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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

Vijay + Cassie + Stella 🐶 in Kirkwood, MO


It's crazy to think how "busy" we allow ourselves to be. How wrapped up we are in our own to-do lists and schedules. But it's essential to remember to take a moment every now and then push pause on the world around us, to breathe, and reflect on the roads that led us to our current place. We don't do it near enough. And I'll go out on a limb here to say that you don't either. But we should strive to each day. Because it's important. 

Because there are moments every day that are often overlooked.  Moments that, if we seize them, could have a profound impact on the life of another human being. These are the moments that make up our life's roadmap and define the person we are today. 

Vijay, we could not have predicted that working together at a bank could create a friendship. I'm thankful for the mutual interest in Apple, iOS apps, golf, and the stock market that sparked conversation. Because today we have an awesome friendship with you and Cassie, two amazing people that are kindhearted, selfless, passionate, and driven to become the best version of yourselves ... and you're perfect for each other. It's so refreshing to spend time with you two and witness the strength of your love for one another. It's radiating in your portraits we took at Kirkwood Park and Walker Lake last weekend in Kirkwood, Missouri!! So glad we got to meet Stella, too! Guess we'll have to plan another date soon to introduce Stella and Audi!