This styled shoot means a LOT to me. With it being my first collaborative shoot, I came into it beaming with inspiration and excitement, but so much nervousness! First of all, I had truly, truly amazing vendors working with me. Brie, of Floral Designs in Morton, IL, put together the lovely bouquet and table piece that you see below – she was also our gorgeous model! She had a lot on her plate willing to work for me that day!! But oh my goodness- she delivered! Everything was beyond my expectations and imaginations for Softly and Tenderly. The gown you see her wearing is a Cloud Nine Bridal gown. We had the opportunity to work with Katie, who left me in awe of her kindness and willingness to go above and beyond to help us make the shoot happen! Last but definitely not least, we got to work with Katie Beale of Loft Bridal who whipped up and put together Brie’s hairstyle and make-up to fall in line with our concept of Softly & Tenderly.

This shoot couldn’t be what it was without our amazing collaborators. My heart is exploding with joy to show you these images! And I can’t wait to continue this process of styled shoots!

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Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for us…

Come home to your first love! You who are tired, find rest for your souls.

Why should we tarry when the groom is pleading
Why should we linger to walk on our own?

He has prepared a place for you and for me..


Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, Calling you, His bride, to come home

Oh, the wonderful love He has promised
Promised for you and for me!

my couple for an october wedding! i seriously cannot wait! first of all, matt and suzi have been best friends for a really long time.. and then fell in love. i love this kind of story because it looks similar to my own. the one piece of advice i can give to any couple looking to get married is this: marry your best friend. you’ll end up laughing together more than crying together. working together on the same team verses butting heads. having fun. being crazy. living and loving life. together. this sums up matt & suzi’s session – pure joy! as i’m sure you’ll be able to tell with these photos! <3 

newborns will always hold a special place in my heart. my youngest is almost 18 months, and when i got to eric & steph’s house for a lifestyle/newborn session, i was so eager to hold this sweet newborn again! so teeny tiny. so perfect. so girly. i loved it. thank you, eric & steph, for allowing me to capture your family’s moments!!

this sweet girl was a joy to photograph. if i have said it once, i’ve said it a million times — in home sessions are the BEST!!  I’ll say it again… the best! I love when the momma or daddy can just relax and allow their babe to be relax in their own environment! we’ll just open up all the windows in the house and have a party!:)thanks to arabella and her momma, Becca, for making my job so fun!!

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