Tag Archives: baby photographer in illinois

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

 

Poppins | Newborn Session

Two years. It’s been two years that I’ve had the sheer pleasure of working with the Poppins Family! For our first session together, their daughter Amelia was turning 6 months old! Then 6 months after that we met up for when Amelia turned ONE! I think though my favorite session with them (before the one I’m actually blogging about today!) was when Amelia turned two this past summer & the Poppins Family shared that they were growing to a family of FOUR!

That brings us full circle to the reason for this post today! Amelia is now a BIG sister & Ben & Kymber have not just one, but TWO precious, little girls. Aubrey Maureen was born just a few days after Christmas on December 28. I’m a little partial to December baby’s myself 😉 so I was pretty excited when little Aubrey came before the new year 🙂 I was let into the secret of Baby Poppins #2 coming since they wanted me to help them take the “announcement photo” & I’ve been anxiously awaiting Aubrey’s arrival so I was SUPER excited to meet her just a few weeks ago!

Here’s a few of my very favorite photos from my time with the Poppins Family. I just LOVE what we captured!

Sweet, sweet Aubrey Maureen!     

As you look through these you can just see the love pouring out of Ben & Kymber as they look at their daughters.

Kymber, you are SOOO gorgeous!!!! Just stop!!! This is seriously a new favorite mother & precious baby photo of mine! This next picture just blows.me.away. I love it so much. Parents practically giddy with love over the new adventure they’re embarking on & the words “You will forever be my always” so perfectly completing the moment. This is what big sis does while she’s waiting for her turn for pics 😉

    As Kymber has said before (& I totally see it!)- Ben LOVES being a dad! I care so much for this family. Over the past two years they’ve become not just clients but friends & that just fills my heart. Congratulations Poppins Family of FOUR! I believe the best is yet to come for you all!

 

 

 

 

Save

Charlotte | Newborn Session

Today’s post is about a very, very special girl. She is so special. Her story is amazing & miraculous, one of hope & promise. In fact, I’ve asked her momma to share her story, their story of how they prayed, waited & longed for Charlotte. It’s a story that she needs to tell, not me. Their story is a wonderful reflection of the power of God & needs to be told as only the mother of Charlotte Elizabeth can tell it. I invite you to read these words that are directly from Charlotte’s momma’s heart.


“We had almost given up hope that we would have a child. Charlotte has three siblings in Heaven, who sent her to us. After the heartbreak of two miscarriages and one ruptured ectopic pregnancy, she is the blessing of God’s redemptive power. I thought my body was broken, and because we prayed through tears we learned God’s healing is perfect. She is perfect, because God takes the broken and makes them whole.

She is our miracle…

charlotte-blog-post-14

charlotte-blog-post-17

The odds have been stacked against her since the beginning, and yet here she is. The road on the journey to this point of her life was paved with many obstacles. I had gestational diabetes and a marginal cord insertion while pregnant with her. Every minute of her life, even before conception, has been covered in prayers of those who love her. She is the living proof that God listens to His children. I held my breath for nine months. I was guarding my heart from another lose, but she is here. God’s protection is perfect. She is perfect, because God shields those who find refuge in Him.

She is our fighter…

charlotte-blog-post-4charlotte-blog-post-1    charlotte-blog-post-5

Diamonds are formed by heat and pressure over time. Our story is one of walking by faith through the fire. She is the outcome of our refining and the embodiment of God’s faithfulness. We have been waiting years for her, and while still not understood with our finite minds, God’s timing is perfect. She is perfect, because from ashes God makes beauty.

She is our diamond…

charlotte-blog-post-21charlotte-blog-post-8

charlotte-blog-post-20 charlotte-blog-post-19charlotte-blog-post-15charlotte-blog-post-10 charlotte-blog-post-13 charlotte-blog-post-11 charlotte-blog-post-12     charlotte-blog-post-23

charlotte-blog-post-3 charlotte-blog-post-7

Our story will shape the kind of parents we will be. It will shape the person she will become. I prayed that she would be healthy and that she will grow to know Jesus. We still have scars on our hearts for the ones we lost, but she is the string God used to stitch the pieces back together. I pray she will be the light of God’s love. I believe that God has big things in store for her. While we do not know the future, we rest in knowing that God’s plan is perfect. She is perfect, because God creates life where there was nothing. She is our joy…

 She is our child.”

charlotte-blog-post-22

Thank you Elyse for sharing your heart. Your beautiful words needed to be put along these photos. Tears well up in my eyes every time I read your story & look at these photos. May the Lord grant you & Chuck wisdom, patience & peace as you raise Charlotte. May her story, your story be told to encourage others. You’re a strong momma because you lean on the Lord. I love you. I can’t wait to watch Charlotte Elizabeth grow up into who the Lord has designed her to be! – Naomi

Chuck & Elyse’s maternity pictures are HERE if you missed them.

 

Ch

Save

Welcome Tobias | Newborn Session

Sweet Baby Toby 🙂 If you go a few posts back, you can read Tobias’ Birth Day Story or just click HERE. About a week after he’d been born, I got to go see him again! Only this time he was at home & hanging out with his mommy & daddy & two older brothers.

The LaBerge Family is very special to my husband, Elizabeth & I. Seeing dear friends grow their family has got to be one of God’s special gifts He gives. I actually was able to photograph Harrison, Toby’s older brother’s newborn pictures (you can see them HERE).

Here’s a few of my personal favorites from my time with Toby & his family!

tobys-ns-blogpost-5

Baby boy was pretty awake for most of his session! He wanted to keep an eye on me 😉

tobys-ns-blogpost-1

tobys-ns-blogpost-3

tobys-ns-blogpost-4

I love these two photos of Amber & Toby!

tobys-ns-blogpost-8

tobys-ns-blogpost-9

These next two photos will just melt your heart…

tobys-ns-blogpost-6

tobys-ns-blogpost-7

tobys-ns-blogpost-10

Love their faces 🙂

tobys-ns-blogpost-11

tobys-ns-blogpost-12

I love how Kyle looks at his son.

tobys-ns-blogpost-16

tobys-ns-blogpost-17   tobys-ns-blogpost-18

tobys-ns-blogpost-14

tobys-ns-blogpost-15

tobys-ns-blogpost-13

I love ALL the pictures from this session. I really, really had a hard time choosing just a few for this post. But I feel this last photo really captures the love, the joy & the silliness 😉 in this precious family. Love you guys!  tobys-ns-blogpost-20

Save

Roberson | Newborn Session

Leah & Jonathan have become special people to me. I met them back when I first photographed their One Year Anniversary back in early 2015. Then this past fall Leah & I started conversing about doing a group family session with Jonathan’s side. She also shared (to a very pregnant me!) that they were hopefully going to very soon announce that a Little Roberson would be on the way. So I guess you could say I’ve been looking forward to this session for a looonnngggg time!

It also was a super special session for me because it was my first Newborn Session after being back from my maternity leave & having Elizabeth. Someday I’ll write an entire blogpost about it, but I truly see photography & approach my photography in a totally different way then I did before she was born. I knew that would happen, but I don’t think I understood how deeply it would change me photography wise.

These pictures are special to me (I keep saying special but they just are!). Jonathan & Leah are an amazing couple who have dedicated their lives to seeing others lives changed. And now I’ve been able to watch them become parents & see THEIR lives changed. And for the better 😉

Everyone, meet Gracelyn Rae!!!

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-18

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-10     R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-13

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-11

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-7

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-6

I just LOVE this one of daddy & daughter!!!!!!

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-8

Oh my heart! Safe in daddy’s arms.

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-1

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-2

Perfect family of three.

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-4

And this is just my favorite of all!!!!!!!!!!!!

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-5

BEAUTIFUL mother & daughter!!!! And I just love how the colors just floowww together.

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-15

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-14

Happiness times 3.

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-3

Precious Gracelyn, you’ve been prayed for & loved on from the start. We’re so glad you’re here!!! May you grow to be a strong woman of love & grace & be full of wisdom & peace. (Oh & PS you have some pretty fantastic parents 😉 ) Welcome to this world Gracelyn Rae.

R Newborn Session www.nomi-photography.com-9

 

Eliott Turns One!

Baby Girl Eliott, where has the time gone? It was just yesterday that we took your Newborn Pictures & then it was just a few days after that I feel that we did your 6 Month pictures & took some pictures with your mommy & daddy & big sister. Now you’re turning one next weekend & I feel like I just blinked & you grew up.

At your newborn session, I had horrible morning sickness (no one knew we were pregnant with Elizabeth yet!) & just today I was holding our Elizabeth Leah & you were being all sweet & gentle & playing nicely with her. I pray you Eliott & my Elizabeth are friends in the making. The Wilcox Family loves you sweet girl. I love your smile, your BIG beautiful eyes & your sweetness.

Happy First Birthday Sweet Baby Girl!

Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-8

The location we went to for Eliott’s One Year Session is a new favorite of mine. I totally did not plan that there would be so many beautiful purple spring trees & that Eliott would be wearing a purple dress! I love how the purple flowers through her session just made her little outfits pop! The flowers make special appearances in so many of her photo’s!

Flowers at Hidden Nature Center-8

Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-26

Her mommy brought this special rocking chair from home that Eliott loves sitting in!

Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-15

Happy girl!

Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-18

It’s so tiring being a Princess 😉 Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-16

Those eyebrows!!!!!

Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-19

I love that her mommy brought a hat with! It was so cute watching Eliott play with it & I feel like it helped her personality come out even more!

Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-39

Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-42     Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-33

Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-41     Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-37

Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-28

My personal favorite!

Eliott Turns One wwwnomiphotographycom-43

Love you bunches Eliott Nicole!!!

Lockwood | life&love Newborn Session

A couple months ago, I had a special maternity session with Teresa & Mark Lockwood (view it HERE). They were still several weeks away from meeting & holding their first child, beautiful Jordan.

Jordan Rose arrived June 30 at 5:34PM into the loving arms of her mommy & daddy. Today I’m sharing a peak into a little bit of time I spend with the threesome that now make up the Lockwood Family. What an honor to be welcomed into their home!

If you know Teresa, you know how much she LOVES Disney- the music, movies, the theme park, just all of it! I wanted to find a Disney song to weave through-out the blog post. I searched, thought & then came upon “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins from Tarzan. I feel like it fits these sweet images just perfectly!!!

Jordan Rose, you’ve been wanted, prayed for & dreamed of, for a long time. We’re SO glad you’re here!

Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-1

 Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-2    Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-3

Come stop your crying
It will be alright
Just take my hand
Hold it tight

Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-4

I will protect you
From all around you
I will be here
Don’t you cryLockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-5

                    Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-10           Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-6

For one so small,
You seem so strong
My arms will hold you,
Keep you safe and warm

Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-17

 Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-20           Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-15

This bond between us
Can’t be broken
I will be here
Don’t you cry

Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-7

Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-8

‘Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more

Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-13 Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-16

You’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be here in my heart, always

Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-18

Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-12

 Always
I’ll be with you
I’ll be there for you always
Always and always
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
I’ll be there always

Lockwood | www.nomi-photography.com-11