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.

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Campus family + graduation session | University of Illinois


This awesome family is from my hometown.  Four years ago we did Grant's senior photos back in Mason City and now he has just graduated from the University of Illinois.  Carlee is going to be a junior at Illini Central in the fall and I'm looking forward to her senior pictures next summer!  They wanted to commemorate Grant's graduation with a few cap and gown photos, and some updated family pictures.  We had a fun time around the Illini Union, the Quad, and the Alma Mater! family pictures by the alma mater family session at the Illini Union graduation cap and gown photos on the Quad family sibling photo session in Urbana

Chelsey + Courtney | University of Illinois graduation portraits

Chelsey and Courtney graduated this past weekend from the University of Illinois. They wanted to re-create their kindergarten graduation picture, so we posed and arranged them about as close to the original and got the below portrait. We did this as a mini-session, and they didn't want individual portraits, but I talked them into it. Aren't they both gorgeous?! Thanks for coming to the studio, ladies!