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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!

February 26, 2020

Lavender Late Spring Wedding in Olivet, IL Brooke Kristine Photography asked me tag along for another wedding (make sure to check out this last one I blogged!) and I was thrilled to say YES! Emily + Jordan’s day was in late spring but it was hot!! It was my first time at Olivet Nazarene University […]

February 21, 2020

I’ve wanted to write this post for FOEVAAAA and I’m just now getting around to it. Typical. But we’re here, and I want to share with you the main gear I take with me on a wedding day. I won’t bore you with the entire inventory (hello memory cards and batteries) but today we’ll walk […]

February 19, 2020

I know you have seen Tiera + Kristofer’s gorgeous barn wedding on the blog already but I HAD to show you their engagement session at a family farm in Chatsworth, Illinois. These two love the farm life so it was only fitting to have a few animals part of the session.  Tiera + Kristofer’s 2 […]

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February 26, 2020

Lavender Late Spring Wedding in Olivet, IL Brooke Kristine Photography asked me tag along for another wedding (make sure to check out this last one I blogged!) and I was thrilled to say YES! Emily + Jordan’s day was in late spring but it was hot!! It was my first time at Olivet Nazarene University […]

January 22, 2020

Springtime Magenta Wedding in Ottawa, IL As you know I love second shooting and when Brooke from Brooke Kristine Photography reached out to me I was so excited to work with her. Mary + Steve’s day was a gloomy March day, but I knew the pictures would turn out amazing! Mary’s dress was stunning with […]

January 15, 2020

I cannot believe it’s January already. This is one of my most anticipated posts of the entire year. Including not only myself but fellow co-workers and professionals I get to work alongside for some goofy-ass photos is my bread and butter. I love this post, but it’s always a long one, so strap in folks. […]

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February 19, 2020

I know you have seen Tiera + Kristofer’s gorgeous barn wedding on the blog already but I HAD to show you their engagement session at a family farm in Chatsworth, Illinois. These two love the farm life so it was only fitting to have a few animals part of the session.  Tiera + Kristofer’s 2 […]

January 17, 2020

We’re playing things backwards today, as these two are already married! But I couldn’t help myself from still sharing their images from their Naperville Riverwalk engagement session! We had a rather chilly/gloomy day but we wanted to go for it regardless! I’d never been and I loved all the bridges and pathways, especially as the […]

December 6, 2019

This week must be the week for long-time Mager Image clients, because you’ve seen Laura before! She was a 2018 senior spokesmodel so you’ve already seen her summertime senior photos along with her winter mini session. She told me before that she loves winter, so when she became engaged I wasn’t surprised to hear she […]

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February 12, 2020

I love a good senior sesh at the Japanese Gardens in Champaign, especially in summer when everything is in full bloom! It makes for such a perfect backdrop. Uliana, an Irquois West 2020 senior was the MOST chill senior ever so it made my job super easy!! Uli is what everyone calls her and I […]

December 27, 2019

Faith’s session last winter was so cute! It was her second session with me, which is always a good thing when it’s pretty darn cold outside! We had just gotten a little bit of snow, and it was great to pair with her cute fur lined coat for that winter touch! We met in downtown […]

December 20, 2019

Let’s go back a few months, shall we? I mentioned a few weeks back on my senior Instagram that (surprise surprise) I’m wayyyyy tf behind on blogging, especially with my seniors! I offered to whomever commented that they’d be first up on the blog and IG. Lanna’s up first! You may feel like you’ve already […]

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February 5, 2020

Happy February! As January came to a close, this first blog day is dedicated to the entire month! I talked a bit in my 2020 goals blog post that I wanted to keep things here on a bit of a personal level, and what better than to recap my entire month from the personal side?! […]

January 15, 2020

I cannot believe it’s January already. This is one of my most anticipated posts of the entire year. Including not only myself but fellow co-workers and professionals I get to work alongside for some goofy-ass photos is my bread and butter. I love this post, but it’s always a long one, so strap in folks. […]

January 10, 2020

Oh boy! It looks like the last time I blogged about yearly goals was way back with this post in 2017. It’s fun to look back on past goals too! I hadn’t looked back on this post until I was searching for today’s post, but I’ve hit a couple of those goals since then! Let’s […]

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