Angela + Matt · Wedding Preview - Princeton, IL

We’ve been in the midst of an amazing and crazy wedding season, but finally finding a few minutes to put a gigantic photo preview for Matt and Angela’s DIY rustic farm wedding. Which turned out spectacularly awesome. Hope our portraits can even come close to showing off all their hard work! We’ll be sending out their gallery and images early next week, but this preview will have to suffice for now. Thanks again for a great time and can’t wait for you to see everything!

Because Why Not

Seth poses for a portrait inside Oregon High School during our conversation last week. (Photo by Lifeworks Photography Studio)

Seth poses for a portrait inside Oregon High School during our conversation last week. (Photo by Lifeworks Photography Studio)

Last week I got to spend about an hour with a student from Oregon High School because...well, why not. A high school friend of mine who works for the school asked if I had a little bit of time to talk with Seth, a student at the school about what being a photographer is like. 

I jump at these opportunities. Not because it's a chance for me to beat my chest and talk about my incredible life (although I am very appreciative and thankful that I get to work in a field that I love so much and am passionate about), but because I want to be able to share my passion of photography with anyone, really. But especially a younger generation. 

Here was my takeaway with my conversation with Seth. One, he's an incredibly smart kid. Some of the things he asked and talked about with his limited knowledge of photography amazed me. He understood things about the photography business that probably took me several years to fully understand. Second of all, he's a focused kid. In a full hour conversation with him, he didn't look at his phone once. Let me repeat, a 15-to16 year old kid DID NOT look at his phone one time in a full hour. Hell, I looked at my own phone twice because I got notifications while we were talking. 

I hope any bit of what I told him helped him understand how to start learning more about photography and more importantly helped him understand that I'm here to help whenever he needs it. I promised him when the weather broke, if he'd like to help me out with a few shoots or learn more, that I'd get back in touch with him and help teach him anything he wants to learn. 

I like to be generous with my time when it comes to stuff like this. Mostly because I've had several teachers, professors, my own grandfather and countless friends who have been more than generous with their time and it's my time to give back when I can.  

I hope Seth enjoyed it as much as I did and if any of you have students, or kids that are interested in learning more about photography, my door and ears are always open to help when I can. 

The Art of Emotion

I've never made it a secret that my favorite part of photography is the emotion that you capture. Even when shooting sports, I'd rather have the perfect emotion shot rather than a peak action shot. I think we did that perfectly at Erin & Jarred's wedding back in October. We have more previews coming, but wanted to finish up some other editing first. We hope your friends and family enjoy all the previews we have coming for you and can't wait to share everything very very soon!

Jubilee + Kaleb - Wedding Preview - Sandwich/Yorkville, IL

Holy cow! It's a Christmas miracle! We got Jubilee & Kaleb's gallery up on the fan page, as well as a blog preview. We're so excited to use our new blog space and new website. It's going to take a little getting used to, but definitely excited to kick it off with a nice large wedding preview. 


We can't thank the Fenske family and the Kennay family enough for all their hospitality the other day and for a great time. We hope you had as great of a time as we did shooting it. Jubilee was stunning. I think you can tell just by the way he looks at her, he thought so too!


We can't wait for more and more and more previews as we finish up your wedding gallery! Merry Christmas to you and all your families.