T-Stagg Photography: Blog http://tstaggphotography.com/blog en-us (C) T-Stagg Photography tstaggphotography@gmail.com (T-Stagg Photography) Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:38:00 GMT Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:38:00 GMT Mommy and Me Mini Session--Sam http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2018/3/mommy-and-me-mini-session--sam Every year I do some wonderful Mommy and Me mini sessions right before Mother's Day, and they are always one of the highlights of my year.  Taking photographs of mamas (who, let's be serious, don't get in front of the camera with their littles nearly enough) cuddling their children and kiddos loving them right back is an amazing thing to capture.  But this year, I wanted it to mean even more--for me and for the families taking part in the mini sessions, so I am offering a double-whammy.  When a person purchases a Mommy and Me mini session for themselves or someone they love, they are also gifting a FREE Mommy and Me session to a mom and children residing at Courage Connections. 

Courage Connections is an amazing organization that  provides housing and supportive services to individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence (You can visit them at www.courageconnection.org.) 

The set up is simple...just a cozy bed, all white linens, simple, clean.  That's the first 10 minutes.  The second half of your session will be cuddling up on a cozy couch with your kiddos and letting me capture some giggles and sweet kisses.  It's the perfect ode to mommyhood, and if YOU don't want this kind of session, consider gifting it to a mommy that needs it!  It'd be a wonderful gift to say thank you (ahem, gentlemen), or to celebrate a mom you know.

Below is a Mommy and Me session I did with my gorgeous and super talented photographer friend, Sam.  I love everything about this shoot and it was so much fun to capture the love between these three. If you like what you see, consider booking a Mommy and Me session with me today! (www.tstaggphotography.com/contact) And don't forget that for every session your purchase your gifting one to a mom and her children at Courage Connection. <3

 

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tstaggphotography@gmail.com (T-Stagg Photography) http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2018/3/mommy-and-me-mini-session--sam Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:37:39 GMT
Natural Beauty--A Nature Beauty Session with Karman http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2018/1/natural-beauty--a-nature-beauty-session-with-karman Last summer I had the joy of putting together a shoot that I had been dreaming up for a long time--a shoot, simple in its implementation (The less stuff I have to carry, the better!) but with a lot of bang--and it had to be outside in water.  I love being outside and summer provides some of the most beautiful, lush green backdrops.  Next I had to find a model--it was just by luck that I saw Karman's profile pic on Facebook, and I was hooked by her look.  There was this kind of contrast--she was so sweet and kind, but she had this lovely edge that I thought would be perfect for what I was going for.  I asked her to model, and thankfully she agreed and was so super excited.  I loved her energy and knew we would have an amazing time.  We looked for a few dresses that had different feels (edgy, natural, etc.) that would work with our woodsy backdrop.  Because I knew I had to have her in water, it was a bit stressful that the week before we were going through a drought (Thank you weird Illinois weather.), and by chance during another earlier session that week I found a small river that hadn't dried completely up and it was perfect! It was then that we went to work--we delt with rain, bugs, and some questionable water, but Karman was perfection, doing just as I asked and showing her fierceness.  It was an amazing experience and one I hope to do several more times this year, so keep your eyes peeled!  

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Taylor's 6 month Family Session http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2017/8/taylors-6-month-family-session Hitting  6 months old just means this cutie, Taylor, keeps getting cuter and cuter!  This family was amazeballs: fun, light-hearted and ready to cuddle and laugh at a moments notice means I was able to capture some amazing photographs of these very sweet and gorgeous trio.

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Fondia Family http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2017/7/fondia-family Laura and Chris met me in downtown Champaign to capture some fun photographs of them with their soon-to-be one year old son, Cannan.  I LOVE doing downtown sessions and the hip and fun setting fit this family's personality perfectly.  Mom and dad were in it to win it, dancing, singing and cuddling Cannan to make sure we got some handsome birthday smiles.  It was so much fun meeting them and capturing this special time for them!

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Michelle and Josh / Engagement session http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2017/7/michelle-and-joshs-engagement-session Michelle and I had messaged each other several times, but it wasn't until a warm Sunday morning with her fiance, Josh, and their two little boys, that I got to meet her in person. Both Michelle and Josh were naturals and so very sweet to work with.  We decided on doing our session at the lovely University of Illinois Arboretum, and our surroundings did NOT disappoint.  Surrounded by lovely morning light and some good old fashion cuddles and kisses, Michelle and Josh rocked their engagement session.  I cannot wait to see what we get to capture on their wedding day!

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Sarah Hill--RESET Shoot out http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2017/3/sarah-hill--reset-shoot-out Education for a photographer is never-ending, and I am so grateful for that.  We are constantly pushed as people,  artists and business owners to improve, to recreate ourselves and grow, and this past weekend we got to reset at the annual RESET Conference--a conference for photographers and videographers to meet, love on each other's work, meet new friends and colleagues and grow both artistically and professionally.  I was lucky enough at this conference to be able to participate in a "shootout" with one of my very favorite photographers, Sarah Beth Hill.  Her work is always filled with such warmth, light and love and is so inspiring and influential to my own work.  At the shootout, we were given the opportunity to follow Sarah around as she worked with an amazing (and, golly, were they adorable!) family.  We learned a few of her tricks and were able to watch her charm the family while she posed and captured beautiful early evening light (remember that "golden hour light" I always tell you about? :) ).  Well, it was amazing.  The WHOLE weekend was a great chance to learn, connect with new and old friends, and return home refreshed with ideas on what we could do to improve. Here are my favorites from the shootout--Enjoy!  And expect to see many of the things I learned implemented in my business with you this year!

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tstaggphotography@gmail.com (T-Stagg Photography) Central Illinois Photographer Champaign Photographer Family Photographer Illinois Photographer Portrait Photographer Wedding Photographer family photographer http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2017/3/sarah-hill--reset-shoot-out Fri, 10 Mar 2017 02:59:24 GMT
Mimi and Ted--67 years strong http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/10/mimi-and-ted--67-years-strong When I first asked Amanda if I could create photographs, a photo story of sorts, with her grandparents, I imagine Mimi and Ted, when they heard about it, thought I was a little strange for wanting to do it.  If I remember correctly, Ted, at one point said, "We don't do much." thinking that I didn't have anything worth photographing.  I wish they could have seen what I saw that day.

Two amazing, sweet, funny people who fell in love 67+ years ago and created a life and family that is worthy of aspiring to.  Kind faces that tell stories about years gone by and treasured, worn and gentle hands holding each other, supporting each other.  Love and laughter in their eyes for their great grandbabies and granddaughter who visited them that day with me. Photographs, awards, memories adorning the walls and tables around the room.  Two well-worn chairs sitting side by side, right next to each other, surely so conversation between these two could happen easily, or so they could enjoy the quiet together (or a good U of I football game :) ). And smiles.  Such easy, open, kind smiles.  I walked away that day feeling so lucky to have been able to capture a wee bit of who these two are and their lives together.  Mimi and Ted--I'm sending you a heartfelt thanks and a hug.  I hope these pictures help us all to see and realize the simplest things can be spectacular.

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tstaggphotography@gmail.com (T-Stagg Photography) http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/10/mimi-and-ted--67-years-strong Wed, 05 Oct 2016 22:04:55 GMT
Allie and TJ's Wedding Day http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/7/allie-and-tjs-wedding-day I knew when I first met Allie and TJ that they were going to be a very fun couple to photograph. They were so easy to talk with and so laid back that it felt like I was talking to old friends.Never a bad way to start a wedding consultation!

Their wedding day did not disappoint either.  We started the morning at their getting ready spot, the Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center.  I love when brides and their girlfriends don't take the wedding day too seriously and have a good time, and these girls where definitely lighthearted! Mimosas were on tap, little kiddos were running around coloring in their coloring books and old girlfriends and new family members chit chatted while everyone got their hair done and makeup applied. Allie (and her bridesmaids, too) looked amazing and once the she had her gorgeous dress on we were able to capture some very special moments between her and her mom and grandmother.

Once everyone was ready to go, we hopped in our cars and drove out to the country church in Gifford, Illinois where the wedding was to take place.  It was a beautiful old church on top of a hill--have I told you yet how much I love country weddings!  The church was overflowing with friends and family and it was amazing to see so much love and support for these two in one room.

The ceremony was a traditional Catholic Mass filled with lovely singing and words of love and commitment shared between Allie and TJ.  After the ceremony and Allie and TJ were able to give their thanks and see-you-at-the-reception to everyone, we all went out to a house of a friend of TJ's who said we could use the property for some amazing wedding party and couple's photos.  I was little unsure of where we were going--I mean it was literally out in the middle of nowhere, but once we pulled up to the property, I think my jaw may have dropped.  It was like some sort of beautiful neverland in the middle of the forest.  A small pond and with a surrounding forest greeted us, and I knew it was going to be just perfect for capturing some romantic photos of the Allie, TJ, and their friends and family.  Allie and TJ were absolute naturals in front of the camera--talk about a gorgeous couple! And made our work so very easy and fun!  Before we knew it it was off to the reception!

Now, I've done a lot of weddings, but I've never had a wedding where their have been about 450 guests!  (Talk about being a well-loved and liked couple!)  To accommodate such a large group, Allie and TJ had their reception at Gordyville, Usually reserved for flea marketers, family and friends had transformed the space into a romantic reception hall.  Family members had made an amazing spread of down-home cooking as everyone got settled in for some good eats, the festivities began.  Allie's sister and best friend both gave such sweet toasts--both got everyone teary eyed, including myself! (I can't help it-I'm a sap!)  Then, there was TJs best man who was a hoot and then his father.  Well, dad threw these two a curve ball, and I must say that my photographer's heart was soo happy for it!  Mr. Langley insisted on, get this, a chicken eating contest in the middle of the reception hall.  Fried chicken wouldn't be so bad, but these guys went full on country and brought out fried chicken feet!  Oh, the looks on their faces...like I said, a photographer's dream. ;)

Things had to calm down a bit after that, and the first dances were done and were so very sweet and heartfelt--the photographs say it all. And, of course, I had to pull Allie and TJ outside for some beautiful sunset pics. All-in-all, it was an amazing love-filled day, and I was so honored to be able to capture so many happy and beautiful memories for Allie and TJ.  

Best of luck, you two!  Love, Kathy

 

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Jackie, Jesse, and the handsome pooch, Bogey http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/7/jackie-jesse-and-the-handsome-pooch-bogey I absolutely adore this couple and the photos we captured together!  When they asked if they could bring their Goldendoodle, Bogey, along, I knew we were going to have an amazingly fun time, and they did not disappoint!  Full of love, laughter and the making of some wonderful memories--this session is one of my faves!

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tstaggphotography@gmail.com (T-Stagg Photography) Black and White Photography Central Illinois Photographer Champaign Photographer Family Photographer Illinois Photographer Portrait Photographer family photographer http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/7/jackie-jesse-and-the-handsome-pooch-bogey Sat, 09 Jul 2016 21:43:04 GMT
Cozy at Home with the Wilson Family http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/5/cozy-at-home-with-the-wilson-family      "Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people's life or to inspire people in different times."  When I first thought about offering lifestyle photo shoots to current and potential clients, I immediately thought of Kristy and her beautiful family.  I've been lucky enough to know Kristy and Gerald for a couple of years now, and even got to cuddle and photograph their youngest, Enzi, during a newborn photo shoot.  A kinder, sweeter family you won't find.  

     When I showed up at their home, mid-morning one weekend, their little girl, Charley answered the door and started chit chattin' with me.  I knew right then we were going to have a great time.  We had planned on doing something very laid back for this shoot--after all, lifestyle shoots is supposed to capture the everyday!  So, we played in the living room for a bit.  Enzi and Charley love the indoor tunnels mom and dad have for them.  Then we hopped on downstairs to play with some toys--Enzi and dad played with some trains and Charley dressed up in her cowgirl hat and played yee-haw on her horse.

     They had a family cuddle on mom and dad's bed--giggles galore, let me tell ya!  After all that horseplay, it was time for a bath, and what fun is a bath without bubbles?!  All-in-all we captured some amazing moments in the short time I was able to spend with the Wilsons, moment's I hope they treasure forever through these photos.  Thanks so much, Kristy, Gerald, Charley, and Enzi for letting me have a peek into your lives together--it certainly is filled with love and laughter. 

 

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tstaggphotography@gmail.com (T-Stagg Photography) http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/5/cozy-at-home-with-the-wilson-family Thu, 12 May 2016 21:18:06 GMT
Gonzalez-Folk Family/Maternity shoot http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/4/gonzalez-folk-family/maternity-shoot I met the Gonzalez-Folk family a couple of weeks ago at that heavenly "golden hour" to capture some awesome photos of their little family that is about to grow by one!  It's such an amazing and exciting time, and they wanted to make sure to capture the magic of it before their newest little entered the world in a few weeks.  Alexandria, their three-old, and October, their spunky and adorable dog, joined us for a lovely spring evening sunset shoot.  

 

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tstaggphotography@gmail.com (T-Stagg Photography) Central Illinois Photographer Family Photographer Portrait Photographer Wedding Photographer family photographer http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/4/gonzalez-folk-family/maternity-shoot Fri, 08 Apr 2016 22:41:00 GMT
A Spring Break in the Smokies http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/4/a-spring-break-in-the-smokies Each Spring Break my husband and I look to take our boys on an adventure.  It's usually close to home because their still pretty young, but we went a little further away from home this time and had an amazing time in the Smokey Mountains.  The scenery was amazing, the adventures plenty, a it was a wonderful way to unplug and focus on each other and just having a good time as a family.  I can't praise the area and it's natural beauty enough, and, as a photographer, I had a field day capturing our trip.  Here's some of my favorites from our trip and the wonderful memories we made!

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tstaggphotography@gmail.com (T-Stagg Photography) Central Illinois Photographer Gatlinburg, Tennessee family photographer nature photography spring break http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/4/a-spring-break-in-the-smokies Fri, 08 Apr 2016 03:20:49 GMT
Albers Sisters http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/3/albers-sisters When I walked into Stacey’s home to do a lifestyle photo shoot and was greeted by 3 tiny, spunky little girls, I knew I was in for a fun time.  And, boy, they did not disappoint!  We got to play dress-up, crawl through castles, jump on mom and dad’s bed (usually a no-no!), and ended with a VERY special announcement.

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Louise--103 years young http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/1/louise--103-years-young ​I first learned about Louise through Facebook, and knew that, given the chance, I HAD to photograph her. A friend of mine from school, Staci, always talked about her 103-year old grandmother, Louise, with such reverence and love--not hard to see why when I found out what a spitfire she was and that 103 years had certainly not put a dent in her energy or love of life, her family and her friends. In between shots Louise shared little tidbits about her life with me--she had won an award for one of the oldest working people in Illinois a couple of years back, had worked in a sewing factory for 60+ years (and each year still meets up with the some of the ladies she used to work with) and every two months or so drives from Oklahoma to Illinois to visit her family and friends.

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tstaggphotography@gmail.com (T-Stagg Photography) Black and White Photography Central Illinois Photographer Family Photographer Portrait Photographer Wedding Photographer http://tstaggphotography.com/blog/2016/1/louise--103-years-young Tue, 05 Jan 2016 02:18:25 GMT