Maternity Leave for Little Wilcox #2

I’ve started to get emails from clients wondering when I’ll be out on maternity leave for our second child (YAY!) & I wanted to share just a few things regarding that!

My Maternity Leave:

  • APRIL Saturday, April 28 will be the last possible day to have a session with me before my Maternity Leave begins May 1.
  • NEWBORN SESSIONS If you are having a baby in June or July & want me to do your newborn session, please contact me. Weโ€™ll see if we can make that happen 🙂 Iโ€™d advise contacting me sooner rather then later since I will not be checking my email that much once my maternity leave starts 😉
  • OTHER SESSIONS In 2017, I did a few newborn sessions in June & July & if you are wanting me to do their One Year Sessions, please email me & we’ll see if we can make that work! This is only for reoccurring clients though that I’ll try to make this work for 🙂
  • AUGUST I plan to officially be back & scheduling sessions in AUGUST IF not before. If you want a session the end of July/August, please email me as soon as you can because, again, I won’t be looking at email that often! Depending on when the baby is born, I might be back before then!
  • BACK-TO-SCHOOL MINIโ€™S For those of you wondering, I will for sure have Back-to-School Mini’s for homeschoolers this year! Depending on when our baby comes, they will either be the very end of July or beginning of August, which is when they usually are. I will do my best to communicate a Save-the-Date with the homeschooling families I offer this to as soon as I can, post baby ๐Ÿ™‚
  • LIST OF MINI SESSIONS FOR 2018 Click HERE to see the official list of the Mini Sessions I plan to offer for 2018!

If you have any questions about anything, please donโ€™t hesitate to email me ( & weโ€™ll chat!

And hereโ€™s a my 30 week bump picture for those of you who are into that sort of thing 😉




2018 Mini Sessions!

Hi friends!

Here is the list of Mini Sessions I will be offering in 2018 ๐Ÿ™‚ Pencil them in your calendar & keep your eye on the enewsletter I send out to keep yourself updated! If you’re not on my enewsletter, first ask yourself WHY NOT?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ & then click HERE to join in. I promise I only send important/fun info! All dates are subject to change.

And because I’ll be out of commission holding a newborn for a few months this summer ๐Ÿ˜‰ I decided to offer Summer Family Mini’s at the end of the summer so I’m excited about!!!

2018 Mini Session Dates

Mom & Me โ€“ April 14 – sign up HERE to reserve a spot!!!
Summer Family Miniโ€™s โ€“ August 3
Back-to-School Miniโ€™s for Homeschoolers โ€“ August 4 & August 10
Fall Family Miniโ€™s โ€“ October 20 & November 3

Mini Sessions are offered on a first come, first serve basis. I only offer these at specific times of the year & they are typically between 20-30 minutes max. If youโ€™re wanting individual portraits of your children or multiple wardrobe changes, a full session would be a better option for you!

If youโ€™re not quite sure what a mini session is or if it fits your specific needs, Iโ€™ve written a blog post thatโ€™s HERE that you can read ALL the details about them 🙂

So get these dates on your calendars, planners, iCalโ€™s & watch your emails for when signups are available for each individual mini sessions as we get closer to their dates! Please, please, feel free to email me with any questions! I CANโ€™T WAIT!!!

Mom & Me Mini Sessions in 2018!

The photographs I get at photography sessions of the moms with their littles Maybe it’s because I am a mom myself. Maybe it’s because I know how little moms do get in pictures with their kids. Maybe it’s because I know that those children are that mom’s pride & joy & that she would do anything for them. And maybe it’s because I know that when the days are hard & long, those pictures are the ones she’s going to look at.

I am BEYOND excited about our location for this year’s Mom & Me Mini’s! I loved last year’s & plan to do them again there sometime, but since I will be almost 35 weeks pregnant when we will be doing Mom & Me Mini’s, I needed to make sure we had a location that rain or shine we could use! I met with Anne one of the owners of Neipagen Greenhouse & Garden Center in Bloomington & they have graciously allowed us to have our mini sessions there!!!!!!! There’s SOOO many places we can take pictures at there, they even have a little gazebo! So even if it’s raining, we will go into a greenhouse & be covered & have glorious lighting & LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS!!! AHHH!!! I CAN’T WAIT!!!

A few more important details!

  • Location: Wendell Niepagen Greenhouse & Garden Center in Bloomington
  • Saturday, April 14 (our location is indoor so we don’t need a rain day-YAY!!! BUT if something crazy happens our backup date is April 15)
  • 20 minute interactive mini photo session
  • Each session is $85.00 & covers 6 total people. (After 6 individuals, there is a $10.00 cost per additional person.)
  • Because EVERYONE I know is pregnant, for the FIRST TIME EVER I’m opening up Mom & Me Mini’s to be used as a maternity session! So basically you’re getting a mini maternity session ๐Ÿ˜‰ I mean, come on, I’m pregnant & I want a picture or two or three taken at this greenhouse with my baby bump!!! (Any questions about that, just let me know!)
  • You will receive a few images from your session via your email as a preview. Then you’ll receive the full gallery before Motherโ€™s Day!!! Images & print release will be delivered via an online gallery where you can download them & print them wherever you choose.
  • Spots are limited! Save your session for a Mom & Me Mini HERE. Later youโ€™ll receive an email from me with details. Email me at with any questions you may have!

I canโ€™t wait to get you & your children behind my camera & remember every moment & memory. BEST.THING.EVER. Here’s a few of my favorites from last year’s Mom & Me Mini’s.

(If youโ€™re not exactly sure what a Mini Session with Nomi Photography consists of or want to check out the most frequently asked questions regarding my miniโ€™s, read HERE.)


New Policies for 2018

Hi friends!

We are already 3 months into the year & I’m looking forward to all the sessions that are happening in 2018! Each year as Nomi Photography grows & I meet new clients & reconnect with clients that have become friends, I’m just truly thankful for this part of my life the Lord has blessed me with. As seasons have changed for me as a person (becoming a wife, becoming a mom to one & now Little Wilcox #2 is on the way!) Nomi Photography has been there & changed with me. It’s also been a blessing to have a creative outlet & financial help as I am a mom to almost two & nanny a few days a week as well. For those of you who are new to Nomi Photography or have been with me from the beginning THANK YOU for being a part of this journey!

So YES! If you haven’t heard, we are expecting our second child mid-May! You can read all the details HERE. As life transitions for us, there’s a few policy changes I’m making to Nomi Photography:

1) I no longer will be traveling for sessions outside the 15 mile radius of Bloomington-Normal UNLESS it’s a Newborn Session. There are many, MANY great locations to use for sessions in the BloNo area. I promise we will work together to find the best local location that fits YOU & your family!ย 

2) There is now a $20.00 fee to have a gallery reloaded if a client requests for it to be resent after it has expired. With 2 little ones soon in my arms, time is money! Whenever I finish a gallery & send it to a client, I allow at least 30 days for you (sometimes even more!) to download & save the images for your records. If the session gallery expires & I’m asked to reload the gallery, the fee must be paid before the gallery is reloaded.

3) Family Mini Sessions are now 30 minutes in length instead of 20 minutes. I’m super excited about this & can’t wait for my first Family Mini’s at the end of this summer! Here’s the full list of the mini photography sessions I’m offering this year.

4) I don’t schedule sessions on Sundays. This isn’t really a policy change as that I’ve had this policy ever since I started my business! Hah! But I wanted to get it in writing so clients are aware of it. I use Sundays as my “Rain Day” for sessions that happen earlier in the week in CASE we would need to reschedule & have it on the Sunday following their session. I go over all this with my clients one on one but I thought I should put it here! This allows me to keep Sunday as my family day since I’m often working Saturdays & then Sunday is the only day our family can be together uninterrupted!

These aren’t policy changes but here are two things to note:
1) My 2018 Prices are now on my website over on my INVESTMENT page.

2) THIS blog post has all the details regarding my Maternity Leave for Little Wilcox #2 ๐Ÿ™‚

Erin | Senior Session

Erin goes to my church & I’ve watched her for the past few years as she’s grown from young girl at church & into a beautiful young woman. When Erin’s mom contacted me about doing Erin’s senior pictures last year I was SUPER excited! Ask anyone who knows Erin & they’ll tell you that she’s got a servant’s heart, enjoys doing all kinds of things & likes to laugh ๐Ÿ˜‰ We laughed a lot during her senior session! Partly because it was FREEZING! But man, the gold in the trees was SO worth it & Erin looked BEAUTIFUL! I wanted to wear her dress myself & LOVED her fun scarf in her second outfit. Here are some of my favorite’s from our time together!

My personal favorite picture!

She loves to laugh but I love this quiet one of her SO much!

Oh Erin, I can’t believe you’re graduating THIS May! I’m so excited for you & this new season of life you’re walking into. Never forget what the Lord has done for you & continue to trust in Him. He has your best in mind. Love ya girl!

Fall 2017 Mini’s Recap!

Oh fall you’re my favorite time of year! And pretty much everyone else who loves having photos taken!!! Here’s a few of my favorite images from this past fall’s mini sessions! Thankful to have such amazing clients!!! And if you’re wanting to be in the know before anyone else as to when 2018’s Mini Sessions will be click HERE to signup for the Nomi Photography e-newsletter!

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Elizabeth is Two!

Our Elizabeth turned 2 on December 19, 2017. While I’m still pinching myself that we even HAVEย  a little girl, the fact that she is now 2 AND going to be a big sister is crazy wonderful! I’ve blogged over time different milestones of her as she’s grown (just search Elizabeth in my search area on the far right & you’ll see all the posts I’ve done of her) & this one is a fun one!

She gave me a run for my money with these pictures ๐Ÿ˜‰ But in her defense it WAS a bit chilly outside & I know more then anything she was just excited to be with momma & dada ๐Ÿ™‚ Even though it was super hard to get her to stand let alone sit still, I love so many of these photos! Thank you Lord for our little girl Elizabeth!

You can just see the mischievousness all over her face!!!!!

She was looking for rooster she kept hearing crow! Oh & her dress & leggings are all from Old Navy!

Running from momma again ๐Ÿ˜‰

Even though this next picture is completely out of focus, I love how it captures her beautiful neck & those curls!!!! Oh & that she’s holding her dada’s hand here just makes my heart melt a second & third time.

Momma & Dada love you Elizabeth!!!

Elizabeth is 13-24 Months!

Something I did last year that turned into a precious thing was to take a photo of Elizabeth on her “monthly birthday” each month. When I looked back at her monthly photos from being a newborn & on to 12 months, what I LOVED was seeing her facial features change. I could look from month to month & see her look more like her dada in some months, more like me or just more of her own little person & personality.

Knowing how precious those photos from 0-12 months became to us as a family, inspired me to do something along the same lines, but simpler for her months leading up to 2 years. I knew again that what I wanted to focus on was her changing face. My goal was to get one good photo of her smiling face every month on or right by the 19th of each month. I didn’t always have good lighting & I didn’t always get to take RIGHT on the 19th (for most months I did though!) But I loved the challenge & simplicity of this project. Capturing my girl at that time of her life each month was truly fun.

I did plan on taking just one photo of Elizabeth each month starting at 13 months, buttttttt I kind of ended up taking way more each time ๐Ÿ˜‰ For this blogpost though, I wanted to keep it simple & just post the big smile photo I had intended to get. Next time you come to my house though, you can see the Shutterfly book I put together of them all ๐Ÿ˜‰

My best tip for anyone else wanting to do a photo project similar to this is to set a reminder on your phone a few days before you need to take the picture/s. This will help prepare you mentally for it & remind you to have your camera charged & ready to go! I also would remind myself to make sure I dressed her in a certain outfit for that day if there was a particular favorite that fit her at the time.

Honestly, looking back, in some ways these photos are even MORE precious to me then the first year! I see her personality REALLY coming out in these photos. Whenever I look at them, they make me want to do something for 25 months & on! But I know that with a newborn coming sometime in May, it probably wouldn’t be the best idea to commit to “two” photoshoots every month ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do plan on taking photos of her at the half year mark. And hey, may this year I’ll do like every 3 months with her or something. We’ll see ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s our Elizabeth’s second year!

13 Months

14 Months – She was JUST starting to walk here! 15 Months – Look at those tooties in her mouth!!! 16 Months 17 Months – This photo was taken right on May 19 when she spent her first night overnight at Grandma & Grandpa Close’s! 18 Months – I actually blogged more of Elizabeth’s 18 Month session over HERE with a few tips on how to take photos of her your own kids ๐Ÿ™‚ 19 Months – We had just moved into our new house so this photo has that extra specialness to me because of that! 20 Months – I took this photo outside of her Great Grandma’s house in Minnesota! 21 Months 22 Months – I wish I could blog all the pictures from this month because I LOVE them all! 23 Months24 Months – And we’re at the 2 year mark!!! Look at my precious big girl! (There’s more of her 2 year photos HERE if you’d like to see more!)

Friends, thanks for coming along for this quick ride down memory lane! I love this girl & I love these photos!

Photos MEAN SO MUCH! I’d love to capture your kiddos & your entire family! Email me at & we’ll get you on my calendar for a photography session in 2018!!!


We’re Expecting Little Wilcox #2!

We announced to our family & close friends this past fall the news that Little Wilcox #2 is on the way! Come May! And yes I know that rhymes ๐Ÿ˜‰

We are THRILLED & very much looking forward to this little one joining us sometime in May. Elizabeth LOVES babies (I can tell you a story about how even today she was wanting to kiss a stranger’s baby in Aldi ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha) & loves talking about our new baby & going to appointments to see “pictures of the baby” aka ultrasounds ๐Ÿ˜‰

We love telling people in person our special news versus social media & I’ve tried to tell as many of you in person as possible! But since the year is ending I knew I needed to finally blog about our news ๐Ÿ™‚ I shared recently on Instagram my take on how everyone says being pregnant with the second is different. It is yes, but I have my own thoughts on why ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been taking bi-weekly baby bump pictures same as I did with Elizabeth (I mean, who has time for weekly ones? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) & Elizabeth had to join in the photo ๐Ÿ˜‰ She’s super excited to be a big sister!!!

As with Elizabeth, we are not finding out the gender & will wait to be surprised at the birth. It’s the surprise of a lifetime & even though it’s hard to wait, it’s worth it! You can take a guess though! ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you ask Elizabeth if she thinks the baby is a “boy or a girl” she says “Boy” & then immediately following that question I’ll ask secondly, “Do you want a brother or a sister?” & to that she always responds with “Sister!” So who knows what the baby will be ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am currently one day away from 19 weeks & finding it hard to believe that we are about halfway there! Technically with Elizabeth at this point we WERE over halfway there since she came early ๐Ÿ™‚ Once I got past the first trimester nausea life was more manageable! There were a few of you who’s sessions I did in September & October that I was sneaking snacks & drinking ginger ale in my water bottle during your photo session to keep the nausea away! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I plan to share in the future my maternity leave time & as always will blog about my mini sessions coming in 2018. They will be fewer this year with having a new baby in the house so keep your eyes on your emails & if you aren’t on my e-newsletter sign up!!! Click here to do so!

Lorelei Turn’s One!

This sweet girl. I remember finding out the Deal Family was expecting another little one. They already had an adorable little boy who I’d had the please of photographing in the beginning stages of my photography business. Braden is a sweetie & I was hoping a little sister would be given to him.

I know I’m not the only one who was hoping for a sister for him. When Ashley & I talked on the phone before Lorelei’s One Year Session, I smiled when she said, “I LOVE having a girl!” I know that feeling myself so well. It’s just so wonderful to have a little girl. Ashley went on to say “Even having matching mommy & daughter dresses is so fun.”

Lorelei is THE sweetest thing. She thoroughly enjoys the camera & I loved the time together I had with her & her mommy for her session.

Isn’t this dress just PERFECT?!

The details in her dress…..

Now I know what all you momma’s are wondering. Where did they get that ADORABLE sign? Well, Lorelei’s mom MADE that chalkboard sign. No joke! When I saw it, I joked with Ashley & said she’s going to be getting requests from people now that I’m putting this picture in my blog post!

Lorelei is a farm girl. Her family farms & she just looked TOO adorable in this romper & playing in the dirt. She’s a girly-girl but she knows how to play in the dirt!

Ashley brought along Lorelei’s cute little piggy that she used for taking Lorelei’s monthly photos with. I LOVE that idea! What a way to see everything come full circle ๐Ÿ™‚

“I hope you love flowers & getting nails done.” Ashley said that about her sweet precious girl when we were talking about Lorelei & how crazy it is that she’s now 1! Sweet Lorelei, I hope that for you too! That you always love flowers, always love playing in the dirt & always stay as sweet as you are precious girl. Happy One Year Lorelei ๐Ÿ™‚