30 May 2014

Mark + Melissa | Country Farm Engagement Session

This past weekend I took engagement pictures for another amazing couple that will be getting married this summer. I was given an address to a farm just outside of Steeleville. It's a farm that I see quite often when I ride bikes with my dad or drive around the backroads on a nice day. What I didn't know is that the people who lived on this farm are apparently related to me… long distantly! I had no idea. I pulled up and was greeted by Melissa and Mark and Melissa told me that it was a small world. I was related to Mark! His mom was actually outside as well doing some yard work and we talked for a bit and got to know each other a little better. We all got along so great too, which I think we would have even if we hadn't just had the discussion about being related.

Moving on to the session. Mark's family has this amazing farm with nice sheds and a beautiful lake. I immediately had ideas running through my head and asked about outfit choices that Mark and Melissa had. Mark just said that he was along for the ride and that we would do whatever Melissa wanted. He already knows how this whole "marriage" thing works LOL. We started over by the lake and quickly moved around the property. It was a beautiful morning but was starting to get a tad bit muggy outside. You would never guess that it was getting hot though from these amazing pictures. By the end of the session, Mark was great at the "nuzzle" shots. He was rocking out every idea I gave him and never complained once. I think he actually had a good time! As for Melissa, well she was stunning in every picture, especially when she was in her blue dress. That color just pops on her and the red barn. You'll see for yourself when you look below.

They'll be saying "I DO" this coming July and I cannot wait! Till then, enjoy looking through my favorites from their engagement session.

LOVE these!

The ring is sitting on a water spicket.

I stayed around for a bit to play with Gus and threw sticks for him to fetch in the lake.

29 May 2014

Zach + Brittany | Belleville, IL Engagement Session

it's a full week of engagement blog posts and I'm loving it! The weather has been absolutely wonderful and as a photographer who shoots 90% of her photos OUTSIDE it's been a blessing not to have to deal with rain with as many sessions as I've been having lately. I'll be coming into some weeks that are slow so I'm trying to stay caught up as much as possible in the meantime.

I'm excited to introduce you all to Zach and Brittany. Brittany is another bride of mine that I've known practically my whole life. We go to the same church and grew up together in the same school system in the same small town. Did you catch all the "small talk" aahahaha. At least I crack myself up. Anywho, since we grew up in the small town, I've known her and her family really well and I've been waiting for the day for Brittany to show up with a ring on her finger. I was so excited to hear she was finally engaged and I couldn't be happier that she and Zach have chosen me to be the one to capture their big day.

We have actually planned their engagement session like 3 times but life just gets in the way sometimes and rescheduling just has to happen. This past Saturday, we finally made it together for their session and it was a beautiful morning for pictures. They followed me to Belleville, IL and we went to an older part of town with man-made brick roads and older homes. The streets there are amazing and I've used them many times before. I also took them to a parking garage, which I have also used before. Every location is different in their own way with each new client. I loved how all of their pictures turned out and it was so darn hard to pick favorites for this blog post. I know I say that for all of my clients but it's so true. It's just because I have amazing clients.

Happy Thursday! Only one more day till the weekend!

How cute are they?


You all know I'm loving these 2 pics. Purple overload!