You asked for it, so here they are! Holiday Mini Sessions just in time for updated family photos for holiday cards :) I didn’t list dates because I have a few dates open this month and in December for these minis, so your session can be up in the Chicago suburbs or in the Peoria/Chillicothe area. Hopefully we can work you in to one of those dates! Please reach out to me ASAP if you want to book one of these so we can work out a date/location <3 Chicago suburbs, family photography, holiday mini session, mini session, Christmas session, Peoria Illinois

On August 5th, I will be joining thousands of runners from across the country to participate in my 3rd St. Jude Run. I am part of the Chillicothe to Peoria St. Jude Run satellite team and our leg consists of just over 55 miles. I plan to run as many of those miles and raise as much money as I am able to. Last year, I ran 33 miles on run day and raised $3,300. I set my goal higher this year and would love to reach it but I still have a long way to go so I decided to donate $25 from each Fall Mini Session to my fundraising goal. All of the money we raise goes to make sure that families never receive a bill for the time their child spends at St. Jude, including housing, travel, food, and treatments. Every little bit helps.

I included some photos in this post so you get a little feel for run day. The picture of me and my husband is right around 20 miles in:)the day is full of inspiration, encouragement, emotion, and I consider it to be one of the best days of the year because of the runner culture and the amazing people I have met in the years I have been part of this team.

In order to secure a session, a $25 must be made to my St. Jude fundraising page, then the remaining $125 must be paid before the session. If you see a date/time combo that works for you, please email me at joannasmithphotos@yahoo.com (fastest method) or comment on this blog post to snag it.

The following dates and times are available to book:

Friday, August 11th @ Hudson Crossing Park in Oswego, IL: 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, and 6:00pm

Saturday, September 23rd @ The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL: 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, and 5:00pm

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I look forward to seeing you for a Fall Mini Session! I will update this post as session slots become unavailable.

Lisa and Susan are some of the sweetest and most genuine people I have met. These two definitely made an impression on me in the short time I’ve known them. The entire day was packed full of emotions, sweet moments, and love.

They were married on a beautiful August day at Monastero’s in Chicago, Illinois. After a quick first look, we headed to Legion Park before the ceremony for some quick pictures outside then headed back to the Botticelli room at Monastero’s for the ceremony. This Sicilian restaurant is a unique and gorgeous setting for a wedding!

Here are some of my favorites from their wedding.

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Congratulations again to Lisa and Susan!

Every year, I always have SO much fun exploring different parts of Chicago with this awesome family! This year, we tackled Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park to name a few places. I love hanging out with this family every year and I can’t wait to see the adventures we will go on next year!

 

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This is one of my favorite families to hang out with! Not only are they very fun and sweet but they are also suuuuper photogenic, as you can see below. We met at Katherine Legge Park in Hinsdale on a beautiful August day for some maternity photos and updated family photos.

I hope to see you again soon and meet your beautiful new addition!

 

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