22nd of April


Last week on Monday, we had our monthly meeting of the Central Illinois Professional Photographers. April’s meeting was dedicated to off camera flash and shooting after dark. As always we started the meeting by briefly discussing where we are at with the group as well as plans for next month’s meeting and our print competition! This month’s theme was Composition and the winner was Natalie McKee with her awesome shot from the Stephanie Pana Shootout.

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Once the we’d gotten everything we discussed we headed out into the rain with our awesome model- the beautiful Hunter – to get our learning on! Sarah of Sarah Jane Photography was leading this month’s meeting as off camera flash is a technique she utilizes in nearly every shoot to give her image that extra pop and drama that her clients love! Sarah showed us the equipment she uses and went over some of her tried and true methods for attaining the look she likes for her artwork.

One of the things I love about this group is that a camaraderie has definitely grown between all of us! We’re not just a bunch of photographers anymore – we’re friends and we are always having a good time! Here’s just a brief peek at our April meeting!

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Here’s one of Sarah’s shots with the off camera flash pop:

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And here’s our awesome group from April’s CILPPA meeting!

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Well I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peek at our awesome group of Pro Photographers! I hope you all are having a magnificent Monday and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday! :)

20th of March


Monday night was our monthly Central Illinois Professional Photographers meeting. This month we met in Decatur at Sports Zone where we utilized skype to hear from our speaker Kayleigh Berry of Kayleigh Berry Photography! Kayleigh talked to us about her mini sessions, which was fantastic because I’ve been wanting to offer Limited Edition sessions, but wasn’t sure where to start. So this was a wonderful opportunity to learn a little about it and ask questions. Kayleigh went into some great detail about how she plans and schedules her sessions and figures out what to do for each of her mini sessions as well as how she prices them and what she sells.

We also had our monthly print competition which was awesome! I love that we are doing these because it provides us with a chance to showcase our artwork and get critiques so we can improve our abilities. Each month we pick a theme and then try to choose an image that we think strongly reflects that and this month’s was storytelling. I was thrilled to place third in this month’s competition with my wedding ring shot. (Shared at the very bottom of this post)

Here’s just a little glimpse into our meeting :)

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Happy Wednesday!

25th of February


You may recall me posting about our Central Illinois Professional Photographer group and how we are working to really establish a PPA affiliate in our area. The benefits of a PPA are phenomenal, with the ability to partake in regional, state, and national print competitions and the ultimate goal of educating the photography community and the community at large about the importance of professional photography. We have lofty goals for this group and though we aren’t quite there yet, we are very excited about the participation we’ve had thus far and where this group is headed!

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Last Monday, we had our monthly  meeting of the Central Illinois Professional Photographers group. This month we met at the CU Studio Share in Champaign, IL. Holly of Holly Birch Photography was nice enough to invite us into their shared studio space for the afternoon. We were given a tour of the space and their upstairs office and then we had a live natural light shoot with the beautiful model, Katie!

We’ve started doing a print competition with each meeting too. It provides with an opportunity to learn from our artwork and grow as professionals and artists. This month our theme was Impact, so we each brought a print we thought reflected this theme and voted on which image we thought was strongest. It was a great learning experience for all of us! :)

Alright, enough of my talk… Here’s a little peek into our February Meeting! :)

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Well I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into our meeting. We’ll be having one next month of course and I can’t wait to share more with you then! I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday!