7 minutes

Three important rules when you are a Mom with a love for photography:

1. learn how to use your camera – really learn, not just guess.
2. always know where your camera is
3. don’t instruct, don’t interrupt play, just let them be.

11:51

I notice Clara sitting on my bed sitting with the iPad.

Clara web 4969I grab my camera, the battery isn’t in it, I put it in and begin shooting. I don’t say a word.  But she hears the clicks. I still remain silent.

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She pops up and repositions herself.Clara web 4980Clara web 4983

Inside I am dying at how old and beautiful she looks. I keep shooting.Clara web 4985Clara web 4988

She pops up…Clara web 4989Clara web 4991

and begins dancing…Clara web 4995Clara web 4996Clara web 4999

…and laughing…Clara web 5001

…and spinning…Clara web 5006_1

…I begin laughing with all of my heart and soul. (she loves it when she makes me laugh with all of my heart and soul.)Clara web 5011_1Clara web 5013_1

…the silliness, the pure clara-ness continues…Clara web 5029_1Clara web 5031_1Clara web 5053_1

…she’s so wonderfully Clara…I still don’t say a word…Clara web 5066_1Clara web 5074_1

…her sissy lays with her…Clara web anna 5078_1Clara web anna 5079_1Clara web anna 5084_1

…they are both in sister heaven…Clara web anna 5091and the silliness continues…Clara web anna 5094

…for both of them…Clara web anna 5107Clara web anna 5110

…the magic continues, even when the dancing and jumping stop…Clara web anna 5112Clara web anna 5117

11:58 am … and then they were called to lunch and we were on our merry way.Clara web anna 5118

Seven minutes gone in an instant but a memory that will last always.

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Sarah Halsteaed - July 21, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Love this Beth. So beautiful. Also I love your room, the light is amazing!!

The Toso Family | NORTHWEST INDIANA + CHICAGOLAND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

This session officially kicked off my summer sunset season and it could not have been better. Elizabeth was honestly one of the cutest babies I have ever photographed!

Family Sunset Session
$150 due upon  booking
$350 40 digital high-resolution images and the rights, due within 7 days of the session
one hour, on-location session

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The Tong Family | Northwest Indiana + Chicagoland Family Photographer

I think it’s important to warn you before you begin viewing these images that you may be over come by all of the cute. This family was a dream to work with and was my second family session while in Austin, during my visit to Texas, back in May.

The Tong family volunteered for me to photograph them while I was mentoring a fellow photographer on how to do sunset sessions. I’m so thankful they saw the model callout on Facebook because they were the sweetest, most gracious family. They were seriously dreamy.

Just like their session…

First, here are two images of my mentoring student working behind the camera. Isn’t she cute?

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See? I told you she was cute!

And here’s even MORE cuteness for you. (I swear I spoil you guys sometimes.)

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The Moawad Family | northwest indiana + chicagoland family photography

Okay, so this session did not take place in Northwest Indiana. This beautiful session was my first of four sessions on my trip to Austin, Texas in May.

I met Lisa “virtually” many, many years ago. We met in real life in Chicago a fear years ago, I’ve essentially watched her family grow from  many miles away. I was so excited to photograph this beautiful family. Lisa emailed me with concerns that her family may be too crazy for me, but I reassured her … “don’t worry, Lisa. I got this!” Needless to say, her children and I “clicked” instantly and I’m excited to share one of my prettiest sessions with you right now!

P.S. I loved Austin, it was beautiful and interesting and also, I loved Torchy’s Tacos and haven’t stopped thinking about their queso since I left. Amen.

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Layne’s Cake Smash session | Northwest Indiana Chicagoland Child Photographer

Last month we celebrated Layne turning one! I’ve been so lucky to be able to photograph Layne every three months since she was born as part of my birth-to-first year plan. She’s so incredibly beautiful and her parents are adorable, too. Here’s her cake smash session – she did SO well!

Cake smash details: 30 minutes, 20 images, $300, props and cake are included in the price. Cake smash sessions can take place in my natural light studio in downtown Valparaiso or can do be done outdoors at sunset. Email me to book your session!

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