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hello again! | champaign-urbana family photographer

chipman_10It has been quite a while since I’ve posted on here, but these lovely girls are a good reason to get back on track, I’d say!  I hope your family enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, and are embracing the new year with hope and excitement (even though this cold weather is trying to dampen our spirits a bit!)  My family had a great time celebrating Christmas and going on a few adventures over the school break.  Jamaica was my favorite, but learning to snowboard was a good way to cope with the return to cold weather!  Now it’s time to get things in gear again for Sweet Pea Photography, so today I’m opening the winter/SPRING schedule (yes, I’m looking forward to spring!)  Click here to check out the schedule and then email me to reserve your session time.

Oh, a few changes for 2014 you might notice — Mini-sessions are now available to ALL FAMILIES with kids over 6 months old, not just returning clients. They were so fun last fall, I’m offering one day of mini-sessions each month this spring.  Also, the mini-session fee is now $295 — because with every session booked, I will be donating $50 to the Ivy Faith Playground fundraiser, in memory of my niece Ivy.  You can read more about her and the fundraiser here.  After the playground is built later this year, I will choose another charity to support.  Thank you for helping make the world a better place for families, including yours!

one lucky family | champaign family photographer

It was such a treat to spend the morning with this family in Urbana a few weeks ago!  They were lucky enough to win a Sweet Pea Photography session package through the Junior League of C-U Festival of Trees last year (and if you’d like to win one, head over to the Festival of Trees later this fall!!)  We had a blast playing games in the park, sharing favorites and silly faces, and even a few rounds of hide-and-seek.  Thanks for a great session and I’m already looking forward to next time!

swings and sweet corn | mahomet family photographer

I had a lovely time with this family in Mahomet a few weeks ago, and the weather was perfect for a Story Session at their home. We were able to spend time doing many of the things their family enjoys – swinging on the playset, building with Legos, planting bulbs for spring, and even shucking some corn for dinner!  These kids are fantastic, and their entire family enjoyed the relaxed, laid back feel of their Story session (and I did too!)  Thanks again for a lovely afternoon!

“wheee!” is the magic word | champaign family photographer

These girls are fun to photograph, partly because they’re so different!  Big sister is always ready for an adventure, while little sister is happiest when she’s snuggling with mama… but during this session, we discovered that “wheee!” is the magic word to get her in a playful mood (you know, like you’re pretending to ride on a roller coaster?!)  I love it when my time with families has little moments like these that help everyone relax and have fun.  Thanks again for playing with me at the park for your mini-session this summer!