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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!


September 27, 2023

Rustic Elegance Meets Barn Bliss: A Dream Wedding at Miller Farm Barns, Gifford, IL Ladies (and gents), prepare to be wowed! If you’re on the hunt for some swoon-worthy wedding inspo, you’ve landed in the right place. I recently had the privilege of capturing a wedding extravaganza at the picturesque Miller Farm Barns in Gifford, […]

July 25, 2023

An Easygoing Engagement Session at Riverbend Forest Preserve, Mahomet, Illinois How did you meet? We first met in high school, but it never went anywhere. We went our separate ways and reconnected 2 years ago after I moved back to the area. One night Ethan decided to message me on Facebook and one thing led […]

February 9, 2023

August 7, 2022

Surprise Rainy Day Proposal on the U of I ACES Quad, Champaign, IL JT + Emily met at the College of ACES on the University of Illinois, so I think it’s super fitting that it’s the spot JT decided to ask her to spend the rest of their lives together. He and I planned for […]

May 30, 2022

A Rainy Day Engagement Session in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL Imagine: snow, in April. Hard right? Well, for Danielle and Jeff, what seemed impossible became possible. As I drove up to meet these two at Lincoln Park for their engagement session, it began to flurry! We made the best of it though, and visited the […]

April 10, 2022

Fall Engagement Session at Middlefork Campground, Paxton, IL

March 1, 2022

WOW, it’s been a minute since I’ve been around – huh?! Hopefully I’m not the only one who’s missed seeing Mager Image blog posts go up, because I’m BACK in the blog here and am going to be setting things up for future posts! Blogging is fucking hard. You may ask – then why do […]

April 2, 2021

Hello February! Yes, it’s technically April now BUT PROGRESS IS PROGRESS and I’m still playing catch up! I’m basically going to pick up where I left off. After January, we were ready to try and get back to a “new normal” but were still struggling to figure that out, with Bexley’s episodes and a now […]

December 26, 2020

Intimate Cranberry Wedding at Pear Tree Estate in Champaign, Illinois Like other couples in 2020, Morgan + Colton have been THROUGH IT when it comes to wedding planning!! Being a vendor hasn’t been easy either, but I am so glad I can help support my couples in planning and helping accommodate their big day in […]

December 2, 2020

Hi yes, it’s me and I am playing catch up over here. I have been editing session after session and delivering galleries left and right! Today I thought I would feature something that doesn’t hit the blog too often. Headshots. It’s not often I get to do these, but do enjoy them because well I’m […]

October 7, 2020

Outdoor Lakeside Wedding at Lakeview Country Club, Loda, IL Drew + Kailey’s wedding was everything you would expect out of an Illinois fall wedding, and then some. From perfect fall colors (from both the florals and the scenery) to unpredictable fall weather, I feel like we checked all the boxes and I honestly wouldn’t have […]

October 2, 2020

An Intimate Fall Wedding at Inside Out in Gilman, IL Sherrie + Doug’s day was full of fall feelings! I arrived at the Onarga Methodist Church to find the church steps lined with full, blooming mums accented with florals filled with sunflowers and it complimented the warm fall day we were having. Sherrie was finishing […]

July 17, 2020

Becky + Stephen are my Mexico couple….yes Mexico, doesn’t that sound GREAT!? I think we could all use a stiff drink and a beach after this year 😅 Anyways, we went looking for water and woods for their engagement session and found this hidden gem – Rock Springs Conservation in Decatur, Illinois. Let me tell […]

July 15, 2020

YOU GUYS……I’m finally back in the swing of things – as in photographing couples and it makes my heart so damn happy!! It’s been entirely too long!! To kick it off, Brittany + Stephen had me come to Thomasboro for their engagement session. Oddly enough, I never ever go to Thomasboro, it’s just one of […]

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 […]

September 22, 2017

You know Kelsey from last year’s group of seniors I had the pleasure of working with! Kelsey was a 2017 Spokesmodel for Mager Image, and though most of the time I don’t have the pleasure of working with seniors again until their wedding day, Kelsey’s situation is a bit different! Over the summer, she was […]

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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 […]

October 19, 2016

Crescent City, Illinois Half of the people in these photos should look really familiar to you. Why, you ask? Because I had the pleasure of doing their senior photos! It means so much to me when clients come back to me time and time again. Loyalty means a lot in this business, and the Carley […]

October 18, 2016

University of Illinois Campus, Champaign, IL You all know Holly. If you don’t, you should. Just in case, Holly is an amazing wedding photographer out of Mahomet (Holly Birch Photography) and I get the pleasure of working alongside her quite often. She has also photographed several things for me, including the birth of our little one. […]

lincoln hall u of i family session