Hair today, gone tomorrow.

It’s amazing how good having family around feels during tough times. Last week my dad’s sister visited and that week felt like one of those tiny moment’s I’ve talked about before. The ones we look for that show us some relief, some good. The week before that my older sister visited and accompanied us to a doctor visit that finally felt optimistic in even just the tiniest of bits. This week my younger sister visits and one of my brother’s came for the weekend from college. My family is the rare kind. The best kind. The kind that is there for each other each step of the way through the good and the tough.

The other night I stopped by home to check on my Dad and to also hang out with my younger sister who flew in. My dad was sitting on his bed when I came in and he said, “check this out.” He reached up, took a hand full of hair and pulled lightly. Small strands filled his palm as he reached out to show me. The hair loss had begun from the second round of chemo. We were disappointed because we didn’t expect it to start this quickly. The day before he had a full epic mustache. The next day it had noticeably thinned.  He took control that next day and made an appointment to go ahead and cut it all. I’ve documented bits and pieces of this journey and it’s always so surprising how each step feels so monumental. We go in for our second full day of chemo next week. We find relief in those few good days in between each session. We find hope within our family.

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Monnett – Maternity

Morgan and I have known each other for awhile now, but she has semi recently joined AEP as my assistant and holy wowza I don’t know what I’d do without her. It all started when we had a brief conversation during one of her family sessions. She mentioned that she could totally be my assistant if I felt like I needed one. I didn’t know what I was missing in my life until she came in and showed me. You guys, I was a hot mess. I still am, but I’m a better hot mess version because of her ha!

I love her family so much. Lyla comes into the studio when Morgan works and she’s kind of become my little buddy. I’ve noticed her opening up to  me and I’ve gotten to know her sassy quirkiness throughout the few months they’ve been helping me out! She’s so dang smart y’all. Like I can’t deal with how smart she is. It’s going to be amazing to see her interact with her little brother.

Also, can I just shout out Brandon real quick? I know he gets to hear all of my ups and downs in this crazy owning my own business world when I’m corresponding with Morgan and he is such a trooper! He even talks things out and provides ideas when we are in a bind. I promise, okay I’ll try, not to text during dinner time and have Morgan break her own rules Brandon!

Peep their magical maternity/ family session below!

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Styled, Part I

I think the biggest thing I’ve cherished this last year is meeting some super rad genuine people within my small town. I moved away when I went to college near Chicago, did a small stint in Maryland for a few months and ultimately came home to grow my adult roots. My small town will always be my home base, even when I’m coming and going. I’ve loved watching creatives in this humble town of ours come together and create.

Speaking of rad locals. This styled shoot was a dream come true and I couldn’t have made it happen on my own. Lavender and Hops Style Lounge, Vanessa Nicole Planning and Events  and I dreamed up the initial more simplistic idea of a husband and wife styled shoot. Turns out we are extra and wanted to involve three gal models instead and my crazy idea of incorporating livestock (more of that in part II).

Sometimes things just kind of fall together. Jessica’s On Main recently opened their bridal dress boutique and to say we were excited about incorporating their dresses into the shoot would be and understatement. Pam and her team were incredible to work with and the dresses OH MY LORD!

Peep the magic below.

Contact my gals for your wedding or if you just want to treat yo’ self!

Hair and Makeup: Lavender and Hops Style Lounge

Coordinating and Planning: Vanessa Nicole Planning and Events

Flowers provided by: Just Because Flowers, Gifts and More

Wedding Gowns: Jessica’s On Main

Models: Jade Hogan, Hannah Bartley, Samantha Pesich

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The Sun Came Out Today

The sun came out today. We finish up treatment tomorrow!

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Wilson Family: Lifestyle family session

Each year I travel to Danville, IL to photograph the Wilson family. We had been prepping for this session since last years session. Sarah had the idea to do the lifestyle session once they completed their new kitchen. What could be better than baking cookies in a new kitchen?

Lifestyles are my jam because they capture the most genuine side of the people in front of the camera. Also, kids really love this type of session too because its an instant reward between the cookie dough and cookies!! Peep the fun below!

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Andy + Abbie

I had been looking forward to photographing Abbie and Andy’s wedding since we first set foot at their wedding venue for their engagement session. It was everything I imagined it would be the day of. All of the details were stunning and Abbie and Andy are some of the raddest, most chill people around! I couldn’t have asked for a better day peep their preview below!

Venue: The Sycamore At Mallow Run

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Kia + Jessie: Engaged

These two. I can’t get enough of them. I can honestly say it feels like the three of us have been friends forever and I’m so excited to be apart of documenting some of their monumental moments in their relationship so far.

It all started when I had the pleasure of photographing the two of them during Kia’s proposal to Jessie (in the dead of night only lit by candles testing all of my photography skills ha!). They then asked if I would do their engagement photos, but mentioned wanting something a little different. The best part of working with the two of them is they come at me with ideas, but still trust me enough to put my touch on it. I sent Kia a screen shot of one of the images of them laughing hysterically and she explained that that is them pretty much every time they are together.  I love their love and HAD to share it with you all! View it below.

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Charmion: boho

Y’all ain’t ready for this bohemian queen. Charmion contacted me with the idea of photographing her in an outfit she recently ordered. I’ll be honest, I was like mmkay yeah sure I’ll do it, but not really knowing what I got myself into. Then I met her. She’s beautiful and such an awesome person. Also the way she moves in front of the camera. Lord help me. See for yourself below.

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Mr. and Mrs. Dillon

You can’t have a 4th of July wedding without fireworks, sparklers or both! Kirstin and Tyler didn’t disappoint! It was a fun-filled holiday, celebrating with both of their families just before they jetted off to start their marriage in California! I know just how much their families miss them and so this post is mainly for them to reminisce the joy and family filled day!

Venue: Hidden Hollow Farm

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Christy + Blake + Baby Bump

It’s funny how photography works. One summer will be filled with ALL of the family sessions, one summer will be filled with seniors the next something different! I was talking with a friend lately about how there must be something in the water because I’ve photographed ALL of the baby bumps lately. And they’ve been so beautiful.

Christy and Blake suggested water for their session and I loved the idea. Little did I know we would have THE perfect day for such a session. Christy was a trooper because this little hidden gem of a place is behind some baseball fields, which apparently were holding tournaments during our slotted session time. She made baring her bump with a possible crowd looking on look effortless and magical.

You both are going to be incredible parents and I’m so excited for you to bring life into this world!

sidenote: her Becky shirt is on point and I think everyone who is pregnant should have one!

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