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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 28, 2021

Heyyyyy, it’s me – it’s been a minute. This summer has been NUTS but man oh man it has been great!! This is a special one on the blog today! The Adwell Family – who we’ve become friends with over the last several years since Bexley and Enrik are the same age – and Blair […]

June 25, 2021

So the background may look familiar on these, but I decided to bring my kiddos to The Magers Family sesh that was just on the blog last week! All the Magers babes have matching outfits (thanks to Grandma Lisa) so I thought what a prime opportunity to get updated pics! We took these right after […]

June 11, 2021

I don’t know how time goes by so damn fast, but little Chippy is ONE!!! AHH!!! The Magers fam bam met outside of Paxton at a family friends property for these! My kiddos were there too so, stay tuned for the mini cousin shoot – spoiler, it’s damn cute! I freaking love the way these […]

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 […]

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 17, 2021

ONE MONTH!? Howwww can this be?! Little man is truly little!! He is the smallest Magers grandbaby and I think he is going to maintain his petite stature for sometime. Which of course, I am TOTALLY ok with because it makes for the best damn cuddles! But don’t let his little petite self fool you, […]

February 25, 2021

You guys…..I’m back…well kind of. I am pretty much booked solid for a few months since my maternity leave and Kortnie + Joe just happened to be my first clients back in front of my lens. What makes it even better we shot at one of my favorite places, Allerton! I was so excited when […]

February 24, 2021

Hello world! I’m back! Of course, “back” is a loose term with the way life goes, but since my last post sharing our amazing maternity photos and announcing my maternity leave, A LOT has changed! I’ll try and cover it all one day, but today I get to share the biggest highlight of 2021 so […]

January 13, 2021

Boy oh boy am I excited to share these photos with you all! It’s been a minute (like, HOW has it already been almost SIX months?!) since I officially took these photos but damn this little guy is too cute to not share. You all know Paige + Tyler, if not from their engagement session, then probably […]

January 8, 2021

I LOVE LOVE LOVE long time clients! The Webers, Jordan, Dalton, and now their boy, Waylon have been clients for some time now! I was lucky enough to shoot their engagement, wedding, maternity and Waylon’s newborn session! I’ve gotten to know them pretty well over the years and I love that I get to capture […]

January 1, 2021

WOW WOW WOW HAS TIME FREAKIN’ FLOWN!!!! Excuse me while I wipe my tears from my eyes as I type this!! This perfect little guy…..YES GUY in the #GIRLGANG Mager cousin crew…AHHH joined us in June!! I can’t believe it’s already been 7 MONTHS! Absolutely insane! We were all so excited to have added a little […]

December 18, 2020

I promised Chip would be up on the blog soon and whatdya know….here he is 😊 We finally were able to add a BOY to this crazy #girlgang of Magers girls. Chip is the newest addition (only for a little bit) and he’s the most perfect little guy! Bexley is obsessed with him – it’s […]

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 […]

June 12, 2020

I always say, it’s rare for families, babies, and maternity sessions to be on the blog, but when it’s your family I’m an open book. So here I am blogging another maternity session, but this one is super duper special folks! Sam + Ben are having baby #2! (check out their maternity session with Wynn!) […]

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 […]

May 15, 2020

With baby #2 on the way I thought it would be a perfect time to feature Sam + Ben’s maternity session from Wynnie! I absolutely LOVED this session for so many reasons….that I don’t need to list out because the list goes on and on! As you know, I don’t do much maternity but this one […]

April 24, 2020

Like I’ve said a few times, it’s rare that I do maternity and family but once you are a Mager Image bride, you have me for life. Jordan + Dalton are a Mager Image couple and I’m doing this a little backwards since I already posted their family session, but I couldn’t not share these […]

March 20, 2020

It’s not often you see babes on my blog but this is one is special. Typically I don’t do many fresh 48’s but of course I make exceptions for friends, family, & past clients. Shanna + Adam are friends of mine and they welcomed sweet little Kennedy this past summer and it was so fun […]

February 7, 2020

Now that their bundle of joy is here, I thought I should share their maternity session! Maisie + Dylan have appeared on blog a few time because they are a Mager Image couple, so you may recognize them! I was lucky enough to photograph their engagement session (part 1 + 2) and their wedding back […]

January 24, 2020

Jordan + Dalton are not new around here! In fact, you probably remember their gorgeous wedding where we took my so-far-favorite wedding silhouette photo EVER. When they found out they were expecting, I was lucky enough to get that phone call to capture their maternity session and to do a little nursery shoot once little […]

February 12, 2018

Concord Room at Pear Tree Estate, Champaign, IL Last spring, I had the distinct honor of working once again with Shaina and Annie for an event very close to their hearts. Their dear friend was expecting a little girl, and they were hosting the baby shower! In true Pear Tree fashion, it was go big […]

April 13, 2017

Last week on the blog, I shared my favorite photos from Bexley’s Milk Bath Photoshoot and had tons of great comments and compliments, along with a few questions on how I did it! Milk bath photography has been a growing trend for photographers who photograph maternity sessions, babies, and boudoir, though I think the sky is […]

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March 30, 2017

Since buying our new home last month, we’ve officially started renovations! We have big plans in store, and it’s going to take some time, but it has me thinking a lot about the changes we have made in the house we currently live in. The biggest transformation was Bexley’s room! We didn’t know it would be […]

March 23, 2017

It’s not often that I get asked to help with a pregnancy announcement, but when my best friend from childhood asked me to help, of course I was up for the challenge! Brittany and Ben recently found out they were expecting their first little one, and they came to me so we could take some […]

June 7, 2016

*** DISCLAIMER: These photos are work and family friendly, so enjoy! *** I first met Erika and Trent when I had the honor of photographing their engagement photos. I was newly pregnant when we met, due September 1st. Their wedding was planned for August 1st, so we were all confident I had plenty of time. […]

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December 4, 2014

We met up a few weeks ago to take Austin & Alisha’s maternity photos, and very quickly into the session the clouds came rolling in, and shortly after we had rain that wouldn’t stop! It didn’t stop us from getting a handful of sweet photos though! You can see those here. We sat at Austin’s […]

November 9, 2014

I’ve known Austin and his family since high school, when my husband and I started dating. Austin was always one of the kindest, hardworking, genuine people I knew. When I first met Alisha, she seemed a perfect counterpart for Austin, and not too much longer they were married. My husband told me they were expecting, […]

February 9, 2014

“First off, I consider myself lucky to be married to my best friend.  When we first met I couldn’t stop looking at her eyes, they drew me in.  She is so beautiful; I didn’t think I had a chance.  I got brave and didn’t waste any time trying to get to know her.  I waited […]