Meet Eleanor | Newborn 2017

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things… wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”

Baby Eleanor was expected to arrive in the second week of March, which also happened to be the same time my husband and I would be out of the country on vacation! I touched base with Diana before we left and had a feeling their little girl would be arriving soon. We were in southern Ireland when I saw their announcement post on Facebook.

What an exciting time for Robert and Diana! Eleanor’s brother, Memphis, is a year and a half, and they both at such a fun age. She looks so much like her big brother! Lots of thick, dark hair! So adorable! Congratulations again to the wonderful parents!!

Welcome to the world, Eleanor!

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Meet Adeline | Newborn 2016

“Precious one. So small, so sweet. Dancing in on angel’s feet. Straight from heaven’s brightest star, what a miracle you truly are!”

When I sit down to write a blog about a newborn, I can’t help but also think of baby books. But the thought tends to stop there.

Not today. As the thought popped in my head, I couldn’t help but also wonder about their history. When did people start noting all the fun milestones and intimate details of infancy?

According to Janet Golden, a historian at Rutgers-Camden, baby books began mass production in the 1910s in America. At that time, there were more expensive, bound versions as well as cheaper, paper pamphlet versions. They grew in popularity in the following years.

However, notes about babies didn’t magically begin in 1910. There were a number of detailed accounts and child studies prior to then. In most cases, though, these notes were more for scientific purposes and curiosities. As medicines and sciences improved, so did the health and wellbeing of children.

By the 1900s, it was more likely that your children would survive. Expectations shifted. It makes sense that baby books should appear around this time. We could now embrace the life and experience of childhood! We could anticipate a future for our children.

As the years have passed, we have seen yet another shift… to blogs and online documentation and sharing. As you sit here reading this blog, you are partaking in that cultural and technological shift that has become a wonderful tool for families.

I am excited to share these images of sweet, little Adeline. This beautiful baby girl was born on December 21 and is a precious gift for her mom and dad. I want to extend the largest of congratulations to them. It is such an honor to be part of the early moments in a newborn’s life. To help their parents capture their child’s beauty, their size, their expressions.

2016 | Year in Review

2016 has been a busy year to say the least! My year started out a crazy one, working a full time job, part time job and also doing photography. Fortunately by spring, one job came to a conclusion, and I was able to drop down to just the full time job and my photography business. I took advantage of my newly found “free time” to focus on photography and marketing strategies.

With that being said, 2016 has been a year of many changes for my photography business. I launched a new website, photowhimsybymegan.com, (thanks for visiting!) and expanded my presence on social media. I enjoy learning new things, so I have been developing the site myself and have made it a goal of 2017 to fine-tune and continue to develop my online presence.

Professional Highlights of 2016:

  • Photo Whimsy by Megan has been verified by Google and Yelp as a business and is now searchable!
  • Since July 2016, I have published 21 blog posts and 3 YouTube videos.
  • My Facebook likes have grown to 406 (and counting).
  • I can be found on Facebook, YouTube, Yelp, Google+ and Pinterest.

Personal Highlights of 2016:

  • My husband (Shane) and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary in June!
  • Shane, my dog (Santo) and I moved to a new house in the spring and have had the adventures of turning that house into our home!
  • We managed to travel a bit this year as well, despite having opposite schedules and varying vacation times to work with. Most notably, we visited Nashville, Tennessee and Door County, Wisconsin for the first time!
  • Three of my friends got married this year. I actually photographed two of the three.
  • Three of my friends had babies. I photographed each of those cuties.
  •  One of my nieces and one of my nephews graduated from high school. Their senior sessions were photographed in 2015. 
  • The Chicago Cubs won the World Series! (What a way to conclude the highlights!)

Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year! We’ll see you in 2017!

Meet Camden | Newborn 2016

Camden was born in the evening on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Cam is one lucky little man! His mommy and daddy were anxiously awaiting his arrival. We all thought he would be born much sooner than he was, but he must have been too cozy to appear any sooner. Needless to say, I was so excited to receive the following text from his mommy on the 24th: “Hey Megan! We’re having a baby today! I’ll update you later for sure.”

Anthony and Jenny are two very proud parents, and I couldn’t be happier for them.

Welcome to the World, Camden!

Meet Mason | Newborn 2016

Mason was born in the afternoon on Friday, September 23, 2016.

I had been checking in with his mommy in her last weeks of pregnancy, and I remember her telling me how bored she was. She was anxiously awaiting his arrival and did not anticipate him to arrive when he did! She had a doctor’s appointment that day and went to it like normal. They told her not to take any detours and to go to the hospital because she was going to have a baby! I was impressed in listening to her tell how calm and collected she was. She had a great experience and was blessed with a handsome baby boy.

Jeremy and Ashley are two very proud parents, and I am so happy for them. It is safe to say that Mason will be raised a Chicago Cubs fan! He not only sported a Cubs outfit the day he came home from the hospital, but he had a special one for photos too!

Welcome to the World, Mason!