Lindsay + Bryan | Late fall engagement session in Urbana

I’m SO EXCITED for these two! We have been waiting for Lindsay to find her Mr. Right and it’s been fun getting to know Bryan over the past year or so. The day we planned to meet up ended up being sunny (yay!) but really cold (boo!), but I don’t think they look too freezing in these photos, so I’ll call it a win. ;) I also let them keep their coats on for a few shots. The day before the session, Lindsay texted and asked if they could bring their dog Tig along for some photos. OF COURSE! The answer to the question of dogs in photoshoots will always be YES! Tig did an awesome job and we finally figured out the trick to getting his ears up: “Tig, do you wanna go for a car ride?” #winning

These two are getting married next May, and it’s going to be a super fun and beautiful affair at a golf club in the suburbs. My husband is still holding out hope that Lindsay is going to ask him to be a flower girl, but I’m not counting my chickens. LOL

Bissie + Josh | Rainy day engagement session on campus

Well, I don’t have any weddings to post this week for #weddingwednesday BUT I do have an engagement session for a couple whose wedding I am very much anticipating for 2019!! Bissie + Josh had a few ideas for their fall session, but the rain put a bit of a damper on our plans. We made some slight adjustments though and made it work! I also happened to have along with me my clear umbrella so we used that for a few shots. These two went on about how awkward they are in front of the camera, but they did an awesome job! Although, if I can pat myself on the back for a minute, I do think it’s super important to have get a photographer who can coach you into poses and make sure that awkwardness goes away. There’s so much to be said for guiding a person or people into poses without making them look stiff, uncomfortable, or out of place. The coaching and posing is a part of the ongoing education and training I do each year at various photography conferences, workshops, and mentorships. I hope that my hard work shows through in my images!

Lexi | Champaign Centennial senior photo session

This senior stunner was introduced to me at her family session just a few days ahead of her senior session, so I got a sneak peek at her style and flawless makeup application! Lexi is a senior at Champaign Centennial. For her session, she wanted lots of fall colors and feels, so we met at Lake of the Woods and hit up a few of my favorite spots. It was just a tad chilly that day, so she was resistant to give up her coat, but I eventually convinced her to take it off. :) I can’t wait to see which ones she picks for her wallets and canvas!