University of Illinois

Ariel + Volkan | Engagment + elopement session University of Illinois campus

I love it when couples come back to the University of Illinois campus where they met to revisit the places where they met, dated, and fell in love. Ariel emailed me saying they were officially already married, but never had engagement photos done and though they live in Chicago now, really wanted a session back in Champaign.  During the course of the session, I learned that TECHNICALLY they first met at Legend's, a bar on campus.  I wonder how many love stories have started in that place? <3  Congrats, Ariel + Volkan on your new marriage, and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Graduation + engagement photos | U of I campus portraits

I really love when people choose to document their lives through photographs.  Graduation weekend at the University of Illinois is always a hectic time in the Champaign area, but we were able to fit in 2 sessions ahead of all the rush of the ceremonies for these two new graduates.  Though both are from Taiwan, Judy + Adonis met in Champaign and fell in love. They got engaged along the way, and had a small civil wedding ceremony a few months ago. They plan to have a big celebration back home in Taiwan next year.  But for now, they wanted to document their time here in Champaign, so we ventured around campus and hit some of their favorite spots and the places that mean the most to them individually and as a couple.  

Adonis spent most of his time on the Engineering Quad, so we started out there. I love the leading lines that the Electrical and Computer Engineering building offers as a backdrop for Adonis's portrait. The back side of Grainger Engineering Library also worked well since it was super sunny that day on the entire north quad.

Then after a quick change, we did a few engagement-type photos there since they never really got a chance to do engagement or wedding photos before.  We also headed over to Judy's apartment building where we incorporated a couple of Judy's favorite Illini props. :)

We went on to visit other important campus landmarks like the Hallene Gateway, the main Quad, the Alma Mater, the Union, Foellinger, and the intersection of Wright and Green streets.

With all the places we needed to go, we ended up splitting their session into two parts on two consecutive nights.  It worked out well because Judy studied mostly at the Education building and main library, so we went to a different part of campus for her portion. Her parents again met up with us there, and we also got a few headshots of Judy that she can now use as she enters the workforce.

I'd love to document an important time in your life. I specialize in weddings, engagements, elopements, fresh 48 (hospital newborn), and milestone sessions. Hit the "book me" button top right and let's start a conversation and find out if we could work together.

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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