Mommy and Me Mini Sessions–NW Chicago Suburbs Family Photographer

It is that time of year where many husbands are looking around for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for their wives.   Some mothers want something that will last a short time, some want to be pampered, some mothers want the day off and others just want to be around family.  All of us mothers want something different.

My children asked me what I wanted and I told them, “I just want ONE day where you get along and clean up after yourself.”

They responded to me by saying, “That is what you asked for last year!”  A mother can hope, right?

You are their mother.  You know what is best.  You push them to be the best they can be.  You drive them around where they need to go.  You help them with their homework.  You make sure they stay healthy.  You kiss them goodnight.    You read them a story.  You make sure they have what they need.   You take them to the doctor when they are sick.  You watch their games and get all of their equipment together.  You make sure they have their favorite blanket.  You make them their favorite meals.  You make sure they have the perfect birthday.  You make sure they study for their tests or do their homework.  You make sure that they treat others with respect.  You make sure they have opportunities to learn.  You plan family vacations and activities.  And the list goes on.


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Mothers are cherished year round but sometimes it doesn’t feel that way.  We work so hard and sometimes it feels like it still isn’t enough.

Wouldn’t YOU love a gift that celebrates the love and joyous moments of being a “Mommy.”  

As a mother, I know what it is like to try to fit everything into my family’s schedule.  It is great to have the time and energy to plan a full portrait session with the whole family but sometimes it isn’t easy to do.  There are birthday parties, family events, sports games, swimming lessons and so many other things to fit in.

Mommy and Me Mini Sessions are here!  I set up a special time for you to get a beautiful set of portraits with your children.  It will be on Saturday, May 16th in the morning.  The mini sessions will be 20 minutes long and will give you 6 beautiful portraits that you can cherish for years to come!   The location is the NW Chicago Suburbs and will be determined soon and discussed with those who are booking a space.   All sessions include up to 4 people.  $10 each additional person.  Due to the nature of this special event and limited spaces, no refunds will be issued.  If you book a session and cannot make it, you are responsible for selling the session to another interested party.   In the case of inclement weather, I will contact you to reschedule our session as soon as possible.

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If this is what you REALLY want for Mother’s Day, I made it really easy for you!  Just forward this link to your husband and have him click on the graphic below to book your session OR print it out and have him contact me and I’ll take care of the rest!  This link goes right to our contact page!

The times available are 8:00am, 8:20am, 8:40am, 9:00am, 9:20am, and 9:40am.

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If you absolutely CAN NOT make one of our mini session dates and still would like like wonderful gift, you may also schedule your session during the week on one of the following dates.

Monday, May 11th 9:30-9:50am

Wednesday, May 13th 9:30-9:50am

Monday, May 18th 9:30-9:50am

If you know another mommy that would just love a lovely portrait gift like this from her husband, pass it on!   Let’s see if we can get all 6 spaces filled up by Mother’s Day!  If we do, I’ll announce a special gift for all of the family’s that book a space!

Just Peachy Photography Welcome Video–NW Chicago Area Newborn Photographer

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After months of planning and rounding up some great models, we are ready to share our special welcome video with you!  This video gives you an idea of what to expect when you hire Just Peachy Photography.   As a Chicago Area Newborn Photographer, I give my clients personal attention, patience, fun, beautiful images and so much more!   Sessions are carefully planned ahead of time with your choices of colors, props, style.  Each newborn is treated as if they were my own with safety and a comfortable environment in mind.  I’m always trying out new lighting techniques, props, poses and more to give your images their own unique look.  Our video shares the carefully planned details and why getting portraits taken are important!

What is your favorite part of our new video?  Tell us below!   If you REALLY love our video, make sure you share it!

Click on the precious moment below to see the new video!

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Just Peachy Photography has limited openings for newborns this spring and summer!  Please contact us if you would like to grab up one of our last appointments!  If you would like a baby, children, or family session, we have some openings as well.  Contact us here or email us at

Fit4Mom Arlington Heights–Mom Around Town Chicago Area


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Welcome back to our Mom Around Town Blog Series!  Today I’m here to introduce a special local business called Fit4Mom, which offer fitness classes for moms at all different stages!    Remember to check out our last Mom Around Town post with The Storybook Mom if you haven’t seen it already!

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Year Established: 2007

Fit4Mom offers fitness classes for moms at all different stages. Stroller Strides classes offer cardio, strength and core to give moms a total body workout- all while their little one is along for the ride in the stroller. Instructors also weave songs and activities throughout the class to keep it interactive for the little ones- fitness for mom, fun for baby!  Their mission is to help moms make strides in fitness, motherhood and life. Not only do they offer amazing fitness classes, but each location provides a free “Our Village” playgroup that is a great community feel for the moms in the classes. According to Jackie Dorris, the owner of Fit4Mom, “Being a mom is hard work and it takes a village, and that is really what our classes provide.”

Do you want to hear a little more from the owner of Fit4Mom, Jackie Dorris?   Just Peachy Photography interviewed her and would love to share with you.

Interview with Jackie Dorris of Fit4Mom:

Erika:  How did you get the idea to start your business?

Jackie:  I was a new mom without a single other friend who had a baby and I wanted to get back in shape. I didn’t want to leave my daughter in the gym daycare, and I needed to meet some other moms! I looked in to taking a stroller fitness class with her and there was not one that I could find so I decided to start it myself. I needed my Village.

Erika:   I think we all need a village sometimes!  I wish I had a class like this when my twins were born since it was hard to get out of the house or even find time for fitness.  I’m curious, what did you do before you started your business?

Jackie:  I worked for a kitchen design firm.

Erika:  That sounds like fun but definitely something that would be hard to continue with a baby at home.  I’m sure now you meet a lot of wonderful mothers and make friends with them too!  Can you share one memorable story from an experience you had related to your business?

Jackie:  There are so many! But I will never forget our Grand Opening almost 8 years ago. Back then we didn’t have online registration, or social media. I hung up flyers everywhere, and had my friends tell their friends- but I had no idea if anyone was going to come. 35 moms came! It was amazing. And the rest is history.

Erika:  How fun!  Yes, what would we do without social media now, right?  How do you think you provide a quality service or product for local moms?

Jackie:  Fit4Mom is a leader in the pre/postnatal fitness world and I know that our instructors have gone through specific training so that they know how to work with postnatal women. Your body goes through more changes in the 9 months of pregnancy than a man’s will his entire life. It’s important that you see a trainer/instructor who knows what those changes are and how to correct them so that you can have the strength for motherhood.

Erika:  Very true on those changes!  Do you have anything you would like to tell us that is new for your business in 2015?

Jackie:  We are going to be launching Body Back and Fit4Baby in the Arlington Heights area.

Erika:  Are there any upcoming events or promotions that you would like to share?

Jackie:  We will be heading outdoors for class starting in May!

Erika:  So soon!  That is great news!  Is there anything else you want to tell us about your business or yourself?

Jackie:  Your first Stroller Strides class is free. So often we hear, why would I pay to just walk around with the stroller. Come to a class and you will get it! Stroller Strides is much more than just a walk- each class has elements of targeted strength training to get you stronger for your role as mom and the interaction and socialization that both you and your child get are priceless. It takes a village and we would love for you to come be a part of ours.

Erika:  I did get to visit a class and I will tell you it is more than that!  The instructor was very motivated to get the women moving and targeted specific fitness goals too! The kids had fun watching mom or one little boy was munching on a cookie while his mom was working out!   What a great class!

Stroller Strides Mom and Baby Class Arlington Heights ILClasses move outdoors in May and join us on Friday, May 8th for a special Mother’s Day class where Just Peachy Photography will be taking a mini-photo of moms with their little ones after class!

Jackie is giving away a Free Month to the Stroller Strides class to one local mom!  All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter and use the form below to enter.   Giveaway will end on Friday, April 30th at midnight!


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Just Peachy Photography will announce the winner shortly after the contest ends and winners will be notified.  All entries will be verified and the winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen. And a slideshow of images from the Stroller Strides class I visit in Arlington Heights this February:

If you haven’t seen Just Peachy Photography’s new Welcome Video yet, head over and check it out here.  It will give you an idea of what a session is like with Erika Williams from Just Peachy Photography.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015 Palatine, IL –Palatine Illinois Event Photographer

Since the weather was in the ’30’s last year for St. Patrick’s Day, my family didn’t go to the annual event but luckily this year we made it there!  The sun was shining, the sky was blue, the crowds were out and everyone was wearing green!  It truly was the perfect day for the parade!   Of course since it was sunny and close to noon when these photos were taken, I didn’t get as many as I would have liked from my viewpoint.  Next year I might find a spot that is a little more shaded but regardless it was a great time by all in my family.    Palatine always has a great parade!

If you didn’t get a chance to see my last post a few years ago you can see it here.  It seems that the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade was quite a bit shorter than the 2013 but still a lot of fun!

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This three legged dog even participated in the St. Patrick’s Day fun!   He was all decked out in green and keeping up with the rest of the parade!  St. Patrick

Here is a little slideshow of images from the parade.  Enjoy!



First Birthday Bunny Boy–Roselle Illinois Children’s Small Event Photographer

It is such a joy to have families return after a few years for a portrait session or event!  I love how they always think I won’t remember them but I always do.  My clients just make a special mark in my heart and I truly love to see how their children have grown.  I know it isn’t always possible to hire a professional photographer for every special event in their lives but I always like to make sure they know that I am honored to be there when they can and be trusted to photograph their special memories.

First birthday parties are one of my favorite small events to photograph because there are usually many children there, the adults love to interact with the guest of honor, usually there is an adorable theme for the party and lots of details to get images of and one year old’s are just too cute!  They are still babies and not quite toddlers.  Some are still crawling, many are taking their first steps and a few a cruising all over the place already!  There never is a dull moment at a first year party and I just love to be a part of them.

It was a pleasure to see the K Family again after I had photographed their first son’s first birthday party a few years ago.  It was also great to see that their family had grown!  Their new son, A, was just as cute as could be and such a good eater!  Also, I just could not get enough of that hair!  You will see what I mean in the photos below!  Thanks K Family for trusting me yet again with your precious memories and I hope you enjoy your photographs for years to come!

Some of my favorite photographs from A’s Easter themed first birthday party can be seen below!  Enjoy!

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