An Open Letter of HOPE to My People

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –“
– Emily Dickinson

A post regarding the Naomi Elizabeth Photography 2020 season was supposed to happen in February. It didn’t because we ended having a huge scare with our Little Wilcox #3 I’m carrying.

Then I was supposed to send out the info two weeks & we all know what’s been happening in our town, state, nation & world.

Both times I paused, for various reasons, in sending it.

But now I feel I should share it.

Before I go any further, I want to say I am not posting this without first praying & thinking through my words. I am NOT trying to sell anything. Not my service as a photographer, nothing. I don’t feel that in this current season we are ALL in, that pushing my services as a photographer is something I should do.

I do believe in with all my heart is that MEMORIES MATTER. That has been my heart since Day 1 of my photography business. They matter & the best way to remember them is to record them.

I also believe in HOPE. I believe in the HOPE of my Savior & Lord Jesus Christ. And I believe in the HOPE of the future.

I am sharing on my blog HERE the dates of my mini session themes & dates for 2020. I am also sharing my 2020 Photography Calendar complete with my maternity leave. Obviously this is ALL subject to change because of where our nation is & my pregnancy. But with ALL my heart, I have HOPE that Mom & Me Minis will happen this year (even if we reschedule them until later this spring). With ALL my heart I have HOPE that your little’s one year session can happen this spring. That your maternity session can happen early spring. I have HOPE.

At this point, I don’t feel it’s the time to officially open up signup for Mom & Me Mini’s. You can see the dates on the blog & plan & prepare to get one. You can always send me an email to say you’re REALLY wanting one.  I hope that the first week of April I will have more direction on if I can still use the location I have reserved & see what our state’s rules on gathering at that time are. (Some parts of our nation have closed city parks even, so we will see how things go here in IL.)

But I have HOPE my friends. And I pray you have too.

Let me HOPE with you. If you’re hoping for a session in 2020, feel free to email me (naomi@naomielizabethphotography.com). I mean, just being honest, it’d be nice to “talk” to someone 😉 And I want to HOPE WITH you. Nobody is making any set plans around here 😉 But we can HOPE together.

There are all the resources out there to help you spend time with your kids during this time. All the lists of movies to watch on Disney+. All the easy recipes to cook now. I’m SO thankful for all of that. So this post isn’t going to be full of those things because I know you can find it elsewhere.

BUT if you are looking for HOPE & aren’t sure where to find it, email me! I can tell you about the HOPE I have.

I am so thankful for all of you. You’re my people, not just clients.

I want to help spread that HOPE & so you’ll probably see some new posts from past sessions on my facebook page & the blog. I’m way behind on blogging & had meant to do that in February & March anyway. So know I’m posting & sharing to spread HOPE & not to just act like nothing has happened or is happening.

I HOPE to see you soon! Keep in touch & be HOPEFUL for updates!

(OK, just one more HOPE word use 😉 )
HOPING with you!

Naomi Wilcox

PS I’ve done a few facebook videos sharing my journey of organizing our family legacy through photos. You can find them HERE & HERE. I’ve also gotten lots of comments thru facebook & Instagram asking about the photo books I’ve made (here’s a glimpse of my girls looking at them). I plan to share about that process soon to because what better time to organize your personal photos then now 😉

PSS The pictures I used in this post specifically remind me of HOPE! 😀

2020 Mini Sessions & 2020 NEP Calendar!

*Please note this blog post was written before the virus hit our nation. You can read my “An Open Letter of HOPE to My People” on my blog HERE. These dates are very tentative as changes are daily occurring. To stay informed join my e-newsletter list. Click HERE to join in.

Here it is friends! The list of Mini Sessions I will be offering in 2020! Keep reading for more info about each individual mini session theme/date! Also, I’m sharing my entire 2020 NEP Calendar (months I’m accepting sessions, when my maternity leave begins/ends etc) since things are a bit different this year with us expecting our third child (read more about that HERE)!

2020 MINI SESSION DATES

Mom & Me – April 25

Location is confirmed & I’m structuring them different this year so watch your email for info!

Summer Family Mini’s – June 13

Back-to-School Mini’s for Homeschooling Families September 19, 25 & 26

With our baby’s due date being in early August, dates for Back2School Minis are tentative but this is my best guess & I think they’re good guesses! I will send an email after the baby comes to confirm or change the dates to give enough time for families to plan. I LOVE Back2School Mini’s so they WILL be happening!!!

Fall Mini’s –TBA in October & November

I will be scheduling Fall Mini’s this year like I’ve never before so be on the lookout for that!

I consider those on my e-newsletter list to be “my people” & “my people” find out when I release signups for mini sessions first! Plus you get first dibs on signing up for a spot! Click HERE to join in. Please note that all dates are subject to change especially with Little Wilcox #3 coming! (If you’re not quite sure what a mini session is or if it fits your specific needs, I’ve written a blog post that’s HERE that you can read ALL the details about them.)

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. If you’re wanting individual portraits of your children or multiple wardrobe changes, a full session would be a better option for you! Please feel free to email me with any questions!

Now on to the Naomi Elizabeth Photography 2020 Calendar:

MARCH – JUNE ~ NOW BOOKING!
EARLY JULY ~ NOW BOOKING Newborn, Fresh 48 & Milestone Birthday Sessions only
AUGUST ~ Maternity Leave
SEPTEMBER ~ TBA of when I’ll have sessions in September but email me to get on my September waitlist!
OCTOBER-NOVEMBER ~ NOW BOOKING!
DECEMBER ~ NOW BOOKING Newborn & Fresh 48 only
My Birth Photography availability is closed until further notice

A Family Update!

So thankful my sister came with & took this photo for us!

Hello friends! You may have seen already…We are EXPECTING! Little Wilcox #3 is due to arrive August 2020! We are very grateful for the Lord’s timing & His protection on the baby & I.

Overall I am well & baby is well, but we’ve needed to take things verryyy slowly this pregnancy these days. We’d appreciate your prayers as a our little one grows & our family draws closer to it’s due date! But that explains why things have been a little quiet around here after the fall photo season ended for me 🙂

I am booking sessions for 2020! Keep reading for some baby & business related FAQ’s!

Big sisters!


FAQ 

Are we finding out the gender? Nope 🙂 We didn’t with our girls & as long as it’s  not a medical need, we probably won’t ever find out with any pregnancy
How far along are you? I am 16 weeks (in the 2nd Trimester) as of Sunday
Is this your last? We will see what the Lord has, but we hope to have more 🙂
How are you feeling? Tired & very grateful.
Are your girls excited? Elizabeth is ELATED & Ruth doesn’t totally get what’s going on hahah 😉
When do you plan on releasing 2020 Mini Session themes & dates? As soon as I can! I was hoping to this week but I’m needing some time to rest & so it will in the next few weeks now. The best way to stay in the now about Mini Sessions is to watch your email!
Mom & Me Mini’s this year? Planning to! They will occur in April & be the first mini’s I offer this year. I will also have them open to expecting mommas! So perfect for a mini maternity session! I’m working to confirm our location for this year in the next week! They are going to be a bit different this year so get excited!
When will you be on maternity leave? Most of July & August & potentially the first half of September depending on when the baby arrives!
Are you still doing Back-to-School Mini Sessions for Homeschoolers? Yes! They probably will just be in late September this year instead of July/August.
Are you accepting any birth clients? My last birth to photograph is this June & then I will not be accepting births for the rest of the year & a majority of 2021 with having our own newborn.

THANK YOU
for celebrating with us! We’d appreciate all your prayers!  

Naomi, Eric, Elizabeth, Ruth & Little Wilcox 

Fall 2018 Mini Session Favorites!

Every year the fall season brings some of my favorite families & people in front of my camera! Fall of 2018 didn’t disappoint! I LOVE these people!!!

Fall 2019 Mini Sessions!

It’s that time of year AGAIN! Time to plan for the fall & choose a fall mini photography session date! I am offering two different dates for my Fall Mini’s- October 19 & November 2. (If neither of these dates work for your needs, I am offering Christmas Mini Sessions & you can read all about those HERE.) And please make sure you read THIS POST for a few changes I’ve made to my mini sessions in 2019.

If you’re not quite sure if a Mini Session fits your needs, THIS POST will help you decide that!

OK! On to the juicy details!

  • Location: Same as last years! (Click HERE to view some of my favorite images from last fall!)
  • Dates are October 19 & November 2 (Grab a spot HERE!)
  • 20 minute interactive mini photo session
  • 15-20 professionally edited photos
  • Examples of photos include: several family poses, several of the children together, pictures of parents/significant others together, pictures of each parent/guardian with all children.
  • Each session is $150.00 (After 6 members of an immediate family, there is a $15.00 cost per additional person.)
  • A $25.00 deposit is required to officially secure your spot. The remainder balance of $125.00 is due at the time of your session. Your deposit can be paid online through an invoice I’ll email you. If the deposit isn’t paid within a certain time, the spot will automatically become open for another client to take it. The remainder fee has to be paid paid by the time of the mini session.
  • You will receive a few images from your session via your email as a preview. The full gallery & print release will be delivered via an online gallery where you can download them & print them wherever you choose within three weeks. You can also share this gallery with friends & family to download as well at no extra charge.
  • As we get closer to the mini session date, you’ll receive an email from me with the location of our mini sessions & other details.
  • Email me at naomi@naomielizabethphotography.com with any questions you may have!

SAVE YOUR SESSION HERE!

Sibling 2019 Mini Sessions

“I just want a picture of all my kids smiling & looking at the camera!” says just about every momma to me 🙂 And now that I’m a mom of two, YES that can be a difficult thing to make happen! So let ME do that for you!

This year I am offering Sibling Mini Sessions!!! Here below are the details including pricing info & the link to sign up. I only have 4 spots! These are PERFECT for the family that just wants pictures of the kids this year & will be skipping family pictures & wants to get ahead of the busy fall schedule.

Friday, September 6 SAVE YOUR SPOT HERE. Rain Day if needed will be Sunday, September 8. 

If you’re not quite sure if a Mini Session fits your needs, THIS POST will help you decide that!

  • Location: TBA in Bloomington-Normal
  • 20 minute interactive mini photo session
  • 15-20 professionally edited photos
  • Examples of photos include: several poses of each child alone, several poses of all siblings together, several poses of groupings of siblings (ie sisters together, brothers together)
  • Each session is $100.00 & covers 4 total siblings. (After 4 children, there is a $15.00 cost per additional person.)
  • A $25.00 deposit is required to officially secure your spot. The remainder balance of $75.00 is due at the time of your session. Your deposit can be paid online through an invoice I’ll email you. If the deposit isn’t paid within a certain time, the spot will automatically become open for another client to take it. The remainder fee will be paid by the time of the mini session.
  • You will receive a few images from your session via your email as a preview. The full gallery & print release will be delivered via an online gallery where you can download them & print them wherever you choose within three weeks. You can also share this gallery with friends & family to download as well at no extra charge.
  • As we get closer to the Siblings Mini Sessions date, you’ll receive an email from me with the location of our mini sessions & other details. Email me at naomi@naomielizabethphotography.com with any questions you may have!
  • Only 3 spots! Save your session HERE. Once you signup, you’ll receive an email confirmation from me within 48 hours.


Summer 2019 Mini’s Recap!

Summer Mini’s were SO fun this year! I’m a bit in love with our location & it’s the second time I’ve used it! The special couples & families I got to photograph are just favorites of mine. AND the weather had been SO crazy! We’d had SO MUCH rain the weeks leading up to the evening of the sessions & even! It literally started sprinkling rain a half hour before the first mini session & STOPPED raining like 8 minutes before the first. After that the weather was perfect & the show went on! Sometimes you never know what’s going to happen with the weather in IL!

It was very hard to choose but here are some favorites from Summer Mini’s this year! If you’re interested in getting a summer mini spot next year you’ll want to sign up to be on my enewsletter HERE so that you’re notified as soon as they open up!

5 Resources for You!

YOU ARE NOT JUST A CLIENT! 

This morning in my head I was thinking about how to explain my heart on WHY I did what I did. And I realized the short answer is- because I care about you all. You’re not just clients to me. You’re my friends. My people. Special individuals that I get to watch as your family grows. I get to watch while you & your significant other go through new seasons & I get to celebrate with your senior as they take a new step into the world. And I get to cry & cheer as your brand new child is born into a room full of love.

I believe so much in what we get to do together- save THIS season of life, hold THESE moments in time- for the legacy that you will carry & pass on.

I “filmed” 5 Facebook Live videos that I am gifting to you to use as we draw closer to our photo session together. I called it my Christmas in July series & they’re all on my facebook HERE (or just click each topic below & you’ll go directly to each video).

Here are the 5 Topics I Hit:

How to Make Photos Happen on a Budget
Getting Your Loved One on Board for Photos
Tips for How to SCHEDULE Family & Group Family Photos
5 Tips for Saving Money when Buying Clothes for Photo Sessions
What to Wear for Photo Sessions? 5 Tips! 

I’ve had all of these topics clinking around in my brain for years now. I can only get so many words into a blog post & frankly the amount of information I shared would have been too much for a blog post. Plus it was easier to just share my heart verbally then take the time to think through the right words & write it all out!

All of these videos & the information I shared was from my heart & not from Pinterest posts somewhere. I thought through the things that have & have not worked in the last 5 years of business & am REALLY EXCITED to share these resources with you!!!

I care about you & I care about the money, the time & effort that YOU put into photo sessions. And I care about our time together & want it to be as special as possible! That’s why I took the time to film these & I’m REALLY excited about them. So please, check these out! Here’s THE LINK again so you can just click & play whatever one you’re most interested inAnd feel free to just put it on & “listen” to me as you make dinner, fold laundry or whatever! And the cool thing is, you can comment on ANY of the videos at anytime ask any specific questions you may have & I’ll get notified & can answer back right there!

Rumley | Family Session

As I’ve become a mother of two & my photography business has grown, I’ve needed to keep my blog posts a bit shorter then I used to since each one takes a lot of time actually. BUT this family is one family for sure that I could go on & on & on about! I’ve LOVED doing their family sessions through the years (just search Rumley on my blog & you’ll see them all!). They are in the process of moving & I pretty much think they need to invite me to visit every year so we can keep our tradition up 😉 From our last time together, here are a few of my favorites & I hope it really isn’t the last time we ever do pictures 🙂 Love you all Rumley Fam!

Struss | Family Session

I’ve already shared HERE on why this family means a lot to our family & although we are excited for what they are a part of in Indonesia, we miss them a lot! Here are some photos we got literally days before the left Illinois to go back to Indonesia! I loved how where we did their session was kind of jungle-y & how the photos of them walking together as a family made me think of how they’re literally walking into a new season of life.

Here’s the Struss Family!