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.

Kennedy | 5 Years

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.”

It was a great time working with Kennedy during her session. She jumped out of the car ready to go! She had her lipstick on, her hair in soft curls. She went wherever I asked her to and was ready to pose. Boy, was she ready with her poses! She was such a sweet little girl. At one point during the session she looked up at me and said, “I like you. You should be my babysitter.” Melts my heart!

I think her innocence and spunk was definitely captured. Happy 5th Birthday, Kennedy!

Maverick | 18 Months

“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.”

It is truly amazing how quickly children learn and grow. They start in a completely dependent state and become independent before you know it. With the courage and pride in taking those first steps, they get a taste of freedom. They can do things for themselves. Move by themselves. In their itty bitty bodies, they think they rule the world.

Maverick is no exception. At 18 months old, he is all boy and full of autonomy.

Our photo session was a bunch of fun. We let him have the driver’s seat to some degree and followed him around the park. I’m a big fan of candid, less-posed shots, especially when it comes to kids. You can get a true sense of their personality and spunk.

Mav brought along one of his favorite toys (Mickey Mouse) and some books. It was great to get a few photos of him with these items as well. As much fun as it is to see your child’s growth in photos, having a few shots with favorite toys can capture those additional memories of their childhood… what did they love, what were they into at the time.

Summer 2017 | Quigley Family

“The most important time is family time.”

Every year, I attend this large 4th of July picnic with some of my family, family friends and old neighbors. There is always a ton of great food. They do a hayrack ride in the afternoon. Baseball, volleyball and bags games go on all day. It really is a good time and something I look forward to each year.

Last year, I pulled my brother’s three kids aside for some photos. This year, he reached out to me and asked if I could do some of his whole family.

My husband can work some crazy hours, so slept that day until early afternoon. We were a little later than usual arriving to the party. As soon as we finished eating, we all hopped on the hayrack ride. Now, it wasn’t a super hot day compared to some, but when the tractor turned to pull the hayrack between two fields, we felt the heat! We were all sweating when we returned, but they all pulled through for some great photos.

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.