oh my goodness you guys ~ this groom LOVES his bride so much! they are two of the sweetest people i have ever met! I knew during their engagement session that their wedding would be amazing! There was a chance of rain leading up to their wedding and I know they were a little bummed to have it moved inside, but I’m pretty sure I heard a downpour right in the middle of their ceremony sooooo…good thing right!!

I also have to give a s/o to my super awesome sidekick that day ~ Stephanie!

yvonne and darian ~ thank you SO much for asking me to be there ~ i’m so happy you did!

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How they met: I was introduced to him through my sister and a friend of hers. The night we met, we ended up sitting at his kitchen table, talking about school and work and what we thought we wanted to do with our lives–completely ignoring everything else around us.

Her hometown and current job: Jacksonville, IL/Store Manager at Hollister

His hometown and current job: Jacksonville, IL/Branch Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5 words to describe yvonne (according to darian): beautiful, intelligent, organized, mindful and tenacious

 5 words to describe darian (according to yvonne): loving, encouraging, calm, hard-working and spontaneous

the proposal: We opened Christmas gifts a couple days early (because he couldn’t stand to wait anymore!). I knew he had bought our dog, Zoey, a new collar, but I hadn’t seen it yet. So, we had Zoey open her gift. But when I went to put it on her, I noticed it had two tags on it. My first thought was that he had done something dumb…why did she need two name tags?? But then I looked at them, and the one in front said “MARRY ME.” I turned to him and he had the ring:)

best memory from our wedding day: yvonne — our first look — the minutes right before; waiting for him to get situated; up until he turned around/darian: watching yvonne walking down the aisle

advice for brides/grooms: You spend so much time and energy planning for the Big Day. You think about all the tiny details that will make everything perfect. But when the wedding day arrives, if plans have to be changed or something is forgotten, try to let it go and remember what the celebration is all about–your love and commitment to each other. Ultimately, just enjoy the day together!

would you change anything about your day? We both would have eaten more cake!

best part about being married so far: our honeymoon (Dreams Punta Cana Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) because it was the first time we had been able to get away for a real vacation together.

others that made the day amazing: Reception location, Inn at 835; Hair and makeup, KM Hair Works and Spa; Florist, Kristal Berck at County Market; Cake/Bakery, B. Sweet Custom Cakes; Maid of Honor and Best Man, Alicia Sample, sister of bride/Andrew Calise, friend of groom

Best wishes Yvonne and Darian!!!

  • Bobbi - November 13, 2014 - 9:35 am

    I love them all Kim! Especially that portrait of Yvonne in the field…. SO beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - November 13, 2014 - 11:15 am

    WHEEEEE!!!!!!! I LOVE EVERY ONE!!! :) :) So excited to see the final product!! :) :) ReplyCancel

  • Angie - November 13, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    Kim!!!! These are gorgeous!! They both look like they just adore each other!ReplyCancel

  • JennyBZ - November 13, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    oh my gosh, KIM! those first few detail shots, swoooooooon!! i died, so gorgeous! you did a fab job capturing this gorgeous couple on their beautiful day! nice work, friend! miss you back! xxReplyCancel

  • Melissa Yocum - November 13, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    So sweet and in love!! It just radiates from your photos! LOVE those portraits in the field!!ReplyCancel

  • shannon - November 14, 2014 - 12:44 am

    daaaaaang!!! these are so amazing!! every one of your shots is perfect in color, clarity and full of love and emotion. such amazing talent you have!!!ReplyCancel

  • rachel - November 14, 2014 - 10:52 am

    These are so, so sweet! And what a beautiful couple! That one vertical shot from far away of them in front of a bit of an arch is my FAVOURITE! So stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Abbey Kline - November 14, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Um, hello, those first detail shots took my breath away!! Love the one of the bride walking alone in the field, too! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Maike Pulliam - November 15, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    I love the one of her in the field! What a beautiful wedding! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Paisley - November 16, 2014 - 11:11 am

    Umm…I need those shoes, lol. BUT, seriously, just wow, you captured this wedding perfectly! Great job!! The field picture of the bride is my fav!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlynn - November 16, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    What a beautiful day and beautiful bride! Love the ones of the bride and groom out in the little field. P.S. – Love her shoes!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Bishop - November 16, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Beautiful work Kim! Your detail shots are fantastic. Two favorites: the black and white of the groom standing and the wide angle one of them standing in the archway. Just lovelyReplyCancel

  • Karen Gardner Menyhart - November 17, 2014 - 1:29 am

    Now THATS a wedding! How much fun was the reception? Love the shots of the bride and groom, esp. the dancing in the wood gazebo. Kim, you photographed the wedding beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy - November 17, 2014 - 9:51 am

    Loooooove that ring shot!! And pretty much every portrait of the two of them! Lovely work, Kim!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Danser - November 17, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    Love the details! Love their portraits!! What a gorgeous wedding!! Fab job friend!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Crowe - November 17, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    These images are absolute perfection! Beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Faye - November 17, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    Kim these are wonderful. This bride is beautiful and sweet and her groom is handsomely adorable! Fantastic job my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - November 19, 2014 - 10:45 pm

    Kim, these are all so gorgeous!! Your processing is so colorful and clean! In other news, this wedding looks like it was a perfect day! Great, great work!ReplyCancel

this little beauty gave her mommy a bit of a hard time during her arrival. a bit more than 24 after the process started, she arrived. everyone was so relieved when she arrived and just as expected, she was perfection!

congrats to this super hero mommy and daddy! what an arrival day she gave you!

welcome to the world beautiful little jolie ~ thanks for letting me witness you getting here! it was such an honor! hugs to all of you!

this first image ~ how does someone look so completely gorgeous after 24 hours of labor?

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  • Angie - November 10, 2014 - 11:10 am

    This is so beautiful!! Birth stories are amazing and I think you captured theirs perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Marquis - November 10, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Susie - November 10, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    Oh Kimmi!!! this is beautiful!!!! :) LOVE that song too!!! :) ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Yocum - November 10, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    So so so beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Hawley - November 10, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    Beautiful family. Love you guysReplyCancel

  • Angie Flynn - November 10, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    Very cute!ReplyCancel

  • Abbey Kline - November 10, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    Wow, they are so lucky to have these images!!! When I saw the two images immediately after baby was born when Mom had one tear rolling down her face.. I definitely started crying too. Beautiful job.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Meyer Sturgeon - November 10, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    What a beautiful keepsake! Wonderful job Kim!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Hill - November 10, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    Simply amazing! The tears followed from my eyes and I wish I had videos of all you kids. I did not understand the taping until I just seen this video. Just Beautiful!! Great job to photographer and my amazing daughter and son-in-law.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Foster - November 10, 2014 - 11:36 pm

    that was such a beautiful cd! 1st one like that I’ve ever seen! Life is so precious!ReplyCancel

  • shannon - November 11, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    amazing!! the ones after baby is born and the tears in moms eyes!? stop it!! SOOOO beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy - November 11, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    Oh so precious!!! Love these so much, Kim!!ReplyCancel

  • rachel - November 11, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    Ohhh how I have a love for birth photography. Stunning! So beautifully done!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Bishop - November 11, 2014 - 8:46 pm

    Oh man Kim. Wow. This is so powerful and such a treasure.ReplyCancel

  • JennyBZ - November 11, 2014 - 10:41 pm

    oh kim!!! you know i love me a good birth story! these are beautiful! you captured these wonderfully and they will treasure them forever! so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi - November 12, 2014 - 11:44 am

    Oh my goodness…. I’m in a pile of tears over here! What an incredible slideshow Kim!ReplyCancel

  • maike rinaye - November 12, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Awww, what a great slideshow! You did a beautiful job photographing this special day!ReplyCancel

  • Megan D - November 13, 2014 - 8:45 pm

    AHHHH!!! I’m IN-LOOOOOVE with this!!! Cry-fest for sure! What a beautiful documentation of a miracle they won’t soon forget. Outstanding job Kim!! Congrats on the arrival of perfect Jolie. She’s gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Faye - November 14, 2014 - 7:46 am

    SO beautiful! I forgot to have kleenex on standby before starting this slide show! Awesome job Kim and congrats to the new mommy and daddy!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Crowe - November 14, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Lovely birthstory! Just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - November 14, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    I consider myself a bit of a toughie, but I was tearing up at these absolutely perfect photos! Congrats to the new mom and dad. Kim, so well done… nothing left to say!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Paisley - November 15, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Oh Kim, so amazing. You covered this perfectly. Just wow.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlynn - November 16, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    That was perfectly beautiful. So happy they asked you to photograph one of the most important days of their lives. Congrats to mom and dad!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - November 18, 2014 - 9:10 pm

    Kim, these photos are incredible! They so so perfectly capture every moment of this amazing day in this family’s life! Great work!ReplyCancel

this is seriously one of my favorite families to be around but also a favorite i’ve photographed! you guys — it was so cold when we got together the first time! they were such good sports about everything and stuck it out until it started raining! and let me tell you — it was FREEZING even before it started raining!

i would guess that this family might be just a little sad. one of their members just headed off to college and i bet they miss her quite a bit already! if you know them, you know how awesome they are and if you don’t, just take my word for it! but i know they will be okay because she is amazing and i know she’ll doing great things!

i hope you are still loving your pictures and i’m so happy we did this before megan left for college!! hugs to all of you!

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  • shannon - August 20, 2014 - 1:57 pm

    loving these!! such a cool location! they are a gorgeous family…and your posing is fabulous! excellent work!!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - August 20, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    These are soooo good. Love the location and all the poses. Such a beautiful family, too!ReplyCancel

  • Cris Craven - August 21, 2014 - 1:41 am

    Kim we LOVE our pictures and enjoy them everyday..as they are all over the house. I am so very thankful you took these pictures. Every day they are more special! Thank you for all you give of yourself. You are truly wonderful!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - August 21, 2014 - 8:45 am

    These are amazing! I just can’t get over the very first one; it’s perfect! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Katie DeLorme - August 21, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    This is the cutest preppy family session Ive ever seen! I love their smiles and energy in each of these images! I see a christmas card, canvases, and jumbo prints in every last one for sure!!! SO great!ReplyCancel

  • mrinaye - August 21, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    These are so great! Love how in the one with just mom and dad, dad’s shirt matches the leaves in the bush. Such great images!ReplyCancel

  • Faye - August 22, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    These are beautiful! What a wonderful family! The horizontal of the three sibs is by far my favorite! Great session. Always love your work Kim!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Murray Smith - August 22, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Beautiful words and beautiful pictures! Privileged to know this family…….this makes me miss you terribly Cris! Love from IowaReplyCancel

  • Melissa Hand Yocum - August 22, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    These are awesome!! Love that last blanket family pic, and that last one! They need that in their bedroom!! ReplyCancel

  • Destinee Gallup Blau - August 22, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    These are beautiful images of a beautiful family! What a gift! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Gess - August 23, 2014 - 4:11 am

    Beautiful family!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Danser - August 24, 2014 - 10:58 pm

    OMG this family is perfect. I bet they will frame every SINGLE one of these. What an incredible and priceless gift you’ve given them. LOVE IT!!! ReplyCancel

  • Julie Paisley - August 25, 2014 - 11:42 pm

    So, so good! Beautiful family and of course you rocked it Kim!!!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - August 29, 2014 - 11:55 am

    What a beautiful family! I love the location and outfit choices, but what I can’t get over are how gorgeous all of their children’s eyes are! You did a wonderful job photographing this family, Kim! I love them all!ReplyCancel

  • Eli - September 26, 2014 - 6:47 pm

    Nice picsReplyCancel

meet Payne ~ a recent grad of Sacred Heart-Griffin! this girl lights up a room when she walks in. she’s one of those people who probably can’t go anywhere without knowing someone! she’s a sweetheart with an amazing personality and i know big things are in her future!

i had a such a great time with you payne! knock ‘em dead your first year in college! i have no doubt you will!

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  • Chrissy - August 13, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Her little nose scrunch in that first image is too cute for words!!! She is absolutely beautiful, and so are these images, Kim!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - August 13, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    What a cutie!! I *love* her smile – and check out those eyelashes!!! All these photos are so pretty, but my favorite is the one of her looking down and her hair is moved perfectly by the breeze.ReplyCancel

  • Faye - August 13, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    She is gorgeous and that smile…she’s one of those people who…in a photo… their smile is so inviting you want to be their friend…even though you don’t even know them! Does that make sense??? Just awesome and your photos are wonderful Kim!ReplyCancel

  • rachel - August 13, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    These are beautiful! She’s SO CUTE! Her hair looks amazing in all of these!!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan D - August 14, 2014 - 8:50 am

    This girl is drop dead GORGEOUS!!! I love her outfits! I’m partial to that cheerleading photo…;) Love them all!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - August 14, 2014 - 9:41 am

    This girl is beautiful! I looove all the ones of her sitting on the quilt. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Palmer Bannon - August 14, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    What a cute smile! Her eyes SHINE! So pretty and I love the locations you picked.ReplyCancel

  • shannon - August 14, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    oh my word…she is the cutest!!! love these! her smile is the BEST!!ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi M. Sheridan - August 15, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    That first vertical on the left…. LOOOOVE IT! Payne has such fantastic hair! :D ReplyCancel

  • Erin Burns - August 15, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Beautiful!!! Payne is gorgeous, and I love the variety in the session, how many different shots she has!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Hand Yocum - August 18, 2014 - 3:47 am

    Beautiful!! The quilt are my favorite!!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - September 1, 2014 - 8:24 pm

    What a fantastically beautiful senior session! Your lighting and posing are perfection! Great great work!ReplyCancel

just like her sister ~ aimee graduated recently from sacred heart-griffin! and also {just like her sister}, she’s completely gorgeous and super sweet! i loved photographing these sisters and hope their first year out of high school is amazing! i have no doubt they are going to do so many wonderful and amazing things! congratulations girls!!

mid-way through our session, aimee started looking familiar to me ~ which generally means i’m seeing someone famous ~ sophia bush ~ do you see it?

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  • Maggie - August 8, 2014 - 7:44 am

    Great session! She is beautiful and I am having some major hair jealousy right now!!ReplyCancel

  • Faye - August 8, 2014 - 10:11 am

    She is GORGEOUS! Kim how do you get all the MOST BEAUTIFUL senior girls to photograph?? Seriously! You are the master. Love your work so much!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - August 8, 2014 - 7:56 pm

    Beautiful session. The lighting you chose was perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Borgelt - August 8, 2014 - 9:15 pm

    Beautiful! WOW! That first image… took my breath away! Stunning! So beautiful!! ReplyCancel

  • shannon - August 10, 2014 - 10:51 am

    beautiful, beautiful!!! love the horse one!! she is a gorgeous girl and you captured her perfectly!!! so so good!ReplyCancel

  • Abbey Kline - August 10, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    What a beautiful smile she has!! I love the candid shots where you can see her laughing. These are perfect senior portraits!! ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 11, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Oh My those Eyes! She is GORGEOUS! Love the red dress and the horse pictures! So beautiful. Lovin’ the light in these!ReplyCancel

  • rachel - August 11, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Beautiful! Her hair is a ridiculous amount of amazing – as are these shots! The light is amaaaaazing!ReplyCancel

  • Katie DeLorme - August 11, 2014 - 1:10 pm

    You are so stinking talented with seniors!! I love her soft smile!! So good!!!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - August 11, 2014 - 10:24 pm

    How beautiful!!! I love how personal you made this session! Great great work!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Hand Yocum - August 12, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    Man! You knocked this session out of the park!!! Beautiful, beautiful images!! ReplyCancel

  • Jen Burcham Saner - August 15, 2014 - 2:39 am

    You make every location look so amazing! Love this girl’s look and those eyes!!ReplyCancel