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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!


June 11, 2024

A beautiful small town wedding for Casey and Adam. I could tell right away that Casey and Adam’s small town wedding day would be filled with the most beautiful details. Casey even included feathers from a turkey she shot in their floral details! After the sweetest morning of getting ready with friends and family, it […]

A small town wedding for Casey and Adam. A full wedding party photo of everyone cheering while the groom pops a bottle of champagne and sprays it toward the camera. Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, L'erable, IL. Photo taken by Mager Image Photography.

February 23, 2024

A Sweet Pink and Navy Affair at Crooked Creek Whitetail Estate I’ve settled on the fact that I will likely never be caught up on the blog, therefore let’s all agree that we’ll just always be “throwing it back” from here out, mmkay? 😅 (Seriously though, if you’d be interested in working on that together… […]

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February 12, 2024

A New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the iHotel, Champaign, IL Hey there, folks! Ready to hear about a wedding that’ll warm your heart even in the coldest of winters? Buckle up, because Grace and Cole‘s New Year’s Eve celebration is about to take you on a ride through a winter wonderland like no other. Picture […]

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January 31, 2024

Hues of Blues Beach Wedding at The West Events, Tampa, FL Once again coming to your inbox with a favorite wedding – only this one’s fresh! A couple weeks ago I traveled down to Tampa, Florida in preparation for Kinze + Devin’s big day. I flew in Wednesday in time for a quick beachside rehearsal […]

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December 14, 2023

An Elegant Affair at Orchard Ridge Farms, Rockton, IL Happy Thursday, and welcome to this May throwback for #tbt! The day started with a drive, but some of the best ones do! When you first drive onto the property, you’re met with a gorgeous home that looks like you pulled it straight out of the […]

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November 10, 2023

A Splash of Sage at Pear Tree Estates, Champaign, IL Buckle up, folks, ’cause we’re about to dive into Jordan and Alyssa’s epic wedding day at Pear Tree Estates. Trust me, this was a day to remember. Picture this: The whole getting ready shindig went down at the Concord Room, a swanky house right on […]

November 3, 2023

Blue and Burgundy Bliss: A Rustic Shed Wedding with Brittany and Jared On a perfect day with clear skies, I had the honor of capturing Brittany and Jared’s wedding. From the bride getting ready in her grandmother’s old house to the moments under the early fall sun, this wedding was a wild mix of love, […]

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October 25, 2023

Terrisa + Ethan: An Elegant Thursday Bash at Pear Tree Estates It was a Thursday, and you might be wondering, “Who gets married on a Thursday?” Well, Terrisa and Ethan did, and let me tell you, it was nothing short of magical. Picture this: Pear Tree Estates in Champaign, IL, elegant, classic, and with a […]

October 20, 2023

An Unexpected Transformation for a Wedding at Franey Farms, Champaign, IL Picture this: a large tool shed, DIY-ed to the nines. It’s like glitz and DIY had a wild love affair, and the result was this remarkable reception hall, decked out with floor-to-ceiling drapery. DIY never looked this good. Their ceremony was in the heart […]

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October 19, 2023

Maroon & Navy Rustic Romance: Kelsey and Austin’s Unforgettable Fall Celebration Get ready for a wild ride through the whirlwind of Kelsey and Austin’s wedding day, where rustic charm and the vibrant hues of maroon and navy merged with the crisp air of fall, creating a celebration that was nothing short of a fiesta! This […]

July 26, 2022

Summer Wedding at the iHotel Conference Center, Champaign, IL

June 4, 2022

A Classic Wedding at University Place Christian Church & iHotel, Champaign, IL

March 21, 2022

A Fun Dusty Blue Winter Wedding at the Carriage House in Altamont, IL Now THIS wedding deserves a little extra special attention, because within the photos below you’ll recognize someone VERY special to this photographer’s heart. Kasey was not only a high school classmate of mine, but has been a second shooter at a handful […]


March 16, 2022

Casual Summer Wedding in Newman, Illinois VENDORS // Venue : Wesley Chapel // Dress : Lindsay Lane Bridal // Band : The Kay Brothers //

September 9, 2021

Casual Outdoor Blush Toned Tent Wedding Reception in Paxton, Illinois HELLO, it’s me, again! It’s been a minute, I know – but dang let me tell you, this summer and leading into fall has been JAM packed with sessions and weddings on Friday AND Saturday!! I’m staying afloat, but barely, so bare with me! So […]

August 5, 2021

Sage Green Outdoor Wedding at Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks, Indiana I’m so excited to talk about this day!! First off, I brought a good friend with me to this wedding to shadow shoot (aka PAIGE, who will now be helping second shoot!!) and Natalie from NRS Photography was the second shooter! Lucky for […]

July 28, 2021

Casual Outdoor Wedding in Gibson City, Illinois Yes, I am finally posting this wedding! Let me tell you this summer has been crazy busy with weddings, engagements, babies, maternity – you name it! But I am keeping up as much as I can all while being a mom, wife, friend, etc. Anyways, enough with my […]

July 13, 2021

Summer Vineyard Wedding in Fairmount, Illinois So this was my first wedding at Sleepy Creek Vineyards and it did NOT disappoint! It was truly gorgeous there. I absolutely loved shooting amongst the vines at sunset – which we all know I’m already a sunset gal, but this put a whole new spin on it!! Sara […]

July 1, 2021

Maroon and Blush Romantic Summer Wedding at Town and Country Events in Milford, Illinois This day was filled with more tears and love than I ever could have imagined. And trust me, I’ll get there but let me start with the venue. Town and Country Events in Milford is OMGGGGG STUNNING!!! It has an upstairs […]

June 16, 2021

Slate Blue Summer Wedding at Miller Farm Barn in Gifford, Illinois Last Saturday’s wedding was a special one! Kaylee + John got married at Miller Farm Barn in Gifford, Illinois. Kaylee is a long time Mager Image gal! She was a senior spokesmodel, I did their engagement and maternity session – and now their wedding! […]

June 9, 2021

Intimate Sunset Mountain Top Wedding at Craggy Pinnacle in Asheville, North Carolina Lordy, lordy, lordy….this wedding is something special!! Brandon + I traveled to Asheville, North Carolina for Allison + Tyler’s big day! I say big day, and that is was! BIG sunset and BIG ass mountains! We started the day at Bhramari Brewery which […]

April 29, 2021

Southern Emerald Spring Wedding at The Venue at Roseoak in Petal Mississippi Where the hell do I begin?! I have SO much to say about this one guys, so buckle up!!! I’m crazy, but I packed up the entire family (kids, grandma, and grandpa included) and we headed to Mississippi to shoot Samantha + JT’s […]

April 21, 2021

Powder Blue Summer Wedding at Gardens of Woodstock in Woodstock, Illinois I’m absolutely SWAMPED!!! I mean I have had SEVERAL shoots, appointments, consults, OH and I’ve been traveling!! I am in the oh shit mode at this point. I am behind on sneaks, galleries, personal life, you name it, I’m behind! My clients are seriously […]

January 22, 2021

This has easily turned into my favorite blog post to share of the year. And not because it’s filled with my face over and over 😂 – but because I think it gives some fun insight to what things are really like when you’re working or shooting with me. I don’t share these photos but […]

December 30, 2020

Rural Forest Green + Ivory Winter Wedding in Champaign, Illinois My last winter wedding of 2020 and man was it a COLD one but a special one, none the less!! Brittany + Stephen had planned a much larger wedding day in Champaign, but with COVID they decided to make it a small, simple, very intimate […]

November 24, 2020

Riviera Maya Destination Beach Wedding in Cancun, Mexico Where do I even start with this wedding post?! I suppose a disclosure is in order – IT’S A LONG ONE FOLKS, SO STRAP IN. I first met Becky and Steven a while back when Becky was a bridesmaid in Kelly + Jake’s wedding. Funny thing, fate […]

November 20, 2020

Countryside Banquet Center Wedding in East Peoria, IL This wedding season has been crazy, as we all know by now, and Holly + Mike’s plans were put through the ultimate test! Originally planned for September, their music inspired blush themed wedding was put on hold. Luckily, we were all able to make a November date […]

November 11, 2020

Intimate Blush Backyard Wedding in Riverside, Illinois There is something about shooting 3 weddings in one weekend – it’s called exhaustion. But I was still so excited to second shoot with Mckaila Singer Photography for Sammy + Mike’s wedding. I had so much fun working with Mckaila and I love her style of shooting! I […]

November 2, 2020

Bloomfield Barn Fall Wedding Day in Chrisman, Illinois Goodness gracious, am I happy to have this wedding to share with you all! I feel like Meegan and I are old friends who may have only met about a year ago, but her happy nature and contagious smile light up the room and we could chat […]

October 28, 2020

Blush Toned Vintage Wedding at The Moore Building, Monticello, IL This fall has been INSANE! Every weekend and often most weekdays I am booked with weddings and sessions. So last Friday was no different, capturing Lisa + AJ’s big day! In classic Illinois fashion it was supposed to rain all day and what do ya […]