Dawn Baer Photography: Blog https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Dawn Baer Photography dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:44:00 GMT Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:44:00 GMT https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u132061855-o883717513-50.jpg Dawn Baer Photography: Blog https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 Finding Me photo project- January- Window https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/finding-me--month-1--window  


So with a new year starting I decided to participate in a new photo project. Last year I attempted a 365 project but failed by time February rolled around. This year I am attempting 12 month project.  I think I will do much better with a 1 photo a month project as opposed to one photo everyday. So this months theme is Window.  I decided to go with window light. 



So as I was walking past my son's bedroom the other day I spotted this lone dragon basking in a tiny ray of sunlight that was coming in through his window.  Now with him at school all day I love finding these little reminders of him throughout the house.


There is a fabulous group of ladies who are also participating in this project with me. Head on over to   http://www.stacyespinoza.com/2016/02/01/frommywindow/  to see her photo for this months theme!



dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/finding-me--month-1--window Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:00:00 GMT
N. Rivest, 4 months 2015 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/n-rivest-4-months-2015 I just love being able to document the growth and milestones of my littlest clients.  Last time I saw this cutie was in the hospital the day after she was born!  She has grown so much and changed so much in the past 3 months!



Look at this little sweetie!




Eating her hands is her favorite pastime at the moment!





N wasn't really sure about my camera so we had a lot of serious faces throughout the session. As soon as I would put my camera down she would start smiling.




Little teeny tiny smile in this last photo. 



















Love baby feet!




Sometimes a photo session is just exhausting and you need a little nap.  Look at those little lips!!  Love!



It was so good seeing you again little N.  I hope to see you soon when you are sitting up and and playing!

dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/n-rivest-4-months-2015 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:45:01 GMT
Lynch 2015 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/lynch-2015 I had the opportunity to photograph another beautiful senior last week!!  We had such a fun time despite the wind, clouds and rain at the end of our session!






Look at the smile!










Told ya, we had some fun!







Funny story about the serious face, we had to try about 10 times to get it because we couldn't stop laughing!  As soon as you tell someone to do a serious look they will crack a smile!

















Very last photo of the session. It was almost dark out and it was raining on us but I am glad Megan was a good sport and let me snap this last one!


Good luck to you Megan on your future plans!!  I can't wait to hear what college you decide to go to!

dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/lynch-2015 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 20:32:07 GMT
Sautkus 2015 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/sautkus-2015 Hello everyone! I recently had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful senior from Richards high school last week.  What a fun session it was!  Rhiannon was so easy going and a great sport about trying some different poses for me! 



















Thanks for finding us some flowers mom!  They were a beautiful addition to the session!


















Thank you so much Rhiannon for letting me capture such a special time in your life!  Good luck to you and your future adventures!  I know you are going to be awesome!




dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/sautkus-2015 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 03:31:50 GMT
Lopez Family 2015 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/lopez-family-2015 Hello everyone!  Its been a while since I did a blog post so I thought I would get back to it and share a session I did last week.  These kids were adorable!


















Seriously can't get enough of this little guy!!  So handsome!




Look at those beautful eyes!




Another beauty!




















It was wonderful meeting all of you!!  Thanks for allowing me to capture such a special time in their childhood.  These moments go by so quick!

dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/lopez-family-2015 Sat, 24 Oct 2015 14:43:45 GMT
The first day of school! https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/the-first-day-of-school Well today was the big day!  The first day of school for both my kids.  I thought that today was going to be so hard because I was sending my little man off to kindergarten.  Surprisingly though it wasn't nearly as hard as when I sent my daughter to kindergarten. I sobbed when her bus pulled away.  This time I was sad but was able to keep the tears inside and be brave for my son.  I knew he was nervous and hesitant so I couldn't let him see me feeling all the same feelings he was having.  In the end he got on that bus like the bravest boy on the planet. Not a single tear from either of us.  I am so proud of him.  Its still a sad day for me though because this is the end of an era. The end of the one of the biggest and most important chapters of my life.  I am lucky enough to be able to stay at home with my kids.  I have done the absolute best that I can in raising them and teaching them right from wrong.  I can only hope that it stays with them when they are away and at school.  So although I know one chapter has ended I also know that a new one is starting.  One where I can find myself again.  I've been a stay at home mom for 7 years. Now its time to do some things for myself.  Spend more time improving my photography, take a yoga class, catch up on a a whole season of Greys anatomy, or just drink a cup of coffee while its still hot.  I know this will be an an adjustment for all of us but I look forward to it!  On to bigger and better things!  So for all the moms out there that sent their babies off to school today know that this will be a fantastic time for you.  For all the moms out there that still have littles at home know that it will be over before you know it and you will be sending your last one to school.  I know so many people have told you to enjoy this time because you only have it once and its true but really cherish it!! 




Look how ready he is!






This years selection was spiderman back pack and star wars shoes.







Big sister was very ready to go to school, so much so that she wasn't really feeling the photos today.....










My daughter went with monster high and sketcher tie shoes. No more velcro or light up shoes for her.  :(







There he goes for the bus. No hesitation!



And off she went.  I only got this one photo of her at school because as soon as we got there she spotted friends and ran off.



So it was great first day of school for both kids!  I can't wait to hear how their days went!

dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/the-first-day-of-school Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:01:54 GMT
Bernadette's Baptism https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/bernadettes-baptism Over the weekend my cousin's little girl was baptized.  I was more then happy to capture a few moments from the joyous event!  Bernadette is a sweetheart and loves the camera so it was a fun day for all of us!  Happy baptism Bernadette!



Here is Bernadette with her god parents!






Peek a boo!







She smiled through the whole thing!  Not a tear or a fuss!





































What a great day filled with family, friends and God!




dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/bernadettes-baptism Wed, 19 Aug 2015 01:30:35 GMT
The Jania Family 2015 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/the-jania-family-2015 I swear everytime I get together with this family I am always in stiches.  The kids are hysterical and the parents are good friends so of course its more laid back.  I am taking photos while catching up on the latest parenting adventures we have had.  I truly love seeing these kids grow and develop into their own little person.



I can't believe how old she is getting! 




This is the guy who really keeps me laughing! 




This little lady is just the sweetest!

























Lol, boys will be boys!! Anyone remember the old Toyota commecials?  I kind of had a flash back to those commericals as I took these photos!
















As always it was great catching up with you guys and I look forward to our next adventure!  xoxoxo



dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/the-jania-family-2015 Sun, 09 Aug 2015 19:11:05 GMT
Baby Nora 2015 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/baby-nora-2015 I had the most amazing opportunity last week to photograph a Fresh 48 session!  I absolutely loved the whole experience!  I have photographed this family several times and have known them for a few years and it was great getting to be a part of this special moment in all their lives. 



Look at this sweet baby, loving on her mama!




There is nothing like seeing a brand new baby just a day after it was born.













Oh my goodness, look at this little angel!




This big brother is ready to be an awesome little helper for mom and dad!  He was so gentle and loving with baby Nora.




I love the look of awe and wonderment in the boys faces.  They will probably not remember this moment in a few years but this photo will be an awesome reminder for them!










I think this little princess has already stolen daddy's heart!




The day I got to visit was also Mom and Dad's anniversary!  What a great anniversary gift!




I love how Nora is sticking her tongue out and no one else sees it!
















Austin finally gave his baby sister a little smooch!





Thank you so much Rivest family for inviting me to take photos during this very special time in your lives!  I loved every second of it!  I can't wait to see how this little one grows!

dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) Frankfort IL photographer Fresh 48 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/baby-nora-2015 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:03:56 GMT
Allison and Ben 2015 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/allison-and-ben-2015 Where does time go?  I once photographed this little girl's newborn photos and then went on to photograph her brother's newborn photos a year ago.  I often hear people say they wish they could freeze time.  I am lucky enough to be able to make that statement happen when I photograph families, children and life events.  That is the best part of my job!  Just freezing a brief moment in time for someone else to cherish for years to come! 




This guy was on the move the whole time! So much to explore when you are 1!




Look at this sweet heart! 




Look at me mom, I'm about ready to climb out of this crate!




















This smile is contagious!




Sometimes you just need to twirl in the last light of the day!





As always it was a pleasure freezing time for these beautiful children!  Loved being a part of such a special time in their lives!


dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/allison-and-ben-2015 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 00:34:19 GMT
Szumski Family 2015 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/szumski-family-2015 Hello everyone!  I got to catch up with one of my most fun families the other day and boy did we have a lot of laughs as usual!  The Szumski family was one of the first families I ever photographed! They definitely hold a special place in my heart for allowing me to capture them for the last 4 years. We have all grown together and its been great!


Just going to start with this adorable brother and sister!  No words, just love right here!



This little sweetheart steals the show every time! 



Owen you are such a handsome and funny guy!  Love all the laughs we have when we get together!




Beautiful family inside and out!




Dad and Mom and big brother were behind me doing something hysterical during this series of shots!









Lol, the bottom photo is priceless!  Nuggies for big brother!










So sweet!





Thank you Syd and Dave for allowing me to capture your family for another year!  I enjoy every session we have!  Big hugs to all of you!!  Have a fantastic summer!

dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/szumski-family-2015 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:24:24 GMT
Rivest Family 2015 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/rivest-family-2015 Hello everyone!  I have got some great photos to share with you from my last family/maternity session last week.  We had a busy session and everyone was a trooper even though the mosquitos were biting and there was a storm brewing! 




Look at this beautiful family with one more on the way!




These two brothers are going to be awesome big brothers! 



Doesn't get more handsome then these two!



Glowing with excitement!
























Smooches for mama!




One of the boys favorite activities of the evening was throwing rocks into a little pond.  I swear that could've easily occupied them for at least an hour!







After our time at the pond we took a little walk to the park. 




Perfect way to wrap up our session!  Many thanks to the Rivest family for letting me capture this special time in your lives and I can't wait to meet the newest addition in a few weeks!

dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/rivest-family-2015 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:41:35 GMT
Mike and Carly's Wedding Shower https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/mike-and-carlys-wedding-shower A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing one of the most beautiful country chic wedding showers, EVER!  I was so excited to be a part of this magical day for Mike and Carly.  I have known Carly for a few years now and more closely in recent months because she is a true fitness inspiration to me! Mike and Carly are such a great couple, beautiful inside and out. So lets just get down to all the amazing moments of this special day!



The shower was hosted at Carly's friend's property which was simply beautiful.  Her friend Tommy also happens to be a chef which you'll see his amazing creations in a minute. He and his wife were such sweet people and know how to host an amazing event!




Originally the party was to be hosted outside but unfortunately it was raining that day so the party was moved into the green house.  That just added to the atmosphere and it turned out great!



No detail was left out. Everything was so well thought out and just beautiful!



How cute are those handmade blocks!?  Love it!















Soon to be Bride giving her mom a big ol hug!! Carly's mom is one of the nicest people I know! 



Here is the wonderful Maid of Honor!  So much love here!













Here is Tommy the host and chef!  Seriously some amazing talent!





The Happy Couple!!  You guys are adorable!










Ok now lets talk about the food for just a second.  This was the first thing that was presented. 









Uh, yes everthing was as delicious as it looks! 



Look at this beautiful spread!



Last but definitely not least was gelato bars that Tommy also made.  This one here was a banana gelato with a salted caramel sauce. 


It was a beautiful day even if it rained.  Amazing people and lots of laughs were had! Thank you so much Carly and Mike for giving me such a great opportunity to capture this special day for you.  I know your wedding is going to be spectacular and so will your marriage!  Much love to the both of you!!






dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/mike-and-carlys-wedding-shower Fri, 08 May 2015 02:26:00 GMT
Noelle and Nevaeh Turn 1!! https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/noelle-and-navaeh-turn-1 So I got to meet the cutest little girls a couple of weeks ago.  I mean I just wanted to play with these little ones all afternoon!  So adorable!  Noelle and Nevaeh are turning ONE!  How exciting!  Mom wanted to make this a very special photo session with balloons and cake and the most adorable outfits. How could I say no to any of that!? It was so great meeting these cutie pies!




This is Nevaeh! At first she seemed like the quiet and reserved one but by the end of the session she was nothing but laughs and giggles!  She just needed a little time to warm up.



Look at those eye lashes and perfect lips!  Just love!!!



This is Noelle!  She was very interested in all the balloons and keeping busy.  She definitely keeps mom on her toes at all times!



So sweet!









There we go with the smiles from both girls!





If only we could read their thoughts....  I feel like they are saying, "Hey we look good! Look at these outfits!!"  This has to be one of my favorites of them interacting together.





And then it was time for CAKE!!  I absolutely loved this cake smash session because both girls were really loving it. Sometimes babies want nothing to do with it but these two girls went for it!! 














Happy first birthday girls!!  Thank you so much for coming and spending the afternoon with me!  It was a pleasure meeting the both of you!




dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) Frankfort, IL Photographer https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/noelle-and-navaeh-turn-1 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:05:52 GMT
American Girl Doll Store Adventure! https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/american-girl-doll-store-adventure  

Over Christmas break Abby and a few of her friends had the opportunity to visit the American Girl Doll store.  I knew we were going for over a month but kept it a secret because its more fun that way and also with the amount of viruses floating around I didn't want to tell her and then have to break her heart if we had to cancel because someone got sick.  So the day before the big trip we saw a commerical for American Girl and she asked when we could go to the store and with the most serious face I said, "How about tomorrow?"  The look on her face was priceless!  What I didn't tell her was that 3 of her friends were also coming with.  Always have to keep a little something in my back pocket.....  So the big day had arrived and we drove to her friend's house where we were all meeting.  Another fun surprise when she realized who was going!



We finally made it!! 




Immediately the girls were mesmerized!  I had never been to American Girl before and I have to admit that it really is something.  I can't imagine what I would've been like if I was in their shoes.  So much to see and take in.













I don't know what the fascination was with this chair but all the girls had to take a turn sitting in it, lol!




Quick pose with Caroline in the background. It was really hard to get any real good photos because the girls just wanted to explore.










The displays at the store were pretty cool!  So much detail and thought for a doll store.







One of the activities you can do at the store is have your dolls ears pierced. So of course we went ahead and did that. They also have a hair salon and a hospital for the dolls.



Here's a photo after most the dolls got their ears pierced.  No tears out of any of them.  :)




After ear piercing we had lunch at the cafe.  Its quite the production for meals at the cafe. You are only seated at certain times and its highly suggested to have reservations.  I must say though that no detail was left out.  They had seats for all the dolls along with a little tea cup and saucer that was ours to take home.  Also there was a little box of cards on the table that the had questions on them that kept the girls busy while we waited for our food.


It was an all day adventure but I think in the end the girls really enjoyed it and I enjoyed seeing them explore the store. 

dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/american-girl-doll-store-adventure Thu, 08 Jan 2015 02:08:09 GMT
Baby Bernadette, 16 days new! https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/baby-bernadette-16-days-new So on the first day of 2015 I got to spend the morning with a sweet little babe.  My cousin had baby number 3, 16 days prior!  What an absolute blast they are having with their twins and now baby Bernadette!  Bernadette is usually a super awesome sleeper, at least that's what I witnessed at our christmas gathering and I was all set for a super sleepy baby.  Bernadette had other plans the day I stopped by, lol!  That's ok though because we still had an amazing session and I like to think that she was just fascinated with the whole photo session and didn't want to miss a second of it!

I am ready for my close up!!!




See it looks like she is sleeping here but she is really taking really long blink breaks, Lol!  The only time she would close her eyes was when Mom put her hand on her chest.  Look at that content look in the bottom photo.  Mom has magic hands!




Look at those perfect lips!




OMG She is smiling for us!!  Absolutely love it!







Perfect in every possible way!



More smiles and happy to be in mom's arms!










Just beautiful!!



And when I got this look out of her I knew our session was done!  She rocked her first photo session and it was seriously my pleasure to come and take her photos!  Gaelen and Tim I love you both to pieces and am so glad that I could capture this amazing moment!  By the way, you two do good work!




dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/baby-bernadette-16-days-new Wed, 07 Jan 2015 02:40:02 GMT
Jack Tanner 6 months! https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/jack-tanner-6-months  


I had the opportunity to photograph my cousin's sweet little guy this week!  I seriously love this little guy!  He is welcome in front of my camera ANY time!



Those eyes and cheeks, LOVE!



Mr. Serious!






Watching his mom be silly!




Future Gerber model?























Lol!  This guy is going to have a great sense of humor, I can already tell! 


Any time you guys are in town you better call me so I can get some photos of this guy!  Love all of ya!


dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/jack-tanner-6-months Sat, 29 Nov 2014 22:37:28 GMT
DeYoung Family 2014 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/deyoung-family-2014 I always love meeting new clients and the DeYoung family was no exception.  We had a great session! Luke did awesome for his first official photo session. It was chilly that day but he was a trooper!



Seriously, look at this adorable face!



6 month olds always have the best expressions as they are still discovering the big world around them. It also is fun to watch them when mom and dad are being silly behind me, lol!











So often parents want their children to look at the camera and smile but for me its the shots like this that really make the memory!  Absolutely love seeing such sweet interaction with families!




Who doesn't love a baby in a crate!?  So cute!












I always try to get a few photos of just mom and dad because they deserve to be in the spotlight too!  They are working hard behind the scenes raising a beautiful baby boy!



It was so great meeting all of you!  I am glad that we were able to find one more nice day to capture this amazing time in your lives!

dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/deyoung-family-2014 Sat, 15 Nov 2014 01:51:41 GMT
Campbell Family 2014 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/campbell-family-2014  

I had a session last week that was so much fun!  I got to meet the cutest little 19 month old!  She had her own agenda but we got some great photos of her just being a typical 19 month old. 



Its a bird, its a plane, nope its a super girl flying through the air!  She was loving her daddy tossing her up into the air!  Looks like so much fun!





Doesn't get any cuter then this, does it?






You know, just hanging around!!



Look at those beautiful eyes!























We had a lot of fun at our session!  Lots of flying through the air and running!  Thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph you guys and your beautiful little girl!  It was a pleasure meeting all of you!

dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/campbell-family-2014 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:23:45 GMT
Jania Family 2014 https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/jania-family-2014 One of my first sessions of the fall!  Even though it was 80+ degrees this day, the trees were already changing and the mosquitos were ridiculous!  Mother Nature was a little out of sorts this day but that didn't stop us from having a fun time and capturing some amazing shots! 




Look at these beautiful kids!










This little sweetheart steals the show everytime a camera shows up!




This guy is the comedian of all the kids, for sure!  Always keeps me laughing!




This young lady is the oldest and is such a great big sister!




Some serious faces and then some silliness!







We found just enough leaves to have some fun!















Just the guys!







These two crazy kids just celebrated their 11th wedding anniversay!




This might be one of my all time favorites!  Big sis was taking photos by herself and little sis hopped on in and then gave a nice big hug!  These are the moments that truly make my day and I am so blessed to have a job that allows me capture such candid moments!


As always I had a blast Jania family and thanks for asking me to capture all these sweet moments!








dbaerphotography@gmail.com (Dawn Baer Photography) https://dawnbaer.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/jania-family-2014 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:00:14 GMT