A Family Session….

Time to catch up on my blog.  Good intensions.  It’s been such an uncharacteristically busy Spring….in a good way of course.  I am going to play a little bit of catch up and post some of my sessions from a few weeks ago.IMG_9551This little family is about to grow!  While they are excited to welcome their newest member, they also wanted to celebrate while they are still a family of three.  We snuck in a quick family session on one of our wonderfully warm days in the park.IMG_9583This sweet guy is a typical toddler….busy…busy…busy!IMG_9612  We decided that trying to keep him down was not in the cards so we did more of a lifestyle session embracing who he is at this moment.IMG_9750IMG_9628IMG_9747IMG_9811IMG_9843I love when people include their beloved pets in their photo sessions.  I always try to capture a few pet photos while we are shooting.IMG_9699And, since Mom never had a maternity session….I sent the boys away to play while I snapped up a few photos of this beautiful Mama.IMG_9725IMG_9710IMG_9733And back to the family for a few more shots before our toddler was done for the day!IMG_9686IMG_9843IMG_9857IMG_9853Now I’m anxiously awaiting their new arrival for our newborn session…coming soon!

XO

Introducing….Jameson

I was so excited to be able to spend a few hours with this sweet new family, photographing their baby Jameson.  He was such a joy….in other words….he slept pretty much the entire session and never pooped on me!  A photographers dream baby.

Here is the slideshow from our session.

I swear I have the best job ever!

Enjoy!

XO

the Story of You…

I am so excited to introduce the newest item in my photography line…..

These ‘Story of You’ videos will be available as an add on to any photo session.  They can include music, photos and even video segments (fusion videos…coming soon).

Just think how much fun this could be for an engagement party, baby shower, first birthday (with photos from your maternity, birth, newborn and milestone sessions!).  The possibilities are endless.

What do you think?

XO

A ‘Bump’ session outside in February….what?!?!

Well…..it’s February in Chicago and apparently we have some of the best weather in the nation right now.  Us. Chicago. Who would have thought?!?  Clearly not me as I did not book any photo sessions for a month when we normally have snow and cold weather.img_0758So…when a Mom from my girl scout troop asked me if I had time to snap some photos of her gorgeous daughter as she was 36 weeks pregnant and hadn’t planned her maternity photos yet….I jumped at the chance.  Then, the question became, where to go….img_0563In February nothing is really green.  There are no flowers, no leaves on the trees, everything is pretty bleak.  So I drove around a few days before our session (forecast of 60 degrees!) and looked for a nice spot for us to take our photos.  Boy did I luck out!img_0529I have to say that if I didn’t tell you it was mid February in Chicago in these photos you would never have known.  Yay for my client and our awesome session!!img_0661When we discussed the session, they expressed an interest in doing both green and urban shots.  We ended up visiting 3 different locations to get all of these great shots!art-2img_0592art-3After we finished in the wooded location…we headed to our little downtown area for some great backdrops.  I love all of the old brick, cool doors and nice urban vibe.img_0817img_0837art-9art-6So many great ways to customize your photos with art…words…and more…art-7This is especially nice if the client orders a slideshow, fusion video or is placing them into a photo book for the baby.  We then moved on to our final location…img_1041img_1102img_1119img_1106I love the cool old cabin in this park.  It makes a wonderful backdrop with lots of texture and great color.

The best photos were turned into this collage.  These collages can be customized with art, names or just photos.  They can be printed just like photo prints and framed, mounted on board, or printed on canvas.  So far they have been a big hit with my recent clients!  Ask me about yours with your next session…picmonkey-collage-4-copyComing soon….session videos and fusion videos!  Stay tuned…

XO

Robbie’s Birth Story

When I first heard that people were doing Fresh 48 birth stories I thought to myself…WOW!  What a great idea.  I wish someone had taken the time to record those first few days with each of my children.  I feel like they were lost in the blur of the new baby and my own recovery.

 I was so excited to be there to welcome Robert Lee Ray into this world last week.  His birth did not go off quite as planned but, in the end, this perfect little guy finally joined us.img_9999And here’s a little snippet from his birth story…img_9815img_0059img_9781img_9777img_9776img_9797img_9800img_9845img_9830img_9837img_0035img_0024img_9932img_9928img_9893img_9889img_0013img_0008img_0101img_0110img_0185img_0115img_0199img_0071img_0124I am so happy to have photographed the maternity and birth story photos for this sweet family and I am looking forward to our newborn session together.

If you are interested in having a Fresh 48 birth story session….please reach out to me to discuss the details and get on my calendar as soon as possible.

XO

Epic Blog Fail!

I guess they are right about New Year’s resolutions….great intentions, not always great results.  So far this year my goal to post more often to my blog has not happened.  I blame the gloomy weather we have had here in Chicago for my lack of motivation.  Seriously…we have gone DAYS without sun!  I need sun apparently…cropped-black-ground-logo.pngSo, let’s catch up!  I did post about my new logo. (my one and only post that is)  That has led to a frantic ordering of new business cards, revamping websites and reworking promotional materials.  And, speaking of promotions, if you belong to any of the Facebook groups that I am on, you will know that I also ran some pretty great promotions to start off the new year.  I love giving away photo sessions….it makes me so happy.  I have set big goals this year for making sure that I give back to the many people who have supported me and so far…so good!img_9591I have also been changing things around in my house.  The typical New Year’s purge has happened….my studio has now turned into a prop closet and photography equipment storage center…and we are in the middle of redoing my daughter’s bedroom with an updated style more reflective of her growing up…mixed feelings on that one.  She is my toughest customer…it took 6 paint samples for us to finally agree on one.  The winter weather and post holiday blahs don’t lend themselves to too many photo sessions but we did have a nice warm day where I was able to visit one of my favorite clients and do a little lifestyle session with them. img_9371 I am excited that more and more people are requesting this cool photo documentary style. Stay tuned for a whole post devoted to this increasingly popular style of photography.  If I could do all Lifestyle sessions for my clients….I think I would.  They are very authentic and real and give a snapshot of what your life is like in this moment.  What an amazing gift to give your children some day…the ability to capture your memories.  So watch for another post devoted to that subject coming soon…kim-engagement-collageI am also adding a whole section to my website devoted to products.  I recently ordered a few items for myself so that I could see how my photography translated to the products that I would like to offer.  From metal prints to photo books to photo collages….there will be so many great items to choose from.  The photo collages are fun and can be customized with more than just photos.  They can be printed in any size and are ready for framing.  You choose your photos and other items and I put them together.  So much fun!jayda-collageAt the moment,  I am frantically working on the dance decorations for my daughter’s last Daddy Daughter Dance in elementary school.  Here is a photo from last year’s dance…img_9120  The part of me that singlehandedly creates these things every year is happy to say goodbye to this huge undertaking.  But, the part of me that can’t believe that my baby will be in middle school next year is not quite so happy.img_8106This winter has not been the best for nice snowy photo sessions.  I captured this photo of Ella on the one day that we had some white snow.  While I am enjoying the warmer winter…my clients who wanted pretty snow photos have been disappointed.  Maybe we will get a bit more snow yet….

I am pleased to say that my calendar is filling up with photo session bookings for the upcoming seasons.  If you want to guarantee yourself a spot in either Spring, Summer or Fall, please be sure to drop me a note soon.  No specific dates yet….I will wait to see how the weather pans out this year…but once you are on my list I guarantee you a spot!  Check out my website for more information at…

Becci Hethcoat Photography

Happy February!!

XO