Kelly + Jack | University of Illinois Quad + Arboretum engagement

Kelly + Jack are college sweethearts who have spent a large portion of their relationship separated by distance.  Kelly's sister attended the University of Illinois at the same time as Jack, so conveniently was able to visit both her sister and Jack when she came to Champaign.  They are currently still living long distance with Kelly a state away while Jack pursues an advanced degree, but are anxiously planning their wedding!  I spent a perfect evening with them around campus, first on the Quad, and then to the U of I Arboretum's Hartley Gardens. Take a peek at the images we created!

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Campus family + graduation session | University of Illinois


This awesome family is from my hometown.  Four years ago we did Grant's senior photos back in Mason City and now he has just graduated from the University of Illinois.  Carlee is going to be a junior at Illini Central in the fall and I'm looking forward to her senior pictures next summer!  They wanted to commemorate Grant's graduation with a few cap and gown photos, and some updated family pictures.  We had a fun time around the Illini Union, the Quad, and the Alma Mater! family pictures by the alma mater family session at the Illini Union graduation cap and gown photos on the Quad family sibling photo session in Urbana

Emily + Ben | UI campus engagement session on the Quad


Emily + Ben are getting married later this year at Pear Tree Estate and I can't wait!  They each chose 2 different outfits, and I love how the two outfits are basically the reverse of the other.  The couple wanted to bring their sweet puppy Chief along for a few photos and he literally lasted for like 2 poses and then he was done... haha!  Luckily, Emily's parents came along to take Chief off their hands for the rest of the session.  Ben wanted a few photos on campus, so we did the first half of the session on the Quad and around Lincoln Hall (a building I picked, but that Ben was very fond of!) and the 2nd half at Porter Park in southwest Champaign to take advantage of the open space and a clear view of the horizon for sunset.  And we lucked out and got a really great sunset.  Scroll down to see all my favorite images from their session! engagement session with couple's puppy

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