Laura : Tuscola Community High School : Senior Session

I met up with Laura and her mom at Allerton Park outside Monticello for her senior session. Laura is a senior this year at Tuscola High School, and is also captain of her dance team there. We started out the session around the 4-H Camp portion of the grounds since Laura was a camp counselor there for a while. Then we roamed the rest of the park looking for pretty spots and fantastic pockets of light, before finishing up just outside the gate as the sun went down. Thanks for a great session, Laura! Interested in doing a custom on-location senior session with Holly Birch Photography in or around Champaign or Piatt counties? Check out our packages HERE, and then give Holly a call - 217-737-0971.

Samantha + Jacob | Tuscola + Champaign iHotel wedding

The weather was finally gorgeous again on Saturday, July 28, and after nearly 2 months of photographing weddings through heat advisory, it was a welcome "break." Of course, I use the term "break" very, very loosely. :) Sam + Jacob were great sports throughout the day, and Sam told me many times throughout the course of all the wedding festivities that I could do with them whatever I wanted for photos, and to pull them aside any time I thought the light or atmosphere was good. This also included them missing the anniversary dance. Oops! (And sorry to Ryan for that one!) Their wedding party was SO fun, wild, and rambunctious. I could tell you many, many funny stories, and these blog photos had to be edited down some from what all I originally wanted to show. Ha! Leave a comment below for Sam + Jacob, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice!

Vendors Ceremony: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Tuscola Reception: iHotel, Champaign Officiant: Pastor Jason Braaten DJ + lighting: Elite Entertainment Florist: Arcola Flower Shop Dresses: David's Bridal Tuxes: Seno Formal Wear Cake: Ruth Bretz & Mary Appleby Videographer: Every Moment Productions Limo: Starr Limousine Photographer: Holly Birch Photography Assistant photographer: Melanie Anderson

Amanda + Matt | Tuscola engagement photographer

Amanda + Matt had me come out to his family's farm in rural Tuscola last week for their engagement session. I grew up on a farm myself, so whenever I get a chance to get out again with the dirt, cattle & tractors, I am all for it! And they had the right color of tractors and all (RED), so we were all set. I even texted my dad about halfway through to send him a picture of the "prop" tractor we were using. He said he didn't know I could afford such extravagant props! Ha! Anyway, Amanda + Matt, thanks for having me out to the farm to traipse around the countryside, and for letting me get to know you a little better before the wedding. We've just got to loosen Matt up a bit more in the next 50 or so days. :) Can't wait for it!