Yearly Archives: 2016

The great thing about photographing larger families is capturing the personality of each person in the family. Being a family of six, there’s plenty of personality. Everything from the large group to photos of each individual. There was a wide spectrum of ages in the kids too, so that really made it fun photographing them….

Any session that comes from a referral is always fantastic! Word of mouth referrals aren’t only the most reliable form of advertising, but it’s a form of referral that I’m so appreciative of. Marissa, our assistant for weddings, contacted me and let me know she referred me to her teacher. I’m thrilled we had the opportunity…

Our second to last wedding of 2016, can this really be here already? I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by! What a perfect day for a wedding too. Partly cloudy, mid-60s, I know I say this so many times, but you couldn’t ask for a better day for a wedding. The ceremony…

Anytime we get a fun backdrop to work with, I’m all for it. Sometimes it’s a unique location in the city, sometimes it’s the family farm. In this case, it was the farm. I not only love what farms have to offer in terms of backdrops, but I love the family farms because its special…

It’s always great working with people I’ve worked with in the past, but a month later? Even better! The end of September I photographed Amy and Jaron’s wedding, and then a month later I was photographing Jaron’s family pictures. It’s kind of deja vu feeling seeing faces I just saw and photographing them, I kind…

It’s that time of year when families are reaching out for pictures. Can you blame them? The temperature is perfect, the fall colors are here, and the holidays are just around the corner! This family session takes us to Vandalia, IL. I grew up just down the road in Ramsey and the session took place…

Just six days ago I was taking this same I-70 route to Hermann, MO for a wedding, except Kelly and Clayton’s had me going double the distance this time to Kansas City where their wedding was held at Alexander Majors House and Barn. This venue was a hidden gem in the middle of what seemed liked…

Maybe it’s just me, but I love this time of year when the days start to get shorter. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer and the vast amount of light it brings with it, but there’s something pretty awesome about photographing sunset pictures at 6:00pm, of course as this blog post is being published sunset…

This was a newborn session that we were particularly looking forward to. After talking with Brianne and Daniel many months ago, learning they were pregnant, at the same time we were pregnant and our due dates were within a few weeks of each other, it meant the closer we got to their pictures, the closer…

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Sunday wedding, and this was not the typical Sunday wedding for us either. The night before we had a wedding in Salem, which is about a 40 minute drive for us. After getting home that night and backing up all the images from that day, batteries were charged,…

Talk about an amazing location. I was looking forward to Abigail and Zach’s wedding for quite some time. I love weddings out at A Fair Barn in Salem, IL. The location is perfect and the venue helps ensure a great wedding day by having the ability to have the wedding and reception all in one…

We’ve been a bit silent over the past week or so on social media, our blog, and so on. Here’s a birth story… A week ago Monday, October 17, we had just been at my sister’s house for a meal celebrating my dad’s birthday. As we were leaving, Natasha said she was feeling tightening or…

Hello October! Seems like we were just welcoming in September, then I blinked, and all of a sudden it’s October. This was our second wedding to have a ceremony and reception hosted at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL. The first one was absolutely perfect, and with the experience we’ve had working with…

I seemed to have noticed a trend lately at least in this area where the ceremony and reception happen at the same place. For some venues this may be very common, especially outdoor venues, but I’ve noticed it becoming more popular for venues that may have hosted primarily receptions. Honestly, I think I’m a fan…

Wedding 2 of 2 for the double header weekend, and while it may seem like an insane task of doing multiple weddings two days in a row, we were all up for the challenge. The day before we had Molly and Jason’s wedding in Joliet, and today it was a closer wedding for us, rather…

I remember talking with Brianne and Daniel some months ago about the possibility of doing maternity pictures. It was quite a fun situation. Natasha and I were at the store when we bumped into Brianne and Daniel. We talked for a bit and eventually got to talking about new things in our lives, to which…

I just love when we can photograph families with small kids, because every year we do their pictures, we’re able to see how the kid(s) grows, and see what their personalities are going to be like year after year. Carrells are one such family that we have the honor to photograph every year. Just like the…

It was the start of a double header wedding weekend for us and the first one took us up to Joliet, IL for Molly and Jason’s wedding. We’ve had the honor of working with two of Molly’s sisters in the past for their weddings, so having the opportunity to catch up with a lot of the…

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