Abby + Justin met me at the relatively new Helms Park in Champaign on a rare Saturday evening session opening. It turned out to be prom central, but we managed to work our way around the park without any prom goers in the background! I’m finally happy to photograph sessions at this park now that the rocks have weathered a bit and lost their deep yellow color. Abby + Justin loosened up in front of the camera quite nicely, and we got some great images. The one of them sitting on the park bench with the purple flowers behind them is my favorite!
Heidi + Chris wanted to wear three outfits for their engagement session on the University of Illinois Quad, so we timed it out so we could fit in all three, and I’m very happy with the results! I also told Chris he somewhat resembles Garth Brooks… thoughts?I’m getting excited for their June wedding in rural Sullivan!
Danielle + Konnor just bought a cute farmhouse southeast of Gibson City, and I gladly obliged their request to do their photos there. Their dog Harley even got in on the action a bit, as well as the lovely Farmall M tractor that sent me on a trip down memory lane.Like most of my engaged couples, they told me up front that they didn’t know how to act in front of the camera. I assured them that I would pose them and get them to look natural, no problem. How do you think I did?
A.J. & Craig are getting married in June in my hometown of Easton, Illinois, followed by the reception in Lincoln. They made a trip over to Urbana though for their engagement session, and brought along A.J.’s son Max to get a couple family shots in as well. For couples who already have kids, I think this is a great idea! It doesn’t take anything away from the engagement portion of the session, and chances are you don’t have any “new” family photos yet anyway! I look forward to photographing your wedding in just over a month!
One of my photos is in the running for one of 6 spots on billboards around Champaign-Urbana. Please visit this link and vote for your favorite! Mine is the purple/bluish photo in the airplane hangar. You can vote once a day through Monday. I’m currently in first and would LOVE to get billboard exposure around town! The contest is sponsored by 40 North & Adams Outdoor Advertising. The full photo is shown below from Kristen & Clayton’s wedding last fall. Thanks in advance for your votes!!