11.04.2016

Weddings in Galena, IL- Nixon Wedding Photos at Goldmoor Inn

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Bridal Suites in Galena, IL

Sometimes you catch a moment that is beautiful, you stop breathing lest your very breath disturb the magic. This was one of those moments. The Goldmoor Inn in Galena, IL has lovely cottages with lots of room for getting ready.

Wow, Taylor is just ethereally beautiful.

Wow, Taylor is just ethereally beautiful.

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They were holding each other's hands so tenderly.  Mush overload, i know, but just...awwwwwwww.....

They were holding each other’s hands so tenderly. Mush overload, i know, but just…awwwwwwww…..

FIsheye again here.  Because, um, wow.  lol.  Check out that sky!  I could not get this overall shot without that crazy fisheye lens.

FIsheye again here. Because, um, wow. lol. Check out that sky! I could not get this overall shot without that crazy fisheye lens.

Sand Ceremony- these fabulously melding sands might get jostled around changing the super cute design, but life does that.  and you can be separate, but more infused within each other's lives as time moves forward.  Pretty cool choice for their wedding.

Sand Ceremony- these fabulously melding sands might get jostled around changing the super cute design, but life does that. and you can be separate, but more infused within each other’s lives as time moves forward. Pretty cool choice for their wedding.

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Um......they wanted to kick and I'm like, well, that calls for my full circle fisheye lens.  It's definitely a funky lens to play with.

Um……they wanted to kick and I’m like, well, that calls for my full circle fisheye lens. It’s definitely a funky lens to play with.

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What is more fun than twirling that big full skirt like you did when you were a tiny tornado in your favorite dress?

What is more fun than twirling that big full skirt like you did when you were a tiny tornado in your favorite dress?

Such beautiful light at sunset in Galena, IL.

Such beautiful light at sunset in Galena, IL.

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09.29.2016

Children’s Portrait Photographers in Galena, IL- TRIPLETS

I met Kristie and Matt several years ago when I shot their wedding in Riviera Maya in Mexico.  THAT was a blast.  I think there may be some of those on this blog.  I’ll have to add the link :).  Anyhow, they are just one of the sweetest couples and now they have these three adorable girls.  To watch them all function as a family is simply endearing, to say the least.  Each of the girls has such a distinct personality and they are all just magical to watch play together.

I really wanted to shoot at sunset at beautiful Casper Bluff here in Galena, IL and it turned out to be such a great day for it- though the poor girls were covered in mosquitoes at the end of the session and we were chased out.  Vicious critters.

Casper Bluff Portraits in Galena, IL

Triplets running into the sunset at Casper Bluff in Galena, IL

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The Triplet Wrangler Mama

The Triplet Wrangler Mama

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I just love the light here. Perfect for such a beautiful moment.

I just love the light here. Perfect for such a beautiful moment.

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Family Portraits in Casper Bluff, Galena, IL

Check out the onder on those little faces. Ahhhhh, sunset at Casper. Beautiful.

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09.29.2016

Senior Portrait Photographers in Galena, IL

Owen….he likes books.  I don’t mean that he reads a little.  I mean that this guy lugged in a couple suitcases worth of books because he REALLY loves books.  I really had fun coming up with ways to use this giant collection of his to showcase his interests.  We shot at the Galena Public Library, of course.  He also plays sax and his request was that he really wanted some night light street scene playing his sax.  YES.  I LOVE shooting at nighttime in Galena.  There are so many colors and a great variety of ambient light down Main ST.  I was amped for it.  I’d love to do more of these night time senior portraits.

Galena Il Public Library Historic Distric

Galena Public Library in the Galen Historic District.

Portrait taken at Grant park in Galena IL

In order to get up high enough for this one, we used the Grant Park Gazebo.

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The classic saxophone player in the street light portrait.

The classic saxophone player in the street light portrait.

Street Musician in Galena, IL

Omg, the colors. I just loved this spot.

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