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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 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 […]

March 27, 2020

I’m pretty sick of the gloomy weather and am so ready for some sunshine! But I’ll be honest, I wasn’t mad at all at how this gloomy senior session turned out! Olivia and I had tried for a fall shoot, but after missing the mark we decided to shoot for spring, until they remembered there’s […]

March 13, 2020

YOU GUYS!!!! I’m so excited to post this blog because this is my FAV SPRING SENIOR SESSION TO DATE…..like ever and I truly mean it!! Originally we had a different date scheduled for Aubrey’s senior session but had to cancel due to spring rain…shocker in Illinois, I know – but dang am I glad we […]

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 […]

downtown champaign senior

December 13, 2019

OH Eeema (as Bexley calls her). I knew before we even set a date for senior photos what this girl would want. Being close family friends, I’ve known Emma (and her sister Chloe) since they were LITTLE. For the past few years, Emma’s had an obsession with sunflowers. Of course I knew we needed to […]

November 22, 2019

If you follow my senior Instagram then you’ve already heard that I’ve recently teamed up with the lovely Sydney of Syd + Sadie’s Boutique out of Gibson City, IL. Before she even opened her doors we started brainstorming ways to up the Mager Image Senior Experience! My seniors now get a one of a kind […]

April 14, 2019

Downtown Gibson City, Illinois

friends multi senior session

April 7, 2019

Downtown Gibson City, Illinois

husky boston college grad

December 9, 2018

Paxton, Illinois

winter cold senior 2018 mini session

December 2, 2018

GCMS High School, Gibson City, Illinois

dance team senior daisy graduate

November 25, 2018

Downtown Paxton, Illinois After Allie’s senior session in the sunflowers last summer, we knew we wanted her senior mini session to take place in a more urban setting. I love all of the different colors, brick walls, and textures we found while walking around Paxton’s streets. She’s no stranger to my camera, which made her […]

paxton downtown gcms girl

November 11, 2018

Downtown Paxton + Lakeview Country Club,Loda, IL

brick wall senior guy maroon shirt

October 21, 2018

Green Acres, Roberts, Illinois

sunflower senior session girl

October 7, 2018

Middlefork Forest Preserve, Penfield, IL Makeup | SAGE IHRKE MAKEUP ARTISTRY

senior volleyball player sports photos

September 23, 2018

Downtown Chicago, Illinois

senior group water lake michigan

July 1, 2018

Dogtown, Paxton, Illinois Looking back on Victoria’s senior session today reminds me just how much I love summer with it’s rich green grass, fun and bright summer dresses, and sunlight! Dogtown is a spot located right outside Paxton that I often venture to for senior sessions, but for Victoria’s session I wanted to find some […]

on location photographer summertime

June 24, 2018

Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL Last summer I met up with 2018 graduate Laura for her senior photos. She’s such a sweet girl, we enjoyed walking around Meadowbrook Park and catching up. She’s got such great style, too! Thanks to Sage for making her makeup as flawless as she is! I hope you love these photos […]

cissna park summer senior girl laura kaeb

June 10, 2018

Downtown Paxton, Illinois Jayden’s senior session was one for the books. After makeup with Sage, we ventured out to downtown Paxton. Jayden’s a natural in front of the camera, and we had a blast! Right before sunset, we visited one of my favorite spots with tall grass and a view of the western sky for […]

beautiful watseka senior girl portraits

May 25, 2018

Green Acres Sportsman’s Club, Roberts, IL When Lily told me she wanted a location that allowed for pets, had a nature-feel, and maybe had horses, I knew just the place! By now you know that one of my favorite shooting spots is Green Acres, and it never disappoints. In addition to many awesome shooting locations, […]

horses country senior photography

May 6, 2018

Downtown Champaign, IL Lindsey’s first senior session was such a blast, I knew her spring mini would be the same. We met up near the downtown Champaign, but in an effort to find new locations, we went walking to find some new urban spots! We ended up over by Boneyard Creek, and found an incredible […]

senior girl pose brick building

April 8, 2018

Rural Paxton + PBL High School Gym, Paxton, IL Every time I see Cassidi (CJ), she’s always bright, bubbly, happy, and always wears a smile. Her personality shines and she’s been a perfect addition to the Mager Image Spokesmodel Team for 2018. She’s a beautiful girl, inside and out, and we were excitedly planning her […]

floral shirt senior pink green grass

March 9, 2018

Downtown + Football Field, Hoopeston, IL Sam had recently moved from Paxton to Hoopeston right before his senior year. For his senior session, I asked where he wanted to have them done and we decided on the streets of Hoopeston, which aside from driving through once or twice, I’d never been. As with most new […]

hoopeston cornjerkers illinois

March 4, 2018

Dogtown, Paxton, IL It’s not possible. He cannot be a senior! Time flies, but it was just yesterday that Cole’s sister and I were playing around in the yard while Cole was barely old enough to walk! I consider Cole to be “an honorary cousin” as his dad has always been known to me as […]

watseka high school senior cole taylor

February 8, 2018

Dogtown, Paxton, IL Stunning. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I look back at Sage’s senior session. If you follow me at all, you know Sage. She’s been a family friend for years, and when we had Bexley was the first person we called to come nanny for us. So we spend […]

stunning senior model sage ihrke

January 23, 2018

Family Farm, Roberts, IL This has been the year for senior guys! I’ve still had many girls on my editing block, but this year definitely more guys for sure. I try and make senior sessions for guys short, sweet, and to the point, and Drew’s session was every bit of sweet. We started with his […]

dirt rode senior guy pose car

January 19, 2018

Ten Mile Grove, Paxton, IL So, I’m going to jump out of order here for a minute, because in true blogger style (ok, maybe it’s just me) I procrastinated, and haven’t been able to blog Kalista’s first session we did over the summer. BUT. I’m going to jump forward a bit and skip the summer […]

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