Liz Zorek Photography » Madison, WI based children, family, lifestyle photography

I just sent a final proof of a holiday card to a client who wrote me this note back:  “I love you, like seriously love you! Is it okay to say that?  We are so very thankful!”  Her note brought tears to my eyes.  This is why I love this work so much — having the chance to get to know so many different families, watching their kids grow up, and having the chance to create beautiful images for them at every stage.  As I’m putting in my final orders for prints and holiday cards for the year, I feel filled up with gratitude for this work and the opportunity to keep growing.  Thank you to everyone who’s supported and encouraged me along the way!

This family, this location, this day.  So wonderful!  A couple of weeks ago, I drove down to the Chicago Botanic Garden for this shoot.  You wouldn’t know it from these pics, but the place was absolutely packed!  Give us Midwesterners a beautiful fall weekend and you will no doubt find us outside soaking it up.

While we were there, we had at least three different people stop and offer to take a photo of the five of us together.  Like, me in the picture with the family.  So funny!  They must have thought we were all related, those sweet Chicagoans.  I would happily join this fun family anytime!

I returned from my trip out west to find that fall is HERE in Madison!  So… I’m guessing we have about three to four weeks (if we’re lucky) for these pretty leaves to change into all of their glorious colors…and then blow away for the year.  And then we won’t even talk about what’s going to happen after that.  Because I think I’m still recovering from polar vortex #5.

Anyway!  If you’d like to schedule a session to take advantage of all the beauty happening right this very minute in this lovely town of ours, please contact me to discuss a date.  Holiday card time will be upon us quicker than we can say “where is my down coat and mittens.”

There seems to be a bit of a baby boom going on.  Between August and this past weekend, no less than eight babies have been born to parents whom I know personally.  Amazing!  I guess the insanely cold winter we had led to some extra close snuggling…!

One of these brand new babies is none other than my niece, born to my sister and brother-in-law last week.  Oh, what a lovebug!  My mom and I flew to Seattle the day after her birth to meet her and spoil my sister with love and reassurance and home cooked meals.  It’s always surprising to me how shockingly tiny newborns are.  Everything about them just seems so wee — fingers, toes, ears, chins, their whole bodies tucked up and swaddled.  We must have spent 50% of our time just staring at her little face and studying her teeny features while she slept in our arms.

When my oldest daughter Anna was born, we took her to her first pediatrician check-up on her fourth day, just as scheduled.  I sat down to wait to be called back, picked Anna up out of her carseat (legs crisscrossed and tucked up to her belly, hands in fists tucked up under her chin), and held her in my arms.  A nurse walking by stopped, put her hand on my shoulder and said, “this is your first, isn’t it?”  I looked up and said, “yes, why?”  She said, “I could tell by the way you were gazing at her.”

I smiled and went back to my baby gazing.  Nothing brings awe and wonderment like the sight of a newborn.

Me and my sis, plus the happy family of three above.  Missing them so much this week.

  • Lacye - Gorgeous photos and such a precious little baby! I’m so happy for your family. This post brought happy tears to my eyes! Love!ReplyCancel

    • liz.zorek@gmail.com - Awww, Lacye! Thank you! We are all just in awe of this sweet baby, as you can imagine.ReplyCancel

Such a darling in her little embroidered romper!  You would never know she had skipped her morning nap.  We kept calling her “little Frenchie” in this outfit, gifted to her from her grandmother’s trip to Paris.  What a doll.