Thursday, October 25, 2012

Josh and Brittany | Cinematic Wedding Film

It was a pleasure to videotape Josh and Brittany's wedding this summer at one of our favorite venues, The Narnia Estate in Lemont, IL.

In our pre-wedding consult, Brittany explained that she didn't want a long boring video that she'd only watch once or twice.  She wanted something short and fun that would be exciting to relive over and over again, and something she could share with friends and family.  She was the perfect client for our new offering: Cinematic Short-Form edits!  Seen here is the highlight.  The main short form film is approximately 20 minutes in length, and shows the ceremony in depth, with the help of toasts and readings narrating their story.  Snippets of the preparation, photo shoot, first dances and partying are added to round out the story.

To be able to achieve the short form edit, we must have two videographers filming the wedding, with costs starting at $250/hour, which includes editing.  As there is less time to tell the story of the day, we require extra hands and eyes to capture everything, and add in extra artistic touches that might not be possible with just one videographer.

Also now available is the option to purchase our edited files suitable for uploading to a mobile device or iPad.  Take your wedding film with you to share and enjoy!

Please contact us at Linnea @ if you would like more information about how we can create custom photography and video for your wedding day!
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PS: Special mention to Denise for introducing me to Josh and Brittany.  She is a wonderful wedding coordinator, whom I'd recommend in a heartbeat!

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Baby's 1st Year Photo Plan

Babies grow unbelievably quickly in their first year.  I remember when my girls were that young, and at least every week I'd be commenting about how they've changed, or if they've taken on one of my husband's characteristics, etc.

I urge parents to photography and videotape your little one as often as possible, but in order to capture as many of their milestones and emerging personality, I have created Baby's 1st Year Photo Plan.  It's an incentive to have your baby photographed 3-4 (or more!) times within the first year of life.

If you book 3 full-priced sessions in one year, you receive a FREE custom slideshow DVD with 40 of your favorite session photos set to music.  The slideshow is a $100 value.

If you book 4 full-priced sessions in one year, you receive the slideshow as well as $100 print credit off at least $200 worth of prints or products.  (A photobook is $200, so you get it half price!)  We have memory boxes, accordion brag books, canvases, large wall prints, custom wood frames and much more!

Please contact me at for more information regarding the plan.  And if you refer others, you receive even more print credits!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Baby Girl E! | Bartlett, IL newborn photography

In my group of dear high school friends, everyone has had sons and no daughters (except for me!).  Until Baby E came along, that is!  Girl power!  It was a pleasure meeting Baby E and seeing her big brother dote on her.  I think mom has big plans for her little girl, if the ballet shoes are any indication!  We incorporated some very special afghans into the photos as well as a smattering of my own props.

 What do you think of the new tiny bed for newborns?

There's nothing more beautiful than the love of a mother and child.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My Irish Dancer

My 5-year old daughter Clara has wanted to be an Irish dancer since she first saw a performance when she was one.  Every year around St. Patrick's Day we would see at least one dance performance, and she would be mesmerized.  She couldn't wait until she was 4 and would be old enough for lessons.  I did a tiny bit of Irish dancing for fun and exercise when I was an adult, and I always wished that I had begun dancing at a younger age.

Clara dances with Trinity Irish Dancers, and I can't say enough great stuff about Trinity.  We've made some friends already who I think will be wonderful friends for a long, long time!  Here are a couple favorite photos that I've taken over the past year and wanted to share.  I'm a really proud mama for all that she's accomplished this year!

PS: If your child is interested in trying an Irish dance class, feel free to contact me!  There is a free class session in mid-May.

Watching the big girls dance:

 Winter Weekend festivities:
 Clara's first dance medal:

 Trinity Founder Mark Howard gets his dance on:

 Aboard a float during the Chicago Southside parade.  This photo was taken with an iPhone, but I love it!
 Performing at a local school:

 She looks so grown up!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Meet our most recent couples!

I'm slammed with lots of editing projects, so this will be a quick update, but I thought I'd share two photos of our current wedding clients.

Christina and Nestor were married in January and are about to receive their edited wedding film. Christina's family owns the Royalty West Banquet Hall in Willow Springs, so they naturally had their ceremony and reception there!

Katie and Brian were just married in Sycamore last weekend and had their reception in Rochelle. Brian's sister organized the entire wedding and did a fabulous job! I actually didn't get a chance to meet the couple before their wedding, but I felt very touched at their ceremony; it was quite emotional! Love can really change someone's life, and Brian and Katie are proof of that!

Both couples opted for video-only coverage, but I always bring my still camera with so I can snap a photo for the blog and their DVD cases!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Baby J | Bartlett, IL Newborn Photography & Video

Congrats to the Reed family for their latest addition: Baby J! This is baby boy #3 for them, and I think they just make the most beautiful babies! I've been videotaping/photographing their family for the past 6 years now, I have to say that I feel so blessed to be able to capture another special milestone, and that they feel comfortable enough to ask me to be with them just hours after giving birth!

I also captured video which will be incorporated into a 1st birthday video of Baby J's growth!

A few days later I visited their house, and Baby J looked so different already! Huge changes happen in newborn in those first few weeks. Even if you don't have a professional photographer, make sure to document their growth with pictures and video often!

I love this pose! I saw it on Pinterest a while back, and luckily mom saw it too and loved it! Mom's hand was right by the baby in case one of the big brothers got a case of the wiggles. They did a fantastic job. Mom had them practice without the baby for a day or two before the photo shoot! I just love how all the colors pull together!

Is this not the most precious moment ever?!?!

...closely followed by this shot. Mom didn't want to be in the photos because...well, she just had a baby! But I couldn't resist snapping this shot of her sitting on the floor and calming Baby J. You don't have to have your hair or nails perfect. You just need to love and that will shine through the image until nothing else is visible!

Hugs and kisses to Baby J's family. May the boys sleep well for you so that you can match their energy each day! :)