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  • Drinkall Family | Lifestyle legacy session on the farm

  • I go way back with this family -- to the fall of 1999 to be precise.  It started when I lived with their cousin Carrie at 4-H House and her cousin Adam came to visit just after we moved in.  Adam was a freshman like me and hung out at the house a lot, studying, playing the piano, eating, and hanging[...]
  • Campus family + graduation session | University of Illinois

  • This awesome family is from my hometown.  Four years ago we did Grant's senior photos back in Mason City and now he has just graduated from the University of Illinois.  Carlee is going to be a junior at Illini Central in the fall and I'm looking forward to her senior pictures next summer!  They want[...]
  • Jessie + Bob | Downtown Champaign engagement session

  • I've known Jessie for several years now as we were formerly in a networking group together.  She has since become my massage therapist (if you need a massage, seriously -- go see her!) and recently opened the CU Women's Boxing Gym.  Bob's son also joined us for the beginning of the session so they w[...]
Featured | Wedding Guide Chicago
  • Featured | Wedding Guide Chicago

  • My images from Erin + Steve's wedding from this past December were featured recently on Wedding Guide Chicago!  I am pleased and grateful to be featured on such a large platform and well-respected blog.  Thanks so much for the feature, WGC!  
FCA Banquet | Roger Powell
  • FCA Banquet | Roger Powell

  • The past few years I have had the pleasure of photographing the annual IlliniLand Fellowship of Christian Athletes fundraising banquet.  This year the main speaker was former Illini men's basketball player Roger Powell, who is now an assistant coach at Vanderbilt.  I enjoyed hearing him speak and al[...]
  • Emily + Ben | UI campus engagement session on the Quad

  • Emily + Ben are getting married later this year at Pear Tree Estate and I can't wait!  They each chose 2 different outfits, and I love how the two outfits are basically the reverse of the other.  The couple wanted to bring their sweet puppy Chief along for a few photos and he literally lasted for li[...]
Developing Your Wedding Day Timeline
  • Developing Your Wedding Day Timeline

  • Once you have your ceremony time scheduled (this may be predetermined by the church/venue or up to you), you can start to plan the other parts of your day. The caterer will want to select a reasonable time to serve dinner somewhat based on your ceremony time as well, but it will be up to you to dec[...]
Rose + Franklin | Urbana courthouse wedding pictures
  • Rose + Franklin | Urbana courthouse wedding pictures

  • Rose + Franklin's families came together in Urbana at the Champaign County Courthouse a few weeks ago to watch as the couple were married by Judge Kennedy. Prior to their sweet little ceremony, we did some portraits of the couple and their details -- the shoes, the rings, the bouquet, the "ring box[...]
Jane + Albert | Allerton Park Sunken Garden wedding ceremony
Casey + David | Urbana courthouse wedding + Helms Park
  • Casey + David | Urbana courthouse wedding + Helms Park

  • If you’ve been reading my blog for very long, you know that I’m a sucker for a lovely courthouse wedding! I just can’t get enough of them! It’s like a perfect little lunch hour for me, packed full with love, a small gathering of family + friends, maybe a few details to photograph, and usually a li[...]
Engelbrecht Farms | Paxton barn wedding reception venue
  • Engelbrecht Farms | Paxton barn wedding reception venue

  • A couple months ago, I heard from a friend about the Engelbrecht Farms wedding reception venue that was to be opening soon near Paxton, IL. People have asked me for years if I knew of any local barns where they could hold weddings, and until recently I didn’t know of any. So, as you can imagine, I[...]
Ainsley + Kip | Champaign Porter Park and downtown engagement