Graduation + engagement photos | U of I campus portraits

I really love when people choose to document their lives through photographs.  Graduation weekend at the University of Illinois is always a hectic time in the Champaign area, but we were able to fit in 2 sessions ahead of all the rush of the ceremonies for these two new graduates.  Though both are from Taiwan, Judy + Adonis met in Champaign and fell in love. They got engaged along the way, and had a small civil wedding ceremony a few months ago. They plan to have a big celebration back home in Taiwan next year.  But for now, they wanted to document their time here in Champaign, so we ventured around campus and hit some of their favorite spots and the places that mean the most to them individually and as a couple.  

Adonis spent most of his time on the Engineering Quad, so we started out there. I love the leading lines that the Electrical and Computer Engineering building offers as a backdrop for Adonis's portrait. The back side of Grainger Engineering Library also worked well since it was super sunny that day on the entire north quad.

Then after a quick change, we did a few engagement-type photos there since they never really got a chance to do engagement or wedding photos before.  We also headed over to Judy's apartment building where we incorporated a couple of Judy's favorite Illini props. :)

We went on to visit other important campus landmarks like the Hallene Gateway, the main Quad, the Alma Mater, the Union, Foellinger, and the intersection of Wright and Green streets.

With all the places we needed to go, we ended up splitting their session into two parts on two consecutive nights.  It worked out well because Judy studied mostly at the Education building and main library, so we went to a different part of campus for her portion. Her parents again met up with us there, and we also got a few headshots of Judy that she can now use as she enters the workforce.

I'd love to document an important time in your life. I specialize in weddings, engagements, elopements, fresh 48 (hospital newborn), and milestone sessions. Hit the "book me" button top right and let's start a conversation and find out if we could work together.

HBP Color Project | Champaign + UIllinois photography project

I have envisioned this personal project for YEARS and finally made it happen in June of this year.  I scouted locations for months and am thrilled with the results.  A model call on my Facebook page helped me find two couples to model for me on two separate evenings.  At first I thought we would repeat a couple locations, but I had enough spots that we didn't have to do any repeats.  My dream above all with this was to have a rainbow grid on my Instagram feed, but I also had a ton of fun with posing the couples and editing these images.  I realized a huge part of my brand is COLOR, and so this project was the perfect way jumpstart that aspect of my branding!  Enjoy!! Want to book your own colorful session or enjoy these poses (or both??)?  Contact me today to book your wedding or engagement session! 217-737-0971

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Kayleigh + Tyler | Monticello Robert Allerton Park stylish engagement photos

Relationship goals, am I right?  I adore this couple and their sweet puppy Cooper!  Kayleigh + Tyler were easy to work with and pose and had a few great ideas themselves.  When they changed into their second outfits, I was totally in heaven!  I couldn't have chosen more perfect outfits for them.  We met up at Allerton Park and took our time wandering around the grounds looking for golden pockets of light, water features, and cool architecture.  I seriously can't wait for their wedding next May!