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Kids were here | Month 1

We are a group of local photographer friends who have set out to document a slice of life that goes by way too quickly…childhood.  Our project is called The Kids Were Here, and is taken from the original project by Ketti Photography, who has so kindly allowed us to partake in part of this amazing project.  The idea is simple but gives such a strong message: to document what our children leave behind.  The purpose is to not only document the “messes,” but to capture a part of our lives and our children’s lives.  And although these things may seem trivial today or even a burden at times, these “messes” are the ones that will mean so much to us tomorrow and will be some of the most important images we will ever photograph, besides those of our children.

Whether a a stuffed animal set up comfortably on a couch to watch their child friend play or the pieces of the puzzles never finished, these are the pictures that give a little insight into their childhood.

 

 

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What Curiosity Looks like | Springfield IL Photographer

I have found a group of women in the Springfield area who enjoy photography as much as I do and who encourage and support each others own personal journey. In addition, we all realize the value of capturing not just those “special moments” but the every day moments. Together we are embarking on a 12 month photography project.

Each month we will try and take personal images and blog on them. The theme will be “What ___ looks like.” Each month we will each choose to fill in the blank with our word of choice. Some of us may choose to use the same word all year and some may choose to change it up each month. We will each link to the next photographer until our circle of is complete.

We hope this project inspires you to take more pictures of your own families! Make sure to read through to the end and then visit the link to the blog of another central Illinois photographer!

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This month: What Curiosity Looks like
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What a Miracle Looks Like | Springfield IL Photographer

I have found a group of women in the Springfield area who enjoy photography as much as I do and who encourage and support each others own personal journey. In addition, we all realize the value of capturing not just those “special moments” but the every day moments. Together we are embarking on a 12 month photography project.

Each month we will try and take personal images and blog on them. The theme will be “What ___ looks like.” Each month we will each choose to fill in the blank with our word of choice. Some of us may choose to use the same word all year and some may choose to change it up each month. We will each link to the next photographer until our circle of is complete.

We hope this project inspires you to take more pictures of your own families! Make sure to read through to the end and then visit the link to the blog of another central Illinois photographer!

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This month: What A Miracle Looks like
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I often don’t blog about the volunteer work I do, so when this month’s personal project came up, I knew it would be a great opportunity to share.   I am a member of several organizations that offer free photography services for various reasons including Inspiration Through Art and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.   In addition to these organizations, I have done some work on my own including for the Animal Protective League and for individual families.   This is the story of an individual family that I had the opportunity to work with.

Several months ago, I became aware of a baby who was born quite early and was fighting for her life in the NICU.  Born at only 2 lbs , they were told that her chance of survival was minimal.   At 5 weeks old, the doctors told the family that her kidneys would not work and that there was nothing else they could do.  Since she couldn’t urinate, she had ballooned up to frightening proportions from retained fluids. It was putting an unbearable strain on the rest of her body, including her lungs and the sutures from a previous bowel surgery.   It looked as though they would need to start deciding when to pull life support.

Instead of pulling life support, her parents decided to wait as long as humanely possible and pray for a miracle.   Just a couple days later, little Eliza began squirting out urine for the first time in her life. In just a couple of hours, she went from almost no kidney function to full kidney function.   In the days that followed, her kidney function returned to completely normal levels, she lost most of her retained fluids, and the swelling was rapidly disappearing. A nurse said that in her many years in the NICU she’d never seen a baby recover from a lack of kidney function that severe until then.

The months that followed were no easy feat for this family.   They were not from the Springfield area and both parents were working as teachers near their home, almost an hour away from the hospital in Springfield.   Eliza’s mom and dad moved into Ronald McDonald house to be close to their little fighter and dad continued to commute the hour to work every day.   Various surgeries followed with little Eliza fighting through.  Eliza’s mom and I had been in contact through these couple of months, as I offered to come to the NICU to capture some images of them and their angel.

Four months and four days after she was born, I finally got to meet little Eliza Mae.   What an amazing experience to be a part of.   Mom and dad’s red arms from scrubbing in day after day was a testament to the vigil they held for the past several months.  This little girl, who was thought to never leave the NICU…would be going home.   The idea of taking her off the monitor systems to capture some images was a foreign idea to her mom, as she had been staring at those screens for months.   While scary at first, the realization that their baby would be coming home has to be one of the most amazing things this family has ever experienced.  Thank you Laura & Elliott for letting me share this miracle with you.

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What the Magic Looks Like | Springfield IL Photographer

I have found a group of women in the Springfield area who enjoy photography as much as I do and who encourage and support each others own personal journey. In addition, we all realize the value of capturing not just those “special moments” but the every day moments. Together we are embarking on a 12 month photography project.

Each month we will try and take personal images and blog on them. The theme will be “What ___ looks like.” Each month we will each choose to fill in the blank with our word of choice. Some of us may choose to use the same word all year and some may choose to change it up each month. We will each link to the next photographer until our circle of is complete.

We hope this project inspires you to take more pictures of your own families! Make sure to read through to the end and then visit the link to the blog of Courtney Westlake!

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This month: What The Magic Looks like
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Several weeks ago, during a big snow storm here in Springfield, we were fortunate to make a trip south to Orlando.   It wasn’t Josie’s first official trip to Disney, but it was an incredibly special one.  Josie met some of her favorite characters, like the Little Mermaid and “June” from Little Einsteins, and you would have thought she was in heaven.   After 4 times on the dumbo ride, 2 times on the teacups and lots of walking mommy and daddy were exhausted.  Our little girl just kept going though.  It was very magical to see Disney world through her eyes.

Now take a minute to read a blog post by the very talented Courtney Westlake.

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What an expressive child looks like | Springfield IL Photographer

I have found a group of women in the Springfield area who enjoy photography as much as I do and who encourage and support each others own personal journey. In addition, we all realize the value of capturing not just those “special moments” but the every day moments. Together we are embarking on a 12 month photography project.

Each month we will try and take personal images and blog on them. The theme will be “What ___ looks like.” Each month we will each choose to fill in the blank with our word of choice. Some of us may choose to use the same word all year and some may choose to change it up each month. We will each link to the next photographer until our circle of is complete.

We hope this project inspires you to take more pictures of your own families! Make sure to read through to the end and then visit the link to the blog of Jessica Reid!

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This month: What An Expressive Child Looks like
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My little 2 1/2 year old is full of faces.  When she is happy, you know it.  Curious, you know it.   She shows her every emotion on her face. Over the past couple months I have had the chance to catch some of her many expressions at various times.

This first time was when attempting to capture some images for our Christmas card.  My daughter has what I like to call CPS or “Child of a a Photographer Syndrome.”  She usually isn’t too hip for the camera unless I bring the “big guns” in (aka, her dad.)  Her dad can get her to laugh and smile like no one else.  Here are some of our outtakes.

Over Thanksgiving, we had the chance to appreciate the unusually warm weather.  We went to Grandma & Grandpa’s house in St. Louis and played outdoors a ton.  While exploring in the yard, I tried to get some images of my daughter playing with her cousins…and her are a few more of her “really mom, the camera?” faces.

Lastly the weekend before Christmas we drop up to Wisconsin  to visit family.   My daughter had never experienced “real” snow before and she had such a fun time.  In addition, the traveling gave me opportunities to capture her when she didn’t know it.

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Victoria Kegg of Blue Daisy Art is a fresh and modern portrait photographer. She specializes in birth, maternity, & infant photography, but also captures families and children. Blue Daisy Art is based in Springfield, IL.

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