The Local Bee

Baby Love

Baby Love

There is something about a newborn. From their teeny tiny feet to their heavenly smell, newborns are pretty much perfection.

I do see my fair share of brand spankin’ new babies, that’s true. But what I love about this session is that these guys were very cool with having a no frills lifestyle session and I think it just beautifully captures their new family and most of all, all the love they have for one another.

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B Goes to Prom

B Goes to Prom

There’s something about prom that makes me so happy. It’s full of fun and friends. Who didn’t love prom? So when I heard that the R family, who is like my husband’s second family (dad R has known my husband since he was 2 years old) was sending their oldest to prom. I was all “I will come and shoot that!”

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I have to say, these kids definitely know how to do prom. There were a gazillion of them in one beautiful house in gorgeous Willmette, Chicago’s North Shore. And they all looked gorgeous. Me and my set definitely didn’t look this high fashion and we lived in NYC proper!

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And the parents were not to be shown up. When the cameras came out it was a full blown paparazzi frenzy!

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Quiet Moments Like These…

Quiet Moments Like These…

I never really had a grandmother. I had one who lived in Germany that I met only a handful of times and was more of a really cool aunt than a Granny in that she wasn’t very warm and she liked to buy me Jessica McClintock dresses and give me¬†advice about finding a husband when I was 14. It had its perks. But I sort of missed out on the traditional experience so I really love this image from a recent session. As I was packing up, I noticed these two and I took it before anyone saw me. I just love how happy she looks. That sleeping kid is my handiwork btw. I always leave them tuckered out…

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Happy Park

Happy Park

It’s hard to say what I love more, shooting photos or filming. I really love photography, clearly. But these Vignettes are magical.

I met up with the V Family this summer in one of my favorite locals, Chicago’s Lincoln Park.

Mom V is a friend of mine, so I was already excited to just hang out with the family but I was even more excited because the shoot was super laid back & the V’s were totally content with letting me just sort of make it up as we went along.

My inspiration for this film was fun. I wanted to capture the energy of this young family, their joy of just being together & their very close bond. Some of my favorite moments are just of them being them, all the hugs & laughter. After watching it about a million times in post, it still makes me smile really big.

Thanks so much for coming out & letting capture your family, you guys were amazing!

Happy Park from Bum Bul Bee on Vimeo.

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Summer Snapshot Fundraiser

Summer Snapshot Fundraiser

On June 27, 2012 Bryan A. Pumphrey passed away unexpectedly. He was 33. While I never had the chance to meet him, I knew the important facts about his life: he was a good man, a loving father to Addison and Madden and a doting husband to his beautiful wife, Kayme. He was a respected member of his communities, first here in Illinois and recently in Leawood, KS where he and his family moved last year. In a local piece about his death, friends describe him as gentle soul and a person who was always smiling. Yes, Bryan will be missed by many.

Even though I never met him, I was affected by his passing as I tried to find a way to show my support for his wife. Over the last year Kayme has become a friend, one I feel very lucky to have. For like Bryan, most people would describe Kayme in the very same way: full of kindness and a wonderful soul. They were quite a team and so full of love and respect for each other that I found them to be very inspiring.

The first time I met Kayme was a year ago at the Families in the Loop Brunch & Boogie. We met as everyone was packing up. I liked her instantly, she is such an easy person to like. She’s easy going, friendly and like her husband, always smiling. A few weeks later I called her to invite her business to join a promotion I was putting together. Our conversation lasted almost 5 hours.

Over the last year, I’ve gotten to know her and my admiration for her has only grown. Particularly for the way she seems to effortlessly face adversity with an air of unbreakable positivity. She is so strong and has persevered through unimaginable feats with never-ending dignity and grace, all while running a business and raising two small children. Yes, Kayme is quite remarkable to those who know her.

As the news of her tragedy circulated through our small and tight knit community of women business owners, there were many people that stepped up to show their support. Businesses donated a portion of their sales, her Chicago friends held a local service that coincided with Bryan’s funeral in Leawood. Much like Kayme inspired us, many were inspired to help her.

With that, I’d like to invite you to join Julia Franzosa and I for this very special event as we show support for Kayme and her family. All proceeds from this event will go to the Pumphrey Family fund. It’s a wonderful way to show your support and we hope that you will join us on Saturday, August 18th, 2012.

We will be offering mini sessions from 9 to noon at The Centered Chef (177 N Ada, Chicago IL). Your $50 donation secures your spot and guarantees you a 10 minute mini session and 1 hi-res digital image.

Additional images can be purchased on the day of the event: $50 for 2 additional images and $100 for 4 additional images.

All additional images must be purchased on the day of the event.

100% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Bryan A Pumphrey Memorial Fund.

For more information and to reserve your spot, please visit: http://summersnapshotfundraiser.eventbrite.com

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