Fall Mini Sessions 2016!

It’s almost time again for our Fall Mini sessions! We really love how this weekend gets packed full with the most amazing families! When I look at the images from last year’s Mini Session weekend, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for these sweet families and their desire to capture these memories with their children! If you aren’t familiar with our Mini Sessions here’s what you need to know… Our mini sessions are just that… they are 30 minute sessions designed to capture your family and maybe even provide you with your Christmas card! These sessions are half the price of our full family sessions and you will receive 5 free digital negatives. As with all our sessions, you will be provided with an online gallery to view all the images from your shoot, order prints and cards, and even purchase additional digital negatives if you choose. We offer only a limited number of sessions and unfortunately we are unable to offer Mini Sessions at any other time. Email bradandtonia@gmail.com or message us through our FB page to book your Mini Session. We can’t wait to spend time with your family!

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Tim & Sarah Engagement

Congratulations Tim and Sarah! We loved spending the evening with you documenting this moment in your life! Excited for you two to begin your journey of marraige together!




Generation Family Sessions

There’s a whole lot to love about extended family photo sessions! As summer is approaching, and family reunions are being palnned, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with some of our very favorites! We have had the privilege to photograph many of these family gatherings and each one has been so unique and fun! There really is nothing we love more than seeing families together! And it’s the very best gift for Grandma and Grandpa!

*At the end of the post are all the details on the Generations Family Photo sessions and why we think it’s the best value for family pictures!

The Groh Family. Location: Severson Dells Park. Rockford, IL


The Devries Family: Location: At home in the backyard. Hobart, IN


The Loner Family. Location: Rockford Tree Arboretum. Rockford, IL


The Young Family. Location: Their home. Rockford, IL


The Salberg Family. Location: Their home. Rockford, IL


The Borseth Family. Location: Grandma’s front porch. Rockford, IL


The Dellamater Family. Location: Williams Tree Farm. Rockton, IL


The Extended family session is geared towards those special occasions when the entire family can be together! Typically these are done during a scheduled family reunion, or holiday season… anytime you want to capture the TOGETHERNESS and celebrate everyone being in one spot.

Our Extended Family Session sitting fee begins at $350 for up to 7 people, with an additional $20 per person.

Locations can be chosen by you, however we are more than happy to suggest great locations in and around the Rockford area. (Additional travel fee of $50 for locations more than 30 miles outside of Rockford, IL)

Tonia is available to help you plan what everyone should wear, and any ideas, themes, or props you may want to include in your session.

Plan for a minimum of 2 hours. Plan to have fun being together! This will not be painful, we promise!

Session includes: Extended family photo (grandparents, children, inlaws, grandchildren, great-grandchildren) as well as a mini family session for each individual family unit. Addtional photos include grandparent with grandchildren, cousin photos, as well as special request generation photos.

We can’t wait to spend time with your exteneded family!

Spencer Heckler

It’s been fun watching Spencer play his senior year with the Rockford FIRE.   Brad had fun with this shoot!  Thanks Spencer for being a great sport!!  Good luck in the future! Adventures await!

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The Unplanned Moments

Today I’m breaking all the rules and sharing personal images. In October of 2015 we had 17 photo shoots. On paper and in our minds it seemed doable and we were excited about spending time with each and every one of these amazing families, most of whom we also call friends! However, it was overwhelming and drianing at times. If you know us in real life, you know that we have five children and trying to maintain working together as a husband and wife team while still being parents is really the hardest work we do. We typically don’t bring our childen along on shoots, but on the second weekend of our mini-shoots in October we just couldn’t leave the girls with a sitter one more time and decided to bring them along. After that shoot was over, the girls and I hung out in the wild, overgrown field, and the sun dropped into that perfect golden hour, and Brad kept the camera out and shot these images of me with my girls. No planned, coorinating clothing. No brushed hair. No props. Just a few minutes of breathing deeply and being together. It is just now, months later, after all our clients have their photos, that I see these images and can’t help but be amazed at the gift of it all!


Now as the snow piles up, and the temperatures drop to below freezing, we are working, and planning and praying for 2016. These photos, while deeply personal, capture what we strongly desire our photography to be. The moments. The togetherness. The freedom for imperfections to be beautiful.