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This blog is about stories and how I've captured them with my camera -- some of the stories are about me and my family, and some of the stories are about other people, and some of the stories are probably a lot like yours. Here's a bit of my story: I am a momma of two ornery boys and a creative girl and married to an amazing guy. The house we live in is small but cozy, and our favorite thing to do there is what we call Family Pizza & Movie Night. I find dark chocolate extremely tasty, and I love baking, which leads to the fact that though I wouldn't say I necessarily love running, I do enjoy it and keep at it to try to stay sane and avoid having to buy an entirely new, bigger wardrobe. We have moved lots, which has been a challenge for me, but has taught me a lot, and drawn our family even closer together. I believe some of our crazy journeys have helped shape how I see life, love, and emotion through my lens.

My great grandma gave me her Brownie camera when I was about 8 years old. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Photography has grown from something I love to do into something that has become part of who I am. I'm passionate about capturing personalities, love, and the story of people's lives and reflecting it as art. Art that continues to tell the story, no matter what else has happened around us. Life is always changing… kids grow, we lose people we love, we add new people to our families and lives. I cherish being able to remember each part of the story along the way, and I adore helping others remember each part, too, for a lifetime. So that is a bit about me ~ I would love to hear a little of your story!

kids who lead {downers grove child photographer} Image

kids who lead {downers grove child photographer}

April 4, 2014

This is Charleigh.  She loves nature, her sense of style is amazing, she has a smile that lights up a room, and she is a great leader.  She went to a party with her cousin a few days ago.  It was a party to support a teacher who is fighting leukemia.  The teacher has lost her hair due to her chemotherapy treatments, and at the party, some of her friends, including Charleigh’s cousin, were shaving their heads.  Charleigh saw what they were doing and she wanted to be a girl who shaved her head to show her love and support for people fighting cancer.  What an inspiration.  She felt something and she did it.  For someone else.  Way to shine, Charleigh!

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a senior portrait experience {downers grove high school senior photographer} Image

a senior portrait experience {downers grove high school senior photographer}

March 26, 2014

Class of 2015!  Are you excited?!?  Maybe you haven’t thought much about the fact that your senior year is just a few months away… or maybe you are counting the seconds until you can say “YEP.  I’M A SENIOR.”  Any way you look at it, you may want to start thinking about some senior photos.  Before your palms start getting all sweaty and you close this tab, just wait a sec… because I promise, they really can be a fun thing!  Seriously.  I want to work with you to create a personalized, creative, unique experience that is all about you.  That represents who you are, that brings out the beauty and character that is beyond the surface.  That makes the inside of you shine out in an image.  Those kind of photos.  If that sounds like maybe it might be a doable thing for you, just give me a try.  I would love to sit and chat with you before I even pull the camera out,  go through outfit possibilities, talk about your hobbies and dreams, and find out how to make your experience the best it can be.

Check out this video, feel free to click around on the blog, and fill out the contact form or send me an e-mail at tangie@lifereflectionsbytangie.com to find out more information. I have lots of goodies to share with you to make your senior portrait experience something you will want to remember.

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just before baby N’s arrival… {downers grove maternity photographer} Image

just before baby N’s arrival… {downers grove maternity photographer}

March 24, 2014

I met this couple on a rainy, cold day to capture Amy’s beautiful pregnancy just a few days before their baby was to be born.  They had never photographed one of her pregnancies before, and since this was to be the last one, she knew she had to celebrate this moment with a photography session.  I love that.  It was gloomy outside, but this fun, happy, so in-love couple filled the concert hall lobby with warmth and laughter.  Maybe you can even feel it yourself through their images…

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fall portraits with the L family {downers grove family photographer} Image

fall portraits with the L family {downers grove family photographer}

March 18, 2014

You know those friends you have that even though you haven’t seen them for years, when you get back together, it is as though time never passed?  Those friendships are amazing gifts, and the older I get, the more I realize how rare and precious those gifts are.  My friend, Maria, is one of those amazing gifts.  We have been friends since the 8th grade when we were cheerleaders together, and one Friday she asked me to have a sleepover.  Best friends ever since.  We would stay up late watching Friday Night videos, recording it so we could rewind our favorites to watch over and over (“Kyrie” by Mr. Mister, anyone?  good grief, I’m aging myself…), and making our own Oreo “Blizzards.”  We were in each other’s weddings, and my husband and I have moved a lot since then, but we have kept in contact when we could, and I just cherish the times we do get to see each other.  It is so fascinating to me how you can just click with certain people ~ how they get you, they care about you without expectation, and their smile just fills you up like sunshine to the soul.

I love that my family’s journey has brought us to living closer to my dear friend and her family again.  We took these photos quite awhile ago, and I am so behind in blogging, but I knew I had to get these precious images on here at some point!  Because look at them, seriously… I adore them.

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