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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!

Emily + Bryan | Downtown Urbana-Crystal Lake Park engagement

Emily + Bryan are getting married next June, and I seriously cannot wait for their wedding.  We met a few months ago for their consultation, and we immediately hit it off.  They are huge fans of my work, and Emily even referenced previous blog posts in her initial communication with me, and in prepping for the engagement session.  I love when couples do that, as that's one of the major driving factors behind my blog -- to help you plan your own sessions and wedding. Did you know that you can use the "search" function at the very bottom of my website to search for any local vendors or venues?  You can also search for locations around the area and if I've photographed there, there's a chance you'll find sample photos!

Now, back to Emily + Bryan -- this couple is genuine, affectionate, kind, carefree, and they adore Urbana, especially downtown Urbana.  I've photographed downtown Urbana many times, but it was fun to see it through their eyes and scope out the places they frequent and are fond of.  Enjoy!

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Stefanie + Matt | Crystal Lake Park Urbana engagement pictures


Stefanie + Matt met at work, recently got engaged and are looking forward to their happily ever after! They drove over from Bloomington-Normal to meet me in Urbana for their engagement session at Crystal Lake Park and then downtown Urbana. We were blessed with a gorgeous, mild and sunny December day and I am so happy with their images! These two were so easy to pose -- I remember after the first pose/set, Stefanie commented on how she was glad I told them what to do. :) That is one of the perks of choosing an experienced photographer who specializes in posing -- lots of different image options and not having to worry about how to stand or how you look. I take care of all of that, so your part is to show up and look pretty for my camera! Text me to book your session - 217-737-0971!Crystal Lake Park steps engagement

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