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Lexy: Class of 2019 | PART 2 | Senior Portraits Southwestern High School | Piasa, IL | 2018

| Lexy: Class of 2019 |

PART 2

| Senior Portraits |

| Southwestern High School | Piasa, IL |

| 2018 |

Remember Lexy? Our athletic senior that nailed poses at Willoughby Heritage Farm like it was her job?

Well she’s back.

And her bow and camo say she’s not messing around.

Just kidding. It’s just a blog post! Have no fear; Lexy is amazing. (Unless you are the hunted!). Note to the guys trying to date Lexy — fair warning. Her dad, Jeff, maaaaay intimidate you. (Just kidding! He’s a big teddy bear!) Truly, Lexy is a gem and will make a man very lucky one day. Jeff and Missi, you’ve raised yet another amazing girl.

As we mentioned in her first blog post, Lexy is so talented and busy, she needed TWO senior sessions to capture all of her hobbies! We shot Lexy’s second session at Piasa Southwestern High School, where she’ll be graduating as Class of 2019. As you can tell, she loves the outdoors and bow hunting, but is just as excited to be in a Piasa Birds uniform spiking volleyballs or dribbling down the basketball court.

Congratulations again, Lexy!

Family Portrait Session at The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Illinois

We LOVE any time we get to spend with our close friends Nick and Katie and their beautiful family!

Nick and Katie proposed The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Illinois for their family portraits, which made for a spectacular photo spot. If you’re a hiker or just love the outdoors, check out this hidden gem. We explored two areas, known as the Olin Nature Preserve and the Mississippi Sanctuary, totaling over 300 acres of land. The area features multiple overlooks and several hiking trails.

We’re confident you’ll love the area! Just don’t bring your dogs! 😳🐶🚫

This family is very special to us. Chris and Nick go wayyy back. Probably too far back. In fact, Nick and Chris were roomies for four years in college. Yikes! Chris met Katie through Nick back in high school, and they also worked together years ago. (If I’m not mistaken, Nick declared his love for Katie back in high school. Fate.) Last but certainly not least, Tiffany and Ava began their friendship in Michigan after Ava declared Tiffany was her best friend.

We’ve really enjoyed watching Nick and Katie’s sweet little family grow, and we’re anxious to share their photos with you. They have three incredibly adorable children that are constantly on the go! They’d give the Energizer Bunny a run for his money. Kudos, Nick and Katie, for your stamina.

During the session, energy levels were so high that we had to bribe Ava and Isaac with M&M’s and sour gummy worms! Every few shots 📸, we rewarded them with a piece of candy. Isaac quickly informed us that he really only likes the blue gummy worms! Thanks for the heads up, buddy.

(Sorry, Nick and Katie, for the sugar high! 😂)

Your kiddos, Ava, Isaac, and Layla are so beautiful and we loved the laughter they carried throughout the session.

We are so grateful for friends like you in our lives!

❤️

Much Love // Tiffany & Chris

Amber Mark Photography

4 Life Lessons from the Hummingbird - Swansea, IL (A Throwback from August 2017!)

"With brave wings, she flies......"

Hey friends! 

Every winter we look back over what we did and what we learned over the last year. Although winter is a season of life in the Midwest and good ole' St. Louis, Missouri, we absolutely love the warmer months of the year! So, we thought we would take a moment to reflect and share with you one of our spontaneous shoots from August 2017!

🌷 Last August, we had the opportunity to photograph hummingbirds in Swansea, Illinois. If you've never tried to freeze time and capture shots of this speedy creature--it is no easy task! They are FAST, like really fast! Of course, for Chris, that makes it a challenge that he can't resist! 

🌻 Hummingbirds are so incredibly complex and unique. That summer day, we fell in love with their vibrant colors, personalities, and their ability to buzz around silently. Our fascination soon turned to contemplation. We saw more than just these little beauties fluttering around us that day. It was watching their process, and thinking beyond simply what hummingbirds are and considering what they symbolize. 

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Hummingbirds reminded us of a few things:

1. Even though hummingbirds can fly backwards, you usually don't see them do so. This reminds us that we can look back on our past but that we should not dwell on our past. Be joyful. Be brave. Be fearless. 

2. When a hummingbirds drinks nectar from a flower, this reminds us that we should savor every sweet moment in life and not take things for granted. Let us all take time to appreciate the people that you love most. Think of something that you're grateful for. 

3. Hummingbirds are seemingly tireless. Let this always be a reminder to keep pushing forward. Continually seek out the beauty of the day. Find the positives. And strive to become the best version of yourself.

4. Hummingbirds migrate thousands of miles; a reminder to never give up on your dreams. Accomplish the impossible. Prove them wrong. 

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🌸 What does Spring mean to you? ((Drop us a comment below!!)) 

To us, Spring means green grass, mud puddles, rain showers, picnics, open windows, ICE CREAM, flowers, and sunshine! We love seeing nature thrive again as well as all those little critters (like hummingbirds!!!) that reappear! Some areas see hummingbirds as early as mid-March! (Have you seen any of these beauties yet this year??) We hope that as you go into Spring you're able to take time to relax, breathe in the fresh air, and remember lessons from the hummingbird! You are capable of anything!

Happy first week of Spring! Go be unstoppable! 

Much love, 

Tiffany & Chris

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