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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!

June 3, 2020

Being a central Illinois senior photographer has it perks – I mean I get to photograph some pretty special people! Casey being one of them. She is SUPER near and dear to our family since she is Bexley’s nanny – peep Bex hopping in on the shoot! We love her SO much! But seriously Casey […]

May 29, 2020

How. in. the. hell. has it taken me so long to start blogging Iceland?! I know life gets busy but WOW OH WOW do I have SO. MUCH. to share!!! I think that’s why, I’ve got SO MANY iPhone and professional photos that it’s almost overwhelming to get organized! I pondered about how to share […]

May 27, 2020

Kalie + Colten were so fun to photograph for their maternity session! Even though the weather was SUPER windy – I mean like blow away everything in sight wind – we wanted to get it done. They are so easy going and I love the way this woodsy session turned out! Kalie is literally glowing […]

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May 22, 2020

When I see something that speaks to me on an entire new level I go after it! Literally, the minute Michelle’s Bridal posted the black wedding dress on their Facebook page, I knew I wanted and needed to photograph it! It was love a first sight, no joke. SOOO my style – dark, mysterious, romantic…just […]

May 6, 2020

Late November Wedding at Eagle Wood Resort in Galena, IL Another blog featuring a second shoot for Kaula Marie Photography. I love working with this girl and this wedding for Felicia + Paul was no different! We traveled to Galena, Illinois to Eagle Wood Resort. This place was STUNNING!!!!! The exposed wood beams, floor to […]

April 22, 2020

Perfectly Purple Fall Wedding in Marshall, IL Another second shooting gig is gracing the blog today! I was fortunate enough to shoot with my girl Kaula from Kaula Marie Photography for Danielle + Mike’s gorgeous fall wedding in Marshall, Illinois. When I say gorgeous, I mean it! The weather was PERFECTTT! Danielle + Mike were such […]

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April 10, 2020

You may have seen Holly + Caleb’s most perfect fall wedding on the blog already. So I couldn’t NOT share their engagement session!! I love shooting at places I’ve never been, so it was a breath of fresh air to go down to Carbondale Illinois for Holly + Caleb’s engagement session! I’d never been to […]

April 1, 2020

Sydney + Jared had been waiting for the perfect snowy day for their engagement session. Well folks…the waiting paid off!! The day we went out it wasn’t supposed to actually snow but it did and it made for the most perfect, romantic winter engagement session BUT damn it was COLD!!! Jared wore BOAT SHOES the […]

March 25, 2020

Sheila + Scott are the CUTEST!! They are so friggin smitten with each other and I LOVE IT!!! Sheila + Scott were high school friends and found each other many years later on Facebook! Like how cool is that?!? I first met Sheila at Starbucks and we hit it off right away so I knew […]

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June 3, 2020

Being a central Illinois senior photographer has it perks – I mean I get to photograph some pretty special people! Casey being one of them. She is SUPER near and dear to our family since she is Bexley’s nanny – peep Bex hopping in on the shoot! We love her SO much! But seriously Casey […]

May 13, 2020

I have such a heavy heart writing this because I know how sad it is for the 2020 Seniors – shoot I’m SO sad for them. COVID-19 is literally reeking havoc on everyone and everyday activities but most importantly milestones. 90% of what I photograph are milestones and seniors happen to be one of those […]

March 27, 2020

I’m pretty sick of the gloomy weather and am so ready for some sunshine! But I’ll be honest, I wasn’t mad at all at how this gloomy senior session turned out! Olivia and I had tried for a fall shoot, but after missing the mark we decided to shoot for spring, until they remembered there’s […]

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May 29, 2020

How. in. the. hell. has it taken me so long to start blogging Iceland?! I know life gets busy but WOW OH WOW do I have SO. MUCH. to share!!! I think that’s why, I’ve got SO MANY iPhone and professional photos that it’s almost overwhelming to get organized! I pondered about how to share […]

April 29, 2020

Hi baby, it’s your mama. I want to start before the beginning, if that’s even possible, but I think it’s pertinent. Before we had our first baby, who turned out to be our red-headed, tender-hearted, wild and smart little Bexley. You see, before her, before the thought of her, I was unsure that there would […]

March 6, 2020

I can’t believe February has come and gone already! February was full of ups and downs, honestly. I spent all last week recovering from some nasty bug that ultimately resulted in severe ear infections in both ears, through which I had to work photographing our first round of Chicago boudoir mini sessions! I am SO […]

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