I feel truly blessed to be able to follow my dream of being a photographer. I absolutely LOVE what I do! From the time I picked up a camera, I was obsessed with taking pretty pictures. After 12 years, my focus has shifted… I have come to realize that one of the most important parts of my job is telling your story through my lens. If I’m photographing your wedding day, I focus on authentic, natural and real moments. If I’m photographing your senior pictures, your personality and inner beauty will shine through! These are the moments that you will forever cherish and remember. Welcome to the blog. I can’t wait for the opportunity to capture YOU and tell your story!
This year marked one of my favorite Valentines Day themed sessions. It was inspired by two things. First, my favorite reality tv show (dare I say, the Bachelor and Bachelorette, terrible I know, but I’m hooooooked) as well as the 2018 Vanity Fair magazine cover showing the work of brilliant photographer, Annie Leibovitz. It was a magazine cover that caught my eye during the the Golden Globes and featured some of my favorite film stars including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, (Little Big Lies, OMGSH.. a must watch HBO series), Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Chastain, Robert Dinero, Harrison Ford, and more!
I knew that I wanted my girls to wear red for Valentines Day and for the overall look to be elegant, dramatic, and upscale so of course, the beautiful Hotel Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria was perfect! We added a special little touch with beautiful red roses, two gorgeous corsages, and an amazing Valentines bouquet thanks to Floral Designs, Ltd in Morton.
A couple of my Shelby Seniors brought their boyfriends and a few more brought their friends to add to the entire scene. Aren’t they absolute stunning!!! So dramatic, rich, and vibrant… I’m in love with the whole look!
Special thanks to the following for your collaboration and making my Shelby Seniors feel extra beautiful!
The Peoria Marriott Perl Marquette || Peoria, IL
Red roses and fresh flower designs – Floral Designs, Ltd || Morton, IL
Lash Extensions for model, Marley || Lash Transformations
Professional Makeup for Marley || Leiana Marie Makeup Artistry
Professional Makeup for Katie and Logan || Quila Dixon