The Portrait {Tytia Habing Photography, Effingham, Illinois}

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Beautiful, Soulful Portraits - $295

I'll be teaming up with Fresh Digs on September 30th with a pop up studio!

What you'll get:
- Eight beautiful, individually edited, high resolution digital files
- 4x6 proof prints for the eight images chosen
- An online gallery to view and choose your files
- Option to purchase all digitals, as well as prints and other products

Where:
Fresh Digs
210 N. Banker Street
Effingham, IL 62401

When:
Saturday, September 30th
10am-3pm

There are only 10, twenty minute slots available, so don't delay.


Don't have time for a full session? Think the kids won't last an hour plus for photos? You're in luck! Fresh Digs and I are teaming up to offer an affordable and quicker option. Twenty minutes and done!!! 

The portraits will be without the bells and whistles of a full session. There will be a limit of 3 children, because quite honestly, I don't think I could do more than that with the time frame. If you have more than 3, you'll have to purchase a second session. This is going to be individual portraits and if we have time and space we can try and squeeze the kids together for a quick group shot, but I can't make any promises for that.

NOT that this is limited to only children. I welcome adults to get in on the action too! If you have any questions what-so-ever, please don't hesitate to EMAIL ME.

Want to know more about the awesome location this is happening at? Well, I can tell you, FRESH DIGS is my favorite shop in town and not just because my good friend Joanna runs it! I'm sure that has a bit to do with it, but the shop is pure delight! There are things in there you didn't even know you needed or wanted!!!! I promise you, if you go in, you will come out with something wonderful, tucked into a snazzy Fresh Digs bag...or you may even be backing your truck up to the entrance to take home something larger! You just never know. I hope to see you there!!!



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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.

Eclipse 2017 {A Major Celestial Event}

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We decided to make an event out of the eclipse and I kept Tharin home from school so he wouldn't miss it. After all, it's a once in a lifetime thing.....until seven years from now when we'll actually be in the path of totality!!! But never mind that! Although we weren't in the path of totality this time around, I think it was 96% totality or something like that, so we still had a great location to view it. It didn't disappoint, that's for sure. Once the light started to dim, everything went very quiet and a few seconds later we started to hear night insects, birds and frogs and as you can see from the above photo, the shadows were the coolest! The trees and their leaves acted like a thousand eclipse viewing boxes for us. The whole experience was eerie and beautiful. I was ridiculously excited about the whole thing. Just ask any of my family. I was smiling and giggling like a school girl! I kept saying, "but it's a major celestial event!!!" much to the annoyance of everyone I'm sure. I kind of reminded myself of the dad on A Christmas Story when he won the leg lamp and kept saying, "It's a MAJOR award!" We brought a ton of food out to the pool and stuffed our faces for three plus hours. It was glorious. The weather stayed perfect during the whole eclipse, but as soon as it was over, the clouds rolled in. We were thankful the weather worked out in our favor. 

Enough of my yapping. Here is the evidence that I experienced a major celestial event!

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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.

Business Branding Imagery {Effingham, Illinois}

We live in a visual society, and businesses today need beautiful, professional photographs to stand out in the crowd.

Have your clients and customers perceive you the way you've always wanted them to with new vibrant images and show them who you really are. If you're interested in making your website and social media accounts come alive with gorgeous imagery, I can help.

Prices begin at $600

Contact me for more information or questions you may have at tytiah@me.com

Below are examples of my latest business branding work...

Joe Sipper's, Effingham, Illinois

Effingham Public Library, Effingham, Illinois

Holiday Inn, Effingham, Illinois

The Wellness Loft, Effingham, Illinois

Radisson, Duluth, Minnesota

America's Groove, Effingham, Illinois

Crown Plaza, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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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.

Eighteen!!!

My niece is 18 today!!!! Time flies! I know us 'old' people say that all the time, but the older you get the truer that statement is. I can't wait so see where life takes her and the adventures she has, and if I know, she's going to have some adventures!

I love you loads Anna, and thank you for letting me photograph you since day one with nary a complaint. Actually even BEFORE day one, as you'll see! I hope you don't move too far away!!! And if you do, I hope you visit often. Whatever you do and wherever life takes you I hope you're happy and having a wonderful life because you deserve it.

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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.

Spring Offering for Mom...or anyone for that matter.

Me in my late 20's, reluctantly getting photographed. Pretty sure I'm laughing out of fear and awkwardness. © The one, the only Simon Powell

Me in my late 20's, reluctantly getting photographed. Pretty sure I'm laughing out of fear and awkwardness.
© The one, the only Simon Powell

A very wise photographer friend of mine convinced me I needed photographs of myself when I was in my late 20's. I resisted. Oh boy, did I resist. Being in front of a camera can be a scary thing. Trust me, I know all about how intimidating it can feel, but I can honestly say I'm so happy I did it. What a difference nearly 20 years can make. Yeah, I'm talking to you crows feet and middle aged spread! Time seems stagnant and change an impossible concept most days, but time stands still for no one. It flies by in the blink of an eye. We can freeze just a moment of time though, with beautiful light and the click of a shutter. 

If you'd like to get a special portrait session for your mom, your girlfriend or even yourself, I'm opening ten slots in May for fine art portrait sessions for one. It makes a wonderful gift. This session if for ONE person only.

Even though I'm marketing this for Mother's Day, anyone is welcome to purchase, male, female, single, married, young, old....I'm an equal opportunity photographer. ;-) I really hope some mom's take advantage of this though!

Photography Session for One - $589

WHAT YOU'LL GET
• A classic and unique fine art portrait session with yours truly
• One framed (in black or white wood) 12x18 fine art print on museum quality, fiber based paper of your favorite image, plus the high resolution digital image to go with it.
• Two additional high resolution files
• An online gallery with all your images from the session with the option to buy additional products and high resolution files
• A unique experience that will keep on giving for generations to come

*** This special is for ONE person only, not for family sessions or more than one person.
*** If none of the dates work for you, please email and if I can work something out for you I will.

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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.

Stock Photography - McLaren Automotive

Did you know that Google Chrome has an option to right click an image and "Search Google for Image?" This is a really cool option if you sell stock photography and you're curious where the image is sold. You don't always find them because a lot are probably used for print, but you do find a few. I found a bunch last week. Here's one that I thought was a lot of fun!

This particular image has sold several times.

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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.

I'm on iTunes!

Want to know a little more about me? My Life Creative interviewed me for their podcast on iTunes. You can listen HERE.

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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.

Black Friday Special Continued Until Christmas!

I've had a number of people contact me about the special I ran over Black Friday weekend, wondering if I'd offer it again before Christmas. After thinking about it, the answer is yes! It'll run until Christmas, so you have until then to consider it. I look forward to working with you in the New Year!

Go HERE to purchase.

 

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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.

Life Unscripted {Effingham, Central & Southern Illinois Photographer}

I was asked to judge a photography competition for Life Unscripted recently. My friend Sharon did a quick interview and wrote a very sweet intro. You can read it HERE.

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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.

Fresh Pressed Prints {Effingham, Central & Southern Illinois Photography}

He was briefly a clothing model. I think he killed it! You can see the adorable clothing HERE.

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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.

Vogue {Photography, Effingham, Illinois}

I stopped submitting to Vogue ages ago, but this is an old unpublished blog, so I thought I may as well go ahead and hit publish!

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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.

CNN!!! I know, right??

I'm so excited to be featured on CNN Photo. It's a bit unreal. If you'd like to take a look, go HERE.

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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.

Then and Now {Effingham, Central & Southern Illinois Photographer}

This is almost two years past now...and the kids have gotten even cuter. You can see them now HERE.

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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.

Callie {Effingham, Central & Southern Illinois Senior Photographer)

A beautiful senior!!!

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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.

BARBARA

A new German Magazine, BARBARA, is doing a 10-page spread on my project This is Boy. It will be in the April edition and I'm COMPLETELY excited about it! :-) Here's a peak at the mock up that will be in the magazine. From what I can tell, it's kind of like Glamour? I could be way off though.... ;-)

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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.

A Grasher Quartet {Effingham, Central & Southern Illinois Family Photographer}

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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.

Delilah {Effingham, Central & Southern Illinois Photography}

My Best Friend's Mini-Me

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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.