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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!

July 8, 2020

Where to even start here… there aren’t words good enough really. When Paige told me she was expecting, our minds INSTANTLY went to pictures. Since before the Potter wedding – hell, before their engagement photos – we planned everything for photos. She speaks my love language, and I love her for it (and so much […]

July 3, 2020

Well another holiday that is looking a little different this year….courtesy of COVID-19. But hey, I refuse to let it ruin our day celebrating the Fourth of July and our FREEDOM!!! I absolutely love the fourth…. the feeling of summer, cookouts, fireworks, family time and oddly enough the infamous smell of the gunpowder from the […]

July 1, 2020

I love a good senior summer session so I thought it was finally time to post about Emily’s senior session!  We headed out to Middlefork Forest Preserve and got some gorgeous Midwest golden hour shots…..I mean….those are MY FAVES!!! Something new for 2020 Seniors was the Senior Boutique Experience. We partnered with Syd & Sadie’s […]

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June 17, 2020

This was our ENTIRE reason the idea of going to Iceland even came about! At the time, my friend Kaula and her husband Josh (whom I’d never met before) were planning how they wanted to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. She had brought up the idea of Brandon and I photographing it since we had […]

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 […]

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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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July 1, 2020

I love a good senior summer session so I thought it was finally time to post about Emily’s senior session!  We headed out to Middlefork Forest Preserve and got some gorgeous Midwest golden hour shots…..I mean….those are MY FAVES!!! Something new for 2020 Seniors was the Senior Boutique Experience. We partnered with Syd & Sadie’s […]

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 […]

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July 3, 2020

Well another holiday that is looking a little different this year….courtesy of COVID-19. But hey, I refuse to let it ruin our day celebrating the Fourth of July and our FREEDOM!!! I absolutely love the fourth…. the feeling of summer, cookouts, fireworks, family time and oddly enough the infamous smell of the gunpowder from the […]

June 19, 2020

Father’s Day is this Sunday so I thought I would throw it back to Father’s Day 2019. For all you last minute folks, here’s the reminder to go get the gift lol 🙂 Last years Father’s Day wasn’t as normal as it usually is for a few reasons. Typically, we always host but this last […]

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 […]

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