Kayla | Champaign Centennial senior photo session

Kayla is a bright, fun-loving senior at Champaign Centennial High School. She is an avid reader, a competitive horse rider, and active in National Honor Society and choir.  She exhibits extra personality with various colors in her hair, and currently that color is purple!  Once I heard about her purple hair, I knew we'd have to incorporate one of my favorite walls in all of Champaign into her session, and you'll see those at the end of this post.  

The day we met for her session was a bit warmer than average, but overcast and gloomy.  I wanted to have a taste of the sun for some of her photos, so I "made" my own sun with the help of my MagMod gear.  I used a full CTO gel, a grid, and the MagSphere just out of the camera frame and behind Kayla in some of the images at West Side Park, and I am super happy with the results!  I will have to keep that trick in my back pocket for those sessions that I am not able to reschedule due to weather. I also used the MagMod grid and Sphere without the gel on the very last set of images in this post.  It was getting just a tad too dark, so I used one light to make Kayla pop out a bit from the purple background.

Kayla, I wish you the best of luck with the rest of your senior year!  I look forward to working with you family more in the future!!

Emily | Professional business headshot photographs

Emily is one of my 2018 wedding clients, and am so very excited for her and Bryan's wedding in June.  We 3 hit it off at our first consultation at Espresso Royale, and I've considered them friends ever since.  We had a lovely time at their engagement session in Urbana last fall, and then a couple months ago I did Bryan's headshot for his law firm's website, and then Emily decided she need a new headshot too!  She's a working woman and active in Junior League.  I love getting her in front of my lens, and am definitely looking forward to their big day!

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Aniyah | Judah Christian High School senior cheerleader

Aniyah needed a quick turnaround on her senior pics since she's in her last semester and had just a week or so to turn in her yearbook photo!  We were able to easily accommodate each other's schedules since she has a chunk of time in the middle of the day with no classes.  It was COLD the day of her session, so I chose a few places where I knew we could duck in and out of the cold as needed, but still have some awesome light and variety -- thank goodness the sun was shining!!  We started out at a parking garage, then headed to Hammerhead Coffee where we warmed up with some hot chocolate and hot tea.  After that we ventured to the downtown Champaign area for the "city feel" and then finished up at the mall so we had some skylights and bright white walls to compliment her purple Judah cheerleading uniform!

I think it's always fun to see the progression from the beginning of the session to the end.  I don't know if you can see, but I definitely see Aniyah loosening up and relaxing a bit in front of my camera as the session goes on.  That's when we start to see real, genuine smiles and true personalities.  I loved this session and wish you the best with your future endeavors, Aniyah!