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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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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 […]

October 7, 2020

Outdoor Lakeside Wedding at Lakeview Country Club, Loda, IL Drew + Kailey’s wedding was everything you would expect out of an Illinois fall wedding, and then some. From perfect fall colors (from both the florals and the scenery) to unpredictable fall weather, I feel like we checked all the boxes and I honestly wouldn’t have […]

October 2, 2020

An Intimate Fall Wedding at Inside Out in Gilman, IL Sherrie + Doug’s day was full of fall feelings! I arrived at the Onarga Methodist Church to find the church steps lined with full, blooming mums accented with florals filled with sunflowers and it complimented the warm fall day we were having. Sherrie was finishing […]

October 1, 2020

Burgundy and Navy Fall Wedding at the Hubbard Trail Country Club Friday weddings are becoming ever more popular thanks to a national pandemic forcing lots of date changes anymore. For Erika + Tyler, their date change ultimately led them to me! I met with Erika weeks before their big day to go over everything, and […]

September 23, 2020

Fairgrounds Transformation for Fall Wedding in Melvin, IL COVID has impacted so many weddings set for 2020, which is of course a disappointment, but that didn’t stop Sydney + Jared from planning their dream wedding. Sure, it was originally set for this winter in Champaign, but after hearing about their history a bit more during […]

July 29, 2020

Summertime Hudson Farms Wedding in Urbana, IL Hey hey! Welcome back to the wedding world! It’s been a crazy few months, which means weddings for 2020 have been, off. But thankfully Saturday I was able to photograph my FIRST wedding of 2020! What a way to start things off too! Oh my god, I couldn’t […]

June 17, 2020

This was our ENTIRE reason the idea of going to Iceland even came about! At the time, my friend Kaula and her husband Josh (whom I’d never met before) were planning how they wanted to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. She had brought up the idea of Brandon and I photographing it since we had […]

May 22, 2020

When I see something that speaks to me on an entire new level I go after it! Literally, the minute Michelle’s Bridal posted the black wedding dress on their Facebook page, I knew I wanted and needed to photograph it! It was love a first sight, no joke. SOOO my style – dark, mysterious, romantic…just […]

May 6, 2020

Late November Wedding at Eagle Wood Resort in Galena, IL Another blog featuring a second shoot for Kaula Marie Photography. I love working with this girl and this wedding for Felicia + Paul was no different! We traveled to Galena, Illinois to Eagle Wood Resort. This place was STUNNING!!!!! The exposed wood beams, floor to […]

April 22, 2020

Perfectly Purple Fall Wedding in Marshall, IL Another second shooting gig is gracing the blog today! I was fortunate enough to shoot with my girl Kaula from Kaula Marie Photography for Danielle + Mike’s gorgeous fall wedding in Marshall, Illinois. When I say gorgeous, I mean it! The weather was PERFECTTT! Danielle + Mike were such […]

April 15, 2020

Bloomfield Barn Blush Wedding in Chrisman, IL You guys know how crazy busy life is right!? Well when I second shoot sometimes those weddings don’t grace the blog right away or at all…shame on me I know!! But my point is, I actually second shoot quite often and enjoy doing it! I shoot with Ashley […]

March 18, 2020

Summertime Wedding at Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, IL Cat + Kenny’s big day was one I was looking forward to because we have a family connection, so I was thrilled when they chose me as their photographer. But man was it hot – like realllly hot and humid. Brandon (my hubby) was my […]

March 11, 2020

Cold Winter Wedding at Circa on Seventh in Kenosha, MI Another second shooting wedding hitting the blog. This wedding was definitely a minute ago but I hated to leave it behind on the hard drive – so here it is! Kara Evans asked me to join her once again in Kenosha, Michigan for a winter […]

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February 26, 2020

Lavender Late Spring Wedding in Olivet, IL Brooke Kristine Photography asked me tag along for another wedding (make sure to check out this last one I blogged!) and I was thrilled to say YES! Emily + Jordan’s day was in late spring but it was hot!! It was my first time at Olivet Nazarene University […]

January 22, 2020

Springtime Magenta Wedding in Ottawa, IL As you know I love second shooting and when Brooke from Brooke Kristine Photography reached out to me I was so excited to work with her. Mary + Steve’s day was a gloomy March day, but I knew the pictures would turn out amazing! Mary’s dress was stunning with […]

January 15, 2020

I cannot believe it’s January already. This is one of my most anticipated posts of the entire year. Including not only myself but fellow co-workers and professionals I get to work alongside for some goofy-ass photos is my bread and butter. I love this post, but it’s always a long one, so strap in folks. […]

January 8, 2020

A classy Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Wedding in Springfield, IL Today’s #weddingwednesday is a throwback to last year’s wedding with Kara Evans in Springfield, IL at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum! This day was magnificent in so many ways. I loved starting the details in the presidential suite of the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in […]

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Wedding

January 3, 2020

Emotional Intimate Wedding at Hyatt Place Champaign, Illinois Happy New Year everyone!! With this past Wednesday being a holiday, I postponed #weddingwednesday and we’re making today #weddingfriday instead! Ha! This past Saturday I spent most the afternoon with Darren + Stephanie, and despite the hiccup of dropping my camera, it was an amazing day! They […]

December 18, 2019

Winter Wedding in the Country – Buckley, Illinois I may be a bit of a grinch when it comes cold weather, but not when it comes to a well executed Christmastime winter wedding. That’s just what we had Saturday for Laura + Drake’s celebrations! I knew leading up to this day that everything was going […]

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December 11, 2019

Fall Rustic Wedding at Events at Refinery, Champaign, IL I couldn’t wait for Ryan + Naomi’s wedding day, and it was such fun! Shooting their morning at the Wingate in Champaign was gorgeous, and a new favorite! The guys and girls both got ready in separate rooms and the details are some of my new […]

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December 4, 2019

Charming Fall Wedding at Engelbrecht Farm, Paxton, IL This #weddingwednesday is a bit out of order while I catch up the blog with what all we missed while the website was down! I may have missed this one, but that doesn’t mean I was any less excited to show this one to you. Paige + […]

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November 20, 2019

Jewel Toned Fall Wedding at The Farm in Petersburg, IL You. Guys. If there was ever a more perfectly lit sun kissed fall wedding, well, I won’t believe it! Holly + Caleb planned the most intimate, low-key wedding at the cutest venue hidden in the middle of what seems like no where! The Farm is […]

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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! […]

November 13, 2019

Fall Country Wedding in Chatsworth, IL Both Kristofer + Tiera and I go back, but for different reasons! I knew Kristofer in high school, and Tiera was the maid of honor in Dayna + Shawn‘s June 2018 wedding! Their day was so much fun on a beautiful fall day! These two are perfect for each […]

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