Engagement

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!

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!