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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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April 14, 2019

Downtown Gibson City, Illinois

April 7, 2019

Downtown Gibson City, Illinois

December 9, 2018

Paxton, Illinois

December 2, 2018

GCMS High School, Gibson City, Illinois

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 […]

November 11, 2018

Downtown Paxton + Lakeview Country Club,Loda, IL

October 21, 2018

Green Acres, Roberts, Illinois

October 7, 2018

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

September 23, 2018

Downtown Chicago, Illinois

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

January 17, 2018

Ten Mile Grove, Paxton, IL Snowfall is a hard thing to catch for photographers. It’s unpredictable, meaning if we want to catch it falling, we have to be “on call” and keep our fingers crossed our clients are available. This year especially, I wasn’t honestly sure if we were going to see snow at all. […]

January 7, 2018

Green Acres Sporstman’s Club, Roberts, IL I love shooting at Green Acres all year round, but nothing compares to shooting there in the fall specifically. When Alec’s mom came to me to do his senior photos, I was honestly thinking of their family farm. It’s where we did Alec’s brother Austin’s senior photos just a […]

December 21, 2017

This fall was a crazy one! One day it was cold and rainy and the next it was warm and sunny. Combine that with a photographer’s crazy fall schedule (seriously, if you’re thinking fall, plan in summer!) and it’s a chaotic mess in the making. But Chloe wanted to risk it, despite the crappy weather […]

December 3, 2017

Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL I am so excited to finally have the time to share Daisy’s senior session with you all! Her session at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana was such a fun adventure, and to boot, past Spokesmodel Ashlyn came along to help out! We started at my home in Paxton where Brittany worked her […]

November 24, 2017

“Dogtown” – Paxton, IL Guys. YOU GUYS. This has been the most anticipated blog post of the year. My baby brother is a SENIOR. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?! He’s your typical senior guy, so I’m going to try and keep the sappy stuff to a minimum and I’m also using this blog post to wish him […]

October 22, 2017

Family Farm, Melvin, Illinois Oh Estelle. She is probably one of my sweetest, bubbliest spokesmodels, and I am so happy to finally get to share her senior session with you! Blogging is a tough gig you guys, seriously. Each blog post takes hours from editing images, resizing, writing, sharing, linking social media, and more, it’s almost […]

September 15, 2017

Downtown Paxton, IL Catie’s session was the very first senior session of my 2017 season, and we started out with a bang! She wanted a mix of downtown brick wall with a little bit of greenery snuck in, so I knew the perfect spots! She brought a friend along for the ride, and what a […]

September 6, 2017

Sunflower Feild, Roberts, IL  “I’ll just shut up” is a phrase I rarely say while behind the camera. With most sessions, clients tend to love having more direction, and I nit pick about things like hair beards (yep, that’s a thing), lines of symmetry, and HAIR TIES. But once in a while, clients take my […]

August 1, 2017

Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL This years’ spokesmodel team is such an incredible group of girls, and I’m excited to introduce Sidney to you! Technically, you’ve already met, as she took part in our spring spokesmodel pop-up earlier this year. She’s a sweet girl with a reserved nature, though her smile can light up a room! […]

June 20, 2017

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hanging out with Kaylee once again. You remember her from the numerous times I’ve photographed her, from the campfire photoshoot, to her gorgeous senior session last year, and she even made an appearance at our spring pop-up shoot! She’s also good friends of my sister, so […]

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