Sicky {Fine Art Photography, Effingham, Illinois}

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Sick now for three days.  A stubborn head cold.  It always amazes me how kids deal with being sick.  They just keep plugging along, trying to pretend nothing is wrong, while I just want to curl up in bed and feel sorry for myself.  Why is that? Right now he's negotiating the day.  I've already made it clear he needs a nap since the last two nights have been terrible sleeps and he needs rest to get better.  Here is the deal he negotiated, because really, can you say no to a pathetic little sicky?  Absolutely not. First we have lunch.....at MiMi's.....then he gets to "work" with grandpa for a while, then he's willing to take a nap.  However, all us parents know, when nap time comes, more deals will be presented to me. Anything to get out of a nap. Anything to not miss out on a single second of his life, no matter how tired and sick. His determination to enjoy life, no matter what it throws at him, is a lesson I need to learn.

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.