Author archives: Holly

Sports Photography Workshop | For Beginner + Intermediate Photographers
 
Learning the Brenizer Method | Panoramic Stitching Technique
 
Benefits of Doing a First Look | Bride's Planning Guide
 
  • 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
 
  • 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 [...]
Wedding Cake Tips from a Cake Decorator
 
  • Wedding Cake Tips from a Cake Decorator

  • One of cake decorators whose work I photograph the most is Lori from Cakes by Lori.  Her office is based out of the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, and she answered a few questions for me pertaining to wedding cakes.  I've also shared a few of her creations that I've photographed (and tasted!!!) in th[...]
What happens after the wedding?
 
  • What happens after the wedding?

  • Your vows have been shared. The marriage certificate is signed.  The cake has been cut, top layer carefully wrapped in layers upon layers of plastic wrap to save for another year.  Your guests have all returned home with full bellies, aching feet, and possibly a slight hangover.  You’re so happy!  Y[...]
We've booked our wedding photography... now what?
 
  • We've booked our wedding photography... now what?

  • Congratulations!  If you’ve booked me as your wedding photographer, chances are you already have your church and reception site booked as well, so the biggest hurdles are out of the way!  You have the bling, the spouse, and the perfect date!  You may even have a few other big decisions or vendors ta[...]
Pear Tree Estate | Green + Gold Tasting Event
 
  • Pear Tree Estate | Green + Gold Tasting Event

  • Last Friday I spent an hour or so at the always lovely Pear Tree Estate photographing their space, setup and details prior to one of the tasting events. I don't think I've seen this particular color scheme at PTE, and I immediately fell in love with the way the gold and green elements meshed toget[...]
Using off-camera flash | Tips for photographers
 
  • Using off-camera flash | Tips for photographers

  • Most photographers start out as “natural light” photographers. This means that they use only the light available to them to photograph their subjects. They will often use natural reflectors, such as sidewalks, white walls, mirrors, etc to help “light” the subject, or will sometimes use a photograp[...]
Lauren + Denise | Woodland winter wedding ceremony + portraits
 
The Photography
 
  • The Photography "Golden Hour"

  • What’s “golden hour” you ask? It’s the hour just before the sun sets under the horizon, also known as a photographer’s favorite time of day & type of light. I usually will look up the exact sunset time before any session or wedding so I can plan the start time and know how much light I will have t[...]