Shannon + Brandon are two of my wedding clients who booked their wedding months and months ago, and since then have become good friends of mine. I enjoy keeping up with their lives on Facebook, and during the session I told them it was about time we finally got them in front of my camera! Their wedding is in December, and they have a bunch of cool things in store for their big day. The weather was perfect for their session at the end of September, but I'm sure it will be a little cooler the day of the wedding. :) They brought along their furry companions, Gretzky & Jackson. After Trevett Finch Park, we headed over to the University of Illinois Ice Arena for a few shots of them spraying the camera with ice. This turned out to be more difficult than I was anticipating! Then we finished up in downtown Urbana near Crane Alley. I love this one! And this was the sneak peek I posted to Facebook a few days ago. A couple of their friends said it reminded them of Twilight. LOL I haven't seen the movies, so I can't vote either way! My middle name is danger. Love and Toms.
Katie & TJ asked me to meet them at a unique location for their engagement session, and I was very happy to oblige. It's a historic Kaufman mansion near downtown Champaign, and it's for sale if you're interested in owning a piece of Champaign history. After we shot in and around the mansion, we walked a couple blocks down to the famous Osage Orange tree at Trevett-Finch Park.
I first met TJ at a "Tweetup" hosted by the News-Gazette in 2009. Then a month or so later, I met Katie at a bridal showcase hosted by the Illini Radio Group. Katie proceeded to tell me that TJ had already decided that I would be their wedding photographer based on my work he'd seen that I had posted on Twitter. Social networking for the win! :) One of my favorites!! I think they both look so great in this shot! If I didn't know any better, I'd say they own the place! :) I was loving this garage door for some reason! Katie's dad brought over his 1927 Model T Ford for us to use as a prop. They get to use it for the wedding too!