Champs Homeschool Spring Formal 2016 at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois

June 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I remember the first dance I went to. I was 12. J, the boy on the next block walked the neighbor's dog around our block all summer. I noticed. Our brothers were in the same boy scout troop. He was cute, smart and kind. I was smitten. He asked me to this dance and I wore my cutest skirt and sweater. In the basement of his school, we danced and went for pizza afterwards. Best. Night. Ever. For a 12 year old in the mid 80s.

2016, well, it's a little different. CHAMPs, a local homeschool cooperative, hosts a formal every fall and spring. This spring, it was held at Makray Memorial Golf Club, in Barrington, Illinois, and was Hollywood themed. These kids came to play! Hair, makeup and attire were en pointe! 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-1soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-1Chicago-area homeschoolers gathered in the northwest suburbs for a spring formal at Makray Memorial Golf Club A group of teens gathered for formal pictures at Makray Memorial Golf Club, just outside the clubhouse. 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-5soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-5Teen girls pose for formal photos at Makray Memorial Golf Club. Katherine and Megan posed for formal images at their spring formal in Barrington, Illinois. 

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Seniors, Cari and Adam, had a James Bond look in mind when posing for their portrait before the event started. 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-12soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-12Teens pose for formal pictures at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois Khalia and Luke posed for formal pictures on the balcony at the golf club. 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-62soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-62Teens pose at their homeschool prom in suburban Chicago. Megan and Joe posed on the upper deck balcony, just off the event space, at the clubhouse. 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-51soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-51Star-shaped place cards coordinate with the Hollywood theme at the CHAMPs 2016 Spring Formal at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois. Gold and silver stars are used as place cards at the CHAMPs Spring Formal. 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-54soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-54Mini Academy Award statutes await the winners of the court at the CHAMPs Spring Formal at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois. Mini Oscars are lined up for the winners of prom court. soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-53soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-53A red carpet walk await the formal arrival of guests at CHAMPs spring dance at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois. A red carpet and stanchions await the formal arrival of guests. 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-8soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-8Guests arrive at the CHAMPs spring formal at Makray Memorial in Barrington, Illinois. Precious and Laura picked up their place cards and walked the red carpet. 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-16soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-16Teens walk the red carpet entrance at a prom held at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois. Lyle and Ryneeka walked the red carpet with panache. 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-7soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-7A few mothers of the homeschoolers act as organizers and chaperones for the CHAMPs homeschool formal, held at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois. A few of my friends, and fellow homeschooling mothers, acted as organizers and chaperones for the CHAMPs Spring Formal.

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-15soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-15A local teen strikes a pose on the red carpet walk at a homeschool prom in spring of 2016, held at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois. Rynazhae struck a pose at the end of her red carpet walk. 

The organizers also built a red carpet photobooth, filled with costume pieces and props and was open most of the evening. The kids had so much fun dressing up, making silly faces and poses. Some kept it classy as well. 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-26soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-26Teen boys pose at the photobooth, made by the CHAMPs party committee. soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-23soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-23Teens pose in a homemade photobooth at a homeschoolers spring formal in the northwest suburbs on Chicago. soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-60soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-60A pair of friends have fun in a photobooth, hosted by CHAMPs homeschool group.

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-25soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-25Teens pose in a photobooth at a homeschool prom in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago. soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-61soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-61A pair of friends pose with a frame and oversized sunglasses in a homemade red-carpet themed photobooth at a homeschool spring formal in the suburbs of Chicago. soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-30soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-30Teens dress with costumes and props in a photobooth during a homeschool spring formal in Barrington, Illinois. soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-57soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-57A trio of sisters at a spring formal, hosted by CHAMPs homeschool group which meets on Mondays in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-24soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-24Mothers of CHAMPs: educators, party-planners, chaperones. Spring Formal 2016 at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois Even the moms got in on the photobooth action! There are some with hats and boas, but I'm saving those for a rainy day! :)

The DJ kept the music pumping after dinner. Lots of popular songs and line dances kept the kids hopping. Who doesn't love a good "Cha-Cha Slide"? A few slow songs rounded out the playlist and gave party-goers an opportunity to catch their breath. 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-27soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-27Cari, a high school senior, dances the night away at a homeschoolers spring formal in suburban Chicago. soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-29soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-29Teens dance at a homeschool formal in Barrington, Illinois, hosted by CHAMPs. soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-28soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-28Teens line dance at a homeschool spring formal, hosted by CHAMPs, in Barrington, Illinois. soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-48soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-48Teens slow dance during a homeschoolers spring formal in spring 2016 in Barrington, Illinois. Earlier in the evenings, ballots had been passed out to vote for Prom Court. Instead of crowns, winners were given Academy Award-esque statues. 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-55soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-55Winners of prom court won mini-oscar statues that matched the hollywood themed homeschool spring formal held at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois. Some awards distributed were most stylish, supporting leads and best actor/actress in a leading role. Here are the winners!! The CHAMPs Spring Formal Court of 2016. Some of the awards distributed included: most stylish couple, best dressed actor and actress, supporting roles for male and female. 

Even my own little party-goer, Aaron, won an award: Best dressed actor. His tuxedo was rented from Emanuele Tuxedo in Morton Grove, Illinois. Here he is, an aspiring comedian, practicing his Academy Award acceptance speech. This kid is something else. Whatever he says, he'd better be sure to thank his mom! 

soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-46soncelanda-chicago-event-photography-46Aaron Landa, aspiring comedian, practices his Academy Award acceptance speech at the CHAMPs Spring Formal 2016 held at Makray Memorial Golf Club. His tuxedo was rented from Emanuele Tuxedo in Morton Grove, Illinois.

Events like proms and formal dances are a fleeting, joyous moment in your life. I remember so many dances, dates and great times with friends. I wish photography had been more accessible to me at that age. My mind's eye grows more dim every year that passes. If you received these photos as my gift to you for attending the dance, please take the time to print them. Don't just let them live on your phone or computer, looking at them through some app. Printed pictures, when cared for properly, live for a very long time. And you know you're totally gonna want to show your kids these! 

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