Fall families in southwest Champaign | Central Illinois family photographer

I'm wrapping up my fall family blogging with these 3 great families that I've had the pleasure of knowing for many years.  The first family are our friends Phil & Cheryl and their adorable 2-year-old Alaina.  Phil went to high school with my husband Aaron and we've spent some super fun times together at friends' weddings, our own weddings, and our annual Smith Halloween parties!

The 2nd & 3rd families are Kari & Steve and their kiddos Charlotte and Owen; and then Andrea & Wes and their dog Will.  Kari and Andrea are the ones and only from Champaign Jewelers who specialize in bling!  I photographed these two families last year, along with Andrea + Wes's wedding last fall also!

Hannah | Unity Rockets High School senior

Hannah is an avid horse rider and has been for several years.  She attends Unity High School in Tolono, where she plays basketball.  After graduation next year, she plans to attend the University of Louisville.  We met up at the farm where Hannah rides, Meg's Riding Academy in rural Tolono, where her favorite horse Legend was sparkly clean and ready for his closeups!  Legend did a great job, and was extremely photogenic, as Hannah assured me he would be!  I loved capturing their casual interactions together, and it was easy to see that these two have a special bond.  At the end of the session, Hannah's mom asked is her little brother Dillon could get in a couple photos, and I said of course!

Hannah, thank you for an AWESOME session -- it was super fun to hang out with your family, Meg, and Legend, even though it was a bit cold and overcast!  I can't wait for you to see your full gallery soon!!

Makeup by Macie Dodd.

Katie + Jake | Barrelhouse 34 wedding in downtown Champaign

A few months ago I helped Kaitlin Powell photograph a wedding for some long-time friends of hers. We started out photographing the ladies and the details at the Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Champaign. Then I headed on over to Barrelhouse 34 to photograph the ceremony space, the guys, and some more beautiful details.  Barrelhouse is such a beautiful space and worked really well for Katie + Jake's intimate guest list.  Following the ceremony, we took the couple and wedding party down the street for some portraits while the guests mingled in the courtyard for cocktail hour.  In the meantime, the ceremony setup was transformed back into a bar setup with tables and chairs for the guests' dinner from Black Dog Smoke & Ale House.  Katie's pastel-hued wildflowers bouquets pair perfectly with the mismatched pastels of the bridesmaids' dresses.  It was such a fun, unique take on bridesmaid coordination and we loved the challenge of it!  Katie + Jake's butter yellow VW bug was used an additional prop for some of the portraits, and it worked nicely as a backdrop for the floral and rings photos.  I am a bold color type of gal, but I am loving all these pastel hues and the softness of Katie's bouquet -- perfection!  Congrats to the new couple!

Photographed for Kaitlin Powell Photo & Designs.