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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!


November 15, 2019

I often get asked a handful of the same questions time and time again. As a wedding photographer, there are many stories to tell, much advice to give, plenty of questions to answer. I thought I’d spend a little time today to do just that! If you have any further questions, I will answer them! […]

June 25, 2019

It is literally in the heart of wedding season so why not give you upcoming brides some tips + tricks to make your wedding day flow smoothly! When you hire me….you hire all my wedding advice/experience – and trust me DO I HAVE SOME ADVICE FOR YOU! These are small things, but they will inevitably […]

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May 31, 2019

  There you have it! I look forward to seeing what else pops up on the radar and may post an updated list sometime! If you’re interested in any of the products on Groovy Guy Gifts site, use the code “MagerImage10” for 10% off your order!  *This post contains affiliate links*

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May 3, 2019

I’m super excited to be adding a new “mini segment” to the blog this season! Leading up into prime time wedding season, I thought it would be a nice idea to marry our #fridayfives with a Gift Guide mini series and I’m kicking things off with the Bridesmaids Edition. It’s always nice to show your […]

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July 30, 2018

I’m so excited for today’s vendor feature! I first met Lindsey at our local Tuesday’s Together and immediately had to look up what she did. Lindsey owns and operates Letters From Lindsey – a custom bespoke calligraphy and stationary design business she began in the summer of 2015. Let me tell you, she’s amazing at what […]

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July 16, 2018

Last year, I had the privilege of meeting and working with the lovely Tori of Tori Beach Videography. She’s fun, sweet, and down to earth! I am so stoked to have her on the blog today and if you’re in search of a wedding videographer for your big day or a business in need of […]

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July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day! With summer in full swing, weddings almost every weekend, and a June bride myself, I thought we’d take a minute to talk about the downfall of summer, the overwhelming heat. Sure, in winter, hot summer days are all we dream about, but if we’re realistic, we’re really looking for days in the […]

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October 11, 2017

The first time I saw Stephanie’s invitations, I was in love. The color, the design, the setup, the detailing, everything, it was all just perfect. It wasn’t your standard template invitation, where you go to a website, pick a color, add the type, and print stock cards that could look like next week’s wedding invites. […]

October 1, 2017

Hello! For a while now, I’ve wanted to start a mini series to share a bit about me, my interests, and possibly things I’m loving at the moment, or more! I’m not exactly sure where we will end up but I do know I’ve wanted to share more with you all on a more consistent […]

May 4, 2017

It’s been awhile since I’ve added another post to the “Inspired By’ segment of the blog! Today I want to talk bouquets. Not just any bouquets, but more specifically the BRIDAL bouquet. Do you know why brides started carrying bouquets? I do! Back in the 1600’s (before plumbing and running water) women would bathe yearly. Yep, you […]

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April 20, 2017

Earlier this month, I kicked off my first ever Vendor Feature blog post with Bethany + Ainsley Laven of Southern Magnolias Events. I loved having the opportunity to share their passions and couldn’t wait to share another wedding vendor with you. Lori Martin with Cakes by Lori has been a vendor for many weddings I […]

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April 4, 2017

In February, I shot an amazing styled shoot at Pear Tree Estate with some amazing vendors, but could not have pulled off any of it without the help of sisters Bethany and Ainsley Laven who have owned and operated Southern Magnolias Events since September 2016! As they were decorating the space for our shoot, we […]

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January 10, 2017

Every once in a great while, you’ll catch a behind-the-scenes photo on Instagram or Facebook, but they’re rare. If you’re wanting to see more BTW shots, you’re better off following me on Snapchat, although you’ll also see lots of my super spunky little girl on there! However, throughout the year, I compile a folder dedicated […]

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October 4, 2016

Prairie Glass House, Champaign, IL A few weeks ago, news spread all over my Facebook feed about the newest upcoming wedding venue to the Champaign area. Prairie Glass House is the home of Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope who have now decided to turn their property into a venue for both small intimate events or larger wedding […]

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September 21, 2016

Choosing what to wear can be one of the hardest parts about your engagement session. Well no worries, I’m here to help. I love assisting each of my brides with any part of their wedding planning process, and often will help them find the perfect look. I wanted to put together my top tips in […]