It’s this beautiful lady’s 25th birthday today! Oh, to be 25 again! 😉 I had the pure joy of getting together with Kristen with what was first going to be a casual coffee date and get to know another photographer in my area — but we opted for hanging out with our cameras instead! I need a new headshot for me website, and Kristen wanted some too. So we met alongside the lovely Illinois River and chatted about business, the joys and the hard stuff of being a photog!
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Before all this happened, I noticed that Kristen was launching her brand new photography business by quitting her FULL time job. She had done some portraits of my brother and sis-in-love and I couldn’t help but reach out! First, I wanted her to know that she wasn’t alone. There are SO many amazing photographers in our area, but to be honest, there will ALWAYS be weddings, so why not help and encourage one another and raise the bar collectively? Second, I wanted her to know that she CAN do THIS. From our first conversation, I knew Kristen was going to go places simply because of this: she loves people, and has a craving to learn. (And this was all just from perception, too!) When you take out the “transaction” part of the equation with each client and pursue a genuine relationship with each of them beyond client/supplier, BEAUTIFUL things begin to happen. Kristen has this amazing quality about her that makes her easy to approach and easy to get to know. This will go so far in building the brand and the business.

Kristen, here’s to an amazing year full of joys, laughs and lots of photos!

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I was so THRILLED to be contact by Katie and Cody to document their maternity journey. One of the main reasons being Jared & I shot their wedding back in 2013. Their wedding was one of my favorites, and I knew that capturing that adorable baby belly wouldn’t be any different. Katie was styled beautifully and it was made perfectly complete by her floral crown which was crafted by Brie, the owner of Splendor of Eden

Katie & Cody,
Jared & I pray blessings over you both as you journey into parenthood and continue to learn true, selfless love. This sweet boy is so loved already!!

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I was thrilled to have the honor to capture the beginning of Lisa & Travis’s journey of parenthood! As you can tell from the images below, Travis & Lisa are full of joy anticipating the arrival of their sweet baby girl. After having 3 babies myself, I can relate to how fast this little part of it goes. You blink and your baby is here in your arms and your heart is melting and so full of love at the same time. So CAPTURE it!:)just like Travis & Lisa did! <32016-03-23_0007.jpg
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What a joy it was to meet Dan & Mollie yesterday morning! I’m not even sure where to start! Actually, I could start with Mollie’s HAIR. Oh my word, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything more beautiful 😉 I joked with Mollie about it alllll morning that I’m sure she wanted to tie it up in a pony tail and forget that it existed by the time our session was over. HA!! But after I got over the sheer gorgeousness of my couple, I realized that meeting them was like reuniting with old friends. After getting to hear how they met, their love story, and their plans for the wedding, I felt instantly connected. We walked through a few pointers for the session and the rest of the morning was so relaxed and so fun that I should’ve just brought a cup of coffee and a table to sit and share about life. I seriously CANNOT wait to photograph their wedding in just two short months!! What a joy to capture them being united before God and friends!!

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Bethany and Garen were married before the judge this past Wednesday, March 9th in Peoria, IL. I was delighted to get a chance to sit down with Bethany before her wedding and discuss the ideas for her short and sweet ceremony. We decided to add on a session after to further imprint this wonderful day in their memory through photographs.
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After our family session in downtown Peoria’s courtyard, Bethany & Garen’s parents informed them they had a SURPRISE night’s stay in the local Pere Marquette!! How sweet is that?
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Once we arrived to their room, Garen’s mother had baked and decorated a cake to celebrate their marriage. And we had a private, intimate reception right there in the room. It was perfect.
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