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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 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 […]

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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January 11, 2018

Another year. Damn. It’s so hard to believe that 2018 will be the start of my FIFTH year with Mager Image Photography. I have been so fortunate to have stumbled into this job that started as a side hobby and turned into something I not only cherish with my whole heart but can support my […]

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. […]

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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September 16, 2014

When my husband Brandon and I heard that our good friend Adam was going to be DJ-ing at a local bar, we thought we would go support him and listen for a few hours. Since I had a session earlier that night, all of my gear was already packed and in the car, so I […]