The reluctant toddler…

This family came to the studio the other day to capture some newborn photos.  The parents warned me ahead of time that their toddler was not thrilled about the idea.  They didn’t have high hopes of getting any photos of her with the baby….or at all for that matter.  Of course…I am always up for a challenge!

BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-8One of the reasons that I encourage home lifestyle sessions when toddlers are involved is because my studio is small and hot.  It’s totally set up for the newborn which can make it difficult for the toddler.  I encourage parents to bring the sibling either at the beginning or the end of the session and then have someone else whisk them away.  That way I still have time to work with the baby in a more peaceful setting.  BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-5Needless to say….I was thrilled to capture one great photo of this sweet girl.  I also managed to get her into a few family photos and one absolutely hilarious photo that pretty much summed up our time together!BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-19Once we finished that up, we moved on to some baby focused photos with her parents.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-17BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-12BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-21I love this one…two beautiful smiling ladies!BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-6BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-22BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-37I have some props that are fun to transition through the milestone photos and this crown is one of them.   It was too big for her head now but as she grows it can make an appearance at each stage, showing how much she has changed.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-38BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-41BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-45BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-57BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-65BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-56Just look at this sweet angel.  I couldn’t decide if I liked this one better in color or black and white so I included both.  Slightly different shots of course.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-49BecciHethcoatPhotography-Newborn Session-Wheaton-48Newborn sessions still rock my world.  Snuggling babies makes my job the best.

Thank you for sharing your girls with me!



It’s that time of year again….Senior Sessions!!  I love capturing seniors on the cusp of leaving home for the first time, going off into the world and figuring out what they want to do.  Here are some shots from my first Senior session of the year….Class of 2018!BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-36BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-7BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-15BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-27BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-32We captured these shots at Cantigny.  It’s equal parts formal and casual and has everything from the mansion to garden structures to expansive green space.  And, even though the entire place is under construction, we still managed to fine enough fun places to get these great photos.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-18BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-19BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-30And my favorite….SPIN!BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-26BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-25BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-24BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-23A quick change into an outfit that reflects her college choice and favorite sport and we were back in business.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-46BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-39BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-49BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-52BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-58And one more change into a nice casual outfit for the final sunset photos.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-63BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-65BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-64BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-67BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-66BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Session-Wheaton-68Good luck to this beautiful girl as she heads into her final year of high school and beyond!  Thank you for letting me be a part of this wonderful time in your life.



I almost included these photos in my previous post about the maternity session but then I realized that these photos really needed a post all their own.  We originally met up to take maternity photos of her Mom but once this sweetheart sat in this big chair I knew that I had to capture the moment.  BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-71This little gal is super cute with a huge personality to go along with it.  She kept doing her thing and I kept shooting and this is the result…BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-60BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-58BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-57BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-59BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-56BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-55BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-70I love every single one of these shots.  The crazy hair, the sweet smile, the many fun poses in the “princess” chair.  So much girlie goodness!BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-87I hope to get her in front of my camera again soon. (hint hint)



As a newborn photographer, the most challenging/rewarding sessions I have are working with twins!  I love the sweet poses you can get with two babies together.  So, you can only imagine my delight when my niece announced that she was expecting TWINS!!!  And…boy/girl twins at that.  The planning for that session started immediately even though she is not due until September.  (darn it)  In the meantime, we met up for some maternity photos to capture this time together with their daughters before the new babies arrive.  BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-21BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-24I, for one, did not “glow” during my pregnancies (unless you count sweat), but this is definitely a case of someone looking fabulous while pregnant.  She was positively glowing!BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-34BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-11BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-30BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-7It was fun planning some cute shots with the little one.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-37BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-4BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-10This girl…she really should be a model!BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-6BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-17I love taking shots when the person isn’t actually posing.  We were working off to the side when I noticed her sitting on this rock and I had to capture the moment.  She had no idea.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-45After a quick costume change we continued with some more formal photos.  I love the flower band which really sets off the belly and has both blue and pink.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-97BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-96BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-86BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-84BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-82BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-72BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-67I also grabbed some sweet Daddy/Daughter shots.  BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-69BecciHethcoatPhotography-Maternity Session-Wheaton-49Now I am back to planning the upcoming newborn session!  Come on September!!



I thought I would get back to blogging about my sessions one at a time again now that I am caught up to July!  Earlier this month I met this cutie and his Mom in a local park to capture some milestone photos for his first birthday.  BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-26I mean…seriously…isn’t he the cutest little guy!!BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-5BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-2BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-34He made the best faces and I tried to capture them all.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-41BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-42I also wanted to get some shots of the things he could do right now.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-21BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-22And I brought along some fun jumbo letters and a big #1 just for kicks.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-9BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-32BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-13BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-14BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-18.jpgHe even showed me his favorite book.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Milestone Session-Wheaton-24Such a fun session!  And you don’t need to go far to get great shots…we have so many local parks, interesting urban areas, and forest preserves right here in our town.

Happy Birthday Danny!



Still playing catch up…but I wanted to share some of the yummy photo goodness that happened around here in June.  We spent most of the month traveling but I still managed to squeeze in some work.  Here are a few of my early summer sessions…

First there were these sweet boys.  They were a little bit older than most of my newborns but we still got some great shots!  I had never photographed identical twins before and one lesson I learned was to mark the photos as I took them because once I got home, I couldn’t tell them apart!  Oops…

And, if one set of twins wasn’t wonderful enough, I also had these precious boy/girl twins.  They were so good for our session along with their older brother.  We did this as a lifestyle session which is always better with young siblings as they are definitely more comfortable in their own environment.  This had me wishing that I had twins of my own.  So much cuteness!!

Of course, all of my newborns in June weren’t twins.  I also traveled to this family to capture their brand new girl and her big brother in a lifestyle session.  She was so alert, just taking it all in.  Even though these were all newborn sessions technically, I always try to capture a few of the siblings too.

I was excited to do some milestone sessions last month as well.  This one was especially close to my heart….my beautiful nieces came to the studio to capture some 1 year photos for the baby.  It seems like only yesterday that I was shooting her newborn photos.  Time sure does fly quickly.  I might be a little bit bias but I think these girls have the most amazing eyes.  Sweet sisters…

Of course I also managed to squeeze in some family sessions in June.  I love big families and this one was perfect.  We had a beautiful day, a gorgeous location, and that little sweetie….I just couldn’t stop taking photos of her.  I hope her Mom brings her back for another session with me soon!

I met this family in a local park near our downtown for some urban/park photos.  These girls were a riot and had me cracking up throughout the entire session.  Seriously…I wanted to take them home with me.  They had so much character and I tried hard to capture all of that personality in my photos.  I hope I succeeded!

Add in all of our travels and June ended up being a crazy busy month.  Of course, I wouldn’t have it any other way!  And, as I wrap up the sessions I have delivered in July I realize it was equally busy/crazy.  I hope to start sharing sessions more often on the blog now that our travels have ended and we are home for the rest of the summer.

I am working on available dates for Fall sessions now.  It’s always weird to think about Christmas card photos in July but that’s how it goes in this business.  Stay tuned for sign up information on my Facebook page….



I usually blog about many of my sessions as they happen but, since we were gone most of June and it’s now July, I thought I needed to catch up a bit faster!  So…here is a recap of a few of my favorite sessions from May (yes…I said May).

My sessions this month covered everything I offer…from weddings to babies to families.  I love maternity sessions, they are sweet and hopeful and exciting.  I recently shot some gender announcement photos for this couple and now their maternity photos.  As I write this I am waiting to hear that they are ready for their newborn session…I can’t believe how time flies.  A little glimpse of a fun maternity session…

Ever wonder what a lifestyle newborn session looks like?  Here are a few snippets from my in home session with baby Jack and his cutie brother.  Lifestyle sessions are becoming more and more popular, and are really great for siblings to be more comfortable in their own homes.

And once they are past the newborn age…there are milestone sessions!  This one year session was also done in the client’s home.  People always worry about whether their house is OK for photography….the lifestyle sessions are meant to capture a moment of your life!  Your house is the perfect place to do that, especially with toddlers who are much more comfortable in their own space.  I love these sweet photos of Danny with his doting parents!

I would say the category that I shoot most is Family.  I love to see my families grow and change through the years.  This family was so loving and fun!  It took a while for the little guy to warm up to me and my camera but, in the end, we got some great shots.  And those shoes…well you know I had to get a photo of those!!

Family coming into town for a visit?  Why not schedule a photo shoot to capture the wonderful memories while they are here?  This extended family doesn’t get together much so getting these photos was really important to them while they were all together this summer.  They were so much fun….I always encourage people to be silly, make funny faces, and interact genuinely, all while snapping away.  You just never know what you will get and this session is a perfect example of that!  Hilarious….

So there is a little look at some of the fun I had in May.  Next up…June sessions…..

I am opening my Fall calendar for session appointments next week!!  Perfect for those Christmas card photos….Fall session times go quickly so let me know if you would like to be on the list for Fall photos!!

Have a great weekend!!