Family, Forever! (Part Three)

(continued) … After some pictures, we headed over to Bellecourt Manor … to party! 😉

These amazing young people are Chick-fil-A employees, and they’ve made some special memories together there. I love that they gave their reception a personal touch by including these cute little guys!

Leaving the reception …

… and walking together into a new life.

Congratulations, A. and S.! ❤


A New Year, A New Life

January is a time to celebrate new beginnings. I was honored to share in R. and C.’s wedding!

These sweet friends started their lives together surrounded by friends and family, and I loved the feeling of happiness that was all around.




One of my favorite parts was when R. and C. said a prayer together, right before the ceremony. What better way to start a new life? ❤




It was chilly outside, but we braved the cold for a few shots in the park!






Congratulations again, R. and C.! Best wishes for your new life together! ❤

Engagement Session: R. and C.

I just love this couple!  I first met R. and C. through a college ministry that we are all a part of.  I was so excited when they asked if I would be their wedding photographer next January!


We had so much fun walking around the riverfront and downtown St. Charles!



Spring leaves were just starting to appear.  I love the feeling of “new beginnings” in springtime.





It was supposed to rain all afternoon, but the rain cooperated and held off until the very last picture!


Congratulations, you two … I can’t wait for your wedding!  ❤

“Why Should I Hire A Wedding Photographer?”

20160819_13432“After all, isn’t EVERYBODY a photographer these days?  The cameras on phones have gotten so advanced … anybody can take pictures of a wedding.  And there will be tons of people there.  Why not just ask everyone to send us all the pictures and save the expense of hiring a wedding photographer?”

It is certainly true that nowadays almost everyone has the technology — right in their own pockets —  to take some pretty decent snapshots, to say the least!

But there is a vast world of difference between “taking a picture” and “making a picture.”    It’s easy to line everybody up, tell them to “Say cheese!” and take a snapshot.

Making a picture requires a lot more.  It requires using your heart to capture the emotion of a moment.  It means understanding your photography tools to the point where you can use them to match your artistic vision.  It means being intuitive enough to anticipate moments before they happen.  Not to mention choosing lighting and composition deliberately (and, in many cases, very quickly!).

Your wedding day will go by in a flash.  But it will be filled with emotions that you will want to hold onto and remember.  Don’t leave it up to a chance snapshot!