Pixels hosted its Second Annual Holiday Mini Session Event at Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, IL this weekend.
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Jack and Hugh brought their parents out to get “warmed up” for Christmas. With a sweet Hot Cocoa Stand set up, Jack expertly got more mini marshmallows out of the jar and onto the ground than any other little today, while Hugh managed to get through family photos with a little Star Wars Lego figurine that we repeatedly hid in his cocoa mug! He was surprised to find it there every time!
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After a good game of marshmallow wars, the boys sat still long enough to capture the family Christmas card shot. Bless them!
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After nailing the 2015 North Family Photo, the boys were off to the races again. Thank goodness for fast shutter speeds!
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Well… here goes nothing!

I owe an awful lot to these two wonderful people. I have just started started my photography business and have decided that newborn portraiture is one of the two main genres I want to specialize in. They have taken a great big leap of faith with me (well, Cate had no choice, but potAto, potAHto…) and have hired me to capture Cate’s first year in this world through a Grow with Me plan. Cate was an absolute angel and tolerated an incredibly long session day (with plenty of breaks to eat) and slept 90% of the time. She didn’t even pee on me. #success

Having such a successful day with Cate and Alli right out of the gate has given me so much confidence in choosing this path down the road of newborn portraiture. I can’t wait to see what the next twelve months hold for adventures together.

Thanks for jumping in with both feet right beside me!

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My lovely friend from Florida, Jenny, posted on Facebook over the summer that she and her family would be moving to Bloomington, IL! What were the odds that two Florida girls ended up 50 miles apart in the central midwest?! She brought her family out to Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch and Christmas Tree Farm to take advantage of my Christmas Mini-Sessions. Although is was quite cold, we had a great time catching up and got some awesome images of her family at sunset amongst Hardy’s beautiful Christmas trees!
Holiday Mini Photo Session, Christmas Tree Farm, Hardy
Holiday Mini Photo Session, Christmas Tree Farm, Hardy
Holiday Mini Photo Session, Christmas Tree Farm, Hardy
Holiday Mini Photo Session, Christmas Tree Farm, Hardy
Holiday Mini Photo Session, Christmas Tree Farm, Hardy
Holiday Mini Photo Session, Christmas Tree Farm, Hardy
Holiday Mini Photo Session, Christmas Tree Farm, Hardy
Holiday Mini Photo Session, Christmas Tree Farm, Hardy