Saturday, June 27, 2009

Molly Grace Photography Session--Toto, I Don't Think We're in Sears Anymore!

I lied. I know I told you that I wouldn't report in until Monday, but I couldn't resist sharing this with you.

Last Wednesday, Kate had her senior pictures taken. How, I ask you, did I actually come to have a child who is a senior? I KNOW, right?!

It seems like just yesterday that we were heading to the Sears Photo Studio at the Oak Brook Mall to have her photographed. She'd wiggle and squirm and usually cry and after about 45 minutes of struggle we'd give up, figuring we'd gotten the best pictures we possibly could, and then we'd head to the Nordstrom Cafe for lunch.

Gee, I wonder what ever happened to those pictures?

Anyway, did I mention that Kate had her SENIOR PICTURE taken last week? And do you know what that means to me? It means college applications are just around the corner. And then lots of waiting. And hand wringing. And waiting some more. And then decisions. And stress.

But last week was stress-free as Kate went into her photo shoot. Molly Grace is a photographer extraordinaire. She's as nice as she is talented.

We had arranged to meet her make-up artist, Anna, at Molly's studio in Naperville. Kate had a great time getting all gussied up, and I enjoyed visiting with Anna who is a treasure. And a really good mom, too.

Anna finished up her artistry and sent us off to meet Molly Grace at Danada House in Wheaton. Danada House is a Forest Preserve property which is basically a huge horse farm and a beautiful old house which is often used for weddings and special events. It's a lovely setting.

We had such a great time with Molly. The poor girl had been shooting photos all afternoon in nearly-100 degree weather, but she was still smiling, cheerful, and encouraging. We were her third shoot of the day, and it was quickly becoming twilight--absolutely gorgeous light that day.

The only thing I could possibly "complain" about would have to be the bugs. Oh my, were they swarming that evening! Kate and I laughed that Molly was going to have to Photoshop out all the bugs that were in Kate's mouth, nose, and eyes.

I think we spent about an hour and a half with Molly, and the time just flew. We had fun getting to know her, and were surprised to find out that she attended the same high school that Kate does AND that she also worked on the yearbook--just like Kate does.

And I know--I KNOW!--the photos are going to be wonderful. You know how I know? Molly gave us a preview on her blog. You can check out Kate's photos here. We have a viewing session next week, and I can't wait to see everything.

So, if you're in the Chicago area and need a great photographer, check out Molly Grace's website. She's a pro with a really, really good eye.


  1. Oh my! These photos of Kate are just beautiful! Can this be my little niece?

  2. And this aunt got choked up. They are GORGEOUS!!

  3. The pics are beautiful beyond words.....But so is Kate!

  4. Shelly. . . she is absolutely beautiful! I can see both you and B in her face.

    And no, I cannot believe she's having senior pictures taken.


  5. Beautiful pictures.
    Thank you for sharing

  6. Hi Shelly! I've just had a blast reading about the Greek wedding and oogling the dessert pictures. your writing is the best and it's fun to catch up with you. I've missed our chats. How are things?
    Jan (FSM)

  7. Sweet mercy. The photos are lovely. Supremely so. I love what Molly said about the mother/daughter bond. You are RICHLY blessed!! And so am I to know you. : )