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We Love Referrals!-{Naperville, IL family photographer}

Happy Friday!! It is February 1st and we wanted to announce that for the entire month of February, all referral credits will be DOUBLED! That’s right, if you refer someone that books a session with us (typically needs to be a full session) in the month of February (session can take place anytime, just needs to be booked in February) you will now receive a $100 referral credit instead of $50. We will even be giving a $25 referral credit if your friend books a mini session during February!
So keep referring your friends and family and tell them February is a great month to book their session!:)



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The strongest little warriors.

It was a moment in time that I will never forget:

Going through the often tedious yet somewhat comforting routine of getting buzzed in to the NICU, scrubbing up, putting on a gown, rubbing in that 90% alcohol hand sanitizer that instantly zaps the moisture (and germs) out of your hands, and making my way through the maze of hallways to where my baby lay in her “bassinet”. A 10×10 foot square of an open room which was the only home my baby had known, a space that had become like a home away from home for the past few days. Familiar dings of alarms, puffing noises coming from the oxygen machines, the busy nurses station with its ringing phones and talking doctors. The sights and sounds and smells of a NICU live with you for years afterward, no matter how long or short your stay is there.

But the commonplace was broken up on this day.

On this day I walked in to see my baby in real clothes.

A semi-fugly hand-me-down one piece sleeper with an embroidered bunny in the corner – something I would normally have never picked out for her myself. But our nurse had dug through the bins of donations and found something that would fit her long scrawny body, and had realized that we needed SOMETHING to hold on to – some glimmer of hope that things were IMPROVING, that she would someday be a “real” baby in our “real” home who needed to wear “real” clothes. And from that moment on, our hearts were focused on nothing else but getting her home. It was such a small gesture – but it made such an impact on me, on my momma’s heart. I saw my baby not as the tangle of wires and the numbers on the monitor – but as my BABY GIRL, as the fighter and survivor that she was (and is!)

Today my sister and I were honored to be a small part of the NICU journey of some amazing little warriors, named Elly and Emerson. Born at 23 weeks, these little girls have fought AMAZING odds. To try to sum up their story in one blog post would be a feat that I am incapable of. But let me assure you – these girls are miracles! Mom showed us a picture of one of the girls shortly after birth –

and to see this adorable teeny package of baby before me today – I could hardly believe it.  They are tiny but they are mighty!


And you will see Noelle’s pictures and you will think “oh how precious!!!”


But you don’t even KNOW! These babies, in spite of all the tubes and wires and monitors hooked up to them, have this FIGHT in them, this drive to thrive and survive and LIVE!


They have unique little personalities

and amazing parents and amazing nurses and doctors who are all rooting for these beautiful little girls!


I wish I had taken a few “behind the scenes” shots to show you just how much work was required for each and every shot. How it took two nurses and two parents and LOTS of tube repositioning and lots of “take a deep breath elly!” and “don’t pull out that OG tube ems!” to get these shots! But oh….the results are so worth it!


Noelle and I left this session and we both looked at each other and said ” THAT was awesome”. THIS is why we do what we do. All newborn sessions are fun and amazing and breathtaking and we love them all! But seeing these girls, and knowing that what we were doing was capturing a slice of time, documenting a part of these girls’ amazing journey, gave this session, indeed gave our HEARTS, a boost of purpose and encouragement.

Dad was sharing with us that he used to struggle with seeing the healthy babies having their photos taken by the hospital photographers – all he could think was “when will it be MY babies turn?”.

Well, Dad, today was their turn. It was all of your turn. You did it. You made it. They made it.

They rocked it.

And you will all continue to rock it, because you are an amazing family.

Thank you for allowing us to be a small part of your lives.


We hope you enjoy this sneak peek at the  beautiful shots of these beautiful girls.

Megan Sayre - January 23, 2013 - 8:28 pm

These pictures are so intimately beautiful. I am so happy that this family was able to have their journey documented in such a beautiful and respectful way.

nadine - January 23, 2013 - 8:36 pm

These pictures are amazing! Love them all especially the family photo!

Michelle Berning - January 23, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Amazing little miracles!

Ash - January 23, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Simply amazing… Seeing these photos brightened my day and brought tears to my eyes. They are beautiful and u can see the fight and personality in each of them… And as lucky as you are to have them they are lucky to have you guys (mom and dad)…God bless you four and all the nurses and drs and know you have truely touched my heart and reminded me that miracles exist and dreams come true daily… Thank you

Cheri - January 23, 2013 - 9:28 pm

What beautiful babies and I love the pictures. I wish we had done something like this with our preemie niece.

Teresa - January 23, 2013 - 10:34 pm

Amazing pictures!!! They are so adorable! It was there time to shine! Tears of joy!!!

Stacie McDonald - January 23, 2013 - 11:07 pm

I am a proud Aunt of 8 year old 26 weekers!! Way to go!

DANA Borland - January 23, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Beautiful photos… beautiful baby girls… love the smile on the little one… looks like she is going to be in charge…thanks for sharing your babies with us…

Brandy - January 24, 2013 - 7:18 am

What an amazing photo journal you’ve created for this family! I love the photos, love the post. I am in tears thinking of what it was like for my little guy for his 4 day stay in NICU, and can’t fathom what it’s like for months at a time. Seeing the babies hugging each other sent me over the edge. :) Thanks for sharing, Terra!

Britani - January 24, 2013 - 2:34 pm

these are absolutely beautiful and oh’ so very touching! these babies look like mighty warriors to me! they are just too precious :) good luck elly and emerson!

Mark Kordowski - January 24, 2013 - 2:36 pm

This is awesome. Two miracles and one incredible, inspirational story.

Jan Schneider - January 25, 2013 - 7:05 am

Such beautiful pictures of my granddaughters. Thank you so much for choosing my daughter’s family to share your talent with. The pictures are wonderful and will be part our family for a lifetime. Elly and Emmy will cherish these pictures.

gene and Peggy kordowski - January 26, 2013 - 7:01 pm

so much love and so much will to survive these little babies make US see how life is beautiful and as precious as they are,a wonderful photo album

Kristen Cwik - January 31, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Noelle and Terra– I just cannot say thank you enough or put into words how much these pictures mean to me and my family. I think I looked at them a million times already. We are so blessed that you came into our lives. Thank you!

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Valentine mini sessions for Charity!- {Bolingbrook IL children photographer}

We are so excited to announce our Valentine mini sessions to help benefit a great cause! Blankets and Bears for a Cure is brand new and they are already touching lives of chronically ill children. If you bring in a Blanket or a Bear to your Valentine mini session you will receive 8 free wallets! Contact noelle@2sisphotos.com today to book your spot! We have very limited openings for our weekend date on January 19th, and we will have a few more spots available at our weekday date of January 29th.

Martha Lee - January 16, 2013 - 8:17 pm


Just wondering if you still have any openings for the Valentines Special?

Thank you,


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