Engagement | Seth & Kara

“In all the world there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” 

-Maya Angelou

With some help from her sisters, Seth surprised Kara last summer by proposing in front of some waterfalls in Wisconsin. I’m sure some happy tears were shed! It’s extra special that they were able to get some snapshots when it happened! 

They are planning a July 1 wedding.

These two are quite the impressive couple. Seth is a firefighter with a demanding work schedule. Kara teaches while also attending grad school. Somehow they fit wedding planning into the mix too! 

I’m so excited for both of them. They are an absolutely adorable couple, and the love they have for each other is so evident! I can’t wait for their wedding. It’s going to be perfect! 

Engagement | PJ & Kasey

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”  -Emily Bronte

I met up with PJ and Kasey at the Manhattan Round Barn on a relatively hot day. It was one of those days where you only really had to step outside to start sweating. They were troopers though. First off, they looked amazing. They took great direction, and they were laid back and easy to work with. What more could I ask for?!

Prior to scheduling, Kasey had mentioned to me that late afternoon was her favorite time of day, when the sun is just starting to set. Naturally, we set are session time for 7pm so we could capture that beautiful golden light! I love it too! 

From the barn, itself, to the expansive green grass to the gazebo, the Round Barn location has so much to offer. It was a great spot for a rustic and nature-loving feel.

PJ proposed to Kasey last year, and they are planning an October 2017 wedding. I am very much looking forward to it!

 

Engagement sessions are so special. The couple has the chance to interact with a photographer prior to their wedding day, and often times, it is the couple’s first time working with a photographer. It is also a great opportunity to increase the variety in their wedding portfolio by having the session at a different location than their wedding.

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

Brenden-Jeanette | Class of 2017

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”

What an exciting time when mom and son are graduating in the same year! Brenden graduated from high school on May 26, and his mom, Jeanette, will graduate from college in September. Congratulations to them both!

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

Spring 2017 | Mommy & Me Mini

 “I’ve learned that it is not what I have in my life but who I have in my life that counts.”

Molly and I are married to some amazing guys and have grown close over the years. We were in each others’ weddings. We share a lot with each other. When Molly found out she was pregnant, we couldn’t have been happier! Last year, they were blessed with their little guy. Maverick is full of energy and is all boy.

We met up for a mini “mommy and me” session on what could have been the windiest day of the spring! Nothing can stop how adorable these two look together though. I love these types of sessions. It is important to get mom in front of the camera. All too often, she is the one behind the camera.

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

Spring 2017 | Leon Family

“I know a girl. She puts the color inside of my world.”

Tiffany was the first of my group of high school friends to have a baby. I couldn’t have been happier for her! She fell in love with a great man, got married and had a beautiful baby girl.

I was fortunate to have been able to photograph her wedding and Lily’s newborn session. Now that Lily is a year old, we met up again for a family session! This little girl was full of smiles, spunk and energy. She was so proud of herself when she would stand up by herself! We had a great time at the state park for the session and ended the evening catching up at Texas Roadhouse.

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

Haley | Class of 2017

“You will be so many things, and the one thing that I wish I’d known and want to say is, don’t just be yourself. Be all of yourselves. Don’t just live. Be that other thing connected to death. Be life. Live all of your life. Understand it. See it. Appreciate it. And have fun.”

Mother’s Day weekend was a momentous one for me. No, I’m not a mother. No, I’m not expecting. Rather, my oldest niece graduated from West Virginia University. At 27 years old, it really made me think about how fast time has flown!

Haley went off to West Virginia three years ago, and even though she changed her major, she still graduated earlier than the typical four years at the university level. She met a great guy while there. Her and Anthony compliment each other really well. One bonus for them is that they BOTH graduated this year!

As I type this, they are in the process of starting another adventure… moving to Texas.

According to George Bernard Shaw, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

Like so many other adults, they are moving on, growing up, changing. I’m so proud of their accomplishments and am so excited for them. They will go places. Literally.   🙂

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

Spring 2017 | Smith Family

“Having someplace to go is HOME. Having someone to love is FAMILY. Having both is a BLESSING.”

I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful family this weekend just in time for Mother’s Day! Jessica reached out to me after seeing photos from a recent family session I had done around Easter time. Word of mouth is much appreciated in this business, and it is always a great feeling when you discover that is how people came to book you.

I met Jessica, her husband and two children at their home for this session. It is not too often that clients request photos in their home or on their property, so this was something I was looking forward to. New places get the creative juices flowing because you never fully know what to expect.

The Smith’s had a great wrap-around porch that I fell in love with, so we started our session there. We moved out onto their property for more and even grabbed a chicken for one! They were a pleasure to work with, and I am so pleased with how their images turned out. Happy Mother’s Day, Jessica!

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

Troy | Class of 2017

“I will always be me… but when it comes time to step out onto that field, me gets a little more serious, a little more dedicated, and nobody stands in my way.”

I was so excited when Naomi, Troy’s mom, contacted me about taking his senior photos! Three years ago (that’s hard to believe), I took his brother’s senior photos. I’ve had the pleasure of also photographing Naomi and her husband’s vow renewal celebration. I enjoy working with this family because they are all so, so nice. They are a joy to be around.

We met in Wilmington on a beautiful, sunny day. Fortunately for all of us, it wasn’t in the 40’s like it was the day prior! It was nice getting caught up while also taking photos throughout the downtown area. When we finished up with our ‘urban’ setting, we ventured to the high school in order to capture some baseball shots too. Let me tell you all, it was quite the adventure for me when I arrived at the baseball field. If my self-confidence was hurting, it would have raised a few points that day when I managed to squeeze through a fence! I’m sure that was a sight to see! Thanks to Troy and Naomi for assuring me I wouldn’t get stuck! Haha!

Troy will be graduating this month, and he is really looking forward to it. He plans to study architecture at Southern Illinois University. I’m sure he will do very well. Good luck on your future endeavors, Troy! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

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

Taylor | Class of 2017

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”    – Henry David Thoreau

It was a blast talking with Taylor and her mom, Danel, during her session. They are very much alike… easy-going, upbeat personalities. We met on a surprisingly chilly day, and I really felt for Taylor. She was such a trooper wearing shorts for her first two outfits. You would never know it was in the 40’s that day looking at the pictures!

Taylor will be graduating from high school in June. This is an exciting time for any senior, but this is extra special for Taylor. She skipped her junior year of high school and will be graduating a year early. Talk about an accomplishment! She has been accepted at Purdue University, where she will pursue a degree in civil engineering. In talking with them both, I learned that she has had her heart set on this goal since middle school. Seeing and hearing how dedicated and determined she is, I know she will go places in life! I wish her the best of luck! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Taylor!

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

Spring 2017 | Easter Family Mini

“Live every moment. Laugh every day. Love beyond words.”

The day before Easter couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun was shining, and the temperature was really warm! The trees were starting to get leaves on them, and it was really looking like spring! This family had their Easter clothes on, and they looked awesome! Bonus points to all four kids for being so well behaved too!!

We met at the State Park, which is such a great location for families. We walked the trails a bit and came back to a covered bridge as well. It was nice to see all the families out and about enjoying the nice day. Here’s hoping this family had a fantastic Easter holiday!

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