Fall 2017 | Family Mini

“Crisp air, pretty leaves, sweaters & boots, football, pumpkins and coffee. I love fall!”

On a fall day that still felt like summer, I met Zoe, Justin and Haiven at Perry Farm in Bradley. 

Little did we know, there was a concert going on that evening as well. To say it was crowded was an understatement. Nevertheless, we still managed to have a great session. 

When working with young children, patience is key. If they don’t want to do something, they won’t. Sometimes, you need to follow them and see where it is they want to go. With Haiven, we walked to see the many scarecrows on display. We picked some flowers and moved pumpkins and gourds around. By doing so, and by having some candy on hand, we were able to get some smiles! 

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Fall 2017 | Shule Family

“When you love and laugh abundantly, you live a beautiful life.”

My husband and I have lived in our house for about a year and a half now. Like many people, we were a little slow in meeting our neighbors.

Earlier this year, we decided to get rid of a playground set that came with our house. It was quite large… it might as well have been a community park! Trying to figure out what to do with it or where to take it was daunting. We wanted it to go to a family that could enjoy it. We found such a family, and it was at this point that we started to get to know more of our neighbors… including Kendra and Adam, who have a portion of our playground for their little guy to enjoy.

Kendra and Adam live just a short distance from my house and are such sweet people. And Aiden… what a little sweetheart.

It was a gorgeous evening when we did their session. We went full country and got some photos by a nearby corn field and by some great barns too. I have a soft spot for barns when it comes to photos! Aiden wasn’t totally feeling it during the session, but even though he would rather have been playing, mom and dad were able to continually get him to smile and laugh throughout the session!

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Kankakee Wedding | Zack & Jessica

“In you, I’ve found the love of my life and my closest, truest friend.”

Zack and Jessica are a genuine and adorable couple. Hands down.

I first met these two last year when I took their engagement photos. We battled through swarms of mosquitos at the time to get some beautiful images.

Fast forward to September 2, 2017. The BIG day.

My second shooter and I met up Saturday morning at the X-Line Sportsman Club in Kankakee. Zack and his groomsmen hung out outside while Jessica and her bridesmaids got ready inside.

The two exchanged letters prior to their first look. None of us know how the letters read, but judging by their expressions, I think they both knocked it out of the park!

When it was time for the first look, I positioned Zack outside in preparation. He was so excited to see Jess, as was she to see him. She walked across the grass to where he stood, lightly tapped his shoulder and he turned to see his beautiful bride. After snapping away for several photos, we let the two have some moments to themselves to embrace the day and each other. This is always one of my favorite experiences during the wedding day… witnessing the first time the couple sees each other on the big day! ❤

The ceremony and reception went off without a hitch, and I think it is safe to say that everyone had a fabulous time!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Stone! May you have a lifetime of happiness!

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Kollin | Class of 2018

“The great thing about him is that he will not quit.”

Kollin is a senior at Central High School and is a multi-sport athlete. He is expected to graduate in May 2018. He has not yet decided what he plans to do after graduation but is exploring different options.

We met in town for some photos before heading to the high school for sports-related shots (football mainly).

Like several of his teammates, he has played football for as long as he has been able. Recently, he was acknowledged for breaking a few school records. He is Central High School’s all-time leading rusher, passing the 3400 yard mark. He holds the record for total touchdowns. He also set the single game record when he ran for 229 yards with 6 touchdowns. Congratulations to him and the Central Comets!

Best of luck to Kollin with the remainder of the school year and football season.

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Fall 2017 | Bald and Beautiful

“Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.”

Robin is a positive person. One who exudes happiness and energy. With faith and determination, she lives her life to the fullest. Nothing slows her down.

She was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. She’s fighting with grace and dignity.

Always a smile on her face.

When she approached me about taking photos of her, I couldn’t have been more honored. She is a beautiful person. Everyone would agree.

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Connor | Class of 2018

“If you have the right mental attitude, nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.”

Connor is expected to graduate in May 2018. I met up with him on two separate occasions. Once in late summer at the Clifton Pool to capture some images of the lifeguard portion of his life and then again after school started to get some casual shots and football ones.

When we met at the pool, it was actually my first time there. We met before the pool actually opened, so we didn’t have a bunch of people around or a number of distractions. Even better was the fact that it was hot out, and I stood in water for some of the shots!

Because Connor has played football in Clifton for as long as he has been able to, we had to get football photos too. Central has a fun tradition of spray painting the overpass near the high school with the senior football players’ names each year. With the help of his mom (who was our traffic control), we were able to take some on the bridge near his name.

The most memorable shooting location, however, was probably the locker room. Connor warned me before going in that it might smell… oh my! We didn’t stay in there long. 🙂

It was hot the day we met, so I’m sure that didn’t help. LOL

Here’s wishing the Central Comets the best of luck with the remainder of their season and good luck to Connor in your final year of high school!

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Camden | 1 Year

“I constantly go between wanting you to stay my little baby forever and being excited about all of the amazing things you’ll do in this life.”

Camden is a year old. A year old! That first year flew by!

We met in downtown Lockport for the momentous occasion. Upon arriving, we realized a wedding was going on near The Public Landing restaurant, rendering that park unavailable. We went to a nearby alley and found some awesome spots to work with. Cam’s mommy brought a cake with her as well to close out the session.

Let me start by saying what a laid back, calm child Cam is. It didn’t matter where we moved him, if we changed his outfit, if he was picked up or sat down. He was perfectly content. When his mommy brought out bubbles and then a balloon and then a cake… he really had a good time! We even saw him get the sugar shakes!

I’ve said it before, but during a child’s first year of life, milestone sessions are a great way to “watch them grow”. It is so much fun to look back at Cam’s newborn, 3 month and 6 month sessions to see how he has grown and changed.

I take great pride in helping parents capture memories of their children at different ages. It is truly rewarding. I couldn’t say enough how much I love what I do!

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Summer 2017 | John & Tana

“When you touched my hand, I wanted nothing more than to hold it forever.”

John and Tana have been together for quite some time now. They are a super sweet, down-to-earth couple. Having known John since 2008, it makes me so happy to see how happy he is with Tana.

Recently, Tana bought her first house, so she was looking to do a photo session to fill her home with some photos! I was anxious to see how she had made this house her own thus far and was happy to help them to add to it. We met on a gorgeous evening and took some photos at her home before moving on to a nature preserve and then to the Kankakee River. I love evening sessions because of the golden lighting, and I couldn’t be happier with how these turned out.

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Summer 2017 | Boseo Family

“The secret to having it all is knowing you already do.”

This couldn’t have worked out any more perfect. Loryl’s youngest was to be baptized at the end of July, and all of her nieces and nephews would be in town. What better time than that to get everyone together with Grandma and Grandpa for a session!

We met at McKinley Woods on a gorgeous Saturday evening. I was given the pre-warning that one of the little ones was not in a good mood. It took him a little while, but he slowly warmed up.

There were seven kids under the age of 12. That can really keep one on their toes! It was a lot of fun, and we got some great shots! Candid and real moments are some of my favorites because you can really get a true feel for a child’s personality. We definitely captured personality in these images!

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Engagement | Travis & Amber

“I knew when I first met him; he would be my dork.”

Travis and Amber met online and had their first date in Hannibal, Missouri. At the time, she was a 911 dispatcher, and he was an art teacher. Amber recalled, “I knew when I first met him; he would be my dork.”

These two were absolutely adorable together, and their love for each other just beamed!

Now, one might wonder how they happened to come my way for their engagement session when I stated earlier that their first date was in Missouri. Well, Travis is from my hometown. We were actually in 4-H together growing up. I’m so happy for him that he found an amazing woman to spend his life with. It’s crazy to me though, and I still have to wrap my head around the fact, but we are both grown up and old enough to be doing “adult things” like having careers and getting married! Boy does time fly!

I couldn’t be happier for these two, and I wish them all the best. They were truly a fun (and surprising) couple. We had a great session… which took a turn for awesome when they pulled out pelican masks! As an art teacher, Travis wanted to do a few photos that were atypical and fun. It made my day!

They are planning a July 2018 wedding.

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.