Together

Meet Jeff and Amy.  I met Amy about five years ago while teaching in Chatham.  She is a high school art and does an amazing job with her students.  I had the extreme pleasure of watching her interact with her students and you can tell they love her.  She is on the Central Illinois Scholastics Art Board with me and has led her students to many distinguished awards over the years.  She's not just awesome in the classroom either.  Amy has such a quiet and calm demeanor that makes you feel at home in a new friendship immediately.  I love hanging out with her.

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Take Me To The Fair

Meet the McCulley Family.  I have been so blessed to have them as a part of the Studio Bliss family.  I think I saw them 4 times last year for sessions, and it is always a blast.  This time was no exception.  I got to eat corn dogs on the job, so yeah, it was awesome!

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Twinning in Chicago

Welcome to the world Brown twins!  These two precious babies waited for us to return from vacation for their big day in the spotlight.  At 17 days new, they sure slept amazingly.  We got a really great set of photos of the two of them all snuggly together.  I love photographing twins together!

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My Roomie!

Say hello to the Bruening Family!  They mean the world to me and are Godparents to my eldest child.  Mom was my roommate in college and has been my rock through the good and the bad.  She makes me want to be a better person everyday.  Her love of life, her love of Christ and her unending generosity towards all those she meets is undeniable.  She has the sweetest, most affectionate heart of anyone I have ever met and is the kind of person I want to surround myself with for the rest of my life.  I have truly been blessed beyond belief to call her my friend!

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Family

Meet the Hoke Family!  My daughter's soccer coach and his wife set this session up as a gift for her parents, and I couldn't be more grateful.  They are a wonderful family.  We booked the session months in advance for early summer to avoid a heat wave, but it was just our luck to hit one of the hottest June dates.  Seriously, you just never know in Illinois!  We came back from Florida this week and it was totally chilly outside.  Despite the heat and swarms of gnats, this family did a fantastic job.

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Golden Hours + Maroon

I met this family when Owen, the youngest, was only a few days old.  I immediately felt a strong connection to mom.  She is a teacher too and a fantastic person at heart.  I've always felt super comfortable in her company and conversation has always been easy.  Both her and her husband have raised two truly incredible kiddos.  I still can't believe it has been 5 years.

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Tween-aged Awesomeness!

Meet Drake!  He has an absolute heart of gold.  You couldn’t ask for a better friend.  He is loyal, kind and so very respectful.  I had a wonderful time hanging out with him.  Drake is quiet one-on-one, but he has an incredible sense of humor and when you least expect it, his hilarious side sneaks up. 

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A Simply Suite Tween

We are all so incredibly grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response to our Simply Suite Tween video release.  The post had over 10,000 views in the first 5 hours on our page, so this week, I wanted to showcase some of the amazing tweens I have had the incredible privilege of spending time with recently. 

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Simply Suite Storytelling Video and Giveaway

I feel like my entire life has led up to this video, and yet I sit here trying to figure out why the journey took so long.  It comes down to one thing - timing.  As an educator, photographer and soccer mom, the school year is fairly stressful for me.   I find that during my winter and summer breaks things just seem to come into focus.  My brain has time to process, and I do my best thinking.  This winter was certainly no exception.

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The Journey Begins Here!

Welcome to the fresh new face of Studio Bliss Photography, {break out the champagne} and oh does it feel sooooo good!  In case we have never met before, hello, my name is Elizabeth Bailey and WELCOME to my crazy life!  I own Studio Bliss Photography with the help of my amazing husband, who is my very talented graphic designer.  He works for warm plates of food, so I feel like I am getting the better end of the deal.  Here is an obligatory picture, so that you can put the name with a face...

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