Pixels by Emily | Business portrait photographer | Color project

When my good friend Emily from Pixels by Emily saw a few sneak peeks of my #hbpcolorproject (full post coming soon!), she knew she had to have some new headshots in front of the colorful walls!  Emily's branding is rainbow colors, so these portraits fit perfectly! It's fun when I get to incorporate an industry-specific item or location into a business portrait.  What unique places can you think of to help set your business apart from the rest?  I'd love to help!  Contact me to set up your own headshot session.

Erin + Steve | Hotel Arista romantic evening wedding | Naperville, Illinois


What a sweet little wedding this was! Erin & her wedding planner called it her "big little wedding," and that's for sure what it was. There was love and attention to detail present through every aspect of the day, but with a small guest list for maximum effect. Erin + Steve chose to have all white flowers, menus, and linens, with purple uplighting for the reception. Before the ceremony, I spent some time with both the bride and groom, and got to capture some shots of Erin's amazing shoes, her mom putting on Erin's necklace, and her 8-year-old son Carson writing a note for his mom. I then met Steve in the lobby of Hotel Arista for a few portraits before it got too dark out. We were lucky enough to have a few extra minutes after the ceremony for a few outdoor portraits (brr!), and I added in a bit of flash for some awesome shots of them with the twinkle lights surrounding the property -- perfect for a December wedding! While we were doing pictures outside, the guests were enjoying cocktail hour and having the room flipped from ceremony to reception. The room looked amazing with all the white details set against the purple lighting. Some of my favorite moments of the day were Erin's dad seeing her for the first time (cue the tears!), Carson looking up at his mom during the ceremony while Steve read his vows for their new family, and the newlywed game they playing during the reception. So fun! My husband Aaron was lucky enough to serve this wedding as both usher and my lighting assistant. :) Thanks, honey! Leave a comment below for Erin + Steve and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

wedding dress hanging plus bridal details

bride's Badgley Mischka shoes and jewelry

handsome groom in blue Men's Wearhouse tux

son of the bride writing a note to mom

bride getting ready at Hotel Arista

father emotional first look with bride

groom watching bride walk down the aisle

Hotel Arista Naperville wedding ceremony

white wedding ceremony with pipe and drape

new husband and wife wedding ceremony

clean magazine style bridal portraits

dapper groom in blue suit magazine shoot

modern clean bride and groom portraits

beautiful romantic portraits with bride and groom

new Mr. & Mrs. holiday portraits with twinkle lights bokeh

Christmas lights bokeh wedding pictures

Christmas lights bokeh with wedding couple

Just Married sign with holiday bokeh

beautiful OCF portraits with light bulb bokeh

son of the bride hands her bouquet

white hydrangeas with purple uplighting

white wedding details at Hotel Arista Naperville

candid photos of bride and groom

bridal couple entrance to Go Cubs Go

wedding toast to guests

first dance as husband and wife

macro ring photos with Cubs chocolate and white roses

parent dances

Newlywed game with heart paddles

dancing candids on white dance floor

Vendors Ceremony, reception, cake & catering: Hotel Arista, Naperville Wedding planner & flowers: Just Say Yes Events, Barbara Mouradian Dress: A Joyful Occasion, Naperville Suits: Seno Formal Wear Officiant: Rent-a-rev Jim Rehnberg Hair & Makeup: Mario Tricoci Salon Harpist: Dawn Bishop DJ: DJs For You, Naperville Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Melissa + Tom | Allerton Mansion wedding | Monticello, Illinois


What a lovely day we had at Allerton Park and Mansion on Saturday, May 16 with Melissa + Tom! Tom doesn't like to have his picture taken, but you'd hardly know it from these photos! My second shooter (Emily) and I were able to capture the couple in a very natural way I think, and I think they look very comfortable in front of my lens! Don't you agree? Melissa and her mother planned this wedding down to the last detail, and their hard work was evident everywhere we turned. The purple hue they chose for the dresses and flowers just popped against the natural backdrop of Allerton's Park and Mansion. A couple of my favorite parts of the day were when Melissa's dad walked her down the aisle, the flower girl playing Legos in the hall, eyeing the radar to dodge small rain showers, and the late-night nacho bar. Yes, you read that right: A NACHO BAR. Melissa + Tom, I hope you love these images as much as I do! There are many more where these came from that I have left to edit!

Leave a comment below for Melissa + Tom, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

wedding dress at Allerton Mansion

Paper Boutique wedding print suite

bride getting ready

purple ivory wedding details

bride getting dressed

Michelle's Bridal dress

bridal couple portraits

bridesmaids purple dresses

groomsmen dark gray tuxes

groom portraits

bridesmaids oven mitts

floral details Boka Shoppe

couple portrait Allerton

purple white green bouquets

bridal jewelry

purple wedding decor

purple ivory gray wedding party

groom kissing bride on cheek

bride and groom walking

Wedding Cakes by Rosie

Flora Gems wedding bands

Allerton Mansion wedding pictures

tall grass bride groom portraits

blushing bride

Here comes the bride

casual wedding party image

Allerton Mansion ceremony

wedding party intros

Allerton after dark

toasts reaction

parent dances

off-camera flash portraits after sunset

first dance Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran

bouquet toss

get the garter

reception candids dancing

dancing candids reception

Vendor Team Ceremony | Mansion at Allerton Park and Retreat Center Cake | Wedding Cakes by Rosie Florist | Boka Shoppe DJ | Bravo Entertainment Caterer | Allerton Park and Retreat Center Bridal Dress | Michelle's Bridal - Allure Bridesmaid Dresses | Michelle's Bridal - Belsoie Tuxes | Michelle's Bridal - M2 Invitations/Programs | The Paper Boutique Jeweler | Flora Gems Hair & Makeup | Style Evolutions - Sarah Koss