The Campbell Family {Effingham, Central and Southern Illinois Family Photography}

Photographing this family is such a pleasure. Their philosophy on life is very much like my own. They get me, and I get them. It’s such a wonderful thing to find like minded individuals. They turned me loose with my camera and trusted me to get what they wanted, and low and behold, I did! ;-) 

Kristie and Niall are the owners of THE FIREFLY GRILL in Effingham, Illinois. If you’re not familiar, please hit that link and check it out. A winner of many, many awards, we’re extremely lucky to have such an amazing restaurant in our little midwestern town. They’re very organic and clean food focused and have their own extensive gardens on the property to supply as much food as they can on their own. They also source food locally which I love. My horticulture and nature loving background screams with delight over all of this, as do my tastebuds!

Their beautiful daughter is a bit of a fanatical nature lover. I’m thinking, like parents, like daughter. So, you guessed it, I ADORE her!! You should’ve seen her racing around, searching for bugs. She wanted so, so badly to ‘pet’ a bumblebee, and can you blame her? Bumblebees totally look like they should be pet…petted? I think it’s petted, but that sounds strange. Anywho, a grammarian I am not. Yes, I just looked that word up and it’s actually a word!!! Imagine my surprise. Bumblebees, that’s what I was talking about……got off track there for a minute. Anyway, she absolutely insisted that I photograph the bumblebees as well, which I tried my hardest to do, even though I didn’t have the best lens on my camera for bug photos. They’re quick little critters! 

The whole session went smashingly and it was a pleasure through and through. Take a look below if you have a moment.

If you’d like to get your own photo session with me, I have a few slots open for the summer still. Get in touch (tytiah@me.com) and we’ll work something out. Also, if you’re interested, sign up for my newsletter HERE. I only send out a few a year, so rest assured, you will not be spammed with newsletters from me! You could possibly call me a lazy newsletter writer if you were so bold. 

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One day soon, I hope to update my website and include a few testimonials.  I recently asked past clients, if they had time, to pretty please write one for me. This is Kristie's.....thank you for such a lovely little write up.

“Tytia is amazing. We are always in awe of the work that she does. Her approach of catching our family as it is, not posed for a particular outcome creates a beauty that is unexpected. Tytia’s talent is equally unexpected and we are grateful to have had her shoot our family multiple times over the years. She creates art from our journey and we will continue to have her document our path as we travel through time. Many thanks and a deep gratitude.”  - Kristie Campbell
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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.