Stephanie + Mike | University of Illinois Quad + Japan House engagement

This adorable couple met in a class in the Psych building on the University of Illinois campus when Mike put the moves on Stephanie. If I'm remembering correctly, they had only 1 class together, but that was all it took for them to find their forever.  We started their session in the building that started it all, though not the exact classroom due to renovations and changes to the building.  How cute is this idea?! And Mike stepped things up a notch by bringing a textbook as a prop!  Yes!

Then we moved on over to the Quad from there and did some photos with Foellinger, the Union, the Natural History building, and finally the Eternal Flame.  Gotta lock things in for life! ;)  Then after a quick wardrobe change, we were off to the Japan House area with lots of lush greens, rocks, and Asian elements that Stephanie loved due to a recent trip they went on together.

I wish you both the best as you travel to your elopement soon!  Congrats, Stephanie + Mike!

Lana + Ross | Downtown Champaign fall engagement photos

Lana + Ross booked me a few months back for their wedding and engagement session.  We met up in downtown Champaign earlier this week for their session that was almost exactly a year ahead to the day of their wedding date -- how fun!  They started with some casual blue outfits that were a bit more summery, and then changed into more fall outfits, including Lana's cute boots and adorable plaid sweater with leather elbow patches.  I can't wait for their wedding next September at the Champaign Country Club.   Congrats you two on your engagement!

Business and political headshot photographs | Holly Birch Photography

Last week was a busy one!  I started out by teaching fellow photographer Katie Knapp, the Ag Photographer, about flash, followed by a trip out to Lake of the Woods in Mahomet for some new business headshots for her website and Facebook page.

Then on Tuesday I went to the Farm Progress Show with my dad Jeff, my grandpa Russell (aka Pappy), and my dad's hired man Mark.  It was a fun day with GREAT weather, and I can't wait to go back again in 2 years!

Wednesday evening I photographed the Jones family, the head of which is Allen Jones who is running for Champaign County Sheriff.  We also did some photos of Allen interacting with some voters, followed by some headshots in downtown Champaign. 

Thursday morning I ventured over to Urbana to watch my friend (and 2016 groom) Matt Grandone announce his candidacy for Champaign County Clerk.  It was a neat experience to watch him make the announcement from the steps of his childhood home where his parents still reside.  Following the announcement, I snapped a couple photos of Matt + Jackie's family, and then a couple quick headshots of Matt too.

Good luck to everyone on their newest ventures!