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Well hot damn, i'm excited you're here. I'm Emily - you can call me em. 

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I love taking adventures all over the world, photographing weddings. seniors, boudoir, and helping other photographers perfect their craft. When I have my shit together, I blog about them using way too many exclamation points. What can I say, I love my job! Grab a coffee and stay a while!

April 14, 2021

WOW. How has it been TWO months already?! My little peanut is growing so quickly but he’s still so petite! This month has flown by! We’ve had a lot going on in the Magers household but getting these monthly pictures with Barrick + Bexley make my heart so happy!! The love Bex has for him […]

April 9, 2021

Want to talk about long time clients…. these guys take the cake!! Jordan + Dalton have been around for a minute with Mager Image!! From their wedding, to maternity and newborn with Waylon, to family pictures, to now with baby #2!! I honestly couldn’t be more excited for their growing family! They are long time, […]

April 7, 2021

I think I’ve come to a point in my career where I can say I am not just a wedding, senior and boudoir photographer because quite a few babes have made an appearance in front of my lens – and YES I absolutely freaking love it!! The amount of cuteness I have captured over the […]

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January 22, 2021

This has easily turned into my favorite blog post to share of the year. And not because it’s filled with my face over and over 😂 – but because I think it gives some fun insight to what things are really like when you’re working or shooting with me. I don’t share these photos but […]

December 30, 2020

Rural Forest Green + Ivory Winter Wedding in Champaign, Illinois My last winter wedding of 2020 and man was it a COLD one but a special one, none the less!! Brittany + Stephen had planned a much larger wedding day in Champaign, but with COVID they decided to make it a small, simple, very intimate […]

November 24, 2020

Riviera Maya Destination Beach Wedding in Cancun, Mexico Where do I even start with this wedding post?! I suppose a disclosure is in order – IT’S A LONG ONE FOLKS, SO STRAP IN. I first met Becky and Steven a while back when Becky was a bridesmaid in Kelly + Jake’s wedding. Funny thing, fate […]

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March 26, 2021

FINALLY, winter is over!! While cold weather is still fresh in our brains, I’ve got to recap at Erin + Anthony’s winter engagement session in downtown Champaign! Erin was a Mager Image senior way back when so I was really excited to get to capture another milestone for her! Erin is honestly almost TOO SWEET […]

January 6, 2021

I’ve always loved going to Allerton Mansion but this one was extra special! Samantha + JT wanted somewhere classy, upscale, fit for dressier outfits so I instantly thought Allerton Mansion is the PERFECT place. I loved their outfit choices! They were so classy and I loved that they took the dressier approach to it because […]

October 30, 2020

There is nothing better than that golden hour sunset, especially at Middlefork Forest Preserve. It is one of my go-to places because there is so much to offer out there. I mean gooooood lord the Midwest does bless us with killer sunsets and I’m so thankful because I get to photograph them. A beautiful sunset […]

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January 22, 2021

This has easily turned into my favorite blog post to share of the year. And not because it’s filled with my face over and over 😂 – but because I think it gives some fun insight to what things are really like when you’re working or shooting with me. I don’t share these photos but […]

December 9, 2020

It has been a hot minute since I featured one of my senior sessions, so what better time than now!? Jonathan joined me for his senior session on the U of I campus in Champaign! Can I just say, I love shooting on campus, especially for senior sessions! It is seriously the perfect backdrop! I […]

November 23, 2020

Lately it’s been wedding after wedding after wedding so I thought I would grace the blog with Grace ;)…like what I did there? Anyways, Grace a Villa Grove High School senior joined me on a GORGEOUS fall day! We started at the Japanese Gardens on the University of Illinois campus. She also wanted a more […]

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April 14, 2021

WOW. How has it been TWO months already?! My little peanut is growing so quickly but he’s still so petite! This month has flown by! We’ve had a lot going on in the Magers household but getting these monthly pictures with Barrick + Bexley make my heart so happy!! The love Bex has for him […]

March 31, 2021

Today’s blog post is a personal one – but I have shared this list so many times I just figured i’d put it in a blog post to share away! If you’re a first, second, or fifth time mom you already know to bring the obvious things like clothes, diaper bag, and your toothbrush, and […]

March 24, 2021

I’m not going to lie, this was a hard one to write. January 2021 was not easy on our family and I wanted to share everything, so it’s a long one. Our year started out, mmmm, unusual that’s for sure! We had been exposed to the ‘VID over the holidays, so we brought in the […]

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