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

 

Michael.

IMG_9568Meet Michael.IMG_9395I was lucky enough to meet his awesome wife on a local chat about having celiac years ago.  We had lunch, became friends, and we have shared many dinners, book clubs, etc since.IMG_9392Recently, we were out to dinner and chatting about photography when the subject of head shots came up.  I was sharing my thoughts about how important it is to have great head shots for your professional image when Michael showed me his.  IMG_9449It’s interesting to look at a head shot of someone you don’t know.  You formulate ideas about who they are instantly.  But try looking at a headshot of someone you do know.  IMG_9459Does that shot look like the person they are?  In Michael’s case…the answer was ‘No’.  I suggested that we do some updating and he was in!IMG_9506Anyone who knows Michael knows how appropriate it was that we met in downtown Wheaton at the Starbucks. I thought the urban/vintage vibe would be great for him.IMG_9467Michael is funny, quirky, super smart and interesting.  I wanted his photos to reflect all of those things with a more casual feel.  IMG_9404Of course, we had a few great outtakes….as I would expect with this guy!IMG_9406IMG_9630IMG_9386I told you…he’s a funny guy.  But, mostly, we captured some amazing photos that I think will give someone a sense of his personality long before they meet him.IMG_9631I also put together some photos just for him personally….cool black and white shots that are more artsy than the normal head shot.IMG_9444IMG_9434It was such a fun night.  He discovered a side of Wheaton he never knew existed (including my favorite alleyways) and I enjoyed his interesting and fun company.IMG_9477Thinking of getting new head shots?  Give me a call…I would love to put together a great portfolio of images that will make your LinkedIn page or website a more effective tool.

XO

Meet Abby…

Back in January I sponsored a little give-a-away in a Facebook group that I am a member of.  It was my way of saying ‘Thank You’ to this group of women who supported and encouraged my business over the past year.  This Mom was one of the winners of a complimentary newborn photo session.

Meet Abigail…IMG_2008 copy 2She is a sweet, yummy, little gal that gave me lots of opportunity for baby snuggles!IMG_2014IMG_2012IMG_2123IMG_2126IMG_2129I love the simplicity of neutral colors but I am also a fan of pops of color…IMG_2039IMG_2054IMG_2082IMG_2105And she is the first baby to take a photo in my new ‘nest’ prop.  IMG_2068IMG_2077And, of course, I love black and white newborn photos…IMG_2002IMG_2029Abby brought along her cute brother who was a natural model…IMG_2192IMG_2209IMG_2255IMG_2217And her parents of course…IMG_2279IMG_2295IMG_2167IMG_2324IMG_2312And, because I am making up samples of some of my new photo line that includes wording added to the photo….great for birth announcements, photo books and framing, I did a little bit of practicing on some of their photos.  Bonus!!IMG_2118 2Look for a blog post devoted to this new line….coming soon!

Booking for Spring now…

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…

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Happy February!!

XO

Family Fun!

I love taking photos!  I love retouching photos!  (seriously…I have a hard time tearing myself away once I start a session)  But…I especially love it when I get to take and retouch photos of people that I care about.  When your family trusts you to capture their very precious memories…well…that makes my job even better.img_9004Last month I met up with my nephew and his family to take some fall photos.  Unfortunately, it started to rain that day and the weather was just not pleasant.img_9096img_8954We snapped a few shots before the girls just were too cold and miserable to continue.  I promised him that we would revisit this as soon as the weather cleared up. A few weeks ago we met up to give it another shot.img_3094Luckily…our second day was beautiful!  The fall colors had finally blossomed and the weather was wonderful.  We captured so many gorgeous photos of the girls that it was hard to choose which ones were the absolute best!img_2509img_2545And the eyes on this girl…O.M.G.  No retouching necessary!img_2866img_2825img_2810Now that the photos have been delivered I wanted to share a few snaps from our session.  Working with people you love makes my job even more wonderful than it already is.img_3049These are some of my favorites….I love these silly girls!!img_2793img_2788img_2785img_2782Winter photo sessions coming soon…get some cute boots and a scarf and meet me in the woods when the first snowfall happens.  Let’s capture the magic together…

XO

The Bridal Portrait Session

The proposal has happened, and the date has been set.  (and hopefully you called me to take your engagement photos)  You’re busy renting a hall, hiring a caterer, a DJ, and a photographer (me!).  It’s such an exciting time in your life!  img_6773Then the actual day arrives and you are up early, butterflies in your belly, thrilled to finally have gotten to this point with everything in place.  The day is full, busy, packed….and you still have to squeeze in time to spend with everyone and to take photos.  Will those photos looked relaxed and natural or will they look tense, rushed and stressed? img_6917 A trend among smart brides is to schedule a ‘Bridal Portrait Session’ separate from the wedding.  Yes…it might mean getting dressed, made up, and getting your hair done twice but it’s also a great time to do a trial run in advance of your actual wedding.  img_6715Bridal Portrait Sessions are a great way to get in all of those special shots that you might not have time for on your actual wedding day.  You can travel to different locations, take your time, be relaxed and have fun.  img_6759And don’t think that these sessions have to come before the wedding.  The photos from this session were actually done after the wedding.  I was booked already for their actual wedding date so they immediately made plans to take these photos later…thus getting amazing, on location, shots of just them together without the pressure of schedules, guests, etc.img_6904I highly recommend that you consider adding a Bridal Portrait Session to your wedding plans.  And when you do….be sure to give me a call!!img_7004XO