Category Archives: 2014

VIP Senior – Wendy


Last summer, when it was warm (remember that? Warmth? Sunshine? Summer?) we met members of the Tyler family at Sinnissippi Gardens in Rockford, Illinois (now known as Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens) for Wendy’s senior portrait session. The gardens are always beautiful in the summer, with lots of architectural features and plenty of beautiful flowers and foliage. This was a -fun- shoot. Shari and I went to high school together, so to be able to take senior portraits of her step daughter was pretty incredible.

N1010651c_ppvWATWendy handled the fact that I was following her around with a camera pretty well, considering. During the session, I learned more about her, her family and her future plans. Spending time with her family and her boyfriend, Keegan, rank tops on her list of things to do. She has plenty of siblings to argue with!

Kerstein, Trisha, Ravenn, Samantha, Richie, David and Christian are her siblings. Wendy is graduating in May of 2014  from Harlem High School. She wants to go to college, followed by med school and plans to be pursuing a job somewhere  warm as a pediatrician.

Warmer does sound good. Good call, Wendy!

Nervous at the start of the shoot, Wendy quickly got over the jitters and is a natural in front of the camera. She’s easy to talk to, smiles a lot, and has an infectious laugh.

I had a great time getting to know Wendy and spending time with the family. They are a great group of people are fun and laugh a lot. Enjoy the peeks, and stay warm for the rest of the winter. Spring will be here soon!

We are looking forward to our next senior portrait session.
Have you booked your session yet?


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3 Quotes to Inspire you!

Mid way through February! Where does the time go? In my part of the world, we are dealing with colder than average temperatures and higher than average accumulations of snow. Moods and motivation are also dropping for many that I know. The kids are enjoying snow days, but what they don’t see is that for each snow day, they add a day onto the end of their school year. That will be an eye opener, when the end of May arrives and the year has stretched out longer.

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Sometimes, especially with the way this winter season seems to be dragging, it’s hard to find the motivation to get up and get going. The to-do list is impervious to the temperature or the snowbanks, I’ve found. What I’d really like to do is go somewhere warm; unfortunately, my life and work have other plans for me.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

~ Walt Disney

Over the years, I’ve collected inspirational and motivational quotes from websites, books, cards and elsewhere. Sometimes, a favorite quote can provide the pick me up needed to keep plugging away.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

At Nygren-Kearns Photography, we are keeping busy with shoots and edits and having a good time networking and meeting people. Getting out and about keeps the blahs away for us. Do you have any tried and true methods of keeping your spirits up and motivation strong? What is your favorite inspirational or motivational quote? Do you have a saying that sticks in your head and keeps you on track, or something that you return to when you feel yourself dragging?



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Happy New Year!

a section of the Rock River in Rockton, Illinois, covered in fog in January, 2014.

a section of the Rock River in Rockton, Illinois, covered in fog in January, 2014.

Today, we broke a record in the area, by hitting a low of -18. We are colder here than they are in Anchorage, Alaska. Yikes!

Did you make any resolutions for 2014? Personally, we tend not to make resolutions so much as ‘goals’.  Professionally, the same.


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