Steph + Mark : A Mokena Engagement Session

I always get so excited before an engagement shoot.  If I’m being honest, I enjoy engagements more than weddings.

1. I don’t have a time limit for pictures (well I say I do, but really I just want to keep taking pictures all day). 😉

2.  It’s such a fun way to get to know the couple and for them to get to know me more.

3.  It’s just fun!  Can’t say that enough.

I get even more excited when the couple I’m photographing is someone I know.

*Meet Stephanie & Mark*

I’ve known Steph for a long time as she went to high school with my youngest sister.

Needless to say, I couldn’t be more thrilled to hear she got engaged, so when she asked me to take her engagement pictures, I was honored.

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Here is their beautiful Fall session.

Right off the bat, these two were so cute.  And just like everyone else they were nervous.

(I’m going to tell you all right now, EVERY COUPLE says that. It’s like a thing or something) 😉

These two (and every couple I photograph) soon got over their ‘I’m being photographed‘ jitters and just enjoyed the day.

Bottom line : if you love each other and trust me, we’ll have fun and get some awesome pictures.




We took a few ‘downtown Mokena‘ pictures before heading over to the planned Forest Preserve area.

Just a few miles away there is a bike path/picnic area called Hickory Creek.

Love, love, LOVE photographing you two!!

Love that these two were so adventurous with me!


When Liz makes you an editorial couple. 😉

Love this one of you two!

Such a gorgeous Fall day!

Steph, those eyes! <3

A little casual outfit change…

Enter Bentley!

Love this family picture!

Everyone getting used to my quirky ideas… 😉

GAH! I love a good sun burst!

<3 <3 <3

Stephanie and Mark Engagement in Mokena, IL

Thank you two for such a fun afternoon!

You truly make one adorable couple and I can’t wait to see you as a bride & groom!

It was truly an honor to photograph your engagement and be a part of this planning process with you.

Can’t wait to talk wedding details!


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…see ya down the aisle in 2016!…

{Make sure to leave them some love in the comments below!}

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