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  • Welcome to Imaginate Photography!…


    Imaginate Photography is based in Bloomington/Normal, IL. Serving all of Illinois, as well as other locations upon request.... Here on the blog, I love sharing previews from recent sessions, telling you about my amazing clients, as well as keeping you up to date on events and specials..

    I'm Bridget...Owner of Imaginate Photography, photographer, wife, mother of 3, and a follower of Christ.. I'm passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too!

    Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your stay! =)

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Baby K | Bloomington Normal Photographer

Little baby K, came to see me at just 4 days old.. Now, one would think that at 4 days, he would be tucked in a newborn ball of sleepiness… Not this little guy!  He was all about checking out his new world & seeing what it’s all about =)  Thank you to his grandma for contacting me to photograph Mr. K.. He is the newest member of the Baby’s 1st Year program, so I will be seeing him through all of his wonderful first year milestones.. Can’t wait to see you guys again!  Enjoy your sneak peek! =)

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Miss K | Bloomington Normal Photographer

Ohhhh, Miss K.. SO much energy, spunk, and girl POWER! lol.. Love this little girl, and all of her silly ways.. I have been photographing Miss K since she was just 9 months old, and always have a blast w/ her.. She is becoming quite the professional, I’d say 😉  Her mommy had a great location for us to visit for these shots, and her Papaw & daddy, just couldn’t resist having a sparklin’, green tractor to use as a prop… Fun!  Thanks, Miss K’s family, as always!  =)

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3 month old & 3 year old | Bloomington Normal Photographer

So THIS cutie pie was a bundle of newborn joy, what seems like just yesterday… Now, she is full of smiles & ever growing personality.  Big sis, Miss M, is still as much in love w/ baby A as she was when I photographed them when baby A was a newborn.  I LOVE getting the chance to see all of these babies & kids through each of their milestones.. LOVE it!  Thanks again, D family ?

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1 & 3 year old | Bloomington Normal Photographer

This week I not only got to have a blast w/ a playdate visit, but I also got to photograph my friend’s beautiful girls!  Miss R & Miss B were such dolls..  I’m still not quite sure if I should be allowed to have THIS much fun while I work?  =)  Thanks for the visit, girls… Much love!

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Audra & Chris | Bloomington Normal Photography

This wedding event was so much fun.. I absolutely loved witnessing the love shared between Audra & Chris.  I doubt I’m the only one that sees a special sparkle in Chris’ eye when he casts his gaze at Audra.. Their wedding & reception took place at the beautiful Crestwicke Country Club.  Their ceremony was on the greens with a fun reception to follow.  I have to add that I had been so excited about their first dance.  I knew ahead of time that they had a special surprise planned.  Audra & Chris had secretly been taking ballroom dance lessons, so their first dance started off very sweet to Etta James’, “At Last”.. After a few moments, the song started to “skip” and while the confused guests looked around uncomfortably (Audra & Chris included), Chris whipped off his jacket and a fast song came on and they broke into an amazing swing dance!  It was so much fun to watch!  See for yourself..  I love the reactions from the guests standing around the dance floor when they realized what was happening.  Thank you so much for having me photograph your big day, Audra & Chris!  Enjoy your sneak peek!  =)

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Find me on Facebook! | Bloomington Normal Photographer

If you haven’t already, look for me on Facebook!

I will be having a “Fan Appreciation” special going on too!  My goal is to reach 500 fans..  To get there, I will be offering coupon codes, complimentary prints, and other fun items for each milestone!  The first item will be given once 200 is reached.. then 300, 400, and so on.. So tell your family, tell your friends, tell your co-workers!  Imaginate Photography needs fans to help YOU be entered into the drawing for FREE stuff!  Who doesn’t love free goodies?!?  =)

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*winners of drawing will be chosen at random through random.org*

    

McKenna & AJ | Bloomington Normal Photographer

This wedding couple were so sweet to work with.. I had a lot of fun hanging out w/ the bridal party as they got ready too.. AJ & McKenna, I wish you the best of happiness in your marriage & lots of laughter.  Thank you for allowing me to share in your special day and capture moments you will cherish =)

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Happy 4th of July (special)! | Bloomington Normal Photographer

Wishing everyone a happy, safe, and proud 4th of July from Imaginate Photography!.. Today only, e-mail me to schedule your portrait session during July and receive a 25% off discount code!  Can be applied towards session fee AND prints!  Thank you to all of those men & women who serve our country.. Our praise will never be enough to show our appreciation.. God bless!!  bridget@imaginatephotography.com12x124thofjulyblog

    

Mr. T 3 Month Old | Bloomington Normal Photographer

Yes, another cute as pie 3 month old portrait session!.. I looooove all these babies that I get to meet and photograph!  Mr. T was quite the ham and model for me.. I know his mama wasn’t sure how his evening session would go, but this litle guy was an absolute doll!  He gave me so many smiles, and expressions.. Even coooo’d for me. =)  I’m so glad they called me to capture his 3 month smiles.. Thanks, C family!

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C Family Portraits | Bloomington Normal Photographer

I had the opportunity to photograph the C family last night.. They made quite the drive to get here, but I think it was a great portrait session.. What a good looking family, they are!  I hope you guys had fun..  I keep hearing stories about the two little guys’, and giving their mommy a run for her money, but I don’t believe it for a second.. Just look at their innocent smiles 😉  Thanks so much for allowing me to photograph you, C family.. I had so many that were favorites from their session… Enjoy your sneak peek!

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Mr. A 2 Year Old | Bloomington Normal Photographer

This little guy had SO much energy!..  He was definitely fun to have in the studio, and kept me on my toes.  I also see a future football star here!.. Look out Olin Kreutz.. You’ve got competition! lol.. The last shot is one that we did for fun.  I’m sure Mr. A’s mama will pull this out in years to come and show his dates.. hehe.. A mom’s gotta do, what a mom’s gotta do!  It was too cute not to post on the blog..  Thanks Z family for a great portrait session! =)

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Summer clothing ideas | Bloomington Normal Photographer

One question I’m often asked before family sessions.. “What should we wear?”.. So, I thought I would put together some samples to give some visual ideas.  As you can see, these outfits aren’t “matchy-matchy” but they still cordinate, and work well together.. This also illustrates how patterns & colors can work when mixed & matched..  I plan on doing this for each season/holiday, etc. so check back for more ideas.  If you ever need help or would like to throw something together for your family specifically, feel free to e-mail me!

All outfit pieces courtesy of www.oldnavy.com

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3 Month Old | Bloomington Normal Photographer

This little guy was in the studio for a vist, just not that long ago it seems.. He went from a bright eyed, beautiful newborn, to a bright eyed beautiful 3 month old, in a flash!  Mr. A didn’t have a lot of smiles for me for his 3 month session, BUT I think he was just as cute all the same.. It was so great to see you again, H family!  Enjoy your sneak peek =)

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July & August Special | Bloomington Normal Photographer

For July & August, canvas gallery wraps are 15% off!  If you’ve been thinking about having a nice family portrait to display above your fireplace, a silly bathtub shot for your powder room, a stunning gift for a bride & groom, or just a FUN, image for your child’s nursery or bedroom, now is the time to check these out!  The canvases come ready to hang, and are truly stunning pieces of artwork.  Here are a couple images that give an idea of the possibilities.. E-mail me to schedule a special session so we can capture your canvas portrait!  bridget@imaginatephotography.com canvas-blog4

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Guest Book Ablum | Bloomington Normal Photographer

This is a newer item being offered by Imaginate Photography..  This example shows it being used as a Guest Book, from an engagement session’s images.  It is a 10×10 in size, and has a black leather textured cover.  (there are 6 different material options available)  When open, the album is hinged, which allows paper to lay flat.  The first shots below do not do this album justice to how beautiful it looks in person..  The high gloss UV finish gives is such a smooth, complete look.  The album was custom designed, and has lots of room for your wedding guests to sign, leave best wishes, etc.  Below are product shots of the album, and then in order the spread of the 2 pages ((the real album does not have watermarks of course :))…

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