a day in the life | kellie penn

  • black and white lifestyle car photography by Kellie Penn

a day in the life | kellie penn

A Day In The Life with Kellie Penn

The tardy bell rings for school at 7:45 so our day begins pretty early! None of us are morning people so it’s a challenge!  After a quick breakfast of Pop tarts (don’t judge!) Mason and Millie brushed their teeth (not sure why she’s making such a grumpy face in her picture…I wasn’t lying about not being morning people), grabbed their backpacks, and ran out the door for school.

a day in the life photography by Kellie Penn

heading off to school photography by Kellie Penn

lifestyle photography by Kellie Penn

In a rare turn of events, Madden actually slept longer than his siblings!  He has recently become attached to his sock monkey and I love that he has a bedtime buddy!

sleeping toddler photography by Kellie Penn

After he woke up and got settled into his morning routine, he grabbed his laptop to do work like Mommy.  We snuggled, I checked email, and he worked on his ABC’s.  We then got dressed because it was about time for the kids to come home from school.

toddlers at work photography by Kellie Penn

toddler lifestyle photography by Kellie Penn

silly toddler photography by Kellie Penn

My day doesn’t officially begin until I’ve had at least one cup of coffee.  My Keurig has become a trusted friend!  I love my special cup from Korea that says “I love you, my son.”

keurig coffee photography by Kellie Penn

Mason & Millie had a half day of school and it was gorgeous outside so we decided to load up in the minivan and head out for an adventure!  Our first stop was Flesors Candy Kitchen in Tuscola.  It is one of our favorite places.  They even allowed Mason & Millie to help in making their special fountain sodas.  My kids were over the moon excited!

lifestyle family outing photography by Kellie Penn

family lifestyle photography by Kellie Penn

eating out photography by Kellie Penn

After our bellies were full, we headed to Arthur, Illinois to The Great Pumpkin Patch.  It’s a yearly tradition for our family and I was so excited that this would be Madden’s first trip to the pumpkin patch (we adopted Madden 6 months ago from Korea.  I’m so excited for all of these “firsts” with him!)!

pumpkin patch photography by Kellie Penn

The kids grabbed their wagons, got their obligatory photos in the scarecrow/pumpkin cut out, and spent time going through the mazes.

lifestyle pumpkin patch photography by Kellie Penn

pumpkin patch lifestyle photographs by Kellie Penn

fall pumpkin patch photograph by Kellie Penn

going to the pumpkin patch by Kellie Penn

We then headed out to the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkins.

finding the perfect pumpkin by Kellie Penn

hunting for pumpkins by Kellie Penn

pumpkin searching at the pumpkin patch by Kellie Penn

After successfully finding pumpkins, we headed towards home.  Madden was WAY overdue on his afternoon nap.  The car ride went from him being happy, to upset, to crashed!

black and white lifestyle car photography by Kellie Penn

Once home, the kids worked on their homework, and Madden spent some time playing with his John Deere tractors.

lifestyle homework photography by Kellie Penn

homework photographs by Kellie Penn

toddler play time photography by Kellie Penn

I then loaded up my bag for a couple of wedding consults that I had that evening.  I kissed my kids and husband goodbye and headed out to meet brides for cupcakes and to discuss their weddings.  By the time I made it home, the kids were all sound asleep.  It was such a wonderful day of making sweet memories!

photographer client meeting by Kellie Penn

About the Author:

Kellie Penn of Across the Miles Photography resides in Champaign, Illinois. She's a full-time wedding photographer, pastor's wife, and mommy to Mason, Miles, Millie and Madden. Her business is named after her son, Miles, who passed away when he was 3 months old. She is passionate about capturing life, preserving memories and is so thankful that photography allows her that opportunity. Her days are spent editing, blogging, filling up juice cups, watching Chuggington, volunteering at school, spending time with international students and eating cupcakes with brides. She's addicted to Diet Coke and loves smores made with Ghiradelli chocolate and caramel. Visit Kellie Penn online.


  1. Shawna Oct 22 2012 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Yeah for making Pro Kellie!! You do Beautiful work!! It’s pretty awesome to see pictures taken from places I have been to lol I’ve been to the Candy Kitchen and we have had a few trips to the Pumpkin Patch as well:)

    Your family is Gorgeous!! (I love how your youngest gets a drink lol)

  2. Kathy Toohey Oct 22 2012 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    First time on your site. Kellie is a special lady with such a big heart. She is so talented in the work that she does. She shot my daughters wedding and left us with so many beautiful memories…

  3. Bobbi Oct 22 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I LOVE these! Kellie, your family is perfecto! 😀 High fives friend!!!! 😀

  4. Ashley Oct 22 2012 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Beautiful family! That looks like a fun filled day 🙂

  5. Megan Danser Oct 22 2012 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    GORGEOUS family Kellie! I don’t know how you do it all! Your family and brides are lucky to have you!

  6. Michael Oct 22 2012 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    You transformed family chaos into loving memories. Great work Kellie!

  7. Marcy Oct 22 2012 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Love the pictures, looks like a super fun day!

  8. Jacqie Oct 22 2012 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Super cute family! Awesome photos. What a day to document life for your kiddos. 🙂

  9. Jenny B. Oct 22 2012 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    How fun, thanks for sharing! I am from Illinois, too, even Champaign area…all my family still resides there. Totally know all the places you are talking about! How fun!

  10. corrie Oct 22 2012 at 10:07 pm - Reply


  11. Marlys Wessels Oct 22 2012 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Just beautiful Kellie, every bit of it!!

  12. Emily Baldwin Oct 23 2012 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Kellie…this article brought tears to my eyes. The day in the life is truly a great article. Thank you for capturing mu weddind day. One of the happiest days of my life. You art is absolutely beautiful. You are a very talented lady and your life always inspires me. Best wishes all to come. Emily b.

  13. Destinee Oct 24 2012 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Beautifu! So fun to have these every day memories!

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