This was my first outdoor winter photo session, and it was as cold as it looks – central Illinois isn’t very “pleasant” around the New Year. But don’t worry, I was all bundled up (see the last picture) and Sarah & Jordan were troopers! Sarah is Katie’s cousin, and we’ve gotten to know Jordan & Sarah as a couple over the last few years during holidays and other trips home. Right before we went back to Illinois for Christmas this year, we found out they got engaged! As usually happens when you’re a photographer, the discussion soon turned to photo sessions and the next thing we knew, we’d scheduled an engagement session and started talking wedding photography!
All the photos below were taken on Sarah’s parents’ property, which is a really beautiful section of wooded land, farmland, a river, and there’s even an abandoned bridge. We couldn’t have asked for a better setting, and the pictures turned out beautifully. We also got a chance to include Snickers, their goldendoodle, in the photo shoot as well! Our time with Jordan and Sarah (and Snickers) was a lot of fun, and we can’t wait to photograph their wedding in July!
Josh & Anna are expecting their first child in a few months, and I had the fortunate opportunity to take some maternity photos for them! We were watching the weather closely in December, and it turned out to be a beautiful Sunday afternoon with lots of sunlight as you can see below. Josh is originally from Chicago, and Anna is from New Orleans, they met in Kentucky, but their little baby will be a Texan! They’re an awesome couple, and it was great to hang out with them and get some beautiful photos of Anna, the baby, and the start of their new family. Keep an eye on the blog for some newborn photos of baby Kedzuch in the next few months!
What a joy it was to get together with these four to take their pictures. You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day or a nicer family! I’ve known Courtney for a while now, through work, and had heard a lot of stories about her family – especially about her two kids, Luke and Kate. It was awesome to finally meet them. Luke was quite the character and always had a smile on his face; Kate was okay with the pictures to start, but then decided it was time to start exploring and didn’t want to pose anymore! Hopefully you enjoy the pictures that resulted – a beautiful Texas afternoon and a beautiful Texas family!