Emily+Brandon+Me= Our one year Anniversary!

October 9, 2010

Tomorrow will be Emily and Brandon’s gorgeous fall wedding, which I have been looking forward to photographing since we first met last October!

Besides being beautiful, Emily has a fun-loving spirit and warmth that just radiates from within, and they are a really great couple. We took their engagement photos in Bloomington last fall, and I can’t wait to work with them again… Look out for some great country/fall shots from the farm!


Ben + Amy’s Funky Wedding!

September 7, 2010

Ben and Amy were married this summer at Funk’s Grove, during one of the hottest days of the summer. Despite the heat, they celebrated their day with great homemade decorations, pies, local music and lots of friends and family. I loved seeing their creativity and artistic gifts in action- they are an amazing couple for whom the word” collaboration” was invented!

My Best Friend’s Wedding

August 11, 2010

Nothing gives me that warm fuzzy photographer glow like capturing the wedding of someone I love dearly. Erica and Jessi were married this summer at the Willow Ridge Vineyard in Shelbyville, IL. I have found it in my heart to forgive Jessi for stealing the #1 ladyfriend in my life… Only because he’s amazing and a perfect match for my best friend- these two are quite the power couple!  Thank you again for letting us celebrate with you and your families, love you two!

Circus Portraits at Milner Library

July 28, 2010

15 of my newest portraits, part of the Special Collections and Circus Archive at Illinois State, are now on view on the first floor of the Milner Library at ISU!

Last March I had the privilege of photographing backstage at the Barnum and Bailey Circus as they performed in Moline, IL. My friend from Bennington College, Jonathan, had been working as the traveling educator with the circus for quite some time, and I was excited to see him and visit with his students to discuss photography. I showed the group my Moweaqua portfolio, and we talked about what makes “home” a home, photographing things that only they get to see in their travels and how diverse America can be, depending on whose viewpoint it is coming from. Needless to say, I left my copy of the Americans behind for their traveling library .

After visiting the classes, and taking several class pictures, I spent the next two days backstage during shows, talking with performers, vendors, technicians and staff about their work with Barnum and Bailey. Everyone was so welcoming, and willing to participate that I felt extremely inspired and fortunate.

I can’t thank everyone enough- from the subjects to the circus itself, Jonathan to the folks at the Circus archive at ISU- for their gracious support.  We had a good time selecting images from the archive to accompany the new portraits- I can’t begin to explain what a treasure trove is on the 6th floor of Milner! Enjoy, and thank you again everyone for making this show possible!

Congratulations Torrie!

July 12, 2010

Torrie Roberts, Miss Illinois Galaxy 2010, placed an impressive 2nd runner up this weekend at the Miss Galaxy International pageant (www.galaxypageants.com) in Michigan. Congratulations Torrie!  She continues the tradition of Illinois being a force to reckon with at the pageant. Love, love, love these last minute shots we did of her before she left to compete, she is such a gorgeous person and so much fun to photograph!  

Come check out Booth 101!

July 8, 2010

This weekend I will be sitting around in my rocking chair (within a pretty swanky tent) and selling some AMAZING (and affordable) prints at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival. Come say hi (booth 101, right by the Children’s Museum in Uptown Normal) and check out the huge gathering of great artists, music and food!  

More details about Sugar Creek can be found at:  http://www.mcaart.org/mcac/html/sugarcreek.html

I’ve heard this one before…

July 7, 2010

Twice a year I get to teach Getting to Know Your Camera at the McLean County Arts Center here in Bloomington, which is a really fun class to be part of .   Thanks to Carmen who sent me this image after our second class to prove that her dog DID eat my handouts after all. I guess he really liked the leftover thesis paper it was printed on… 30% cotton=YUM!