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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Emily | Judah Christian School | Senior


Emily is a talented, smart and classy young lady who I know has big things in store for her! She's currently a senior at Judah Christian School in Champaign where she's active in golf and soccer, and also enjoys playing the oboe and singing in the Central Illinois Children's Choir. She's planning to attend Miami University next year, studying business. This girl loves to dress up, and I was in heaven photographing this beautiful young woman in her perfectly selected outfits and dresses. We started out at the Champaign Country Club, where we had the most beautiful light to work with, both inside the building and out. Emily had specifically requested no fields, and didn't want too many photos outdoors. It was her mom's idea to head out to the golf course for a few minutes, and I'm so glad we did! The country club is so beautifully decorated that it provided a fantastic backdrop that gave us the look we were all working toward.

After we finished up there, we ventured over to campus to Smith Memorial Hall, where Emily had previously performed with her choir. The old building's charm and marble staircases paired perfectly with Emily's long black formal gown.

Emily, I had so much fun photographing you for your senior pictures! Best of luck as you continue on with the #classof2017 !

country club dining room senior pictures

golf course senior pictures on green

stunning gorgeous senior girl in black lace dress

senior girl photos with off-the-shoulder olive green top

Champaign Judah senior portraits with long black formal gown

formal black gown at Smith Memorial Hall

Sam + Ben | Downtown Champaign + campustown engagement


Sam + Ben are getting married in June of 2017 and I'm so looking forward to it! Ben's sister-in-law Emily is one of my frequent second shooters, so we have worked together a TON! Emily knew when these two got engaged and started planning their wedding that she wanted to be a part of the festivities, to relax and to not have to work. So Sam + Ben asked her flat out who they should hire. Without skipping a beat, her answer was "Holly!" And I am so honored to receive such a rave review! I spent a few hours in the hospital with Sam + Ben with Emily + Brandon were having their daughter last August (I was the birth photographer), but not too much time aside from that. We spent an extended engagement session together last week and I got to know them each a little bit better. They are so easy and relaxed together, and I know they will be a breeze to photograph at their wedding next summer! Enjoy! blue green wall backdrop

casual engagement pictures

urban engagement photos

archway doorway engagement

seaside beachfront boardwalk engagement

silver geometric wall background

University of Illinois campustown engagement

heart shaped bokeh photos

cafe bulb lights engagement session

purple gel lights background