Art by Roxanne Photography: Blog en-us (C) Art by Roxanne Photography (Art by Roxanne Photography) Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:37:00 GMT Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:37:00 GMT Art by Roxanne Photography: Blog 90 120 Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, protects you from age "Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, protects you from age." ― Anais Nin

I am a firm believer in long engagements (been with my significant other for 10 years) especially when you fall in love young. Amber and Christopher have been together for 14 years and were high school sweethearts. Next March they will tie the knot in Jamaica!

I met Christopher and Amber and their adorable, personable daughter Natalie on a beautiful day in May after being in contact with Amber for months leading up to our session.
It was awesome to finally meet them all in person. They were fun and super sweet. And Amber has to be one of the most photogenic people I've ever met!
I wish them all the best and I hope they have a future filled with love, laughter and the ever after happiness they've had for the past 14 years.

Much love, Nancy Roxanne

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“O Innocence, with laughing eyes! Thou art a cherub from the skies, A wanderer from heaven.”

O Innocence, with laughing eyes! Thou art a cherub from the skies, A wanderer from heaven.

When I look at beautiful little Raegan the word 'cherub' can't help but come to mind. She is just as adorable as any  little angel could be!

Raegan Mae came down from heaven to earth on June 15th, 2017 weighing in at 10lbs and 6 oz and was 22 inches long.

She was sweetly quiet and a little shy with me during our session but her love for her mommy and daddy was so sweet to witness.

I look forward to seeing her grow and grow. But not too quick little Raegan, not too quick :)

Much love, Nancy Roxanne











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True love stories never have endings True love stories never have endings.

Direoce and Micheal have known each other for 30 years and have been married for 3, a love story that evolved over time.

The married couple were cute and comfortable together during our session, both filled with an ease that comes from having known your partner for years. Direoce was laid back allowing Michael to take the lead in choosing our awesome location and even letting Michael give posing ideas. Their dynamic definitely reminded me of my fiance and I-- I am the Type A one to my guy's easy going style. I tend to think those kind of personality differences compliment each other perfectly.
This was my first time at Osaka Garden in Chicago.  Built on an artificial island for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago’s Osaka Garden is definitely a
little hidden gem located just west of the Museum of Science and Industry. The area was mostly swampland before being transformed by  Frederick Law Olmsted and Daniel Burnham into a lagoon and island.  It was deliberately created to give people a place to go and rest; a reprieve from the hubbub of the world’s fair. It was an awesome spot for a relaxed photoshoot and Direoce and Micheal did not disappoint with their ability to make the most of the space.
I hope to see them at LEAST every year from here on out for their annual photoshoot and I can't wait to see where we go next!

Much love, Nancy Roxanne

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Graduation is not the end, it is the beginning-Alix's Senior Session Graduation is not the end, it is the beginning.
As another school year comes to a close it is time to say goodbye to this years graduating Seniors.
Some, like Alixandria Humprey, will be starting the next phase of their lives in a completely new environment after graduation.  In Alix's case, after graduating from Farmington Hills High School, she will be leaving the cold winters of Michigan for the heated summers of Arizona!
Lucky for Alix, she will still have a strong support system when she moves out west since mom and dad will be moving with her as well.
Good luck to Alix as she starts her next round of studies in medicine and forensic pathology.
I wish her and her family the very best in Arizona!

Much love, Nancy Roxanne

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Where the wild things are--Teja turns one! “Oh, please don't go—we'll eat you up—we love you so!” ...


And so began my photoshoot with the one year old birthday boy, Teja.

One the go, as all toddlers are, it was an excerise in keeping and holding Teja's attention as well as his 6 and 3 year old sisters, Arzoee and Zohra
. Luckily mom, dad, and the nanny were there to help. It takes a village!

As you will see it all worked out and I could not be happier with the images I was able to capture. Try not to fall in love with these three beautiful children and their sweet silly personalities.

For the record, conceptual photography is the genre closest to my creative if you or anyone you know mentions doing a session that involves, costumes and a narrative like this Where the Wild Things themed session--I AM THERE ;)

Happy first birthday to adorable Teja.
May you always be surrounded by unconditional love as you are right now.


Much love, Nancy Roxanne


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Celebration of life and long lasting love  

Fiercely independent at a young age, Josie worked two jobs during high school. Soon after graduation she would marry her husband Santos. They were young, in love, and broke. The newlyweds only had $17.00 to their name on their wedding day and Josie had to borrow the pink suit she wore when she and Santos said their vows before the Justice of Peace.

Struggles and hardships can be the end for many young couples but Josie and Santos made a life for themselves and the two daughters they would have, Denise and Danielle. The Ramirez's just celebrated their landmark 50th wedding anniversary. With their two daughters, two grandsons, and extended friends and family gathered around them, Santos and Josie brought their loved ones together to have what Josie described as "a celebration of life."

And it was a celebration! Santos and Josie cut up the dance floor putting people half their age to shame!
What a pleasure to meet this sweet family and share in such an auspicious occasion. I was truly honored.

Much love to you Santos and Josie and here is to the next 50!





























































































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A young heart in an old soul A young heart in an old soul

Last week I had the joy of working with sweet little Ronin Pushkar Mullick.
He came into to this world on May 3rd, at 1:25 am.

I can't help but wonder if Ronin has been here before though..his attentiveness and awareness of everything I, and my assistant, were doing spoke to me of an old soul. His sweet brown eyes took in everything with an almost intense curiosity for someone so new to this world.
















He fought sleep trying to figure out what was going on but finally could hold out no longer ..
Congratulations to Joey and Vasvi Mullick and to his first time grandparents on both sides.
May his life bless you and all others who have the joy of meeting this perfect little boy. 

Much love, Nancy Roxanne

Special thanks to my assistant/baby wrangler Lindsey Wheeler

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Mommy and Me Pin Up “A daughter is someone you laugh with, dream with, and love with all your heart.”


My latest pin up photoshoot was a super fun Mommy and Me session with Schaterika and her 5 year old daughter Samyria.
First we started with a 1950's theme and then moved onto one of my favorite iconic roles-Rosie the Riveter. What better way to showcase your strong mother daughter bond then with emulating a woman that symbolized female power and the abiity to do anything a man can do!
At the end we finished up with some images for mom to represent her burgeoning career as an artist. Schaterika sings, raps,
writes, and also does dance and choreography.

Much love to this beautiful mom and daughter duo, strong women unite!



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God created boys, full of spirit and fun to explore and conquer, to romp and run God created boys, full of spirit and fun to explore and conquer, to romp and run.

-Auther Unknown

And that's just what Noah and Levi did for our photoshoot.

But how could it be any other way when you are 3 and (almost) 2??

















The day of our photoshoot, Spring was still playing hide and seek. But the Tuttle family were fun and good-natured and so we all carried on.

Amanda and Jacob have been married for 5 years and are just as cute as can be.

So is it any wonder that they created these gorgeous little boys??

Thank you to Amanda and Jacob for bringing the boys out to play and I hope to see you all again and again!

Much love, Nancy Roxanne


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True beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

This past December my Aunt Andrea found out she had a rare form of cancer, so rare in fact that they have no stats on longevity. Signet ring cell cancer is usually found in the stomach, hers was found in her pancreas. 
She is in stage 3.

After already seeing her husband and a daughter through cancer battles and losing her son 7 years ago to heart problems, it seems unfair that life would throw such a strong courageous woman this curve ball. 

But if anyone can face this down with strength, steel, and beauty of spirit, it is definitely my Aunt Andrea.

On a day in January I went to visit my aunt to take some photos of her while she gathered with her children and grandchildren to celebrate two of her granddaughters' birthdays.

Savannah turned 10 and Emily turned 7.

Love and laughter was overflowing as the family gathered for the happy day.

Being with my Aunt Andrea, her husband Jim, her children, 
daughter in law, and grandchildren, made me feel a little sad for myself and I feel very selfish for admitting it under the circumstances.
The unconditional love and acceptance they all had for each other was palpable and something I have always found lacking from my own mother and siblings. Everyone should be so blessed to have a such a loving and supportive family.
It is just one more reason my Aunt Andrea needs to beat this demon, for she and her husband are truly the hub of this wonderful extended family dynamic.

Aunt Andrea is such a life force that her beauty just shines from inside her. I cannot imagine her not being surrounded by her wonderful family whom she clearly loves oh so very much.

On this day my Aunt Andrea asked me to document having her beloved daughter in law Darcy shave her head for her. Aunt Andrea's chemo treatments were causing hair loss and she decided to just be done with it all. 

With her family around her, she faced it like she faces everything in life she has found difficult. With dignity and strength, a few tears, and lastly with the beauty and light that shines from within her at all times.

I ask for anyone reading this post to please hold my aunt up in prayer.

Her family needs her.

I need her.

And this world needs more people like her.

Much love to this beautiful spitfire of a woman, Aunt Andrea.

Note: The day these photos were taken my aunt fell in her home and broke her leg. She is still recovering from this set back.

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Elegance is the only beauty that never fades-Conceptual Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.
--Audrey Hepburn

I will never get over the elegance and beauty of old Hollywood glamour. George Hurrell has been an inspiration for years (and if you do not know who he is please google him!)

For this conceptual session, we combined the timeless beauty of old Hollywood Glamour with some Film Noir type lighting.
But I would be remiss if I did not post at least one color image so that you could see the color of Kiersten's stunning eyes.




Much love and thanks as always to my incredible MUAH and partner in crime when
it comes to conceptual looks and overall beauty-
Jennifer Aguilera

Shear Dolls

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And now, born from the ashes, she’s a warrior in bloodied black. “And now, born from the ashes, she’s a warrior in bloodied black.”

You might say Yolanda has been through some battles in her life. But her vivacity and gorgeous laugh would keep you from knowing that.

From her Boudoir to her Pin Up photos , Yolanda's strength and love for life shines through.

Yolanda is a breast cancer survivor. A battle she continues to fight on a recurring basis.

During her photo shoot, Yolanda was able to leave all her personal struggles behind her. Like the warrior she is.

It truly was a pleasure meeting you Yolanda.

Much love, Nancy Roxanne

Hair and makeup courtesy of:
Jennifer Aguilera  Owner of Shear Dolls

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Fear is stupid. So are regrets.--Pin Up Fear is stupid. So are regrets.
Marilyn Monroe

Every woman should have a day where they are the center of attention and made to feel their most beautiful. 
Other than a wedding day, you really don't get those kinds of days very often as an adult.
From careers to motherhood, our 'me' days somehow get lost in the jumble.

I think that's just one of the allures of Pin Up photography. 

After time spent reaping the benefit of having your hair and makeup styled by one of our professional stylists you will be ready to take on the photo shoot--and the world!

And Pin Up is definitely about empowerment.
It's about feeling beautiful in your
own skin. Whether you are size 2 or size 22, Pin Up style looks amazing and feels just as good.

I mean,seriously,I could take these kinds of photos all day, every day..

 Pin Up is also about attitude. It can be sweet, sexy, bold, brazen and most definitely fun!

Another advantage to a conceptual session based on the woman that is you, is that having your photo taken by a professional photographer can be very rewarding. Seeing your beauty through the unbiased eyes of someone else can be a pretty powerful confidence booster.

It's an opportunity to embrace your womanhood in a playful way that allows you to have fun and not take yourself too seriously. 

At the end of day it truly is all about embracing YOU.

And that's something we all need a little more of.

Much love, Nancy Roxanne

Special thanks to my gorgeous client Erica, who was up for anything!

Lead Photographer Nancy Roxanne Art by Roxanne Photography
Hair and Makeup Courtesy of Jennifer Aguilera   Shear Dolls
Second Photographer Lindsey Wickstandt Wheeler Moments with Elle

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New year, new life-Lifestyle Newborn Session New Year, New Life

On November 24th I was scheduled to do a maternity session for Marisol...but her little Liam had other ideas and on November 23rd Marisol went into labor. Twenty four hours later little Liam made his debut one month early, weighing a very healthy 7lbs and 14oz and measuring 21 and half inches long.

Arriving at Brian and Marisol's modern and beautiful light filled home I found unopened gifts underneath the Christmas tree.
Apparently having a new baby arrive a month early put's your schedule off a bit haha!






















I couldn't believe that this young looking couple have been together 22 years dating back to high school!

They were just as cute and as sweet as could be, and their love for gorgeous little Liam was just precious.


Congratulations to this awesome couple on their beautiful new edition to their family. I hope to see him again and again and witness all his sweet milestones!


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Family is more than blood-Senior Session Family is more than blood.

I am a firm believer that it takes more than blood to make someone your family. I have people who share my DNA who haven't called to see how I am doing in years, and though I will always love them I recognize those people have never truly been a part of me nor do they understand me. 
Then there are people who have been in my life and my heart for years and years who are indeed my family, even though the blood in our veins is not the same. We are connected at the heart, where it truly matters.
Mychaela is one of those people.  I have known Mychaela since she was born18 years ago and I have been taking photos of her since my black and white film days, all the way to her recent prom.

And she, and her mother and brother, are my real family. The connected at the heart kind.

Mychaela can be a typical teen, with rebellious ways and a not so perfect attitude, but at the end of the day she has one of the sweetest hearts I've ever known and I love her to death. Even if we conflict at times (she is as bullheaded as I!), I know she has the potential to be anything she sets her mind to and I can't wait to see what her future holds.

After Mychaela graduates from Valparaiso High School, she is considering joining the Navy and then going to college for social work. She wants to help children who have been abused. A subject that means a lot to her.

With Michaela's spirit and open heart I know there is nothing holding her back! 

Love to you always Mychaela, my family, my heart.

Stay tuned for Mychaela's upcoming winter images!

Shout out to for my new watermark!

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Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day "Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day"
Helen Steiner Rice

From friends to family, and new clients to old favorites, and even Santa Claus himself, Christmas 2017 was a beautiful time.
Here are just a few of my favorite photos from this holiday season. 

Thank you to ALL my clients for making 2017 a wonderful year!

The Whiting Family.
I've been loving Paul and Kiersten for years now, back when there was only little sweet Paul, and now too that there is silly awesome Ashton. 

Jay & Erin
Ronnie, Nicky and baby Mohini

From Senior Photos to turning 50 to newborn images and more

..this family has quickly become a part of my life and I could not be more pleased.

Terrence and Candiss, Blakely and baby Bryn
The Reeves have just moved back from California to their roots in Michigan. I can't tell you how much I already adore every one of them but their little poser 2 year old Blakely really stole my heart! 








Then there is my own sweet Savanah, the baby of the family.

Life would not be the same without best friends you are related to, also known as cousins.
Here is Savanah with her best friends by choice and birth, Justin and Rylyn.

And then the other part of my heart...two of my grandbabies, Felicity and Dawson (missing baby Ariana in Alaska!)

Another set of brand new clients, the Eccleston Family-
Tony, Migdalia, Brianna, Jayden and Mikayla.
I look forward to getting to know this lovely vivacious family better!






Last but certainly not least.... Santa Claus!
And best of all? Santa Claus will be making a personal appearance in Art by Roxanne's Christmas Mini Sessions in 2018!
Thank you Santa, you rock!


**And a special thank you to Westmans Tree Farm in Dexter, Michigan

and Luers Tree Farm in Scherererville, Indiana!

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We were just kids when we fell in love-Mihalic Wedding We were just kids when we fell in love...
Ed Sheeren

I can't say that I was close to Melissa Mihalic or even knew her all that well when we were in junior high at Morton Middle School in Hessville, Indiana. I do know that she was probably the tallest girl in our 7th grade class. And I was definitely one of the shortest, if not THE shortest, girl in our 7th grade class. So you could say we knew 'of' each other for sure. ;)

Years later we would meet again while working at the same car dealership. 
Fast forward a few more years and social media would bring us together yet again. 
And then came my photography business and her family's milestones.

Senior photos for Taylor..Senior photos for Miranda...a first grand child for images of Melissa and her four children.  

And now, the first wedding. 



I can't tell you how seriously honored I am that I have become a part of this family's special memories. A family that for me goes as far back as 7th grade.  Which is only fitting since Melissa's son Brandon met his then future bride Ashley, when they themselves were in 7th grade. They first met in wood shop class where Brandon helped Ashley make a clock; a clock they still have.   

After being friends for two years they actually started dating their freshman year of high school. Together they graduated from Purdue Calumet in 2015 and became engaged in October 2015. 
In January 2016 their son was born. 

So what began all so long ago in junior high has led to this. And when Brandon and Ashley danced their first dance to the song Perfect by Ed Sheeren and it came to the line "we were just kids when we fell in love" I can tell you that it was hard to see through my tears and take those photos. 
Even now, as I write these words, I tear up thinking of it. 
Yes, I am a big ole cry baby. 

But I triple dare you to watch this video and to not shed at least a tear or two yourself.

Congratulations to Brandon and Ashley Mihalic. 
And thank you for letting me document just one more special occasion in the Mihalic family album. 

Much love, Nancy. 


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Concrete Jungle Engagement Session Finding solitude in the concrete jungle is powerful and peaceful.
- Mike Dolan

I am inspired by all types of locations. Some even surprise me. This one did not. Though it might surprise some to have an engagement session on top of a parking garage. But for Michigan natives, Alicia Lyon and Dan Trader, picking the location was a no-brainer.
Alicia used to work close to The Z Park and used to spend lunch breaks enjoying the awesome views.

It was definitely a super fun location for me up on 10A.
Alicia and Dan met in DC although, ironically, they grew up only 2 hours apart in Michigan.
And Michigan is where they are planning to hold their Autumn 2018 wedding.

Congratulations to Alicia and Dan on their engagement as well as their fourth anniversary which falls on today, the day before Thanksgiving!

Much love and best wishes to you both and thanks for introducing me to the Z ;)


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Man's Best Friend Man's Best Friend

One rainy Sunday I met a Vizsla named Marina along with her humans, Kevin and Maxine.

Dealing with inclement weather has been a true issue as of late but luckily I am not a shy person. So I found the site of a local barn (with some assistance) and without hesitation did some quick talking with the owner. Twenty dollars later and we were in business. A place to wait out the rain and take a few shots.

Six month old Marina found the location pretty interesting. She wanted to sniff and see everything. The only time she stopped checking things out was during her coffee break ;)

Marina seems to have quite the life with her humans who have been together for 27 years. Though they have nieces and nephews that they adore their only child is their fur baby Marina. She is the third Vizsla they have owned over the many years.

Kevin is the Head coach at St. Francis de Sales High School in Chicago while Maxine is a stylist for a vintage jewelry line, Plunder Design. (Make sure and check out the link at the bottom of the page for the awesome and affordable pieces).

Thanks to Marina for braving the

weather and hanging out with me and for bringing her mom and dad, Kevin and Maxine, along as well!

Much love!


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Rain Rain Go Away-The Yonan family Rain Rain Go Away.

On an otherwise, almost mild, late October day, I had the pleasure of meeting this photogenic family, the Yonan's.
Meeting them and photographing them was the easy part.
Finding a place to do so? Not so easy.

As with all my clients, location is determined well in advance of the session. It is very much a custom location based on the client's vision, with me giving input as to places I feel might work.

Plan A
In the case of the Yonan family, mom Regina decided on the Osaka Garden in Chicago. I was super excited about the spot since I had never photographed there before.
But then the rains came.
Plans had to be changed on a dime or we would have to reschedule.

Plan B
So we decided on the atrium at Harold Washington Library.
Only when I got there early to scout the new location I found the top floor was off limits due to a wedding.

 Plan C
How about the Chicago Institute of Art?
I raced over on foot to the museum while the Yonan's were en route.
Arriving there I found long lines, high entrance fees and worse of all-- no inside flash was allowed. Sort of rough when you have a dark rainy day dimming the light in an interior location.

Plan D
I exited the Art Institute quickly and jumped into the Yonan's vehicle, just as they were pulling up.
What to do now??

Thinking fast I realized we were right around the corner from one of my  favorite shooting spots. Lurie Garden.

The rain had considerably ebbed.  So we decided to go for it.
Once we arrived the rain miraculously stopped. The city skyline was covered in fog but the beautiful fall colors were definitely on display and now was our chance to take advantage of the awesome backdrop.

And so Plan D it was!!

Thank you to the Yonan family for being up for the adventure that our session date turned in to!

At the end we got beautiful photos which made for our very happy ending, and that is truly all that matters :)

Much love to the beautiful Yonan family. I hope to see them again and again.

Nine year old Lyda was a picture perfect little model from moment one!

And though it took 3 year old Luca a minute to warm up to me, he didn't waste anytime once he was ready to go. His true personality came shining through again and again.

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