Pray for the Cure 2017

For the past 3 years now, I have had the honor of photographing the community event, Pray for the Cure that proceeds Race for the Cure. Each year has been unique & special in it’s own way. (You can view the past years here- 2015 & 2016.) 

Pray for the Cure is a special prayer and music service dedicated to breast cancer survivors, their families, friends, and healthcare providers. As their facebook page states: “Pray for the Cure is sanctioned by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. While it is not a Race for the Cure event, it is meant to precede the Race as a spiritual and emotional care program. Pray for the Cure was first held in Peoria in 2004. The event began in Bloomington-Normal in 2011.”

From my past three years of experience with attending & being a part of P4TC, it is an evening of remembrance. An evening of hugs. An evening of reflecting on what is truly important in life. And an evening of looking to the One who leads us all day by day.

I’ve compiled a few of my favorites photographs from this years event at St. John’s Lutheran Church & am excited to share them.

  

My favorite part of the evening every year is when they ask those who are cancer survivors to stand.

I loved seeing collages of photos displayed from the past two years I’ve photographed P4TC.

      

The wonderful team of ladies who make this amazing event happen!

Fall 2017 Family Mini Photography Sessions

It’s TIME!!!! It’s time for my FAVORITE season of the year & time for FALL FAMILY MINI PHOTO SESSIONS!!!!!!!!

Fall. Colorful leaves. Your daughter’s giggles. The feel of your man’s hand in yours. The hug from your son. Your family. My camera. Friends, let’s make memories to remember together.

Here’s the quick info list for my Fall Family Mini’s this year!

  • I am offering Fall Mini Photography Sessions 3 DIFFERENT DAYS THIS YEAR:
    Friday, October 20; Saturday, October 21; Saturday, November 4
  • Rain Days (if needed) will be Oct 22 & Nov 5
  • 15 minute interactive & fun (!!!!!) mini photography session
  • Each session is $120.00 & covers 6 people. (After 6 individuals, there is a $10.00 cost per additional person.)
  • After your session, you will receive a few images from your session via your email as a preview. The remaining images & a print release will be emailed to you later via an online gallery where you can download them & print them wherever you choose.
  • Location will be outdoors at a beautiful fall location in Bloomington-Normal
  • Instead of Christmas Mini’s, I am offering 3 days for Fall Family Mini’s. Feel free to dress Christmasy for these sessions!

(If you’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 mini’s, read HERE.)

Spots are limited! Save your session HERE. 

As we get closer to the Fall Mini Sessions, you’ll receive an email from me with the location of our mini sessions & other details. Email me at naomi@nomi-photography.com with any questions you may have! I’m looking forward to hanging out with your family!!!

I still have openings for in September, October & November for photo sessions! Mini Sessions are not for everyone, so email me if you have questions about scheduling a regular photo session. I will only be accepting Newborn Sessions in December of this year.

  

 

 

Doddek | Newborn Session

“Because I could watch you for a single minute and find
a thousand things that I love about you.”

Well there she is folks. Miss Rylynn, the adorable daughter of Heidi & Jordan. Super proud parents & completely smitten with their first daughter. I’ve been able to watch the journey of Heidi & Jordan become boyfriend & girlfriend then husband & wife. And now (& I’m sure they will tell you this themselves), their greatest “titles” of all, mom AND dad. THIS post shares their maternity session & walks you through memory lane, all the way back to when Heidi & I had classes together in college.

And now a daughter fills their arms & love & pride fills their hearts.

These next three pictures…just hold my heart…..too precious for words…

        

This little beauty kept her eye on me about 98% of the session!

This next one is one of my most favorite pictures I’ve ever taken at a newborn session. Mother & child. Together. Just days old & a whole new world unfolding for both of them each day. I’ll never get used to the fact that I’m asked to capture these sacred moments.

This was a sweet & tender, unplanned moment…LOOK at the love in Heidi & Jordan’s faces!!!

This beautiful quilt was handmade by a family member. TOO special.

SO much love put into her room!

At the beginning of this year, I shared all the changes that I was making in Nomi Photography. You can read more about that HERE, but the gist of that blogpost shares how motherhood has changed me as a photographer. In that post, I wrote this sentence:

I want to help that dad remember what it’s like to hold his little girl’s hand before it can no longer fit into his.

My eyes teared up while editing this photo & realizing that phrase came into fruition through this special newborn session with such special people.

And I might add, this little gal was COMPLETELY content to be held & loved on her daddy!

If you go back & look at Heidi & Jordan’s Maternity Session, you’ll see how we were able to recreate some special photos. LOVE photographing families inside their homes where they do life & love.

So happy for you Doddek Family. Happy beyond words. I ask for peace & health around your little family. The Lord is GOOD & I can’t wait to see your journey continue as a family.

All my love,
Naomi

 

Doddek | Maternity Session

In the past few weeks since these photos were taken, my little family has moved to our new house & Heidi & Jordan have welcomed their little girl into their arms! Rylynn is here & just the cutest thing! (I’m actually hoping to meet her in person this coming weekend so stay tuned for those pictures!!!)

I wanted to share Heidi’s maternity session because I just LOVE these photos & she’s a beautiful pregnant lady 😉 This is a very special blog post for me because Heidi & I have known each other since college & we’ve been able to share bits of our lives together through the years. (If you want to read more about our unique friendship, feel free to take a walk down memory lane & view Heidi & Jordan’s engagement pictures that I had the honor of taking HERE.)

Heidi had the sweetest idea for having their maternity session in her & Jordan’s adorable little home. They’ve been living there since this past fall & it’s just full of character & WINDOWS!!!! Heidi’s desire was to be able to take pictures in their home before their baby girl arrived AND then come back here for their newborn session & in a sense show the before/after 😉 I mean, a baby changes everything doesn’t it folks? 😉 (Also, let me put a little plug in here, I LOVE in-home sessions!!! All my newborn sessions are done in my clients homes & I LOVE doing any other sessions AT HOME. In my opinion, it’s the best place to take photos with your kids because they’re so comfortable & relaxed. Plus, it shows where you truly to life & love.)

Ok, back to the Doddek’s! Here’s a few of my personal favorites from their session!

That window seat has my heart!!!!!

Beautiful, glowing momma! You can bet your boots we’ll be back here at this exact spot with Miss Rylynn!

Fav!!!

I love ALL.OF.THESE. as well!  

I love this one of Heidi. I wanted her to just be still & think about her coming baby girl. I love the expression on her face. Love & expectancy all rolled into one <3

For the second part of their session, we moved outside into their cute little yard!

The happy parents!!!!

I feel these next two photos perfectly capture the goofy/fun side of Heidi & Jordan’s relationship 😉

  

And my personal ALL TIME FAV of the session right here! Look at that COLOR!

Well, Heidi & Jordan, since these pictures were taken, your life, your world & your hearts have forever changed. I’m having a hard time typing words without crying & getting all emotional because I’ve seen you walk on this journey of becoming parents & I’m SO HAPPY for you THREE! Rylynn is a blessed little girl & I can’t wait to watch you become the parents the Lord wants you to be. All my love & see you soon for those newborn pictures!!!!!!!!

Amelia Turns One!

Are you ready for some SUPER sweetness??

This little just turned one & I got to hangout with her & her parents for a bit a few weekends ago at a new FAV location of mine! I’d been just dying to use this special spot I’d spotted 😉 hehe & Amelia’s session was the perfect time to do so!

Amelia was so interested in exploring! It was so fun to see her take a few steps (!!!!) on her own & watch her little personality flourish in front of my camera!

Do they make shoes like these in MY SIZE??? 🙂

My personal fav right here!

Amelia’s mom & I have a fun backstory! We used to work at Cracker Barrel together! And for a season, we attended Heartland Community College & had a time during the day we could study together 😉 Or it was more like more talk & less study 😉 April actually (not even sure if you’ll remember this April!) helped me play an April Fool’s joke on my now husband but who was at the time just a crush of mine 😉

Now April & I are both married & have our own little girls! Cory, April’s husband & Amelia’s attentive daddy, came along for the session & I tell you, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a daddy love on his girl more! BOTH April & Cory were SO sweet & loving towards Amelia. The focus of the session was the birthday girl but I just had to grab a few of this loving trio!

Happy birthday Amelia!!!! Your parents & so many others love you soooo much sweetheart! I’m so glad I got to meet you sweet one & spend time with you!!!!

Elizabeth is 18 Months!

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a personal post of Elizabeth on my blog so I figured her little 18 Month Session we did the other night would be perfect to share & update everyone!

Plus, it’s a way to share that I DO offer 18 Month Sessions!!! I honestly HIGHLY encourage getting them done! There is SOOOO much difference in Elizabeth from her One Year Photo to now! And I know there’s going to be a HUGE difference again at her 2 year mark 🙂

Here’s our girl!

I had a couple locations in mind for her photo session-which literally took like 15 min total! Mostly because that’s about all she could handle 😉 When I do sessions with littles, I like to focus on their personalities & pick areas where the background will not take away from their cuteness. Places that are simple, colorful & quiet are my favorite options! This little field of flowers (& weeds 😉 ) I found was just PERFECT!!! It added pops of color in the background but yet didn’t detract away from her baby girlness. Plus she LOVED the flowers & smelling them 😉

  

Little kids, Elizabeth included, usually aren’t going to last a full hour long session. I always allow that much time for a session with anyone that has little kids but typically we don’t use it all up. Elizabeth was only willing to be away from momma (aka momma held camera instead of her 😉 ) for only about 15 min & then she was done (as the next picture will show!) & was totally ready to swing at the swings she had seen on our way to the flowers.

This photo is proof that even my daughter gets to a point where she’s DONE with pictures 😉

I love this backshot of Elizabeth! Even though she was totally running away from me & my camera here, it’s a beautiful shot of her full head of curls!!! Another reminder that even when we feel at a session that we’re not getting a good photo, magic & memories CAN happen!

     

LOVE this one of her & her eyes! Again, it’s not a picture of her SMILING BUT it IS a picture that totally shows her personality & cuteness!

I encourage my clients to bring props or items that their littles love to help them feel comfortable & have fun! Elizabeth LOVES this hat we have & I knew we HAD to bring it! Plus, it just barely fits on her head so not too sure how much longer she’ll be able to actually wear it 😉

   

The dress I had Elizabeth wear was one I bought from a friend off facebook. When choosing clothing for your little to wear for their session, keep in mind the weather. I knew it was going to be quite hot for her pictures, so a sleeveless dress was a must. And to be quite honest, going out & buying a new outfit was just not in the budget. So I dug thru the closet for a dress I loved on her & was classy & knew wouldn’t detract from the cutie she is. It’s simple & I knew the flower details on the dress would be fun for the session since it was by lots of flowers 🙂 Plus, I knew it was comfortable, soft & I wouldn’t mind if it got dirty somehow. Little things like that when thinking about what your child should wear can make all the difference in the world!

This is my last & favorite picture we got of Elizabeth! She has a favorite song she loves to sing where you wave your hands & at this point, I was desperate to get her to smile just ONE MORE TIME! So I started singing her song & got this gorgeous grin! What does your little like do to? Sing? Do animal noises? All those things help make a session FUN & interactive for your little.

I hope this post helped you when you take your own quick pics of your kids AND it’ll help you as we plan YOUR CHILD’S photo session with me!!!!! Can’t wait!!!!!

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Family Mini’s 2017 Recap!

Here’s a few of my personal favorites from this past June’s Family Mini’s I had! I LOVE all these pictures & families!!! And if you’re wondering how you can get in on some Family Mini awesome-ness next time I have them, signup for my enewsletter & you’ll get all the info, a free gift for signing up & no junk mail- I promise! Signup HERE!

   

  

   

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Back-to-School Mini Sessions for 2017!

Please note these mini sessions are for families that homeschool only.

For the past three years, I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed getting to meet & connect with fellow homeschooling families in the Bloomington-Normal area. I was homeschooled along with my 3 siblings & my husband was as well! I am very passionate about education at home & Eric & I hope to do the same with our children, once they’re old enough 😉

So once again, I wanted to give local homeschooling families the opportunity to be able to have their children have their own “Back-to-School” pictures 🙂 . Plus, I know how challenging it can be to make time in a family’s calendar for pictures, I wanted to leave opportunity in case the entire family wanted to have pictures & not just each individual child!

Therefore I am offering two types of packages for the Back-to-School Mini Sessions:

Individual Student Session:
First Student – 5-6 Images | $35.00
I will spend time with each student & take photos of them that truly capture their smile & personality!
If you have more then one child-great! After your first child, it’s just $25.00 per additional child.
Session will take 10 minutes.

Family Session:
Family’s up to 6 members ($10.00 per additional family member after 6 members) 12-15 Images | $85.00
Session will take 20 minutes. We’ll have a blast having your family interact together & capture your family as a whole along with individual pictures of each child in the family!

You can now choose your own spot online! *Please Note* that if you’re signing your family up, please take TWO slots. If you’re signing up a student please take ONE slot per student. If you have any questions just email me at naomi@nomi-photography.com. To reserve your session on Thursday, August 3 CLICK HERE OR Friday, August 4 CLICK HERE!

Every year of homeschooling is a milestone! And capturing your children & family at this time, is a joy of mine

All images will be delivered within 3 weeks of the session via email with a link to an online gallery where they can be downloaded to your computer & then printed wherever you choose. Print Release is also included. Full payment is due at session. An online contract & more details about preparing for your session will be provided ahead of time. These sessions are not suitable for seniors in high school. No outfit changes are allowed.

If you have any other questions about how a mini session with Nomi Photography is, please feel free to read THIS POST I wrote to answer all the questions 😉

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Gonzalez | Family Session

I’ve gotten to photograph this special family for several years now. It’s been a privilege! Stephanie was one of my very.first.clients.ever & I’ve never forgotten how she trusted me with her sweet littles when she was pregnant with Karsyn! Stephanie spoke into my heart at just the right time I needed it & it encouraged me to keep going when I first started Nomi Photography. Usually I hangout with the Gonzalez clan in the fall so I was SUPER excited that Stephanie approached me about doing a full session the beginning of this summer- UMMM YES! There’s is NOTHING like the smell of summer, laughter, the golden hour & chasing each other around during a photo session 😉

Because Stephanie has been a such an encouragement to me & a wonderful client/friend, I asked her to share what photos mean to her as a mom. Grab some tissues & get ready to hear Stephanie’s heart!

“How often do you say to yourself “I will never forget this moment”? Only to realize years later, looking back, that moment is a fog? As a working mom of 4, those moments are so, very important to me. Capturing our family photos is a piece of those moments. From those where we all stand still to smile for the camera to the real pictures of us laughing in the moment… You, Naomi, have been able to capture those precious moments in time for me. I will be able to look back at these moments and remember. I will remember the love shared when Kyle was whispering in my ear. I will remember Kendall’s independence. I will remember Kipton’s mischievous ways. I will remember Kadence’s sass. I will remember Karsyn’s ability to wrap every family member around her finger. THESE are the moments I will treasure and THIS is why our family pictures are so, very important. Thank you for capturing THESE!!!”

Stephanie, you are too kind! Yes, it was so sweet to hear what she said regarding my photography BUT the reason I wanted to share this is to help people understand WHY photos are so important & why photo sessions matter!!!

Now take a look at these awesome images we got of the Gonzalez Fam!

My personal fav of the four kids right here!

That gaze…        

That giggle…        

That spunk…        

That class…     

THIS FAMILY <3 <3 <3

One of my favorite things about a full photo session with me (vs doing a mini session) is that I get to take photos of each parent with EACH KID since we have more time!

This was such a special moment…I just held my breath, stood back & snapped away…       

YES!!! ALL the yes’s! My personal favorite!!!

I’m a fan of the Gonzalez Fam 😉 Can’t wait until next time guys!!!

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Weather Policy

As I’m writing this, we have just gotten out of the wet April that seems to always hit the Central Illinois area 🙂 Spring has sprung in Bloomington-Normal & summer is peaking at us! My weather policy for Nomi Photography is the same all year round & is pretty simple!

Because I am using a camera to take your pictures & that camera & the lens on it are pretty expensive if there is rain happening during a session, I have to reschedule. As frustrating as that is, we can’t have a wet camera because then that means a broken camera! And we don’t want wet clients either 😉

Policy for a Session
Amazing Client schedules exciting, fun session with me. (We talk over the weather policy in your consultation.)
I watch weather like a hawk all the way up until the session with Amazing Client.
I see that it looks like it’s going to rain & I call client an no less then 1-2 hours before session & we chat about what to do.

Policy for Mini Sessions
I schedule Mini Sessions on Saturday’s & then use Sunday’s as my rainout/makeup day.

 

It’s that easy! I don’t work on Sunday’s. I don’t schedule sessions nor do I edit or answer emails. Sunday is my family day. Since I’m usually doing sessions on Saturday, Sunday’s are the only day that my little family can spend together. BUT I save Sunday’s for my sessions that get rained out & then use Sunday’s for the new day IF another time/day during the week doesn’t workout.

I will do sessions in light snow & wind even. I will reschedule an outdoor session if it it below 40 degrees. I will also reschedule if it is too hot.

I have a list of indoor locations that can be used in case of bad weather.

I hope this blog post helped you when it comes to weather change! Don’t let weather scare you! Being outdoors for a session is the BEST.THING. you could ever do for your family. Natural, outdoor light can NEVER be replaced by studio lighting. It’s just not the same.

And just for fun, all these pictures that are in this blog-post were taken on SUPER cloudy days! Pictures can still happen when it’s cloudy out! 🙂

Let’s do this! Email me at naomi@nomi-photography.com & we’ll schedule your session!!!