I've gotta share this little guy. And I have to get a bit cheesy and gushy here for a second. I know I say it over and over, but photographing families throughout different life stages is truly one of the things that makes me the happiest. And I know it sounds so corny, but these life stages are so important to photograph. This family is extra special to me. This little guy's aunt was such a special girl. I photographed Cora multiple times in my first year on my own in business including her prom. Those images will forever be special to me and I know to her family. Cora affected me and changed me in so many ways and also shaped the purpose behind my business. One of those sessions that year was Cora and her sister Dorian. Again, such a special session to me. We took some images at the end that will forever remain some of my favorites with some confetti and while they were fun... it's the pure joy on their faces that those images capture and I remember. Cora sent me a video of herself in her hospital room just a few days or weeks before she went to be with Jesus. I admit, those videos are something I treasure and something that I actually pull up and watch quite a bit. Cora is showing me her hospital room with all of her canvases of the images I had taken. It's been years since she sent me those videos and they still hold such a special place in me. Then Dorian got engaged and married and I got to be a part of such a joyful day with her family. I could go on and on about memories from that day and why I loved being a part of it. And here is Hudson. Dorian's son. He's such a little light and again, I'm beyond thankful to have been able to capture him. I wish I were better with words and could really share what this family means to me and how being a part of so many life stages has been a blessing to ME. If you've made it this far... thanks for reading and sticking with my mushy post. I just couldn't post this little guy without a few more words about him and his family.
I know I’ve been quiet over here but there are lots of changes in my life. To be truthful, changes I’ve fought and whined to God and said... but God... THIS is what I want. But as we know His plans are greater then ours and I’m learning that over and over day by day. I’m taking some much needed time off this winter and have had a nice time relaxing and enjoy my tiny human before he’s a big human. I’m trying to enjoy the moments as they come and just be more thankful. ❤️ My Tony human loved the @georgiaaquarium #georgiaaquarium
These two got married this weekend! More coming soon!!! #kristileephotographer #klweddings #illinoiswedding #illinoisweddingphotography #stormywedding #metamorafields #loveauthentic #junebugweddings #happilyeverafter #soloverly #stylemepretty #weddingblog #weddingblogger #weddingplanning #peoriailphotographer #peoriailweddingphotographer #brideandgroom #weddingphotoinspiration #bridals
I’ve had a rough week. I struggle with anxiety and it seems this week Satan wanted to keep me down. When it came time to meet these girls I was feeling overwhelmed and wanted to back out. You know that feeling? I was talking to Jared about if I should go or not and he said “Kristi, you always feel better when you get there and they make you happy.” (Or something along those lines, I’m bad at remembering direct words.) He’s such a huge support when I’m not feeling well. It turns out he was right. Before we said our goodbyes and left each other I heard one of the girls say “you girls are just good for my soul” and i couldn’t have said it better. And it’s not because these women happen to be photographers, it’s because of our Faith. God formed this little little group of women because He knew I needed Christ-like women to walk arm and arm with through life. Women to push me in my walk, pray for me and encourage me. And it helps that we laugh historically when we are together. It’s a good thing Mika’s was almost empty or we would have been insanely disruptive. My point? Find people to walk arm and arm with through the trials. ❤️❤️❤️
Dream baby here. ❤️😍 I don’t think he budged the whole session and doesn’t he look so perfect. It helps to have such great brothers. 💙💙
Baby lips will forever be my favorite. Sometimes, my tiny human who is THREE will make faces and his cheeks and lips look so baby like. Who is with me and just loves the baby stage and could stare at those lips and cheeks all day? Just me? #kristilee #kltinyhumans #illinoisphotography #peoriailphotographer #newbornphotographer #illinoisnewbornphotography #baby #ilovemyjob #babysnuggles #featuremama #clickmagazine #newborncontest #clickinmoms