Irrigation Propane Testimonial with GROWMARK FS | Agricultural Commercial Photography

I spent a morning with the GROWMARK FS Propane division a few weeks ago. They were doing a propane testimonial video with a couple of farmers and a couple of their propane salesmen to talk about the advantages of using propane for irrigation systems. I was doing the still photos while another team did the video portion. We met in my old stomping grounds of Mason County, and had a high percentage of Illini Central graduates involved in the project!

Full sun is rarely my friend on a wedding day, but for a commercial project like this it works really well (except when you need to have a person facing the sun). The white propane tanks and delivery trucks bounce light really well though too so they helped me out quite a bit as natural reflectors.

I love these types of projects and always look forward to getting back to my ag roots. If you can envision something similar for your own project or business, shoot me a message and we can see if it would be a good fit!

Moderation Maven | Personal Brand Photography Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my friend Leia’s session for her business, Moderation Maven Nutrition! We did the first part back in February when it was still very chilly, so we waited until summer to do the second part outdoors. Leia’s main request was that most people associate the color green with nutrition, so she wanted her headshots to be with a different color. She mentioned something warm-toned, so I thought on it a bit and we both loved the idea of this coral/pink wall. It was perfect!

Part of the Moderation Maven’s mission is to dissaude common myths about food, agriculture, and dieting, so we tied part of that in with the diet magazine she picked up that morning.

For the next section, we went right around the corner to a sidewalk where we did some exercise/stretching/running photos. I love the aviators and the bright green shirt she chose from the Illinois Marathon.

Lastly, we met up at a popular meeting/restaurant space where she grabbed a juice and chatted with a client about reading labels and what to look for when choosing foods and beverages.

Hannah + Colin | Willow Creek Farm wedding

Moments are what make up a wedding day. Lots and lots of little moments, and man, did I enjoy witnessing so many special ones on Saturday during Colin + Hannah’s big day. It wasn’t my first time to Willow Creek Farm, but it WAS my first time photographing a wedding there! I enjoyed my time there so much despite the 90+ degree heat, and the 10,000+ steps and 137 activity minutes I logged on my Fitbit. :)

Hannah hugged me when I first walked in and after a few dress photos, we jumped right into her getting dressed. Then after a few getting ready photos of Colin, we were ready to do the First Look. Talk about emotional!! It was one of the sweetest first looks ever and both and bride and groom had a hard time keeping it together. We all took a pause, a few deep breaths and then made some magic under the weeping willow trees by the pond. (Side note: Weeping Willow trees are one of my all-time favorite backgrounds for photos!)

The timeline Hannah + Colin created gave us plenty of time to get everything done before the ceremony. I have never seen a more proud father walking his daughter down the aisle. I mean, Hannah’s dad just BEAMED as he led her toward Colin. The ceremony was very sunny and hot, but the officiant wrapped things up in an efficient 22 minutes (he said so during the ceremony!), and I was able to send the couple off to mingle with their guests while I got photos of the reception area untouched by guests.

A small rain shower came through during dinner, so that kind of changed my plans for some sunset photos, but we got some neat clouds up to the north so we used that instead. I also took them out on the back patio with the cute little cafe lights for some fun dusk photos.

Hannah + Colin’s guests were SO fun, and I will never listen to 500 Miles by the Proclaimers the same way again. At the end of the post, you’ll see some photos where the guests have the couple hoisted up on their shoulders, and that was during that song, the last one of the night. And then we sent them off to their honeymoon with a sparker sendoff! It was truly a great day and evening, and I am so thankful to have been a part of it. Congrats, Colin + Hannah, and I hope you’re having an amazing honeymoon!! <3

Ceremony, Reception & Catering | Willow Creek Farm, Urbana, IL | Instagram

Cake | Cakes by Lori, Mahomet, IL

Florist | Flora, Mahomet, IL | Facebook

DJ or Band | Dan Church, Champaign, IL

Instrumentalists | Alexa Groen

Officiant | Mark Verbruggen

Bride’s Dress Retailer | Elite Bridal, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Bride’s Dress Designer | Martina Liana | Instagram

Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie | Instagram

Suits/Tuxes | Men’s Wearhouse, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Hair & Makeup | Style and Grace Salon, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Videographer | Olivia Helmus | Instagram

Drone footage | EMC Photography

Photographer: Holly Birch Photography, Illinois-based photographer available for destination weddings