Aniyah | Judah Christian High School senior cheerleader

Aniyah needed a quick turnaround on her senior pics since she's in her last semester and had just a week or so to turn in her yearbook photo!  We were able to easily accommodate each other's schedules since she has a chunk of time in the middle of the day with no classes.  It was COLD the day of her session, so I chose a few places where I knew we could duck in and out of the cold as needed, but still have some awesome light and variety -- thank goodness the sun was shining!!  We started out at a parking garage, then headed to Hammerhead Coffee where we warmed up with some hot chocolate and hot tea.  After that we ventured to the downtown Champaign area for the "city feel" and then finished up at the mall so we had some skylights and bright white walls to compliment her purple Judah cheerleading uniform!

I think it's always fun to see the progression from the beginning of the session to the end.  I don't know if you can see, but I definitely see Aniyah loosening up and relaxing a bit in front of my camera as the session goes on.  That's when we start to see real, genuine smiles and true personalities.  I loved this session and wish you the best with your future endeavors, Aniyah!

Pear Tree Estate | Green + Gold Tasting Event


Last Friday I spent an hour or so at the always lovely Pear Tree Estate photographing their space, setup and details prior to one of the tasting events. I don't think I've seen this particular color scheme at PTE, and I immediately fell in love with the way the gold and green elements meshed together. The green velvet was luxurious paired with the gold dinnerware and crisp white plates. The floral pieces were created by Sarah at Fleurish, the cake by Cream & Flutter, mini desserts by LA Gourmet, gold flatware by Palace Events, and hand lettering by Letters from Lindsey. I'm looking forward to photographing more weddings and events there in 2017! green velvet table runners with gold accents farmhouse table wedding setup green and gold wedding decor details green napkins with elegant white dinnerware Cream & Flutter naked cake dessert table floating dessert table green handlettered drink cards with signature drinks Champaign Illinois elegant wedding venue warm candles with crisp white plates and green tablecloth wooden candlesticks with green and white color scheme warm winter glow wedding ceremony venue green handlettered place escort cards green white and gold Pear Tree Estate tasting event handlettered brick table numbers white linens with forest green table runner

Lauren + Denise | Woodland winter wedding ceremony + portraits


Lauren + Denise planned a lovely intimate little ceremony on the day after Christmas while they had family in town. We met up at the Isaak Walton cabin at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet. These two actually had a commitment ceremony a couple years ago before Lauren's dad passed away, but decided to have another "official" ceremony since they can now be legally married in the state of Illinois. I was only with them for about an hour, but I always feel so honored to get a peek into such an important day in people's lives. I witnessed them exchange their vows, photographed their family groups, and then took the couple outside for some portraits for the remainder of our time together. The day was relatively warm, but was very damp from melted snow and a bit of rain. I kind of love the look the weather gave to the park area we were in though -- dark bare trees and a bed of wet flat leaves as ground cover. Lauren + Denise stood out from the background with their black and gray attire, plus Lauren's white and red bouquet, that she wrapped with her father's red tie. Such a heartfelt touch! Congrats to you two and I wish you the best!! Thank you so much for having me along for your extra special day. :)Isaak Walton cabin wedding reception

mrs. and mrs. wedding vows

two become one wedding ceremony

wedding vows

giving their lives to one another

sealed with a kiss wedding ceremony

winter woodland portraits at Lake of the Woods

Rural Mahomet wedding day portraits

same sex wedding couple photos

love wins wedding pictures

chilly winter wedding photos

stark winter trees wedding photos

walking hand in hand red bridge photos

candid wedding photos

two brides wedding portraits

sharing a snuggle wedding day portraits

bride's bouquet with her dad's tie

blankets for guests at winter wedding