Smile Day Project | Shining Moments Photography

Smile Day is here again!

Give yourself a smile day, or something to smile about. Call it a self-care day, relax time, or the perfect excuse to get that triple-scoop ice cream cone.

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If you’ve followed me or read my blog for any amount of time you know how much I love photographing high school seniors + creative headshots.

I can get caught up in the business side of professional photography and sometimes forget to slow down + take photography time to myself.

But, every May I have a tradition. One day that I get to photograph my family, without complaint, + it’s an easy Mother’s Day gift for them. Well, except for the dressing up part, which is not their favorite. They know how much I love this day.

This is my SMILE day!

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A day that I slowly edit over months so I can make it last as long as possible before I choose which images I’m going to add to my walls.

Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois was the spot for our photo shoot + all smiles on deck. The weather was peeeeerrfect, but to sweeten the deal we made a stop at our favorite sweet shop, All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva.

We each chose a new dessert to try and let our forks hop between all the plates to get every last crumb! While we were all still in our sugar coma we were off to walk the park. We all jumped in front of the lens for both posed + funny memories that will keep me smiling all year. {Unless I can talk them into going out again before then.}

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Full disclosure…

The entire day wasn’t all magical and smiles. There was a little whining on the boy side. I had a “no sport shorts allowed” rule. The infamous question, “Are we done yet?” popped out too.

But that’s to be expected, it was a full day. I know they don’t love photos as much as I do, but they give me this gift every year and it’s always a day to smile.

Going to Cantigny this year gave us a chance to wander the park and find a cheery + bright couch to sit on for a minute to re-group. It was also a great spot to pull the embarrassing Mom act in hopes of getting their smiles out and a laugh or two.

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Make a SMILE DAY each month for yourself.

It doesn’t have to be a special occasion or an entire day, but take time for yourself. My last smile day I was on my own, for a walk + the quiet time I needed.

I hope all you AMAZING Mom’s had a memorable Mother’s Day and maybe even jumped in front of a camera with your Kiddos too! They are only this age once and we have to capture it before it’s gone {and adding chocolate makes it that much sweeter}!!!

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Cheers & Sparkles

💖Andrea |Your Smiling Photographer

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