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inspired celebrations book | behind the scenes

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A few weeks ago, I shared the premiere party of our book, Inspired Celebrations.  It just became available on Amazon yesterday and is already temporarily out of stock!  wow.  Thanks to all who pre-ordered!  We are so grateful for your support!

I thought it would be fun to share with you some behind the scenes photos and other outtakes.  There were so many more photos than we could fit in the book.

This behind the scenes series is from our Overnight Bash chapter, designed by Lovely Jubilee, who will also be styling at my next workshop!  We shot this last year when Cameron was 9.5 months old.  I brought him along and he really made work even that much more fun.

Our overnight bash chapter was inspired by camping.  How fun for any kid to spend the night in a tent, and how great for any parent to have it conveniently in the backyard!

Top left: I love this munchkin sized chair!  It’s crazy how little he was.  His legs have gotten so much longer and he no longer looks like a baby.

Top right: We quickly learned that it wasn’t a good idea to give a baby sharp metal objects.  Baby was totally fine, but poor Uncle Joe had a good scare!  My shutter was fast (it was really bright!), so you don’t see how he was waving that thing around.

Bottom left: I call this next photo Pretend Parents.  When Jonathan saw this, he was so jealous!  “I want a family photo of us like that!”

Bottom right: Wilmarose & Joe brought along their baby too.  Instant best friends. inspired celebrations book, overnight bash

This chapter gives ideas for favors, snacks, activities to do, and tips on planning your own overnight bash.


chicago engagement photography | jenny + james

A few years ago, this sweet couple flew me out to Chicago for their engagement session.  It was my first time traveling alone.  On top of that, we shot immediately after I landed!  I felt like it was a pop quiz – here’s a totally foreign place, with a couple you’ve just met in person… now shoot!  We had an AMAZING shoot.  Later that night, I met with a potential bride, who not only ended up hiring me to shoot their wedding, but has also become a dear friend.  Since that first visit, Chicago has become an annual destination for me, making this our fourth trip out there.  I love that I get to shoot there once a year, and visit my couples out there.

I was excited when Jenny contacted me about shooting her engagement session in Chicago.  Her and James have great chemistry and are the sweetest to hang out with.  And they’re foodies too, so we enjoyed exchanging recs & stories.

Jenny is a real trooper.  Could you tell it was 40 degrees and we were all freezing?  We happened to shoot on the coldest day that week.  It was so cold that right before this shoot, I went to buy 2 pairs of leggings and a big coat to layer on.

I somehow get lucky and streets often clear up for us…

Then we headed to my favorite place to shoot… the beach!

Not a surprise when we found the beach completely empty – it was freezing cold!

They wanted to shoot here because they used to jog here.  They just recently moved out of Chicago.  I love how nostalgic it will be when they look back at these.

I might actually jog if I had such a scenic run…  reason to move by the beach?

And I just love the Chicago skyline…


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Holly Steen - June 25, 2012 - 11:08 am

So gorgeous… I love Chicago too. You did a great job capturing the city in a way I have never seen before. Yay

Kristin Myers Harvey - June 28, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Love that you travel Caroline! Add me and Eric to your Boston list – and let me know if/when you pass through! 😉

David Cruz - November 25, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Never been a fan of shooting in the city or at the beach however, after looking at these images, I’m compelled to change my way of thinking and open myself up to more shooting locations.

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