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Kimberli specializes in newborn, child & family photography in Elgin, Illinois and the surrounding suburbs of Chicago. Call 630.709.2559 or email photographybykimberli@gmail.com for more information on your custom portrait session.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Baby *P*

As promised, more pictures from my sitting with Baby *P*...

He was such an angel. Barely fussed... did whatever I asked (haha). 6 days old is such a special age. I tried to do a lighter black and white conversion on these (thanks to the PYF gals for the feedback!). If you like this better or worse than the pic I posted last week, please let me know which you prefer!

Had some more training with Bella. According to the boss (Kelly, who is FABULOUS!), her goal is for bella babes to one day be too BIG for Bella. To grow as photographers and branch out. To take the training she gives us and become famous. Its so obvious that photography, photographs, kids, family, etc. are insanely important to this woman. I love her! I love Bella.

Anyway, before I get too off-track, I love this baby too. He's adorable and I'm so thankful to his parents for letting me photograph him.

Enjoy and let me and the family know what you think of the pictures.

don't know if I'm crazy about the weird angle on that one... but no other angle really works, either! Ugh!

I have more, which I may or may not post after I edit. And starting September 2nd, I'll be photographing all the beautiful babies at my assigned hospital. Although I can't share those, please wish me luck!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My First In-Home Sitting!

Tonight I took pictures of a 6 day old baby... his parents are our neighbors (and dad is a former coworker of my husband). So, as a gift to them (and a way to build my portfolio), we went over to take some pictures. Of course, they'd already bought the Bella Baby CD offered to them in the hospital, but the difference between a 2 day old and a 6 day old is amazing. I didn't get as many pics as I would have liked, but I plan to go back tomorrow or Monday to take pics of the little guy with his gorgeous mom. She hadn't thought of it before my visit...and I don't at all mind a return trip. He was a sweet little baby and I loved cuddling and holding him between shots.

So, anyway, a slight teaser... one pic that I had time to work on. The rest will have to wait until tomorrow, as I still have Bella work to do in anticipation of my first day (tomorrow!).

Baby *P*...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Something new...

I've been taking quite a few pictures in the past couple of weeks. And I'm trying to take pics of something other than my kids... so, here's some of what I've been up to:

On August 2nd, we went to the N.E.W. (NorthEast Wisconsin) Zoo in Suamico, WI. We saw a lot of animals, including this giraffe, whom my daughters fed.

We also got to meet a box turtle...up close and personal. She was very shy, but let me take a couple closeups.

The next day, we took a drive up to Sturgeon Bay, WI. We sat by the marina, watching the boats come in and out; watching the bridge lift up to allow the taller yachts and sailboats through. My daughters were pretty interested in the canadian geese (which, of course, we see all the time around home anyway!). So, here's a picture of one getting all riled up.

After our short drive to Sturgeon Bay, we returned to Green Bay to visit Lambeau Field for the Green Bay Packers' Family Night. Rather than obsess about the drama surrounding Brett Favre (my favorite player of all time), I busied myself with learning to use my father-in-law's 70-300mm lens. Thanks, Ray! This picture of Brian Brohm was taken from the 58th row. In 10 days, I'll be sitting in the 13th row of Lambeau Field to watch the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. Can't wait to see how much better those photos turn out!

On Saturday, August 9, we visited the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. I quickly filled my memory card, but had to narrow it down to choose one to share here... this is a good one of a monkey. The lighting was challenging (the monkeys live in the "monkey house", a dark, dank windowless building).

Then, finally, this past week I had family in town (Mike & Mara, it was nice to see you! Hope you had as good a time as we did!). So, on Tuesday night, we went to watch the Schaumburg Flyers baseball team. We had great seats that were unfortunately obscured by the net that protects the fans from foul balls. So, I took a bunch of pictures before the game started. Here, one of the pitchers warmed up with his catcher.

I also took some pictures of my girls that night (you knew I'd share at least one, right?!).

On Wednesday, we took the train downtown and visited Navy Pier. Besides walking around and eating too many treats, we also took an architectural boat tour of Chicago courtesy of SeaDog. Despite the rain, it was an amazing excursion. We saw the city in a way we'd never seen it before. I'm no architecture buff, but there's something about those buildings that makes my breath catch in my throat. So, I took a bunch of pictures, but here are my favorites.

Upon finishing the boat ride, we were all exhausted (and wet!), but we stopped near the ferris wheel to allow Bug a ride on the carousel. So, I took the opportunity to take a couple more photos. Notice how blue the sky was! This was maybe an hour after the downpour we experienced on the boat. Amazing how the weather can change in an instant.
While waiting for the train to take us into the city, I took this picture of my girls. I was very pleased with this capture. They weren't fighting, they weren't talking, and they were actually smiling. A rare capture of both my girls at once!

I start my training at Bella Baby this Tuesday! I'm very excited (and a little nervous). My last day at Picture People is Wednesday. I'm honestly going to miss that place (and a few of the girls - and Steve! - that work there). I've learned a lot and I credit my newfound self confidence to working there...

In the meantime, check my flickr for more photos. I upload lots more there, and on a more frequent basis. And also tell your friends to check out my photos! Thanks for reading (and looking!).