Liliya Penkal Photography: Blog en-us (C) Liliya Penkal Photography (Liliya Penkal Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT Liliya Penkal Photography: Blog 80 120 Jenni and Eric- beautiful March Wedding

 2 month before the Wedding day -the spring is coming, it should be warm and nice outside! 

      1 month before the Wedding- spring is still coming, it's just taking a little longer this year!

 20 days before the Wedding-.... chilly ... it will change...

        12 before the Wedding day the Weather forecast- freezing temperature, possible ice.

      A week before the Wedding snow is expected.

           4 Days before the Wedding -rain.

3 days before the Wedding - possible rain and snow.

           2 Days before the Wedding-70 percent of precipitation possible- 39 Degrees.

 A day before the Wedding -42 degrees windy, cloudy with a chance of meatballs.

            Wedding day at last

- No rain, no snow, no meatballs just chilly but we are for a sure not expecting to find these in the Aullwood Garden in such a cold weather!!!!

Cold didn't scare us!!! Eric and Jenni had a Wonderful and Beautiful Wedding!!!! Their LOVE KEPT THEM WARM!

After snow came to those miracles of nature bringing Spring with it to us!

Just like for Eric and Jenni after snows of life came something wonderful !!!

And no snow, now rain or freezing rain, no wind ..or heavy clouds... can stop them to be the miracles for each other just like these spring flowers surprised us with its beauty!

Thank you, Jenni and Eric, for trusting me to be a part of it!!! I wish your lives will always feel like spring too you!!!






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Haley and Philip 5th anniversary photo session-19-Feb-2018    



                       I never get an image like this just by telling my couple to face each other and to hug really really tight.

More and more I realizing that I like the images that are unposed and naturally happens. Of course, sometimes you are losing on different things and you wish this will be in place and that would be here but guess what, when the beauty of the natural moment happens all over sudden it doesn't matter if something was perfect or not, all that matter is  HOW DO THEY FEEL ABOUT EACH OTHER !!! LIke it's in this image above.

    I WAS SO AMAZING for me to watch like Haley and Philip run towards each other so fast for 30 seconds and then met like they haven't seen each other 1 year!!!

I would watch it again and again! Next time I am getting a short video of something like that!!! NO camera can convey! I was so amazed to see that they really didn't care about people around or camera or me for that matter. In that moment they just EMBRACED EACH OTHER so very tight and kissed!!! They were so OVERJOYED to see each other!!!!

The reason I made them run - it was actually cold and we needed some exercises. I wasn't really sure what to expect from that moment, but it ends up being the highlight of my day, and of course the lipstick on Philips chicks and lips afterward!

After that, to me, it felt like it was an engagement session to watch Haley and Philip being so natural in expressing how they treasure each other!!!

They are now married for 5 years!

Such a sweet couple, I have found so many connections with them!

We went to the same Church Ward in Englewood, our husbands work for the same company, see each other and occasionally say:" Hello!" 

 Haley also knows some of my best friends!!! So we are going to see each other often!!! I am so glad!!!!

Thank you, Haley and Philip, for such an amazing experience to photograph you and capture the moments of your love! I have to give you all the credits for what you did when you run towards each other and for how genuine you were in expressing your feelings!!!








(Liliya Penkal Photography) anniversary couple engagement photography Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:13:47 GMT
Newborn baby Becca-31-01-18   I parked the car. Looked out the window. Two lights are on. They are home. Getting the baby blankets and running up the stairs. Knocking-no answer.

I don't  want to leave it by the door, should I put it in the mailbox? I will try the doorbell! .... Waiting,...waiting,...waiting and waiting some more.

Here he comes! Ben, ....walking slowly, limping, but firmly just recovering from the car accident. I am surprised he is coming to get the door, I thought the steps might be still hard to take. Just 8 months ago Ben was strapped to a bed and have to do things with a lot of help. And Jenna, his 2-year-old little daughter, was running around without him. 

         " I regret only one thing," Ben said at that time. " ...I can't be a Father right now, playing, feeding, walking. She only stays in bed with me for few minutes."

That is a miracle! He can walk now with his daughter, his first child, very curious, super energetic and joyful girl!

            I  was expecting to see Julie, Ben's wife, coming down the stairs always ... always with a smile. 

  "Hi!"I said.

Ben was smiling, ....very kind smile. He has changed a lot since the last time I stopped by. His eyes are so very happy! It amazing to me to see people at the moment of their pure happiness. 

Taking my shoes quickly, running upstairs!

And there she is, tiny baby girl, Becca, just out of the hospital and at last at home, her real home with Ben, Julie, and Jenna.

I see Julie on a couch, feeding the baby with a special formula for premature babies. She is peacefully happy. I am enjoying looking into her eyes at this moment. I love that...

  I have never seen babies that small, that's how they look at 32 weeks? I can't take my eyes off the baby, so very tiny, little hands, feet, and head. Perfect little face, nose, closed eyes and mouth. Becca is holding her hands up to her chicks slowly sucking. My heart is sinking, there are no words to describe what I felt. Everything stopped...there's no time...just peace, ....very deep peace that only could come from our Heavenly Father, the knowledge that He is our Father and we are his spirit children.  We are created in his image with love!

" It was a miracle," Julie said.  "She has no drug withdraw symptoms. Her Mom and dad were on strong drugs daily. She looks perfectly healthy I can't believe it!" 

My heart sinks again. Heavenly Father does love us so much with the infinite love we can't  comprehend, and I can feel it now.

It took a while for Becca's birth mother to sign up the paper since she was out of reach.

" I am so happy she is yours now!"I said. 

" This is the first time she is home," Ben said, holding the baby so very close to his chest, hugging with both arms. He looks so proud and so very humble that he can hold his daughter now. " We are beyond happy !" he continued.

Ben covered the baby with a blanket that I could only see a little bit of her tiny head, he is holding the baby gently but so very dear. He loves her already!

 It is my lucky day! I just happened to be in the area to drop off my friend's daughter and just a few hour earlier I found out Becca is coming home today, so I decided to stop by Julie's on a way back.  That was one more miracle...

The front door opens and a curly head popped in. It's Jenna with her grandparents, excited to see the little addition for the first time! Talking loud like a 3-year-old, super excited and yet very unsure. 

" Come and see who is here, Jenna!"Ben said.

 Jenna gets back on a couch coming closer to her Dad. And there's a big smile on her face, her eyes light up.

For a moment Ben is holding both of these little girls, looking back to the time when Jenna was home for the first time. She had very slight drug withdraw symptoms and after all looked very healthy, now she is running, talking and using long grown up words! 

" Jenna, what is the word childhood mean ?" I am asking her since I hear a new word in her vocabulary.

I remember it was a difficult time for Julie and Ben to get ready for adoption for the first time and now I can't believe they already have 2 little girls!

Jenna gets up from the couch and bringing a book for the baby. Jenna is holding the baby now and Ben is reading the book to his daughters.

 Julie comes with 2 outfits, one for Jenna and the other matching one which is made for the dolls. 

" She will definitely fit !"I reassure! Becca fits with plenty extra on both sides. 

Pictures,..... more pictures and now a family picture.

           A Family Picture, now four of them bounded by hearts with love stronger than any other bonds in this life! 

                                 This is another miracle of Love!

 This image is one of the strongest images I took. It was unposed and unplanned, its an image of a father trying to warm up his baby girl for the next photo, since she got instantly cold as soon as she was just in her diaper. It also has so much more in it.... and meaning gets even stronger when you know this story ...

Julie, Ben, Jenna, and Becca I was so very grateful for the chance to be with you in that moment and for the opportunity you gave me to capture these precious moments! Enjoy your photos! 

(Liliya Penkal Photography) baby family newborn photo session Thu, 01 Feb 2018 03:42:02 GMT