Extended Family Portraits (Bloomington – Normal IL Portrait Photographer)

The world is indeed a very small place!

  • In 2008, I met Joe and Sarah when they moved to AZ from Boston for a job at SARRC, where I was working at the time.
  • Shortly after that, I met Nathan, who grew up in Bloomington, IL.
  • That 4th of July, Joe’s parents, Dave and Deb, visited them in Phoenix, and we all were guests at a party at Danny and Erica‘s.
  • While chatting with Dave and Deb, I discovered they were from Normal, IL – the sister city of Bloomington. Half joking, I asked Joe if he knew Nathan, and was amazed that he answered yes! (Joe is also still good friends with Ryan, a mutual friend of Nathan’s, who designed my business logo.)
  • Earlier this summer, Nathan and I moved back to Bloomington.
  • This weekend, Joe visited his parents in Normal.
  • Anticipating their family reunion, Joe’s mom commissioned me to make family portraits during the short time they’d all be in town at the same time. A rare, precious, opportunity to create heirlooms taken advantage of by a smart mom and grandma!

The whole family:

20131005_BlogPost_GentryPortraits-1 Joe and Sarah and their precious girls:

20131005_BlogPost_GentryPortraits-2Proud Grandparents of five girls!

20131005_BlogPost_GentryPortraits-3 Joe’s sister (also Sarah!) and her sweet family:

20131005_BlogPost_GentryPortraits-4 Cousins! They are going to adore this portrait someday! On Saturday, they weren’t necessarily thrilled with the idea of posing. 😉 But we managed.

20131005_BlogPost_GentryPortraits-5 Lilly and Hazel have grown so much since I last saw them. I love this part of my job.


Thank you, Deb and Dave, for the opportunity to meet your whole family, and capture this special time in your growing family’s history. (And for the chance to catch up with old friends!)



About Mosaic Collective, LLC

I am Holly Baumann Ambuehl, founding member of Mosaic Collective, LLC, which was founded in early 2017 and is based in Central Illinois. I own and operate Mosaic Collective with my partner in business and life, my husband, Nathan. Mosaic Collective, LLC houses our rental property, my consulting contracts (with the nonprofit and public sectors on various work), and also my commercial and portrait photography business, which has been doing business as Holly Baumann Photography since 2008 long before the formation of our LLC. My blog posts feature client work, but I just love to write, so I also write about owning a business, food and drink, travel, and sometimes, my personal life! I am always honored when clients trust me to capture their vision, and equally so when my readers converse with me about what I've photographed or expressed here. I hope we'll have an opportunity to collaborate professionally and/or become friends. I'd love to hear what you think! - Holly
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