Boneyard Creek

Layla | Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs Senior

I texted my friends an hour after this session: “Life-giving senior session tonight!” Gosh, I really do love photographing seniors, and Layla and her mom puts lots of thought and planning into her session and it showed! I loved her outfits and all the locations that we planned together.

When I was in college, the Boneyard Creek was a nasty place that you avoided at all costs unless you really wanted to go get a tetanus shot afterward. Broken glass, smelly, who knows what floating in it… LOL — but several years back a lot of work and money was put into it to make it clean and beautiful again. I have always been intimidated to go down to it for the above reason, and because I just didn’t know how to get in even though I’d seen other photographer friends’ images from there. I am so happy to say that we tackled it and it was SO WORTH IT.

Layla and her mom wanted to do an homage to the veterans in their family, so we started out at the war memorial by the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana, and then did the first 1/3 of the session in the super cool downtown Urbana area.

Part 2/3 was the Boneyard Creek stretch that goes through the Bardeen Engineering Quad on campus. The weather was perfect, and the water level was low, just up to Layla’s ankles. THE LIGHT WAS AMAZING. If you’ve been on a session with me, there’s a good chance I uttered the words, “I love the light coming through the trees!” And the stars aligned for this set (especially the biggest star!)

The final part was at the Hazen Bridge north of Mahomet where the sun was just beginning to dip under the horizon. This bridge is in the National Register for Historic Places. It’s a pretty cool spot!

Thanks, Layla, for an amazing session!! Obviously I’m partial to redheads, but you totally killed it! Best of luck with your senior year at Mahomet-Seymour High School!

Jordan + Jonathan | Silvercreek greenhouse wedding in Urbana

I really do love small, intimate weddings with lots of personal touches.  Silvercreek's private greenhouse has had some updates over the past couple years, including the renovation of the Boneyard Creek area directly beside and behind the restaurant.  It's a perfect scenario -- a beautiful, bright temperature-controlled greenhouse with an outdoor portrait area just outside of it.

Jordan + Jonathan gathered a top-notch team of vendors for their intimate affair, and had friends and family do some of the decorative touches -- the caricature on the program, the stickers on the Hershey's kisses, the miniature greenhouse shadowbox, and the photo clothesline. We started out with a cocktail hour, followed immediately by the ceremony, and then family portraits, and portraits of the couple. 

At the very end of the evening, I took the opportunity to play with my MagMod lights, and set up a couple of dramatic photos for the couple.  It was a fun night!  Congrats, Jordan + Jonathan!


Ceremony, Reception & Catering: Silvercreek

Florist: Flowers by Kristine

Cake: Cake Artist's Studio

Bride's dress: Bhldn

Bridesmaid: Bhldn

Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse

Invitations: Minted

Hair: Kane & Co. 

Daphne + Shane | Intimate Silvercreek + Boneyard wedding


Daphne + Shane had brunch at Silvercreek restaurant in Urbana with their immediate families on Saturday morning. When I arrived, they were just finishing up some morning cocktails (more people should have Bloody Marys and mojitos for wedding brunch!). :) I did a few candids of them talking with family and ordering lunch, and then we headed out to just behind the restaurant for some portraits in the newly renovated Boneyard Creek area. It is beautiful!! And I could have photographed these two all day! I will definitely be heading back to the Boneyard for more portrait sessions soon! After that, we headed back up to the greenhouse for their ceremony and family pictures. Congrats, Daphne + Shane! Dancing Dog Eatery cake Urbana

candid Silvercreek wedding

exchange of wedding rings

grass wall backdrop portraits

beautiful light portraits at Boneyard Creek

Boneyard portrait session

Urbana train trestle photos

Vendors Venue + food: Silvercreek restaurant, Urbana Cake: Dancing Dog Eatery, Urbana Wedding Bands: Cartier, Chicago Dress: Halston Heritage, Neiman Marcus, Dallas Suit: Hugo Boss, Chicago