An Engagement to Remember- Jamie and Mark

March 3, 2011


Mark and Jamie were engaged last week on the beautiful beaches of Kona, here on the Big Island of Hawai’i.  It seemed more than fitting when Jamie called to ask if I could meet them in Honolulu for engagement pictures- My first shoot in Hawai’i would be for an amazing couple from Central Illinois! Love it!

We had a great time scouting for locations in Waikiki and finally decided to hike up the Diamond Head Crater- one mile straight uphill for the best view in town! Needless to say, we all slept well on our flights home 🙂

Congratulations to such a wonderful, fun and loving couple, I wish you many years of happiness and Aloha… And of course, more visits to Hawai’i!




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!

Sweet Baby James (and Gertrude)

August 13, 2010

I had such a fun time photographing James, the most adorable cowboy you’ll find this summer. We wrangled a frog, named her Gertrude, and even got her in a few shots! This session was to celebrate the one year anniversary of James’s adoption, his story is truly inspiring. You can read more about his family’s amazing advocacy work for child abuse prevention at

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 ( 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!  

Such a tease!

June 24, 2010

I’m overwhelmed (and backlogged) with amazing work from this Spring… but I thought Annette and Ryan deserved a little teaser of our adventures in Mexico!

Summer is here Mr. Mahone!

May 26, 2010

It’s always a joy to see Mr. Mahone on his daily walks in Moweaqua, when he stops by the studio to ask who the pretty pictures in the studio windows belong to. This past Sunday I saw him walking without his coat on and thought “Summer really is here!”

Then he waved as usual with his free hand, a nibbled Butterfinger candybar in the other… These are the things that I look forward to on Main Street, the things that just make sense anymore…