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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!

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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!) […]

June 10, 2020

It’s definitely a rare occasion for a family session to sneak up on the blog, but here we are with the Davis family! I’ve known this family for awhile now. Karen (the mom), was a teacher at the High School I grew up in! Even though she was never my teacher she was always a […]

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 20, 2020

Okkk who is ready for fair season?! I mean the food, drinks, rides, concerts and at this point the human interaction is what I am craving!! It cannot come soon enough! Even though the Rona is here right now, my hope is that by fair season it’s GONE so we can all enjoy the local […]

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 […]

July 6, 2016

Fisher, IL I. HATE. MOSQUITOS. That being said, last night’s session was well worth every single bug bite I got, and that includes the ten on my face. A few months back, I contacted Kristen about doing Bexley’s 6 month photos. She owns and operates kDarling Photography out of her studio in Fisher! I loved every single […]

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. […]

riverside at sunset kankakee, il

May 5, 2016

Green Acres Sportsman’s Club, Roberts, IL Happy #throwbackthursday everyone! As I had explained in a previous post, I am going to start using Thursdays as an excuse to catch up on blog posts I missed while the website was under major construction! Today, I want to show off some of my favorite photos from Dalton […]

April 19, 2016

I’m not sure where to start. For the past week, I have been trying to think of how to write you this happy birthday post, because there’s so much to say. In the past year, so much has changed. We met years ago when you were just this tiny little girl running around with so […]

sage girl in snow with red lipstick

December 17, 2015

Oh how I love snow. Wait. Let me take that back. I love the first handful of snows each season. Pretty much up until snow turns to nasty grey slush, then I’m ready for spring. Anyways, this was the second snow day of the season. I believe the day before was a warm 50 degrees, […]

snow fall standing pose

June 14, 2015

I have known Kaitlin since high school, and when she told me she wanted to do some photos of just her and her boyfriend, Bryant, in the spring, I was excited! I did photos of her and her siblings in the fall as a surprise for their parents, and had so much fun with all […]

close up pose in champaign blue dress

January 2, 2015

As Kendra and I planned the sweetheart session she was wanting with her hubby Kendall, we had a couple things to work out. First the location, and then the time of day, and finally how we were going to include their two “family” members in the session! Together Kendra + Kendall have two adorable dogs, […]

December 10, 2014

  Have you met Ben Grice yet? Odds are, if you live in Paxton or the surrounding areas, you might have already or will soon! Ben has had some huge ideas for Paxton in the last couple months (okay, maybe years) and they’re now all starting to see the surface! Not too long ago, I […]

December 10, 2014

A little while back, I held a little contest to win a free mini holiday session! Free photos just in time for those Christmas cards?! Heck yeah! And after begging my oh-so-gracious hubby to help me with some very long and tedious printing names, cutting them out, and placing them all into our Carmike Cinemas […]

December 7, 2014

Meet Jordan. I would tell you to meet Meredith, but you may have already met her from her One-on-One Mentoring session with me not too long ago! As I said then, I’ve known her for a while, and through her met her boyfriend Jordan! We don’t get to see each other as often as we […]

December 6, 2014

Meet the Cluver-Landess family Chelsey, Jordan, & Rylie! I’ve known Chelsey since high school, and had the pleasure of working with her for a little while! I have heard all about Jordan and their little girl Rylie, and finally got to meet the whole family! Chelsey, Rylie, & I first met up for a mommy-daughter […]

December 5, 2014

Meet Amy, Matt, Ruby, & Olivia Pellum! When Amy contacted me to schedule a session time for their Pellum family pictures, I was instantly excited. I had the pleasure of working with them and their extended family over the summer, but it was one big group of people, so not a lot of time to […]

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 […]

December 2, 2014

This is quite possibly one of my favorite families, ever, but I may be a bit biased. The Schroeder family has lived three doors down from my family since we first moved to Loda. They almost instantly became good family friends and welcomed us all with open arms. Don and Tricia are some of the […]

November 9, 2014

The day was beautiful, and as I drove to Watseka to meet the Heagle family for their session, noticed the trees were already starting to lose their leaves. As a photographer, the signs that fall is coming to and end slightly breaks my heart. We had agreed to meet at Legion Park in Watseka, and […]

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, […]

November 9, 2014

I first met Kyli & Arik at the very first wedding I ever captured. Arik was a groomsman in the wedding, so I had a lot of time getting to know him then. In the year since that wedding, we have all become good friends, and I knew Kyli was wanting pictures done for a […]

November 6, 2014

As I mentioned in Zeph’s earlier blog post, his sister Carissa joined us for the fun. Since Cari was one of my first seniors as “Mager Image Photography”, I gave her a heads up to dress cute, because I knew I was going to put her in front of the camera at some point. I […]

September 26, 2014

Mom, Dad, As parents you provided many things for us; a home, necessities, love, and support but best of all you gave us an example. We are all very fortunate to have learned what love is through the example of you and the 25 year marriage you share. Bright and early Sunday before you even […]

August 20, 2014

It took Janice Reed and her family two years to get together for family pictures. When she contacted me about her family session, she was excited to finally have them all together for a picture! The day of their session, mother nature stepped in, and once again, the Reed family was without a single family […]

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