Author archives: Holly

  • Wedding Florist's Advice | Bride's Planning Guide

  • My guest post today is from my good friend Kristine from Flowers by Kristine. We met a few years ago at a bridal expo and since then have worked a TON of weddings together!  She one of the florists on my Preferred Vendors List (email me if you'd like a copy!), and she does seriously amazing work.  S[...]
  • Kaitlin + Tom | Champaign Hilton Garden Inn wedding

  • In December I had the privilege of second shooting a wedding with my good friend Emily from Mager Image Photography.  Some of you may remember Emily as she has been a second photographer for many of the weddings I have photographed.  We make a great team! :)We met up at St. John's Catholic Churc[...]
  • Same-Day Wedding Photo Slideshows

  • At most of my weddings, I try to do a same-day slideshow with around 80-100 images from throughout the day leading up to dinner.  I keep it somewhat low-key and prepare it during the first dinner course and set it up in a visible but non-distracting location.  I don’t promise this bonus service to m[...]
  • 2017 Wedding Trends | Midwest and Beyond

  • With 11 years of photographing weddings under my belt, I consider myself somewhat of an expert when it comes to weddings. I’ve seen all kinds of trends as well as beautiful, unique elements from both ends of the spectrum. One-of-a-kind ideas are always welcome to me as a photographer to help keep th[...]
Fighting Illini Men's Basketball | NCAA sports photographer
  • Tips for Groomsmen | Bride's Planning Guide

  • This post contains affiliate links. You can read my FTC disclosure here.Groomsmen have the ever-important job of keeping the groom relaxed and calm throughout the wedding day.  They are one of most fun aspects of my job, so long as I keep them in line and they don’t get too rowdy!  I love joking[...]
CU at Home's One Winter Night
  • CU at Home's One Winter Night

  • This year's CU @ Home "One Winter Night" event raised more than $220,000 for the organization that strives to help our friends without an address.  More than 200 "box dwellers" slept outside on a cold February night to raise money for the organization and awareness about homelessness. In the event'[...]
Tips for Ushers | Bride's Planning Guide
  • Tips for Ushers | Bride's Planning Guide

  • My list of tips for ushers is very short, as the job description for ushers is also very short! Ha ;)  I find sometimes that my couples don’t have ushers and they have the groomsmen pull double duty.  Ushers can be a great part of the wedding though, and it’s a great way to get a few more friends an[...]
Sports Photography Workshop | For Beginner + Intermediate Photographers
  • Benefits of Doing a First Look | Bride's Planning Guide

  • One of the #1 things that always gets discussed at my wedding consultations is: “Should we see each other before the ceremony or not?” When I meet with couples for their initial consultation, I tell them that my clients usually end up being about 50/50 on this decision.  I am a strong advocate of t[...]
  • Detail + Ring Images | Bride's Planning Guide

  • If you’ve followed my work for very long, you may have noticed how much I love detail shots. It’s so fun to gather all the sentimental, colorful, and tiny components of a wedding. Ideally, I will start with the invitation suite, which may or may not include several different pieces. Sometimes it [...]