Year in Review: 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, right? I know that most …

Engagement Pictures Effingham, IL :: Marissa + Dustin

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 in our backyard, the trees …

Engagement Pictures Strasburg, IL :: Hailey + Charlie

This area is quickly becoming one of my favorites! The tall evergreens, the scenery, the pond, I love it all. Hailey and Charlie’s session was too perfect. The two of them were total naturals, seriously, I hardly had to do any posing because before I could even get started telling them what I wanted, they were already ready to roll …

Centralia, IL Engagement Pictures :: Mandee + Chris

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 that’s just not any fun …

Quincy, IL Engagement Pictures :: Amanda + Tyler

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 opportunities. We started at a …

Strasburg, IL Engagement Pictures :: Morgan + Mitch

Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE laughter in pictures? Well, I do! Sometimes during sessions, there’s a little warm-up period where the couple will be learning how I work behind the camera and I’m learning how they are around each other in front of the camera. Morgan and Mitch, though… from the beginning these two were SO much fun. …

Effingham, IL Engagement Pictures :: Kayla + Jeff

Engagement session number two for Kayla and Jeff. I’ve done a few of these types of engagement setups where we will do a couple different sessions, and I LOVE it! Engagement sessions provide a great opportunity to build a connection with one another. Having two of them? It’s even better. This second time around we went to more areas of Effingham. …

Gatlinburg, TN Engagement Pictures Cades Cove :: Taylor + Stephan

Taylor and Stephan’s engagement session took me to a location I’ve not been to in a LONG time, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I was pretty excited for this session because any chance I get to shoot in a location I’m not familiar with it tends to be a refresher for my creativity. Sessions like this force me to look at my surroundings with …