Since it would take me several posts to catch up on each shoot I completed last year, I thought, instead, I would post a Best Of and highlight some of the amazing clients I had in 2012.

2013 is on target to be a banner year for me, and I’m really hoping to excel beyond what I accomplished in 2012 to become the “go-to” photographer for Seniors, Glamour, and Portraits in the southern Illinois area.

2012 began with the sweetest little newborn ever! Born 4 weeks early and brought home to her adoptive family just a few days later, she started the new year off just right!

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As much as I love photographing newborns, I love just as much photographing women.

Here is a beautiful headshot of one of my former coworkers and a dear friend of mine. We took many, with various outfits, but this one my absolutely favorite.

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It’s around this time that I developed my logo, which is a lot harder than it sounds! 🙂

I believe that we, women, do not often take enough time for ourselves, and now that I have a husband and children of my own, I KNOW that’s true! We get bogged down with life, running errands, doing laundry, feeding our families, working inside and outside the home, life moves so fast, before we know it we are approaching our 10, 15, 20 year class reunion and wonder where the time has gone.

So, on my 39th birthday, my beautiful friend, Katie, modeled for me in this awesome field of yellow flowers (read: weeds), that got mowed down about a week later! I know she thinks I’m crazy, but I absolutely died when I shot this image, and it is STILL my favorite shot from that day. She is supermodel HOT!

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Weddings. Wow. They are a challenge, but I found that I absolutely LOVE shooting weddings. They aren’t for everyone, and they are SO. VERY. NERVE WRACKING! You don’t want to miss a thing. No time for errors, or being in this spot when you should be over there. I shot two weddings last summer and here is one of my favorite shots from each.

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And then there was an engagement session that had me at the top of a small mountain along the Shawnee National Forest. My was it beautiful up there!

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Then I photographed three beautiful sisters who were in town. They are all so beautiful and unique in their own way. These are my favorite images of each of them together in this triptych.

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Not long after this, my camera – after only 4 years – crapped out on me. I don’t know what happened, but out of nowhere I got an Err99 and it just never came back to life. Thanks to Canon’s Loyalty program, I was able to upgrade my camera (an XSi) to one I’d been eying for quite some time at a very reasonable rate. With my new 7D in hand, I needed a model to practice on. Once again, Katie came to my rescue.

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Enjoyed a family session during the peak of fall and all the amazing colors that came with it.

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Did another family shoot over the Thanksgiving holiday. This gorgeous little girl is the product of two of my favorite people. And, she’s not shy at all for the camera!

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To finish out the year, my friend and make-up artist extraordinaire, along with a new local salon owner, put together a Holiday Makeover shoot that turned out to be a moderate success, but an amazing learning experience. We’ll definitely be offering this again in 2013, on more than one occasion!

Overall, it was a wonderful year and I am so thankful to all my family, clients, models and friends who have helped and supported me throughout my journey. I will continue on in 2013 to further enhance my skills and develop my unique style in both composition and editing.

Thank you for an amazing 2012! I’m excited to see what 2013 will bring!

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