SPRING is in the AIR!!!!

LOVE cleaning out my hard drive and moving things over to the external drive to make room for new photos and new sessions for spring!!!! #shesontopofit, #springcleaning


LOVE cleaning out my hard drive and moving

LOVE cleaning out my hard drive and moving things over to the external drive to make room for new photos and new sessions for spring!!!! #shesontopofit, #springcleaning

Awesome Marcus Bell Presets/Actions for Free!!!

To All my Photog friends out there, while watching Creative Live’s Marcus Bell 3-day Wedding Photography course (to watch the rebroadcast of today’s sessions click here) I found out the most awesome news….Marcus Bell is giving away 14 of his own personal presets and actions for Lightroom and Photoshop!!!  How great is that – what a giving spirit he has.  Truly he has been a blessing, to see his passion for photography and his couples in inspirations to say the least.  Click here to get the presets and don’t miss tomorrow for the last day of the session.

How to Throw and AMAZING BASH!!!!

Who likes to party, we likes to party, we don’t cause trouble we don’t bother no body……..Ladies of Chicagoland:  Want to know how to throw a great party?  Come join me for a Kick Spout Event…..

The Deets: (aka details)

Join us for an always-needed Ladies Night Out as the wonderful Candace Miller – Founder oflillypaul designs and Kelsey Graves – Founder of We Heart Parties, share tips and tricks on how to throw a unique bash without breaking the bank. From Pinterest Parties, Baby Showers, 1st Birthdays and more!
No Ladies Night would be complete without Sweets, Sips, Socializing and of course Shopping! Let the amazing staff at The Blues Jean Bar find you the perfect pair of jeans as you enjoy 15% off your purchases.

Everyone has the chance to WIN one of (4) $50 Gift Certificates to The Blue Jean Bar!!! Plus other amazing GIVEAWAYS from our many partners!

(including a mini session from yours truly)

LOCATION: The Blues Jean Bar
DATE: Wed. February 27th; 7:00 – 8:30pm
PARKING: Street Parking Available

Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased here!  But hurry and get the early bird price until Feb. 8th!!!  Hope to see you there!

Learning Never Ends~

As a photographer, I never feel that I’ve “ARRIVED” in my craft so I am always trying to learn more.  More about photography, lighting, posing not to mention all the software that can help with editing your photographs.  One such software is Lightroom 4.  I HEART Lightroom!!! In fact I love it sooooo much and spend so much time with it that my husband is getting a little jealous (sorry babe!)  This software is a great tool for photographers to edit photos and the work flow is so simple and easy that even novice photographers can use it.  With a low price of $150 at adobe (I know $150 isn’t low to most, but in comparison to Photoshop, believe me it is) it’s an investment in your photography craft, whether it’s a hobby or a part-time or full-time gig for you.  And if you’re a student you can get it for an even cheaper deal of $79 (of course I always scourer the internet looking for better deals and found you can get Lightroom 4 for $89 at evaluesoftware – you may find lower prices elsewhere, but it may be for an upgrade so be careful before purchasing from sites other than adobe.)

Well like all things, there is a learning curve and Lightroom is no exception….except – here’s a great treat.  Right now creativeLIVE is doing a 3-day course “Lightroom Mastery” and today is the 3rd day so don’t miss out.  If you act fast you can purchase the ENTIRE 3 days for just $99!

Check out the final day of the course here


To all of my fellow photographers out there Listen Up!

Crave My Photography is having an awesome new year give away!!!  Who doesn’t love giveaways?

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Anyways, the contest not only will give you a great lens but it also gives you a free ONE-on-ONE session and a business marketing set!!! SOOOO rocks!

Check out this link for more information and how to enter


Happy New Year!

Thank You For All of Your Support!

It’s hard to believe that a year ago I was celebrating New Year’s Eve with my husband in Philadelphia at one of our FAVORITE restaurants Beau Monde (BEST BEST BEST creperie I have ever been too – their lemon crepe is to DIE FOR!)  We were just under two months from welcoming our beautiful first child into this world! (or so we thought) My first birth was incredible, but as God is always stretching us, I ended up giving birth again this very same year.

WHAT?!?!? TWO BABIES!!!!     Now before you start looking for my name in the Guinness Book of World Records, let me clarify…..two babies but only ONE human baby, the second was stepping out in faith to birth my photography business – ONE ROOT PHOTOGRAPHY!

It has been an phenomenal journey and an incredible honor to photograph such amazing families.  I am so very excited to see the direction One Root will go in as I delve into weddings and more in the year to come.  One thing is for certain, I would not be able to do what I love and have this incredible journey without YOU – my friends, family, and clients who make this all possible.

Thank you from the bottom of my HEART 


Winter Wonderland (Beach Addition): Hall Family

It was all that a Winter Wonderland was meant to be – a beautiful family,  a gorgeous backdrop (Lake Michigan) and cold, wet rain?!?!?  Yes it’s hard to believe, but these photos were taken outside in the rain at Foster Beach on Lake Michigan.  To say that the Hall family members are AMAZING – doesn’t even begin to describe them.  

The wonderful Hall family is made up of John (dad), Nancy (mom) and Z (most adorable son).  These are not just your ordinary Chicagoans I tell you…the original plan was to get some beautiful family photos on the beach, but when rain was forecasted mom and I discussed doing an “indoor” shoot instead.  

As I always aim to get my families the photos that we wanted, I diligently watched weather.com to see if there would be a break in the rain for us to get those beach shots and low and behold that magical hour was 2pm!!!  So on the eve of the photo shoot I sent Nancy an email/text/apb to see if Saturday at 2pm would now work and being the super family they are they agreed and I’m so glad they did!!!

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Two men and a lady!

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It was quite windy one as well as cold, but this family never let you know – LOVE those smiles!  

And Maggie (the family dog) was such a trooper too!

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 Mr. Z!

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Mr. Z – Take 2!

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The Mr. & Mrs.

We were even able to get a couple of shots “indoors” – Once everyone warmed up a bit =)

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Merry Christmas!!!!  And a Happy New Year!  – The Halls, John, Nancy and Z

Winter Wonderland: Matt, Jill and Molly

With “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” playing on the radio I was more than ready to go and shoot the Ludwig family for their “Winter Wonderland” session.  I LOOOOOOOVE shooting little babies and what’s cuter than a baby in a holiday outfit?  (ok maybe a baby in a holiday outfit AND a puppy with a bow, but I digress) 

Little Miss Molly waltzed into Jill and Matt’s life just three short months ago and it was LOVE at first sight! It’s not hard to see why, with her “Annie” red hair and a beautiful smile, how could you not?   

Looking at some of my favorites here you would never have known that this

“little peanut” had missed her morning nap!

Winter Wonderland indeed!

It was amazing how many great photos this little girl churned out in the quick session we did.  To see more of these adorable photos click here and ENJOY!