Yearly Archives: 2017

What an amazing year 2017 has been. It’s been a year of growth, revelation, and risks. And the end of every year, I like to reflect on the past year at some things I’ve learned about myself as a photographer, the good and the bad. We can all do better in every aspect of life,…

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One of our last engagement sessions of fall before this brutal cold his us. Marissa and Dustin had the perfect timing for their pictures. The colors were extremely vibrant and it was definitely looking very Fall. Earlier in the Fall, I thought that we were going to miss out on the colors because, at least…

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I mentioned in an earlier post that we are taking our family pictures in a new direction. In case you missed it, traditionally family pictures are the family posing together looking at the camera smiling. Don’t get me wrong, these can be great images that will be cherished forever, and of course, I’m still doing…

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For the past four years, we have had the incredible opportunity of spending part of Thanksgiving day with a family in Effingham. It’s pretty much become a yearly tradition for us in the way that our own families get together for Thanksgiving, and it’s one that we are always excited for. Four years ago, I…

One session we get asked about quite frequently with weddings is our day after session. Sometimes, I believe it may be because of the name, while the name says “day after,” it’s never really the day following the wedding. Usually, it’s around two weeks later, but day after sounds better than a two-week-after session, am…

It’s hardly feeling like Fall anymore with how cold it’s been. Understandably, it’s later November, but it seems like the past few years we’ve had pretty mild Fall seasons. That doesn’t slow us down any because it’s all about those fall colors. Cold, warm, we go for it. With the exception of brutally cold, then…

With how much I’ve traveled for sessions, the one area I’ve not been to very often is western Illinois. In fact, I’ve done more sessions in Dallas, Texas than I have western Illinois (minus the St. Louis metro area)! However, I wouldn’t mind doing more along the Illinois border, holy cow there are some amazing picture…

I’ve been looking forward to this session for some months now. I absolutely love when we are given the opportunity to photograph a couple’s wedding, and then later down the road, give the opportunity to come back and photograph the next chapter in their life. We shot Amy and Jaron’s wedding last year, and when…

Anytime that we have the opportunity to continue to work with people, it’s seriously the best feeling when it comes to being a business owner. To know that the pictures we took are not only cherished enough for them to come back but that they enjoyed working with us that much as well, it’s definitely…

I recently purchased some colored smoke bombs with a vision of using them during senior pictures. This was all a part of trying new things this year. Earlier we used colored powder, tried some new editing styles, this time it was smoke. I love pushing myself and trying new things. Sometimes it doesn’t work out,…

After meeting with Laura and Jeremy and learning about their film background I was pretty excited to work with them! Not only because we had some shared interests, but because they were planning their wedding around the optimal time for outdoor pictures! This never happens, unless of course, it’s a photographer getting married. Known as…

Weddings where this is a chance of rain, we always try to get what we can prior to the ceremony so not to push our luck with the weather. On Ashley and Derek’s wedding day, the weather was saying rain during the couple of hours we had for outdoor pictures between the ceremony and reception….

We did Kayla and Jeff’s second engagement session not too long ago and just weeks before the wedding we finalized a design for their engagement album. Fortunately, I was able to get the able produced and shipped before their big day and the Friday before, I received it. It’s not too often that I deliver…

It’s that time of year for school pictures, and what better way to do school pictures than to do pictures in a school? An old school for that matter! My niece and Nephew had their school pictures taken, and for the sake of traditionalism, those pictures are nice and all, but we are pulling away…

Nothing like an oddly warm (or rather, hot) day for a Fall wedding. But that didn’t matter too much, because regardless of the temperature outside, as long as it’s not raining, it’s a good day for a wedding. Well, okay, technically a humid 120-degree or negative 20-degree day would be pretty brutal, but you get…

I’m sure I’ve said it in every blog previously, but having the opportunity to continue to work with folks is seriously the best thing about doing photography as a business. First of all, it’s a huge honor being trusted with the pictures year after year, whether it’s family pictures, seniors, babies, etc. The Carrells have…

Seems like just yesterday we were doing Finn’s newborn pictures. What a year it has been!! Watching Finn grow through pictures has been so much fun and quite an honor. I don’t take any session lightly. Whether it’s a wedding, senior pictures, baby or family pictures, they are all so important. I don’t want to…

I’m always a fan of new types of sessions. Something that changes up what I typically do, even if they might be similar to what I do on a daily basis. Christine contacted me about doing pictures downtown Chicago for her golden birthday, titled “This is 25.” I LOVED this idea. Often times we have…

This weather has just been amazing lately. What a perfect day we had for Monica and Matt’s wedding. Their wedding took me to a new location that I’ve not been to before; Pillars Event Center in Taylorville, IL. This location is an old Baptist Church that has been remodeled into a complete wedding event center….

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