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back and better than ever.

The first snowfall of the year settles on the roof of the barn at Yunker Farm on January 3, 2015 in Mokena.

The first snowfall of the year settles on the roof of the barn at Yunker Farm on January 3, 2015 in Mokena.

Well, I’d like to think so at least.

I knew I hadn’t written anything in a while, but when I came to the blog and saw August 29 as the last post, the first thing I thought was, “uh-OH!”

New year means new commitment. And since the Mokena Messenger is so great about giving me space for my photography, I need to be quite a bit more diligent about providing these great back stories to my weekly MokenaGram.

And while on that topic, if any of my Mokena readers have ideas for MokenaGram – someone, or someplace, or something that makes our little town rock, then please email me right away at: jeanlachat@comcast.net. I will consider any suggestions!

So many great things happening in my professional and personal world in 2015.

I love my cute little studio on Front Street. Kim McAuliffe, owner of An English Garden florist where my studio resides,  is my cheerleader, friend and business guru. We are planning on ripping up the second floor carpeting this year and doing some cool work to the floors so that the studio has that shabby-chic vibe both Kim and I enjoy so much. Behind closed doors, we call it “old crap” but don’t tell anyone!

I had an outstanding year for portraits in 2014. My business grew by leaps and bounds, and with a lot of hard work, I hope it continues in 2015! THANK you to all my wonderful friends here and around Mokena who consistently spread good words about me and my work. You are so wonderful!

2014 Highlights include (but are not limited to) my awesome seniors from Class of 2015 for giving me creative license to make you look super cool and beautiful!

My brides and grooms, who regularly trust me with documenting moments that will last a lifetime. I embrace this responsibility!

My families and their adorable children that fill my studio with love and laughter and JOY. And their “beasts” too — our four-legged friends who are always WELCOME at 11210 Front Street.

In addition to my studio work, I have met amazing people in and around Mokena through my work at 22nd Century Media,  the University of Chicago, the Les Turner ALS Foundation, Adler University and the March of Dimes, among others. I’ve met heroes and movers and shakers. Even rock stars. Literally. I shot Aerosmith this summer. It was, as you can imagine, a blast.

Most of all, I could not do ANY of this without the unconditional support of my loving husband, Rick, my Dad (bless his heart!) and my children Becky and Jess, who don’t always understand why I work every day, but know how much I love it, so they support me regardless! And my sisters & girlfriends and sister-friends, who, if I try to name, one will inevitably be forgotten. But you know who you are. And I love you, too.

I face a couple challenges right off the bat this year, but I am literally surrounded by God’s love and support in so many forms, that I am looking forward to both the challenges and blessings so I can watch Him work!

A happy, healthy 2015 to all.





new beginnings.


I made a leap of faith this past month.

My friend Kim McAuliffe owns An English Garden florist in Mokena.

It’s in a fabulous old house on Front Street, the main street in our “downtown.” She advertised that she was renting out her upstairs, and knowing her reputation for crazy goodness and knowing everyone in town, it was a fairly easy decision to make.

So in three weeks time, I got interviewed for an amazing story by Will O’Brien of the Mokena Messenger. I spent a lot of time at IKEA, moved my stuff in, and held a grand opening party. It was a wonderful day, filled with old and new friends.

Rick, Becky and Jess were instrumental in helping me getting set up. I don’t know what I would do without them. My husband is the best. Seriously.

Now that the flurry of moving in activity is past, it’s time to make some long-range plans for the studio space. It’s adorable. Cozy and welcoming. You should come visit!

I will be expanding to regular hours and studio sessions that were a bit challenging while working out of my house. There’s terrific natural light in my new place, and I’ll be honing perfection in the two rooms where I can photograph.

the mysterious red ticket.

the mysterious red ticket.

These mysterious red tickets were included in the grand opening goodie bags. It was  a last-minute idea to intrigue those who made it out to celebrate with me. Does it make anyone wonder what you get?

You’ll have to book a session before April 19th to find out. But it’s cool little “extra” for my new studio customers. I know you’ll love it. And if you tell a friend and they mention “red ticket” when they book, I will share it with them too.

I will keep writing here to tell you about the hours and specials that I will be regularly offering in my new studio.

Thanks for taking the leap of faith with me. I surely appreciate the soft landing in the arms of my friends.