downtown Urbana

Stefanie + Matt | Crystal Lake Park Urbana engagement pictures

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Stefanie + Matt met at work, recently got engaged and are looking forward to their happily ever after! They drove over from Bloomington-Normal to meet me in Urbana for their engagement session at Crystal Lake Park and then downtown Urbana. We were blessed with a gorgeous, mild and sunny December day and I am so happy with their images! These two were so easy to pose -- I remember after the first pose/set, Stefanie commented on how she was glad I told them what to do. :) That is one of the perks of choosing an experienced photographer who specializes in posing -- lots of different image options and not having to worry about how to stand or how you look. I take care of all of that, so your part is to show up and look pretty for my camera! Text me to book your session - 217-737-0971!Crystal Lake Park steps engagement

she said yes engagement pictures

he put a ring on it in downtown Urbana

orange door and alley photos

engagement pictures with graffiti

painted mural walls as backdrop

Catlin | Holly Birch Photography Intern + Senior Model

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Today I'd like to introduce you to Catlin (aka Cat), my current intern! Cat does anything and everything around the office for me -- prepping blog posts (you may have seen her as the author of several wedding posts lately), culling photos, some light editing, prepping wedding consultation folders, filing receipts, and assisting at sessions, plus more. She has been a HUGE help and time saver to me this summer, especially since my two kiddos are with me most days. She's helped me stay on top of my ever-growing list of image editing and album design. I'm only able to employ her for a few hours each week, so to reward her, I supply her with coffee from our Keurig when she comes over (ha!) and the photo session you'll see below. Cat is very into her cats (haha... no pun intended? :)), Bubbles and Maja, and also very into fashion. I knew she would have the perfect outfit for our night-time photo session, and I LOVE the hat and accessories she brought along. Perfection. Technically Cat is a senior at the University of Illinois, but I wanted to use this session also to market to high school seniors in the area, as I think this would be a fun, unique way to portray a senior session. We had SO MUCH FUN doing this session, and would have kept shooting except for the rain that rolled in and started making me nervous for my equipment. Enjoy!! cat pet photography

sequin backdrop high school senior pictures

off-camera flash senior photography

Crane Alley senior pictures dramatic lighting

CU Studio Share | Downtown Urbana photography studio

I can't believe I haven't posted this yet! We went public with the announcement a few days ago (mostly on Facebook), but I've been so busy and had so many other fun things to post, that I just haven't gotten around to this yet. Anyway, Allyson Sanborn (Sweet Pea Photography) and I are pleased to announce CU Studio Share, a 1900-square-foot studio space that will be shared among photographers, artists, musicians, etc. within the community. Tonight is our ribbon cutting ceremony at 4pm, courtesy of the Urbana Business Association, followed by an open house until 7pm. We'd love to see old friends and new, so come on by to say hi and for some light refreshments!