The reluctant senior…

I don’t know about you but I remember taking my senior photos like it was yesterday.  Such an exciting time of choosing outfits, getting my hair done, and figuring out the best makeup.  Of course, all that to end up in a studio with a single dark backdrop and a few canned poses.  I’m happy to report that senior photography has come a long way since then.  BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-5Gone are the studio days…today’s seniors have so much to choose from.  Fun locations, a variety of outfits, themed props and more…they can literally design their own session from top to bottom.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-10Of course, the excitement that I felt at the thought of taking my senior photos is not always shared by every senior.  Take boys for instance, most of them would rather skip the whole thing altogether.  They are simply there to pacify their mothers who use their parental pressure to convince them that they need to show up and pose.  I call these my “reluctant seniors”.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-6

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BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-14My recent senior session fit this to a tee.  This poor guy wanted to be anywhere else but out in the woods taking photos with me.  BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-9The good thing about being chatty is that I can normally distract them enough to capture some great shots anyway.BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-13

BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-11Even an unexpected smile…BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-12Whether it is just chatting about their future plans, or cracking the worst jokes, by the time we have finished our session the general consensus is that it “wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be”.  A win in my book!BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-22And, I was even happier to hear that he actually liked the photos!  I think the words “Thanks for not making me look like a dork.” and “It was almost enjoyable.” might have even been bantered around as well.  Score!BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-21

BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-3And, if you happen to be restoring a cool old car from my high school days….bring it along because I would love to snap a photo of you with it!BecciHethcoatPhotography-Senior Photographer-Wheaton-25Fall is a great time to schedule your senior photo session!  Spaces are limited to let’s get started today….

XO

 

May…

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!!

XO

Benjamin.

One of the most wonderful parts about being a photographer is watching families grow and change and this family is no exception.  I first met this couple when they hired me to capture their maternity photos.  These are some of my favorites from that session.  IMG_1890IMG_1807IMG_1953Of course I was so excited to finally meet this little cutie during his newborn session.IMG_0072IMG_0200IMG_0304In a blink of an eye they were reaching out to schedule his 6 month session!  I couldn’t believe how big he had gotten when he came by the studio for his photos. IMG_9438Look at that smile!IMG_9456IMG_9474He wasn’t quite sitting up on his own yet so we had to be quick and creative with poses.IMG_9518 I love this shot!  And black and white photos of course.IMG_9449I love this shot.IMG_9610IMG_9598-2It’s always special when families bring along props that are meaningful to them.  Like this name puzzle.IMG_9842IMG_9812And Sophie the chewable giraffe.IMG_9763We even attempted one in my new vintage suitcase.  Tough when you aren’t really sitting up well yet but we did manage to pull out one cute shot.  Maybe for the one year photos!IMG_9680I am already looking forward to our next session when this little guy turns one!  Cake smash anyone?IMG_9568XO

Grayson is 2!

It is always an honor to be entrusted with taking special photos for someone that you have known for a long time.  We met Ashley when she was only 4 years old and we first moved into our current home.  Her Grandmother lives next door to us.  She was an important part of my children’s growing up and we have fond memories of many summers spent together.  She was a huge help to me with my children and now it’s hard to believe that she has two children of her very own.IMG_4690Meet Grayson.  Isn’t he so cute!!IMG_4707Grayson just turned 2.  We spent a little time capturing some sweet photos of him to commemorate this special birthday.IMG_4695IMG_4750As with most 2 year olds, he was not thrilled about our ideas.  There was no posing going on so we had to capture our photos on the run…IMG_4820He was interested in playing with the balloons and then with the cars.IMG_4916IMG_4920That gave us some time to snap away.

IMG_4893And, of course, he loved my puppies!IMG_5053When our studio time was over, we went outside to play and that’s when the real smiles came out.  Even though the background wasn’t so wonderful, I kept snapping to capture some of those happy times.IMG_5086IMG_5092That face!!  I could not get enough…IMG_5094IMG_5140IMG_5193IMG_5199This boy loves his Mama.  And, we do too!  Thank you for letting me be a part of this special photo session.

Happy 2nd Birthday Grayson!

XO

Carli

When I got the call that this Mom hoped to include a live bunny in her daughter’s Easter/6 month photo session…I panicked a little.  Where would I get a nice, friendly bunny to spend a couple of hours in the studio?IMG_2946  I asked on my Mom’s group and got such a negative response that I was forced to take my post down. Seriously?!?  I have rescued and released 12 abandoned baby squirrels, adopted pets from rescues, and generally am the most animal friendly person ever.  I wasn’t going to buy a bunny and then abandon it at the end of my session!  I just wanted to borrow a friendly family bunny for a couple of hours.IMG_2961Just as I had given up on finding a bunny to borrow, my daughter overheard us discussing the situation and told me that her friend happened to have a pet bunny.  What?!?!  I have no idea why I didn’t just ask her to begin with .  So I called his Mom and she said “Yes” and our bunny session was on!IMG_2985Sassy was the happiest, softest, and sweetest bunny ever!!  Seriously…I could not have asked for a better bunny to pose with this little cutie.IMG_3415IMG_3414IMG_3440We had so much fun watching her reaction to the bunny.  She made the best faces!IMG_3009Once the bunny photos were over…we moved on to the other Easter setups in my new studio.  I am pleased to say that it went really well and it was exciting to know that I could photograph an older baby in studio.IMG_2793IMG_3002IMG_2905We also did a few shots with different looks and with the bunny ears.IMG_3217IMG_3101IMG_3084IMG_3088And, finally, we took some more traditional 6 month photos without all of the Easter trappings.IMG_3049I just love her with the hot pink!IMG_3676IMG_3595I had so much fun with Miss Carli. She is a doll with smile that lights up a room.  I love that I photographed her Bump session, newborn photos and now 6 months!

I look forward to our next session today….cake smash!!

XO

Wedding Bells…

I love weddings!  I remember planning my own wedding and the months of stressful decision making that went into it.  It took every single second to pull off even the simple event that we had.  So when I was contacted on a Tuesday about photographing a wedding ceremony on that Friday I was intrigued!IMG_1520It turns out that a treasured family member was going to be in town unexpectedly so the couple decided to tie the knot and all of the planning had to be done in two weeks.  Mom was up for the challenge….and I was the last item on her list.IMG_1466Under normal circumstances, I probably wouldn’t have been able to help them out on such short notice with my kids in school and activities but, since it was spring break, I was excited to say YES!!

I had never photographed (or attended) a wedding at a courthouse before so I was thrilled to be able to document this special day for this lovely family.  I had heard that the Kane County Courthouse was older but beautiful and it didn’t disappoint.  Gorgeous old architecture for sure.IMG_1462The lobby was a buzz with the nervous energy of the various brides, grooms and their families all waiting their turn to step into the courtroom and say “I do”.  I was able to squeeze into the tiny ladies room to grab a few photos of the bride getting ready. IMG_1440I also snapped up a few of the anxious groom.IMG_1436Next up was the ‘first look’.  The weather outside was blustery and drizzling so we chose the stairway for the moment when the groom first sees his beautiful bride in her dress.  These moments are always magical…IMG_1446IMG_1453IMG_1456IMG_1457One of my favorite touches was the photo locket displayed on the bride’s bouquet with a photo of her Mother and Sister who had both passed.  This photo is of the bride’s hand along with her stepmother and the photo of her mother.  So special.IMG_1469We were # 5 on the docket so I squeezed in as many photos as possible prior to the ceremony.  I think it was good for them as it gave them something to focus on besides how nervous they were.IMG_1475IMG_1494IMG_1503IMG_1515IMG_1524IMG_1530IMG_1532IMG_1553IMG_1557And then we were up.  Inside the courtroom it was all business….and ‘I do’s’.IMG_1611IMG_1625IMG_1627IMG_1632IMG_1643I always get a little weepy at weddings….even when they aren’t mine.  A few more photos after the ceremony…IMG_1668IMG_1669IMG_1696IMG_1690We attempted some outdoors photos but the weather was not very cooperative.  Here are my favorites…IMG_1734IMG_1709And then it was off the the restaurant and reception.IMG_1850IMG_1918IMG_1835IMG_1841Once the weather cleared up a bit, I asked the bride to step outside to take a few additional photos.  I had noticed her body art and knew I wanted to capture that (a passion of mine) as well as a nice portrait in the natural light.IMG_1932IMG_1948I thoroughly enjoyed this day…meeting this wonderful family…and sharing in their joy.

XO