Studio Maternity Session | Decatur, Il Maternity Photographer

The longer I've been a photographer, the more I've honed in more and more on photographing babies.  I just love all things having to do with babies.  Obviously the newborn sessions through the first year, but maternity sessions as well.  I recently had a dream about a marketing project I was working on and had a glimpse of a studio maternity session.  I also decided I may be working too much if I'm dreaming about marketing.  Seriously.

Anyways,  I decided I wanted to build up my maternity portfolio.  For most, this means doing an outdoor session.  Since my dream came at a really inconvenient time (end of December) I decided to try my hand at sticking indoors for a studio maternity session and I. Am. In. Love.

I had a few ideas in mind, so of course that means I needed to go shopping!  I love having a growing client closet for maternity sessions- which means if we have enough time between when you have booked and your session takes place, I'll absolutely source gowns, sweaters, flower crowns, etc for your session.

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The HGP Newborn Experience

The HGP Experience

What is the HGP Experience?

It's having a consistent process from first inquiry to delivery of your final product.  If you're here- it's because you're pregnant and we're SO glad you're on our site and considering HGP for your newborn session.

It looks like this: you've found out your pregnant.  There are SO many things to worry about right off the bat.  Getting established with your doc, ultrasounds, morning sickness help, figuring out maternity policies at your employer.  The first trimester is a whirlwind.  Well, frankly, it all will be.  The second trimester brings some relief and planning of the fun stuff.  The nursery, registering for your baby shower, finding cute maternity clothing and picking out a photographer- in comes the HGP experience!

There are tons of genres of photography to explore.  I know that newborn photography is not a one size fits all. 

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Ending the day in a perfect way~ The Reed Wedding, Forsyth, Il

Elizabeth & Justin's wedding day started out pretty similar to today- gray and overcast.  It quickly devolved into a bunch of rain with out sun in sight according to the forecast.  After stalking WAND, I knew we would end up having a decent window to do all of their photography later in the day so I truly wasn't worried- even if that meant gray and overcast- I knew it would be beautiful.  What I wasn't expecting was the gorgeous light we ended up finding every so often throughout the day, especially the last 20 minutes I was with them!  Swoon!

I've known Elizabeth & Justin for over five years each now and have photographed the boys since they were babies.  Their wedding was such a beautiful one as they joined the boys together and created a gorgeous family.  Their families are some of the nicest I've ever had the pleasure of working with, and I look forward to many sessions in the future with the now Mr.

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I need your help!

This is something that has weighed on my mind for sometime now.  I want to help.  Bare with me.  I get quite wordy (but you know this by now, RIGHT?)

Since I can remember, I've never considered myself a creative.  I would watch friends draw, paint, sculpt etc.  I rode horses.  There's not too much you can do creatively besides getting creative at cleaning stalls as fast as possible.

Now I've found what I can consider a creative gift.  I create art through the lens of my camera; it's my craft.  I visualize a set, incorporate the subjects (you all), and picture how this would look in an album, on a canvas, in a frame. In your homes.  Well loved now and for years to come.

So now I need your help because now is the time to give back.  Over the years I've searched and nothing panned out long term. 

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10 Years

Ten years.  The Mr. & I celebrate 10 years today.  I've honestly been thinking about this blog post for months.  Trying to piece together a few thoughts, but for once, I'm a tad speechless. For a good seven of those years I've been photographing weddings.  With every wedding, there have been reminders of why we've persevered, why we've fought to have what we have.  Pastors, ministers, JOPs, and priests have all shared lessons on life and love.  How to love, how to forgive, how to grow, how to pray, how to prioritize each other, how to sacrifice, how to communicate.  You'd think I'd be a pro at this marriage thing with all the weddings I've attended. Nope!  We've had to work on it day in and day out.  There have been many times we've loved when we didn't want to.  Forgiven when it wasn't easy.  Did the exact opposite of what we really wanted to do in the name of the other. 
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