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2013

The end of yet another year, and I am still wondering where the time went.

My personal life had its share of joy and sorrow this year. I lost my mom, Felicia Lachat, to brain cancer on August 2nd after a yearlong battle. She was fighter up till her peaceful end. I miss her every single day, and treasure the photographs I have of her with me, and with my daughters. Family photographs are so important!

I celebrated in 2013 as well. My older daughter graduated from eighth grade. My bonus daughter graduated from high school, and I celebrated my first anniversary with my fabulous husband, Rick Mahoney. He has been my rock through all of the ups and downs this year, and I am so blessed to have him to walk alongside me.

Through my photography, I have met friends and families. I have celebrated birthdays, engagements, graduations, weddings and the joys of togetherness.

Enjoy some of these images… one from every month of 2013, plus one.

Here’s to many more celebrations in 2014!

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January 2013 – Sammy D’s first birthday with mom and dad, Maria and Gary DesPaltro, Full of energy and curiosity, we spent most of the session chasing him around the house!

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February 2012 – The Bearint Family:  Tim, Bev and baby John. Winter fun in beautiful Mokena with this terrific family, who is expecting a new addition this month! I can’t wait!

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March 2013 – The annual Lincoln-Way North High School Fashion Show in Frankfort. Student athletes bring tears to the eyes of their moms as they walk the runway! Love the spirit of this show!

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April 2013– Tom Kelly and his bride-to-be, Mary, celebrate their wedding shower at The Odyssey in Tinley Park.

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May 2013 – The most beautiful Maggie P. celebrates her First Holy Communion. She made every photograph sing.

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June 2013 – My cousin Tim Lachat marries his bride, Nadine Messih on Mackinac Island, MI., where time stands still.

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July 2013 – Another summer wedding as Julie and Brad Knechtges tie the knot in Indiana in the lovely setting of Meyers Castle in Dyer, IN.

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August 2013– Megan Warren surprises her parents for their wedding anniversary with a portrait with her sisters and brother.

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September 2013 – Mokena Montessori allows me the privilege of photographing their students every year, and this year we had some fun with balloons for Picture Day!

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October 2013– The Cuculich family managed to get EVERYONE together for an extended family photo. I was able to get some great shots in between laughing at the boys, Tom, Don and Dave. Four generations in one photograph is an amazing experience!

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November 2013 – The annual photo fundraiser for the Mokena Educational Foundation was blessed with an amazing day of fall color and sunshine late in the year. I photographed more than 20 families in two days, and enjoyed every single second! Love that it’s for such a great cause, right here in my town.

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December 2013 – “Silentish Night,” dubbed the new twins, Ben and Ella’s mom Barb Gordon. The brother and sister arrived in late June, and I am so thrilled to have twins to photograph!

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Bonus 2013 – The Mokena Junior Griffins Homecoming football action is non-stop, and the families are amazing.

I could literally fill 10 blogs with all the stories of the wonderful people I have met this year through my photography, Friends, old and new, have supported my business and have become part of the incredible story of my life.

Thank you, one and all. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2014 for each of you!

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