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  • Welcome to my blog!

    Hello there! Thank you for taking a peek at our blog. My name is Rhonda Mankin and I am a portrait photographer living in Southern, IL. While working on a BFA from Southern Illinois University my very talented husband (Darrell) and I started doing wedding and lifestyle photography work throughout SI and the St. Louis Metro area.

    In 2006 we had our first child Astrud, and then in 2008, Margot came along…from this our child and family portrait business also blossomed. We love fresh, vintage-inspired lifestyle photography. Throughout our blog we will post recent client sessions, accessories from some very talented designers and maybe a few posts here and there about our crazy life behind the scenes. I hope you enjoy your stay…and come back often!

It’s been far too long since my last inspiration board, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought I would share some lovely little treasures.  These inspiration boards are just a small example of what I like.  Dreamy little snippets from my pinterest boards or through browsing online.  I love sharing great finds, and introducing people to small retailers that have fabulous things, especially pretty little things for girls.
If only I had endless time and deep pockets……..sigh….. Valentinesboard20141. Laduree Paris  2. Dreamy Little Dress by Snazzie Drawers  3. Language of Love Card by Jonathan Adler
4. Gianna Gold Cap Toe Shoes by Joyfolie  5. Heart Bandit Valentine by Anthropologie  6. Free Valentine’s Fonts
7. Rose Heart Locket by Nest Pretty Things Kids

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One day while looking through pinterest I found a picture of the Vitrine Dior window display in Paris.  I fell instantly in love, and knew I had to try to recreate this look of fluffy tulle poms, and silvery backdrops.  Last month I found these cute little vintage-y dresses made from delicate pink tulle and golden sequin stars, they were actually for their piano and violin recitals but ended up looking perfect in these portraits.  Everything just fell into place and I really couldn’t be happier with results.  I could have made a whole post of DIY’s on how to achieve this look..and may start incorporating set design and processing methods that I use into future posts, but for now..I will just show off these adorable images of the two little girls that make my life complete.

Our family portraits are usually the last of the season and that means that it’s time for us to take a long needed break.  We have some very big news coming up in the new year so stay tuned…but until then…….

We want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!
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It was so beautiful today.  Even though it was a school night we headed out to park to let the girls run and play.  In southern Illinois you never know when the ‘last’ nice day will be, so we try to take advantage of each one.  Before we know it there will be a foot a snow out there and that means we will be stuck indoors more.  There are several parks very close to where we live.  We decided to go to one of the more established and older parks that have large trees that are always full of color.  I spread out an old blanket I store in the trunk of my car and let the girls run around, pick flowers and play in what may be the last drop of warm sunlight for the year. fallportrait-Mankinphotography fallportrait2-Mankinphotography The-Mankins_October-28,-2013_-6

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Southern Illinois has very unpredictable weather, especially in the fall and spring months.  Take for instance in the past week, we have had temps that have spanned from 32F up to almost 80F.  Last Tuesday it was so cold and rainy, all I wanted to do was to snuggle up on the couch, and drink hot cocoa.  Wednesday was so warm, I went to pick up the kids in a tank, and flip-flops.  The weather was so incredible that I wished it would hang around for at least one more day…but…it didn’t.  Thursday we had torrential rain.  All day it rained, and in the evening, we even had the threat of tornadoes.  Halloween had been officially cancelled for the 31st.  We stayed at home and tried to watch  ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)’, but between the weather updates, and tornado siren going off, we finally gave up.  The next day mother nature thanked our patience by giving us a warm, and very sunny November 1st.  By late afternoon the sun was so warm and glowing that we couldn’t have asked for anything better.  The adults started off the evening with some Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale, we walked up and down the neighborhood as the kiddo’s gathered as much candy as their little pumpkin buckets could hold.  We had so much fun and the leaves looked as if they were on fire.  The glow of orange and red lit up the evening.  We gathered friends and neighbors along the way and headed home to little pit fire in the backyard.  The kids had fresh apple spice cakes and cider, and toasted smores as they warmed their toes.  All of us had a good time, we hope to continue the Halloween after-party next year.

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