Emily + AJ | Black Dog Smoke & Ale House Urbana engagement photos

Engagement season is here! I am having fun getting to know my 2019 couples, and it was fun visiting the place where Emily + AJ had their first date — Black Dog in Urbana! We started out there so we’d have enough light (barely, because it’s “gray weather season”… blech!), and then I think these two went back for dinner after the session. If I were them, I would have too! After a few photos there, and around the restaurant and parking lot, we headed down the street a bit to Crystal Lake Park for some outdoor photos. With a quick outfit change, this pair was showing off their Illini pride too, which was super cute. There were a few wisps of snow on the ground too which made their stocking caps make sense! <3

Looking forward to watching these two walk down the aisle next June! Congrats, Emily + AJ!

Target Family Holiday Photos

Ann texted me one day a couple months ago asking if I would be up for a session at her family’s favorite place to shop — Target! I couldn’t type back “YES!” fast enough! Her kids know that when they visit the red bullseye that there’s a good chance they’ll get popcorn or cake pops for good behavior. We got to have both during their session (though one of the twins popped a whole cake pop in his mouth as soon as it came out of the case… not naming names!). The kiddos love visiting the Dollar Spot, the toy aisle (duh!), and LOVE looking at all the sparkly light-up holiday decorations. There was even a fun kids’ tent set up, so we made sure to use that, along with some very Target-esque lights throughout the store. I snuck in splashes of red whenever I could too — the red basket, the red cart (of course!), and the red walls. And how cute are the girls’ Target tees?

All in all, I think we successfully terrorized a local Target well enough for an hour. 😂😂😂 We only had a couple minor meltdowns, and I got some fantastic, genuine smiles in a good portion of the photos. Ann will treasure these for a long time, I’m sure!

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