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It’s Spring now! Guess what that means!? All of my couples that were engaged over the Holidays and have since booked me to photograph their wedding are now needing their engagement pictures done! Meet Leanne and Mark! They are getting married this September at the lovely, Shores of Turtle Creek in Spring Grove!  They were my second engagement session of the year so far as things are just starting to warm up a bit 🙂  It was actually quite chilly the day when we took their pics, but you wouldn’t know it from the pics! They were sure champs! I absolutely can’t wait to spend the day with them at The Shores of Turtle Creek this...

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Crystal Lake Illinois Senior Photographer.  That’s right!  That’s me!  I still pinch myself when I see that and associate my name with that title!  I am constantly honored and blessed I live this life and have this J_O_B!  Seriously!   Let me introduce you to Bryanne! She’s a Senior this year at Crystal Lake Central! Home of the Tigers’!  I’ve known Bryanne for years along with her family! It gets me a little teary eyed to realize I’ve known Bryanne since she was a little girl! Nows she’s a Senior in highschool! Seriously!? LOL During our session, Bryanne’s mom was with to make sure her gorgeous hair was just right, and to watch her beautiful daughter shine during her session. I loved hearing about the caring heart Bryanne has. One thing in particular is her work with Tiger Buddies! She helps her peers in the Life Skills Progam with their every day activities, even sitting with them at lunch. Wow, just wow! I am so proud of the young woman you have become, Bryanne, and I’m honored to have captured these memories for you! Love...

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I was so excited to have these adorable identical twin girls in my studio, for their newborn session. I even had my photographer friend, Nicole co shoot the session with me! These sweet girls were 13 days new when they came to see me! I really love to photograph newborns! I get to cuddle and love on them, yet give them back! LOL I can’t wait to see these little girls grow!  Newborn photography takes great patience.  The froggy pose of them together took about 20 minutes of soothing to get the shot! It was worth it for sure!  I hope you enjoy these cuties as much as I...

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I was so excited to meet up with Rebecca and John for their Engagement Session at George Williams College! I have the privilege of photographing their wedding in August! They showed up with 4 bottles of champagne! I knew this was going to be a fun session! We of course opened one right away and they even shared some with me 🙂 It was peach and reminded me of being sneaky when I was just out of High School and drinking some Boones Farms! LOL Not that I am at all condoning that kind of behavior! HAHAH Never! As you can see, Rebecca and John sat on the pier and toasted to each other, and me of course! 😉  Our evening was gorgeous.  Rebecca and John love the water, as do I, so we were all 3 in our elements during this session!  At the end,  we used bottles 2 and 3 for the champagne fight, sadly they didn’t let me have bottle # 4, LOL.  I thought it would be my consolation prize for not being in the champagne fight!  Our session was filled with laughter and pure fun on a gorgeous evening in Lake Geneva! I seriously can’t wait to photograph their wedding! It’s going to be a...

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Kristen and Ruben’s Spring Engagement Session was one of my first ones outside for the year! I feel like it really kicked off the season for me being a Crystal Lake Wedding Photographer! We had a GORGEOUS day of almost 80 degrees and plenty of sunshine! I first met Kristen and Ruben in January at a bridal fair, and I was lucky enough to be chosen to photograph their wedding this Fall at Pinecrest Golf Club in Huntley! I was excited for Chloe, their dog to come with to the session! She really was sweet! I’ve learned that Kristen and Ruben first met on Halloween in 2010! She was dressed as Aphrodite and he was dressed as a Man with a poncho, sombrero, and riding a donkey! Now, 6 years later, almost, they will be married! How cool! Kristen and Ruben enjoy being home and watching cooking shows together and root for Da Bears! I can’t wait for 10-1-16!!!! XOXO...

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I always love a good Cake Smash Photo Session, right in my Crystal Lake studio!!  I have 3 kiddos, 11,9 and 5- so I love to see these little ones and get my baby fix!   These one year olds that come to see me, most of the time have never tasted sweets before! Give them a cake with some buttercream and lots of frosting, and you are sure to get some silly faces! I first met Madilyn when she was in her Mommy’s tummy, and took her newborn photos as well. I was so excited to be ask to take Madilyn’s one year cake smash photos as well! Thanks for coming to see me Madilyn! I hope you enjoyed your party! XOXO...

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Jackie and Matt were my first Villa Olivia Wedding and the my first wedding of 2016!  I had never been to Villa Olivia before! I must say, it’s quite a nice venue! I would definitely enjoy photographing a future wedding here! Jackie and Matt first contacted me several months ago! I was super excited I was available for their date! We lucked out and had a gorgeous day for their “engagement” photos. You can see their engagement photos here, http://studiopopinc.com/2016/03/18/crystal-lake-illinois-wedding-photographer/ Jackie and Matt were actually married last year, so this was their Vow Renewal and Party! Jackie and Matt each have 2 children of their own that they brought into this marriage. I must say, I had tears in my eyes during the entire ceremony. The way this family interacted with eachother was amazing! These siblings showed such a deep love for one another. Jackie and Matt themselves never seemed to stop smiling and lauging! I love that! Their wedding was so fun! They had Dj Bobby Styles https://www.facebook.com/DJ-Bobby-Styles-178272492217209/ and Dj Bobby D https://www.facebook.com/bobbyd/?fref=ts! It was a non stop dance party! I wish you many years of happiness! XO...

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Newborn Lifestyle Photography is one of my favorite sessions!  It’s an honor yet scary to be asked to photograph another photographers family! Kathleen is an amazing wedding photographer with http://kathleenbuhrmannphotography.com/! We first met several years ago when we were both on our way home from weddings and she took note of my website, (listed on my van) and emailed me! Ever since we shoot with each other and I am proud to call her my friend. Kathleen and Michael welcomed Madison June a few weeks before I was blessed to meet her. She already has 2 big brothers watching over her, Clyde and Moose. Lifestyle Newborn sessions are one of my favorite sessions to do! So relaxed and in the comfort of your own home! I can’t wait to see this sweet little family blossom!...

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I love being a Crystal Lake Family Photographer!  Denise and Elizabeth contacted me to photograph their twins, Nate and Oliver!  I was excited for this session for a little over a months time! I love when I get to photograph twins. There is such a special bond between them. I simply loved the way this beautiful family interacted with each other. It melted my heart. I wanted to snuggle these boys all day, but their Mommies wanted to take them home! The boys were having their First Birthday party just a couple weeks later, I sure hope they had a great time with their cake!   LOL I had a fabulous time with this family and hope to see them again! XOXOXO...

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I’ve had the pleasure of being Tim and Marta’s family photographer for the past few years! I’ve known Tim since we were much younger, and a couple years ago I was blessed with meeting his wife Marta and 2 of his beautiful children. I truly love our time together. These parents are beyond amazing, they make 4 kids look easy. I was excited when Marta called me one day, (while I was strolling through Hobby Lobby) and wanted to include both sets of parents with their next session. I thought that was awesome! Preserving memories are so important as our lives change and grow! We had a very busy and energetic session with awesome results 🙂 I love seeing their family grow!!! XOXOXO...

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