Engagement | Anthony & Haley

“The lovers continue in their endless embrace, in their burning passion, without letting go…”

This was an extra special engagement session for me. Haley is my oldest niece. This makes me feel old in many regards and yet, so incredibly excited for her and the rest of my nieces and nephews as they continue to get older.

Anthony proposed while the two of them vacationed in Mexico this winter. While she may have known it was coming, it was still very special. And her ring… let’s just say Anthony did a phenomenal job!

Haley and Anthony met while in college at West Virginia University. They are a perfect match and compliment each other so well. The two traveled from Texas up to Illinois for this engagement session (and some other wedding planning). Needless to say, the two were quite cold in our Illinois winter having been used to Texas weather for awhile now.

They plan a September wedding.

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

Engagement | Alec & Libby

“You are my piece of paradise.”

The Allerton Park & Recreation Center, owned by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is on the National Register of Historic Places, was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as one of 150 Great Places in Illinois and is a designated National Natural Landmark.

Located in Monticello, Illinois, the Park is an expansive wooded area featuring walking trails, sculpture gardens, a gorgeous mansion and reflecting pond.

I hadn’t heard of Allerton Park prior to this engagement session, but a quick Google search told me that I needed to be excited! It did not disappoint! In fact, I plan to return in the spring or summer with my husband and dog to explore some more. What a place!

We started our session inside the mansion and eventually moved outside (enduring the chilly weather). Alec and Libby were great! It wasn’t hard to get sincere expressions out of them. They kept each other laughing and smiling the whole time.

I want to wish them the best of luck in their wedding planning. I look forward to their November wedding this year.

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

 

Winter 2017 | Altmyer Family

“May lovely, happy times decorate your holiday season. May warm, special memories brighten your new year. May the wonder of Christmas be with you.”

The Christmas season is upon us, and I was so excited to take this family’s photos. I met them in their beautiful home for a classic setting. I just love their fireplace, and they really do have the perfect house for photos. Luckily for us, we met up while it was still somewhat warm outside! That winter chill hadn’t hit quite yet.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas season! I’ll see you all next year!

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

Fall 2017 | Altmyer Family

“May our hearts be filled with THANKS and GIVING.”

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends. A time to give thanks, express gratitude. It is the kick-start to the winter holiday season that so many of us look forward to year after year.

This year, I am thankful for so many things… my husband and dog, our families and friends, our jobs. This year was extra special because a co-worker volunteered to work my husband’s shift, so he could have the night off!

I am also thankful for this family. Jeff and Molly are an amazing couple and great parents (I think you can tell by Mav’s BIG smiles!). My husband and I stood by their sides when they got married, and they stood by ours when we got married. We are very happy and proud to be Maverick’s godparents. Family truly is one of the greatest GIFTS.

We had a good time during our session. It is always great to get caught up, and we even went to dinner afterwards. I wish them an amazing holiday season.

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

 

Fall 2017 | Bone Family

“I sustain myself with the love of family.”

Not as cold as it could have been, I met up with Eric, Kristi and their three children for a mini session on a brisk, fall day. We had blankets galore to wrap up the kids in between shots to keep them warm, and they were loving that!

Prior to our session, I messaged them to see if their littlest could sit up by himself… it seemed like he was born just a few months ago. And, I met up with them to realize that he was almost 1! So hard to believe!

The kids were full of smiles, especially the littlest. We got some great shots of all of them.

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

Wilmington Wedding | PJ & Kasey

“I’ll never forget the first time you looked at me and how I fell in love.”

PJ and Kasey have been together for five years and are such a lovely couple.

In early summer, I took their engagement photos, and we endured the intense heat that day. For their wedding, we weren’t concerned about heat… we were concerned about a pending thunderstorm.

Fast track to October 7, 2017. The BIG day.

The weather that day called for a thunderstorm. When I arrived, it started to sprinkle within 15 minutes. PJ and Kasey (and their families) were prepared though. They had tents set up adjacent to barns. Mums, hay bales and pumpkins decorated the ceremony and reception area. It was a beautiful setup. They even bought clear umbrellas for the bride, groom and bridal party to use. Rain wasn’t going to slow us down!

After a quick switch of locations for the ceremony due to standing water, everything went off without a hitch. These families all pulled together to move decorations and the archway. You would never know it was supposed to take place anywhere else.

And… perfect timing… the weather cleared up shortly after the ceremony for us to be able to capture photos outside! We brought out the umbrellas while it still sprinkled. They didn’t mind getting wet after the ceremony. Neither did I. So we did. 🙂

When the rainbow popped out for a brief moment before sundown, it was just icing on the already delicious cake.

This group knew how to have a good time! When it came time for dancing, I didn’t have to worry about an empty dance floor. From the sounds of it, their party went late into the evening… or perhaps early in the morning would be a better description!

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

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

Fall 2017 | Kolosky Family

“Some people make your laugh a little louder, your smile a little brighter and your life a little better.”

Continuing with my whirlwind of fall sessions, I met with the Kolosky family on a chilly Saturday. It was a pretty cold day, but you would never know by looking at these photos.

The Kolosky family jumped out and ready to go. They are such a great family… lots of fun, lots of laughs. Their youngest brought lots of energy with him and kept his family on their toes throughout our time. We had a great session, and the fall colors were stunning!

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

Fall 2017 | Torrenga Family

“They had amazing smiles. And with that came laughs, which were somehow everything.”

It’s been approximately a year and a half since I last took photos of this family. The girls grew up so quickly and look so much older. When I commented on how grown up they were, Emily told me “she’s in second grade, but many people think she’s in third.” LOL

Nobody was shy this year.

Haley brought along her little friend, Lamb-y to the session. Lamb-y stayed for a few photos but also came behind the camera with me! She even helped keep mom and dad company when it wasn’t their turn for photos.

What I couldn’t get over is how proud the girls were of their outfits and accessories. They told me how they went shopping for shoes. The showed off their necklaces and bracelets. Their fingernails were painted. Emily was even wearing earrings and a ring… just like mom. They looked adorable.

We had a great fall session, and our timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Seems like they’re always calling for rain when I schedule sessions, but this time, the rain held off until later in the day. And the colors were absolutely gorgeous! It’s amazing how quickly the leaves can change and start to fall. It was a picture perfect fall day complete with a light breeze.

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

Aaron | Class of 2018

“The price of success is dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”

Aaron is expected to graduate in 2018. He is not yet decided on which college he will attend, but he plans to study chemical engineering. The super exciting thing for him is that several schools have been looking into him, and he has visited several colleges and universities to explore his options. He not only plays football (and basketball), he is also a strong academic.

We were quite fortunate with the weather. They were calling for rain on the day of his session, and believe me, it really looked like it could pour when I left my house. When I arrived for the session, the sun came out! It was so bizarre. The timing couldn’t have worked out any more perfect though. We were able to get photos on the football field and in the stands, by the senior rock and in front of the school entrance. Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School has a tradition of seniors painting a rock annually during homecoming. When it started to downpour, we moved inside the school. Even though there were several games going on that day, we were able to go in the weight room as well as walk the hallways.

I’d like to wish Aaron the best of luck in the remainder of his senior year.

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

Fall 2017 | Ashley & Cory

“Choose to smile. Choose to love. Choose to be happy.”

One thing I love about Illinois is the changing of the seasons! After a few months of summer heat, I’m ready for the crisp, cool air of fall. Not to mention, the changing colors of the landscape make for beautiful views each day.

Fall is also a busy time for photo sessions. Many families and couples like the colors and cooler air that fall has to offer. It’s the perfect time to prepare for Christmas cards… and not freeze. 🙂

I met up with Ashley and Cory in Kankakee on a Sunday morning after an intense rainfall. Somehow, even though my yard at home had lots of standing water, we didn’t run into any issues with water and mud during our session!

The kids jumped out ready to pose. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, those kids are so well behaved. Each one of them cooperated and was easy-going. It didn’t even seem to bother them that it was a little chilly out. This was one of the first days where it truly felt like fall. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

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