannon Sewell and Sarah Ulrich.

Order newborn hat well in advance of session from A Bit of String in case baby arrives early. Abigail did! Cost $20. And, another hat from MadAboutColour which took even longer to arrive from Canada (didn’t end up using it). Cost $33

Renew National Association of Photoshop Professionals membership (NAPP) partially to get free shipping from B&H Photo and Video. Spend time watching video tutorials on lighting and Lightroom 4.0. Cost $99

Three weeks in advance order roll of wide, replacement paper in white from B&H Photo Video. Order warm white by mistake but love it in the chair shot. Also, order three short rolls; Sea Green (used in spring shot), Sky Blue and Marmalade. Cost $124

Order ruffled romper to take advantage of sale from Ashley’s Posh Tots. Cost $15

Search for another perfect chair and find one at Grasshoppers in LeClaire, IA. Also, purchase vintage planter and Spring setup starts to formulate in my mind. Gas plus new props. Cost $150

Find paper flowers and butterfly for background of spring setup at JoAnn Fabric. Cost $20

Order two yards of caramel fur fabric from Cost $28

Two weeks in advance arrange for chair painting and distressing to remove all lead paint. Labor plus materials cost $75.

Order gray throw from Pottery Barn. Cost $63

Two days in advance carefully cut caramel fur per research on YouTube (I cut my gray fur all wrong!).

Wash new clothing and throw. Test rolling throw in yellow egg basket.

Morning of session turn on additional heat in the studio and waiting room including space heater and heating pad.

Utilize iPhone womb sound app. Wait for Abby to be fed.

Position dad close by (just out of shot) for safety.

Two hour session with a marvelously sleepy baby and so, so helpful parents. Resulting images captured: PRICELESS!

Curled Up in an Egg Basket

Sleepy Girl

SpringNew Family Addition

Daddy's Boots

I’ve been wanting to get Paige down to the end of our street where all these yellow flowers are blooming. However, when scouting out a location like this I have to take into consideration more than just the pretty background and light. I sometimes need to be sure there’s decent parking and a way to get my big, heavy props to the location. We managed to get the old, red chair down there, as you can see, but wish we would have had more time with the beautiful backlighting on her hair. So, here’s a few of my favorites from tonight, right before sunset, and also a pullback which looks like Paige is doing all of our heavy work returning the chair to the car. She really did pull it most of the way back!

Even though Paige enjoys getting ready for a mini session with Mimi (me) and she is great at helping me get everything set up, she’s really not that thrilled when we get going. Often she can’t wait to get off itchy clothing like these leggings I bought both of the girls. So, out of many, many shots this morning these two were the best.

I love this navy and raspberry color combination. The cool shades are my favorites and these are so popular this fall.

One beautiful August morning, I headed out to a field of Queen Anne’s Lace that I’d had been scoping out. Sena and her four children were charming and polite despite the very early hour. To catch that gorgeous early light you have to start early in the summer time. We were there by 8 am and captured these images of her growing children: Christian, Samuel, Sophia and Nathan – she’s so blessed. Sena is just a delightful mother, friend, runner and occasional assistant to me with newborns and families. Thanks for letting me capture this stage in your children’s lives.

Summer is so short! We no longer take vacations during the summer as we love to spend time here and have family join us at the lake. We’re thankful they will come from Ohio and Iowa during the short summer months. We now prefer to vacation during the cold & miserable midwest winter if at all possible. We have been to the lake several times this summer and are looking forward to lounging on floats in the lake again this weekend. I’m sure the water has warmed dramatically since the last time we were there.

Last weekend, though, we did make our way to Madison with Dawn’s family to go to the Farmer’s Market. It was hot and crowded and overwhelming so we were all ready to leave after only doing half of it. Do you know it’s the largest in the country? We had a nice, cool lunch at the Great Dane after eating a whole loaf of warm cheese bread and sampling lots of cheese – it’s all about the cheese! State Street was just as busy due to Maxwell Street days and the patio of the union was packed, too!

On the way home, we stopped at Brennan’s in Monroe to get the rest of the ingredients we needed for Dawn’s special gourmet, grilled pizza. Everything but the fresh mozarella had been purchased at the Farmer’s Market. We were really proud of ourselves for dragging along a pull-behind traveler and a cooler in the car. We were all pretty exhausted at the end of the day! What are your favorite things to do in the summer time?

A couple more tips for you on photo processing: I use purchased actions for much of my blog’s photo processing. I always use MCP’s Crystal Clear Web Resize to prepare my images for this blog. On these images I also used the Pioneer Woman’s free Action Set 1 How nice of Ree Drummond to give away these actions and to provide so many, many wonderful tutorials on photography and photo processing. If you are an aspiring photographer, spend some time on the photography section of her blog. She has some Flickr groups, too!


This last photo appeals to me so much: Lars, our son-in-law, is pelting his wife with some little beads off of the trees and in the background it appears that Grandpa, aka Gpa, is telling Erin another fanciful story about how his little finger became crooked (yes, it really is). Jim is so much better at this pretending and story-telling than I am. I love him for that!

Erin was a happy, little six-year-old last weekend. She was enthralled with this little monkey from one of the State Street stores and had it riding her Webkinz pet. Lovingly wrapped around her is the fabric we found at Hobby Lobby for her new, tied blanket. We located the perfect color fleece for the other side at JoAnn’s so she didn’t understand that it wasn’t going to get magically done and go right home with her that day.

Kelby is such a fun kid, now! He doesn’t talk constantly any more but when he does, it’s usually a conversation about animals – more specifically fish of all kinds. He’s a walking encyclopedia and though he’s a voracious reader and listener of fiction, he checks out just as many non-fiction books from the Iowa City library.

I’m sure this is the longest I’ve ever gone since I started blogging six years ago! I’ll never get caught up here with my sessions but I’m very anxious to share a few recent ones with you. First, there’s Brynlee in her six-month session. My fellow photographers know that six-month old babies are the best! They just smile and smile AND they stay where you put them. I actually prefer to wait until they’re sitting but Brynlee is here at six months and just one week and is a spectacular little sitter. Her mommy always brings such beautiful props, too – what a fabulous combination. Brynlee just gets Cuter and Cuter Every single Day!

I also took a series of family photos in my backyard aka Park Hills golf course and wanted to share the before and after steps:

    Recover any blown highlights in Lightroom.
    Adjust the white balance from my callibration target image.
    Open in CS5.
    Run Portraiture to soften skin and then Fade it.
    Reduce image to 8-bit from 16-bit.
    Do a Levels adjustment layer and a Curves adjustment layer.
    Flatten and then duplicate the layer.
    Use a Radial blur filter, reduce to about 20% opacity and on the mask layer, brush back in the family. This step really separates them from the background.
    I also cloned over a house in the back, left side a little and cloned over a few bare patches of ground with grass.

    Before Editing –

After Editing – just love her little toes in the foreground of the photo!

We spent quite a few hours shopping last weekend in Ohio in between lunches at Brio and Cheesecake Factory. BTW, the Key Lime/Mango cheesecake we shared was the best I’ve ever had.

Polaris and Easton malls are just beautiful and I was astonished at how much Easton had grown. The stores that were added make you feel like you’re shopping in NYC: a huge Anthropologie and Tiffany’s store (didn’t get to either of those). I love to stop in the Fossil store and this time Molly found these perfect charms. I obviously needed the camera but the little scooter charm reminds me of my Metropolitan (it even has wheels that spin). Can’t wait until it’s spring and I can start riding the scooter to work again.

The charms are sitting on my Apple store purchase: a new case for my Verizon iPhone. I’m having so much fun with the phone! I took lots of photos out shopping and in the house and a few videos, too. The latest app I installed is a bright, LED flashlight. I know that most photographers have had an iPhone or Blackberry for ages but it’s all brand new to me!

Meet Keeley – a girl who was almost too busy for her senior photo sessions. Actually, we scheduled the indoor session pretty quickly but the outdoor session was harder to squeeze in. I frequently walk around the Highland campus looking for plants and trees to photograph. In fact, the 200-acre campus is designated a Regional Arboretum. Since I work with Keeley’s mother at Highland, we decided the campus would be a beautiful location for her fall session. These were from last November when some of the trees were blazing with red and the prairie near the pond was washed in yellow and gold. Keeley looked beautiful every where!