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Breathtaking Photography offers on-location, natural light photography in Alton, Illinois and the surrounding St. Louis Metro area. Offering birth photography and portraiture.

Photography that will literally take your breath away.


Monday, December 28, 2009

The Winner! | Wichita Giving Is Awesome Photographer

Computer viruses stink! I'm sorry that I'm late posting the winner to the Giving is Awesome give-away. My computer has been on the outs for the past week. In fact, I'm not sure I'll even get through typing this before it freezes again. BOO! Thankfully I'm a smart photog and I back up all my images. ;)

The winner of the Giving is Awesome giveaway is Heather, mother of little Mr. E! And really, the timing could not be more perfect for this family. Heather and her partner Bob have been in the hospital for nearly two weeks with tiny Mr. E. He has some pretty serious health problems and has had many set backs. What a blessing that they were able to be home for Christmas! The year ahead may very well be a difficult one for them and I am excited to bless them with a little joy through photography. They've already had their newborn session when E was 5 days old and we'll get to see him throughout 2010 as he grows up!

E will have another session at 6 months and then again on his first birthday! A full set of 4x6 prints, one mounted wall print up to size 11x14, and a full resolution CD of images will be presented at each session. And at the end of this year Heather will receive a beautiful, custom made (by me!) coffee table book of images.

In addition, Christie, who nominated Heather, will get a free cake smash and portrait session for her darling baby girl I!

Thank you everyone and congratulations Heather, Bob, Mr. E, and Christie!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

ONE more day! | Wichita Giving is Awesome Photographer

Well, one more day left folks to nominate your friend, your sister, your mother, your random stranger. ONE more day for Giving is Awesome to touch someone you love or just someone who has touched your heart.

I will announce the winner here on this blog on Christmas Eve night. Keep an eye out to hear the story of both the giver and the receiver and then stay tuned this year to see the sessions!

Love, Chantel

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Teeny Little Guy | Wichita Newborn Photographer

Today I got to meet Mr. E. He's the newest son of my friend Heather, who we got to see here in the Fall. He's a tiny baby boy, weighing in at 5 pounds 11 ounces at his birth 5 whole days ago. Despite some pretty crummy weather today (freezing cold and drizzling, anyone?) I managed to scope decent light in their dining room. Mr. E was quite the little gentleman and happily snoozed through our session. Heather has had a pretty hard year and she's been nominated for Giving is Awesome by a mutual friend. And as she's my ONLY nominee at the moment (for shame you guys!!!!) and Eli had to be born early we went ahead and got the newborn session under our belts just in case she wins. Of course, if my wonderful readers send me some more names and Heather does not win she still gets a free newborn session so that's not too bad a consolation prize, huh? ;)

Ho Ho Ho! Merrrrry Christmas!!!!

Ho Ho Ho

He did this head prop all on his own, no Photoshop required! Silly five day old baby thinks he's big enough to hold that head up (and kept trying to wiggle away from me anytime I put him on his belly!!!)

Head prop

I can spot a breech baby a mile away (Mr. E turned head down just a couple of weeks before birth). My twins were born like this and to this day, 18 months later, they like to sit with their legs like this!


A tiny cocoon....

Tiny Fist

I had so much fun laughing with you guys today Heather. Thanks again so much for letting me stop by and take up your afternoon. :)


Saturday, December 5, 2009

December Special! | Wichita Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Baby Photorgapher

Ho Ho HO!

Tis the season for giving and Breathtaking is participating in the Giving is Awesome Giveaway. Click here for more details or email me to nominate the person in your life that need a little pick me up this holiday!

For the rest of you, I have a little something to stick in your stockings!

Book any regular, full maternity, newborn, or baby session and you will receive a beautiful 10x13 print mounted for stability and coated for durability. It comes ready to frame or can be displayed on an easel within your home. I have several of these that I purchased from my own maternity session and they are wonderful!


If you're expecting a baby in 2010 have I got something special for you! Book and pay for your birth in December and my gift to you is $200 off your total cost! This goes for Births AND the Belly, Birth, Baby packages.

Happy Holidays to you and yours! May you have a peaceful and joyful season. :)