These are some photos I shot at the UIUC Courtyard Cafe Latin Night a couple years ago. The Capoeira Angola Center of Champaign-Urbana did a really awesome performance/demonstration. Makes me want to learn Capoeira!!
This family was SO much fun to shoot! The boys were absolutely adorable and so expressive!
I <3 Seniors! Especially this one. Best wishes to you, Colleen, as you enter a new and exciting phase of life!!
This was my first Laotian wedding, and in Champaign-Urbana, of all places! Who knew there were so many Laotians in East Central Illinois?? It was a beautiful, traditional ceremony filled with lots of prayer, string tying (to represent the uniting of the couple,) and the exchange of small money gifts and good wishes from the elders. My favorite part was when the groom and his family processed into the venue, where they were met at the door by the bride’s family. Traditionally, this is when the grooms family pays the agreed upon “bride-price,” which is a set amount asked by the bride’s parents for the breast milk that has been fed to the bride since she was born. During this time, the bride’s family asks several questions to the groom such as: “Where did you come from? What did you come here for? What did you bring with you?” Typically, the elders and relatives answer these questions for the groom and they all exchange alcoholic shots. Be sure to check for these pics in black and white toward the middle of the set, and feel free to add your congratulations to this lovely couple! Congrats, Tenna and Seng!
I’ll be honest, I’ve been burnt out. But I’m ready to get back in the game and start capturing and sharing beauty again.
I don’t know why this bride to be, Sabrina, is not a model. Well, at least she was my model for her engagement shoot last week, and will be again next weekend for her wedding! I am so stoked. This couple was so natural in front of the camera, we had such a wonderful shoot. Chris is a pilot, so we thought it would be perfect to capture them in front of one of the planes he drives. And perfect it was! I got a few shots of some of his model planes at their house, too. Aren’t they cool?
Enjoy the rest of the pics, and feel free to share some love in the facebook comment box below for this soon-to-be-wed couple!
Engagement shoots are so much fun because not only do I get to observe personalities, but I get to observe and work with the interplay between two personalities! Jenny and Andrew were two individuals with very distinct, yet different personalities. Let’s just say, a classic case of opposites attract. Andrew is calm and sweet, while Jenny is bubbly and warm. It was fun to watch Andrew make Jenny laugh, even despite going through his list of jokes twice. (It was a long shoot, so he joked he was running out of jokes!) You’ll be able to tell from their many facial expressions and Jenny’s expressive body language that we had a very jovial, upbeat shoot!
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