Art by Roxanne Photography: Blog en-us (C) Art by Roxanne Photography (Art by Roxanne Photography) Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:10:00 GMT Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:10:00 GMT Art by Roxanne Photography: Blog 90 120 I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful .. I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.
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I had the pleasure of photographing two best friends back to back this weekend, Kate Stanko on Saturday in Chicago, and Nikki Katalinic on Sunday at Whilala Beach in Whiting.
The girls have known each other since kindergarten and they both graduate from Munster High School in just a few weeks.
But come Fall, their paths will go different ways, as the girls head of to different colleges with Nikki going to St. Louis University to study nursing.

With Nikki's bright smile to light the way I am sure she will find much success on her life's journey. She was a pleasure to work with and, like her best friend Kate, she was up for anything!

As you can see I was able to capture so many cool images of her--I hope you love them as much as I do,  Nikki!

Good luck at 'SLU' ;)


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Big City Girl Big City Girl

Apparently this was Kate's second attempt at Senior images...her first attempt at a local beach at the beginning of her Senior year , according to her best friend Nikki, did not feel like Kate.

    Because Kate, is a big city girl at heart!

This tiny girl with her love of the big city is headed to Purdue West Lafayette come Fall, where she will major in Elementary and Special Education.  And while West Lafayette may not be a huge metropolis, Kate definitely sees herself finding her dream job in a large city after graduation.

After spending her entire school career in the Munster school system, Kate is just a few weeks away from graduating from Munster High School.

Good luck to you Katelyn as you begin your journey to fulfill all your dreams!

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The days are long but the years are short The days are long but the years are short...

My latest session with the Whiting family was a lifestyle session in their beautiful new home in Milford Michigan. In the stage of final touches, it was a definitely a gorgeous setting for an indoor shoot.


According to Wikipedia, lifestyle photography is "a style of portrait / people photography which aims to capture and document real-life events, situations, or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday."
I am truly starting to love lifestyle photography more and more. And while my passion has been outdoor location sessions, there is definitely something to be said for capturing the beauty of a 'day in the life' of a family in their own environment.

Always one of my favorite families, I have been photographing the Whitings since 2 year old Ashton was just an adorable little baby bump in Kiersten's slim frame.

Fast forward to the last time I photographed the family and it was around this time last year. Ashton was a sweet 16 month old, still very much a baby.
This year I found a little boy, just as sweet and adorable but definitely in the throes of what is commonly referred to as the 'terrible twos' lol!
When he is not mimicking and idolizing big brother Paul, age 7, he is antagonizing him. Of course, Paul, as a typical older brother, antagonizes right back!  Such is life with multiple children--you may have 2 minutes of peace followed by 500 minutes of crazy. ;)

The days are long, but the years are short :)














When I first arrived at Paul and Kiersten's new home Ashton was just waking from his nap. So the session began with my documenting the ever so fun task of trying to dress a squirming 2 year old. There should be some type of parenting award for this, just saying!

From there we had our ups and downs, from little Paul wanting to be anywhere but taking photos, to Ashton wanting to run, and throw, and eat, and cry, and yell, and be two years old :D

And yet a couple of days later, when I sat down to go through the images and flag my faves for this blog post, I had an incredibly hard time eliminating photos, I wanted to post so many! 

Real life, with it's good and bad moments, is truly a beautiful thing.
(Of course, throw in a gorgeous home filled with natural light and a family that looks like they stepped off the pages of a magazine, doesn't hurt either) ;)

Thank you to Paul and Kiersten for always welcoming me into your home, and lives, and allowing me to witness both the joyous and the not so joyous moments.
You are definitely a photographer's dream :)

If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you’re making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can’t find a towel or a sponge or your ‘inside’ voice.” ― Kelly Corrigan


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Every ending is a new beginning Every ending is a new beginning..

Last September I met Erin Cantrell, owner of Erin Cantrell Fitness, when I photographed her oldest son's Senior photos. It was a gorgeous sunrise session out on Huron River documenting Ronnie's talent and love of rowing.

(Make sure you check out the blog post from September 2016)
I also had the opportunity to take some family images that included Erin's other son, Nicky, and her boyfriend of 5 years, Jay.  Every time I look at this photo of them it makes me want to smile and buy whatever it is they are selling in this picture perfect ad :D

Now, nearing the end of Ronnie's Senior year, Erin finds herself preparing to see Ronnie graduate and go on to his next adventure-- experiencing college life in the oh-so-faraway-Oregon. 
For anyone who has experienced the moment when your first child leaves home, you will recognize such a life event as both poignant and heart-wrenching.

But every ending is a new beginning, and never more so then in Erin's case, because as she readies her mind to bid farewell to her oldest child,  Erin is also preparing to welcome her third child into the world and their family dynamic, this June.

As someone who personally had my fifth child 16 years after my youngest, I can completely relate to the concept of starting a second family as your older children have left the nest or are in the process of doing so.

And while many will shake their heads and say 'no way, not I!' I can tell you unequivocally that experiencing a second stage of motherhood is one of the sweetest joys you could ever be blessed with.

It is at once beautiful as well as bittersweet.
This time around you have learned to revel in each and every moment, even the not so perfect ones, and to appreciate them all. 
Bittersweet because of the now constant reminders of all the moments that you cannot repeat or relive with your older children, moments that passed in the blinking of an eye.

At the end of the day, you will feel awashed in the glow of the joy that this second round of motherhood brings.

While some things will definitely be familiar, this is still a time for so many firsts.
This will be Jay's first child, Erin's first girl, Nicky's first younger sibling, Ronnie and Nicky's first sister...
what an exciting time in this family's life!

Getting lots of advice/horror stories from friends on the dynamics of raising a girl versus boys, Jay and Erin seem nonplussed by it all and ready to handle whatever comes their way with their newest addition. 
And since Ronnie has one foot out the door to college, it will be Nicky that will be at home year round playing big brother to their new baby sister. While he is a little nervous about handling a small infant I am pretty sure he will make an awesome mentor to his new sibling and teach her lots of cool stuff-- from playing hockey to how to use hair styling gel (did I mention 12 year old Nicky is obsessed with his hair, as of late, haha?).


No images were taken unless Nicky had perfected his cool hair swoop ;)

Congratulations to parents Jay and Erin, and to big brothers Ronnie and Nicky, on their impending arrival. I cannot wait to meet her and document all of her newborn sweetness and witness the joy she is sure to bring your family.
Thank  you for including me in another wonderful life changing milestone!
Much love to you all xoxo!

















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Today was a fairy tale.. Today was a Fairy Tale
If there is one thing a photographer loves to do, it's something they have never done before. So you can imagine my excitement when I received a phone call from Abu Yousafzai asking me to document a surprise proposal he had planned for his girlfriend of 3 and half years, Ashley Guidroz.
My very first surprise engagement!!

Abu and I met early on the big day to go over our game plan at the Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor Michigan. Abu had everything all planned out, the ring--that he had kept hidden from Ashley in different spots for weeks (!), the perfect location: the place of their first date, the photographer (me haha!), and even Ashley's best friend Sarah Lesch and her husband Wesley to arrive after the proposal with celebratory champagne, and oohs and aahs for the gorgeous ring that Abu had chosen, to celebrate his and Ashley's love for one another.

Watching this video it's hard not to cry along with Ashley, because to see the look of genuine love and happiness on their faces is truly overwhelming.

Thank you so much for including me on such a special day Abu...I hope the rest of your life with Ashley is as perfect as a fairy tale.

Nancy Roxanne


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Sisters share memories and grown up dreams.. Sisters share memories and grown up dreams.

And so it is with sisters Sarah Benich and Heather Mallard. Born just 1 year and 3 and half months apart themselves, the girls were extremely close in age and despite their different personalities they remain close today. So close that they have shared being pregnant at the same time, not once, but twice!

When Heather, the younger sister, found out she was pregnant with her first child, Sarah found out 5 weeks later she was pregnant with her first as well!
Today their now 3 year old boys, Xaiden (born February 1st, 2014) and Bodhi (born December 25th, 2013) are not only cousins but best buddies :)

In between then and now Sarah also gave birth to baby Freddy, named after his father Fred.

Baby Freddy came just 18 months after Xaiden. And now 18 months later BOTH the sisters are at it again!

Both 36 weeks pregnant, this time they are only 3 days apart! Heather, once again finding out she was pregnant first, is scheduled for a C-Section on February 24th to give birth to her second child and first little girl, Kiah, while Sarah is planning to be induced February 25th (unless she goes sooner!) to give birth to her third son, Lucas.

I am thrilled I was able to document this special time in both these young mothers' lives. This is the last pregnancy for Sarah so this is the last time the sisters will share such a special and beautiful moment in life.

Here is to a LIFETIME of future memories for these gorgeous sisters and their beautiful children. Much love to you all!

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Love and Hope
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”

Emily Dickinson

The first thing I noticed about Gabriella Ford was how upbeat and happy she sounded. Granted our first 26 encounters were all via email haha, but still, I definitely felt I knew what type of person she was even before I first set eyes on her.
And when I met her in person she was just as I had imagined her--cute and bubbly and full of positive energy. She was so adorable with her husband Curt. They definitely radiated that newlywed vibe, which makes sense, since they celebrated their first anniversary June 20th, 2016.

Curt and Gabriella met through Beachbody and after knowing each other for 6 years have been together a little over 3 years.  Gabriella has also stepped into the role of stepmom to Curt's sons. Jacob is 14, Ethan is 12, and together the 4 of them are picture perfect. :)

You would never know that this happy couple had suffered a sad loss this summer. This past June, Gabriella experienced a miscarriage at 11 weeks.  Though they did not know the sex of their child, they always referred to the baby as she and they feel strongly she was a little girl they call Hope.

It was important to the couple that they remember their child in this session and Gabriella wore a necklace with the name Hope on it as well as an anchor ring.
After reading Gabriella's beautiful blog post on their experience I knew I wanted to share their story and her post.

I know others will find her story as beautiful and as uplifting as I did and I want to thank her for sharing it with me and for allowing me to share it here.

I wish the Fords all the best and many years of happiness in their new lives together.

At the end of the day they have each other, they have love, and they will always have Hope.

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Cubs versus White Sox I first met the Littig family when I took images of the youngest Littig, the oh-so-adorable Declan, for his first birthday last summer.
So of course I was happy to take images of him again this month with his equally adorable big brother JJ and the boys' good looking parents, Josh and Emily. During this session I also got to meet Declan's grandparents, John and Michelle, and his Uncle Jon. I love, of course,  that the family is from my home town of Hessville, Indiana :)

The session was a lot of fun as the family was easy going and quick to laugh...despite their White Sox and Cubs family rivalry, haha!

I think it is super cute and cool that the elder Littig's, John and Michelle raised two boys, Jon and Josh, and are now grandparents to Josh's two boys--JJ and Declan.

I wish this awesome family nothing but health, happiness, and years of joy to come with these two sweet little men, JJ and Declan. :)

















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The archer is the true weapon.. "The archer is the true weapon; the bow is just a long piece of wood."
Sebastien de Castell, 
Traitors Blade

Senior Dylan Roe began shooting archery after a visit to a local range in 2014. After picking up a bow he became hooked and immediately joined a youth archery program. He purchased a Olympic Recurve bow and began competing locally in 2015. 'A recurve bow has tips that curve away from the archer when the bow is unstrung. When strung a recurve stores more energy than an equivalent straight limbed bow and therefore offers more thrust to project the arrow through the air to the target.' (
To date Dylan has competed in 21 local and national tournaments including the USA Archery Outdoor Nationals and the Buckeye Classic USAT.  His highest finish was 4th place at the 2016 NFAA Indoor Nationals and he was recently accepted as a member of the Shrewd Archery Factory Staff.  
 Dylan received his Level 1 Instructor certification in Spring of 2016 allowing him to instruct Beginner and Intermediate archers in the JOAD program at Washtenaw's Sportsman's Club as well as Cub and Boy Scouts at local camps 
Dylan also received his JOAD Bronze medal for Indoor Olympic Recurve this past May and currently ranks 47th in his division in USA Archery.  What a list of achievements, especially for someone so new to a sport!! 
Adding to the fun, his mother and father bought bows and started shooting in competitions in January of 2016 so that they could be actively involved with their youngest son's sport. How cool is that??!

Dylan has been in the Milan, Michigan school district his whole academic life. After starting to play drums in 6th grade he became a member of Milan High School's  drum line in 2013 and is currently the co-captain. 
After graduation Dylan plans on attending Eastern Michigan University to major in Political Science with a minor in Economics. 

With his dedication to excellence I am quite sure Dylan has nothing but success in his future. I wish you the very best Dylan!  Enjoy your Senior year! 

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Jake and Monica and Happy Ever After

So it seems I am seeing a lot of the Fredericks family lately as this is the second wedding in their family I have photographed in the past 3 months! Of course my history with this family goes even further back and it seems we've come a long way away from Jake hanging out with my daughter Shelby and their high school friends.

Seeing the way Jake looks at Monica makes me realize just how far...I am so happy that Jake and Monica found each other and I can't wait to see what the rest of their life has in store for them.
Much love to both Jake and Monica and both of their wonderful families, who are now united as one, as they are.

Here is to their Happy Ever After 






Wedding Venue: St Joseph's Parish Hammond, Indiana
Reception: Aberdeen Manor, Valparaiso, Indiana

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The Major and his Minors Well this family definitely makes my list for one of my cutest family groups, that is for sure.  And when it came to coordinating the color scheme, with just the right amount of accent patterns to make it interesting, Marilyn Rauschenberg NAILED IT!

Marilyn and her husband Major Justin Rauschenberg just relocated to Michigan from Virgina. Major Rauschenberg has been in the Army for 12 years now and did one year in Kuwait. He told me the hardest part of the experience was being away from his family. I can understand that--they are adorable!
And what personalities the girls Sydney, age 7, and Riley, age 4 have. Both were always ready for their close ups until the very end when 4 year old Riley was ready to move on to other things haha.
At one point the girls discovered a lady bug...Sydney was quite mesmerized by it but Riley decided the bug belonged in a better place and made quick work of it with a quick solid stomp from her boot. Oh em gee. I was dying!!! What a hoot!!!

While I know they miss the mountains of Virginia the Rauschenbergs are learning to love their new Michigan surroundings very quickly. Which is good, because I hope to see them the next time they need some images done! They were truly awesome :)

Welcome to Michigan, Major Rauschenberg, and your adorable Minors ;)


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Fun and Fearless in the Big City I am always a big fan of new sites, as I've said before, so photographing at Promontory Point in Chicago was a cool new place for a Senior session.
As I had only seen the location online, I was happily surprised at the awesome views and peaceful sereneness the Point allowed.

My Senior Maya Pancer loved it there too!  She jumped right in with her fun and fearless self. Despite a few times when her boyfriend's staring perusal threw her off a little bit she was a total professional. I guess I could have thrown her boyfriend, Jacob, off the 'set' but he is my nephew so we worked around him haha! (In truth he was a big help--thanks Jacob!)

Maya is a Senior at Lake Central High School. Unsure of which college she plans to attend she is looking at her local options. She does know that she wants to minor in Fashion Design with most likely a major in Business. She loves reading, writing, drawing, painting, and music, so she definitely has an artistic bent.

 Good luck during your Senior year Maya and I hope college is everything you hope for :)

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Mothers are all slightly insane... "Mothers are all slightly insane."
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

As a mother myself I can surely attest to that sentiment! Look cross-eyed at one of my children and you will see just how insane; and 4 out of 5 of my children are adults themselves!
 But mostly we mothers are insane with adoration and love for our offspring, despite their faults we see past to who they really are. We see the beauty of our child's soul, no matter if that child is 3 or 30.

Meeting with Kris and her two children, Isaac and Ciara, was my third shoot with members of the extended Holman Family. A large tight knit group, I am always impressed by their closeness and the love they radiate not only for their children but for each other. 
Those are my kind of people :)

They surely come by their easy family camaraderie naturally, as the matriarch of their family, Susan Holman, practically glows when she speaks of any of her 4 daughters or her many grandchildren.
Every child, no matter their age, should have a mother and grandmother speak of them in such a way!

So here are some more members of the Holman family..Kristen and her handsome son Isaac and her picture perfect daughter Ciara.
And you can tell by the look in her eyes that she is definitely crazy, insane, in love, over them both :)

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From making horror movies to music...

From making horror movies to music, Austin Holloway is very much a creative soul. At our first meeting he seemed very quiet but the more we went along the more he opened up, even contributing
some ideas for posing when we got his electric guitar involved--I love that!
Due to time constraints on my schedule we actually changed our location at the last minute to Whihala Beach in Whiting. From the beach to the pier, the photo opps were endless as you will see in this blog post, making me realize I definitely have to start utilizing this location more-- especially since I live 5 minutes away lol.
After talking to Austin I learned that after his graduation, from Crown Point High School, he plans on becoming a Union crane operator---lots of big money there! But he will continue to work on his film making and his music on his down time, so he will definitely have all his bases covered.

Good luck in your last year of high school Austin! And keep up with your creative projects--

 “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”.
~Thomas Merton



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You may say I'm a dreamer... You may say I'm a dreamer..but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.
John Lennon

On a beautiful Autumn day I met the equally beautiful Madison. She was as sweet as her smile and we got off to a wonderful start. Her blonde beauty and our prairie locale definitely made me envision the era of the 'free spirit and love for all' mentality from the 60's and I would have liked to take 'hippie girl' photos of her all day if she would have let me lol. Instead we did quite a few different looks and settings during her session, including some photos with some very verbal turkeys haha. How many teens can say they have a turkey in their Senior images?! Of course we also had to include her pup Andi (who was VERY protective of her during her session!) and we even got her equally beautiful mother, Susan, to join in the session for a few shots. :)

Madison is presently a Senior at Morgan Township High School in Valparaiso, Indiana where she is a cheerleader and also runs track. She loves the small school atmosphere that Morgan allows, and except for two years, has been in the Morgan district school system since kindergarten. She is thrilled to finish her high school career in the school she loves.
After graduation Madison is looking at schools in the gorgeous state of Colorado to get her Clinical Psychology degree, with the plan to later get her Masters in Occu
pational Therapy.

I am quite sure she will achieve all that she desires with her gorgeous smile to light the way. Much love and best wishes to you Madison!

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Twenty five years and counting... It's always super cool when someone from another state sees my work and decides to hire me while they are in town.
So I was excited when Californians Mary and Desi decided to include me in their plans when they stopped in Chicago, on their way to New York City, to celebrate their 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary!
While in town, they knew they wanted to see a few landmarks, and of course get some shots with the Chicago skyline.

So our first stop was Lurie Garden in Millennium Park.

After some fun and laughs, and a little cooling off, we headed over to the famous Chicago Theater- a perfect location for Mary who works as an actress.
Along the way we found a cool backdrop in a local alley...
Our last stop was at the beautiful landmark Union Station.

These are just a few of the awesome shots we were able to capture that day!
I had a lot of fun with both of you, Desi and Mary, thanks again for including me on such a special celebration! I wish you another 25 years, and I hope you find them as wonderful as the first.
Nancy Roxane

Make sure to check out musician Desi's page at

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Champions rarely talk. They just perform and the world around them talks. Champions rarely talk. They just perform and the world around them talks.

That quote basically sums up my meeting I had with this quiet young man at sunrise one morning. We exchanged introductions and a handshake, I told him what I wanted to start with, and then he set about getting his boat and things ready with a silent calm assurance. And he basically remained extremely quiet for the rest of our 2 hour session as I chitter chattered away.

Little did I know at the time,

but Ronnie Cantrell.. is a champion.

Ronnie has been rowing for Skyline High since his Freshman Year in high school. Now, as a Senior, he is the Captain of the team.
In his Sophomore year he won Regional Championships in the Junior Double and in his Junior year he won the Varsity Double.
Ronnie was also the first male at Skyline High to win a Regional Championship in the Varsity Single, which he accomplished his Junior year.
Setting yet another record, Ronnie was the first in his club team to make finals for the prestigious Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. The race is one of the biggest and fastest races in the world for a high-schooler. Not only did Ronnie make the finals, he came in 4th place in the U17 Single!
Then last year this young man took 4th at the Canadian Nationals in the Men's Varsity Double and he did it as a Junior racing against 19 year-olds.
Did I mention he also rows for Washtenaw Rowing Center, and that he rowed for the Junior National Team this past summer?
When I learned all this, days after our photo session, I told him I felt
like I should have at least bowed or something before leaving his presence--I was only half joking lol!

In all seriousness, what a list of wonderful achievements to have accomplished so early in his life. While some of us struggle with getting our teenage sons to get off video games and take out the garbage this young man is out there rocking the world around him.

Congratulations to you Ronnie for being head and shoulders above a vast majority of us out there, that simply settle for being average. What an inspiration you are. I know you have a lot of choices on the table for college but no matter where you decide to go after high school, and even later in life, I am quite sure you will continue to be the champion you are today.
It was a very real pleasure to meet you Ronnie, and I wish you all the success in the world, as you obviously deserve it and strive so diligently
for it.
May your Senior year be filled with one bright spot after another; I have a feeling it will be :)

Lastly, as a mother myself, I would be amiss if I did not say congrats as well to Ronnie's mother, Erin Cantrell.

Good job mom, good job.


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A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it... A portrait is not made in the the camera but on either side of it.
Edward Steichen

I can't remember how far back I have been wanting to do a photo session inside a laundromat so I when I decided to do a modeling session with Chloe Burns-Krul and Lanie Desano-Smith I knew this was my chance.

These young beautiful girls both definitely brought their energy and sense of adventure to the session. I can definitely see both Chloe and Lanie in magazine ads like these! I am looking forward to seeing where their future modeling careers will take them as they start off on this new adventure.
Good luck girls--you are both AWESOME!

Special thanks to Arbor Laundromat at 5567 Carpenter Rd in Ypsilanti and to the manager Arlene for allowing us access to the location and for helping make the session even more awesome with her help!

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Life is like a Ferris wheel.. "Life is like a Ferris wheel ..sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down. In the end you just have to learn how to enjoy the ride."

California natives, Cecilia Wong and Jeff To, are definitely enjoying the ride of their 5 year relationship and one of the many ups was their recent engagement this past February 15th, 2016. The Ferris wheel analogy is very fitting as Ferris wheels themselves have played a part in their relationship from the very beginning.
It was on a Ferris wheel in Long Beach, California that Jeff first knew he was in love with Cecilia. So it seemed only fitting, that when it came time to propose, he would do so on another Ferris wheel-this one in Paris.. I'm pretty sure you can't get much more romantic than that!

When Cecilia contacted me about taking some photos, while she and Jeff were in Chicago for the weekend, she knew she wanted it to be all about city landmarks and views. After going over our many options we chose Milton Lee Olive Park. Not only are the Chicago skyline views incredible from this  little pocket park but it is also right next to Navy Pier and their well known Ferris wheel. So of course we HAD to include it in some of our images!

I hope that Cecilia and Jeff's upcoming wedding on July 15, 2017 is just as sweet and romantic as they are. Thank you to both of you for including me on one leg of the trip on the Ferris wheel of your life's incredible journey.
Nancy Roxanne


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My first grandchild turns two years old!

Two years ago on August 29th, 2014 at 10:12 a.m Felicity Shay Adams came in to the world at St. Anthony's Hospital in Crown Point. She was the first child for my daughter Mallory and her husband Scott, and the first grandchild for all three sets of her grandparents. She has been surrounded by love and attention from the very beginning including from her doting Auntie 'Tel' (Shelby) who actually got to witness her coming into the world.

From the very beginning she has had a strong personality and there seems to be no sign of that changing haha!
At 10 weeks she was already showing signs of her sweet self...

It has been so awesome to see her develop into a little person...these images from her 1st birthday seem like just yesterday!

And then exactly 5 months ago she seemed to grow up even more when she became a big sister to her little brother Dawson Avery.
Despite my trepidation of what would happen when she had to share her parent's loving and devoted attention, she has been quite taken with her little brother and is always very concerned about him. We all believe they will grow up to be the very best of friends.

Another close bond is the one she has with my youngest daughter who is only 5 years older than she. She always wants to know where "Na-na-na" (Savanah) is :)
I believe they will always have a special bond as well---not to mention plenty of photo ops haha!!

What a blessing Felicity Shay Adams has been to us all... including her Uncle Mikey, and her surrogate uncles, Uncle Louie and Uncle Kurt who she is very close to. She definitely has the 'strong male figures' category on lock down!

And speaking of male figures, watch out sports world because, I am quite sure, if her daddy/coach Scott has anything to say about it, she will be a champion on the basketball court! He has had her in training since she could hold a miniature basketball and she is even joining a basketball league next month!

Of course she is a champion off the court too! Full of personality and spirit, and we wouldn't have her any other way.

And even though not all her loved ones live close by I'd be amiss if I didn't mention her Aunt Natalie in Alaska, her Uncle Wyatt and great Aunt Jacquetta in Arizona, her great Granny and PaPa in Virginia, and her surrogate Uncle Phil in Wisconsin. They may not be right in her backyard but they all love her very much just the same!



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