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Today, I had the pleasure of photographing a little girl who just recently turned 2 years old!  I have watched her grow and change over the last year from the first session I had with her.  She is a lot of fun!

Ducky Bubbles – a name every parent should know – they are the absolute BEST bubbles that I have ever purchased!  They can be found at Dollar Tree – kids love them!

I enjoyed taking these beautiful milestone and family pictures at Forest Glen, where mother nature gave us a beautiful backdrop once again.  We even sat and watched a deer frolic in the woods.

Here are a few samples from today’s session!

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Nature’s Backdrop Equals Beauty


Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July!  This morning I discovered that photographing a family in matching red, white, and blue patriotic shirts is my favorite type of session of all times! (not that I don’t love all my sessions, don’t worry ha-ha!)  The colors were crisp and sharp against mother nature’s background!


Personally, I love little kids’ eyes – so sharp and pristine…beauty!  This little guy has a perfect color, without enhancements!


Here are a few samples from the combination family & 2 year milestone session!

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Happy 4th Of July – 2 Year Milestone


Tonight, we had lots of fun traipsing through a putt-putt golf course and chasing geese for some adorable pictures!  This mother & daughter came prepared with the best shirts ever – I love tye-dye!  The colors made these pictures even more fun!  Enjoy a few samples from our session!


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Mother & Daughter – At the Lake


Nature gives us an array of beautiful things to photograph – what we do with those things is of our own choosing.  Today, we traveled into the warm depths of a golden wheat field, the perfect surroundings for a vintage dress and one stunning little girl!

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Waves of Grain – May 30 Photo Shoot


The last two weekends have been fun-filled with Crayola the rabbit, Easter eggs, and the most adorable clients ever – kids!  That’s right, it has been that time of year when we get together and chase a bunny across the grass with kids right on its tail, capturing images of kids sometimes sitting still and other times in full on action!  Either way, Easter sessions are loads of fun and I enjoy them every year!

Here are just a few samples of what I took this year – including a few milestone pictures and kids’ firsts!

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Kids, and bunny, and eggs – oh my!

Easter Sneak Peeks – 3/18/12


It’s back – Easter pictures with live bunnies!!  I will be offering sessions for two weekends in March: Fri-Sun.  This year, I am going to be hosting this event at the Centennial Park in Chrisman, IL!  (weather permitting).  If the weather is less than desirable for this event, it will be held in my studio.

I have lots of Easter props available to go along with the live bunnies – but feel free to bring any of your own as well!  Special items you may have such as Easter baskets, clothing, etc.  There are bathrooms on site at the park for clothing changes if necessary.

Sessions will be 30 minutes in length and  scheduled every hour on the hour – ie. 9:00-9:30  10:00-10:30.  I need 30 minutes between sessions to reset and prepare for the next client, and give the bunnies a break (it’s in their contract! haha)  If a different time is necessary for you, please let me know and I will see what I can do!

Cost: $25.00 – Includes online viewing to share with friends and family AND a $10.00 voucher to use online for a CD of 10 favorite images (selections made online or by phone)

Here are the dates to choose from!

March 16, 17, & 18th – 9:00am – 7:30pm

March 23, 24, 25th – 9:00am – 7:30pm

You can call/text (217) 251-7380 to schedule a session!  As I book sessions, they will be added to my online calendar.  You can refer to this to see what openings are still available.  (when viewing my calendar, you may have to hit REFRESH for it to appear)

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Easter means LIVE BUNNY PICTURES! Starts March 16!!


You heard me right – $1,200.00!!  What do you have to do to get this fabulous prize?  Get married!

I am looking for one lucky couple who is getting married anytime between April 14, 2012 and December 12, 2012 and who like to have FUN!  Photography would be both traditional and non-traditional – thinking outside the box, using props that you wouldn’t even think of and doing a session that will boggle your mind!

What does the prize include you might ask?  Well let me tell you what – it’s the BIGGEST prize I have EVER given away!

  • FREE Engagement Session with CD of 10 favorite images (retail value $150.00)
  • 50% off the Spectacular Wedding Package (retail value $1,050)
    • Spectacular Wedding Package includes up to 8 hours of photography, $300.00 print credit, proof book, and CD of 80 favorite images

So, if you are interested in entering this giveaway, please print out the contest form and mail it ASAP to Show Me the Smile Photography!  Entries must be received before February 24, 2012.  More details regarding this fantastic giveaway can be found below and on the entry form.

I look forward to working with you!  Good luck!

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Wedding Bells Contest – Prize worth $1,200.00!!!

Contest ends in less than 4 hours!


Just an update – the poll has been proving to be very helpful in narrowing down the 6 choices of images for the Christopher Reeve Foundation project!  Keep the votes coming – and remember, once you vote – you MUST leave a comment below the poll/contest post to be entered into the drawing!