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Northern Illinois Family Portraits | And Baby Makes Four

I first met Matthew on Leap Day in 2012.

Matthew, just a few weeks old in 2012.

Matthew, just a few weeks old in 2012.

If you would fast-forward with me to 2017, I got to meet his little brother, Evan. Aww. 

Evan, a few months old in 2017. (Raise your hand if you love your mama!)

Evan, a few months old in 2017. (Raise your hand if you love your mama!)

I've been honored to be this family's official photographer. Year after year, I love seeing how much kids grow. I love marking their ages by capturing them having belly-time, sitting up, crawling and then, finally, running (away from the camera, natch). 

Of course this means Jenna and Dan will have a great trove of family history to look back on. Here are just a few from over the years... (Is something in the air? I'm feeling sentimental!)

That little baby in the first picture up at the top? He's now in KINDERGARTEN. Time flies, my friends. Time flies.

I adore this kid but it's a real shame that he's clearly got zero personality. Yeah... I'll bet his teachers adore him.

And then there's the baby of the family... Mr. Evan of Chubby Cheek Land.

Jenna told me that Matty's favorite thing is to play with trucks and cars and dinosaurs.

Evan's favorite activity? Waking up every three hours. 

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It's always so nice to see Jenna and Dan and the littles every year. We get to briefly catch up - between smiling, chasing and snack times, that is.

And then there's nap time. Good night!

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Since the midwest apparently has no Spring, I am now booking family sessions for this... SUMMER. (wink wink)


Sneak Peek for the Rauch Family | Cute x 2

This family, oh how I love them! We spent a beautiful "fall" day (read: a day hotter than the actual summer) at the park. This time, however, things were a little different.

This is Matty. I have watched this boy grow into the nutty little ham he is. So you're wondering what's different about him?

He's a big brother now! This is the super-duper adorable Evan, their newest, sweetest addition. 

I can't wait to share more from this beautiful family. Until then, enjoy this little Sneak Peek.


Click the giant button if you are in need of some colorful fall family portraits. Right now is the perfect time!

SE Wisconsin Family Photographer Heads to Illinois | The Rauch Family

This is a family that is very special to me. In fact, you may have seen them before... I photographed little Matty almost every year since he was born a little over four years ago. And Jenna was my "twin" back in college. Random people would ask us if we were sisters all the time.

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Whether I've known you for years or for days, the Most Important Thing that I strive to achieve during your family portrait session does not waver... CONNECTION.

As you view the images from this family's session, notice how CONNECTED and LOVING they are. I have to admit... they made my job pretty easy.

This next image I just LOVE - Jenna looks absolutely gorgeous. Even though (a little behind-the-scenes detail, here) there happened to be a mosquito smack dab in the middle of her forehead. 

Could you just eat this little face right up? Matty has such an expressive little punim. Yes, I said punim.

Can you imagine having beautiful, love-filled prints hanging on the walls in your home? We can do this with your family! Really!

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What does a photographer do in her spare time?

I swear, this isn't a riddle! 

So what does this photographer do in her spare time? I go places and do things where I get to take more pictures. It's true. I'm wondering if there's a support group I should join?

Seriously though, when I'm not work for my clients, I get to try different things and photograph objects that are out of my norm. For example, when we travel, I get to photograph more landscapes and wildlife. I can try more action shots, more candids, more shots of buildings and urban settings.

This past weekend we went to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. This is the view my family had.

Photo courtesy of Abbie's dad.

Photo courtesy of Abbie's dad.

I normally don't put my feet up like that but it was a show of courtesy so that people could walk by me if they wanted. Turned out, I guess no one wanted to. At one point I turned my head and saw a CROWD had gathered! Gulp.

So here was my view... and the reason I had to lay down in goose poop to get it.

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Oh, and these wild species were in attendance as well... 

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P.S. If you haven't been to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, GO! Make a day of it. It's so worth it, such a beautiful and peaceful place. When you do go, call me - I'll join you! :)

Stories Framed Photography gets "FURY"ous with a mystery writer

Nothing makes a lover of writing more nervous and paranoid than writing about a writer. Did I get the punctuation right? Is my grammar ok (or at least ok-ish)? Do I make sense? Oh, I could keep going. But instead I'll keep my worry to myself and move on to the meat of the story...

I happen to LOVE telling stories. I really love reading books. I would NEVER EVER peek at the last page of a book. It's practically against my religion! 

Except this one time. 

Meet Shane Gericke. He is a bestselling crime and mystery writer. He is one of the nicest people on the planet. And he hired me to take his (dashing yet daunting) author photos.

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SFP author photo Shane Gericke

So when I received his latest book, The Fury, I just knew I had to break the rules and skip to the end.

I PINKY-SWEAR-PROMISE I did not read a single word from the end of the text. I have NO IDEA who dies, how they met their fate or, for that matter, if anyone dies at all. Oh boy, I'm just digging myself into a hole here.... {murder mystery humor}

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I did, however, look at THIS (while jumping up and down and squealing so loud my dog thought I was hurt)...

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Thank goodness no one was here to witness the embarrassing happy dance I did when I saw my name and a photo that I took  in a nationally bestselling novel. This was really exciting. REALLY. FLIPPING. EXCITING. 

(Editor's Note: This all took place last fall, long before Abbie's photo was used in the recently released non-fiction book about Passover. She's much more accepting of world-renowned fame and fortune for her photography. FYI.)

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Not only was my photo credit listed alongside the photo I took of Shane, he also THANKED me! How cool is that?! In fact, Shane named me one of his ARTISTS. Such an honor. Sincerely. 

If you look below the Artist paragraph, (second billing, mind you, haha) my mom, Jan Page, and step-dad, Bill Page, were listed as contributors in the form of "The Manuscript Whisperer" and typo-and-fact-checkers;

(That was an intentional misuse of punctuation to see just how good they are at their jobs.... and to see if I can keep it that way without breaking out in hives.)

Here are a few more shots from Shane's fun and spooky-ish photoshoot. I loved the locations we used. They were so suited to his brand. Sorta looks like he's in an old, creepy prison. 

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This next shot is one of my personal favorites. Shane looks so serious and dramatic. I am a little bit afraid of him here. (As a crime writer, I hope he takes that as a compliment. I promise not to let on that, in reality, he's a total softie.)

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As serious and dramatic as that portrait turned out, THIS was the goofy "behind the scenes" situation we had going on. We had a black background, what looks like perfect lighting (it actually WAS perfect: all natural sunlight in an overcast sky). We had a black reflector and oh yeah, those three goofballs.

Now, dear reader, you have one thing left to do: go buy The Fury.

Oh, and when you read it, be sure to start at the beginning.


Are you an aspiring author? Are you a New York Times Bestselling Author? Either way, you must have a superbly perfect headshot on that back cover. Call me. We'll do pictures.