Category: Springfield IL Photographer

Trust Your Photographer Enough to be Fearless ~ Adventurous Portrait Photography in Springfield Illinois

Since a friend and fellow photographer turned me on to the Fearless Photographers website a few months ago, I have been thinking about how to apply the same approach to portrait photography. There is a tendency to take the safest path to portrait work — a beautiful, traditional portrait of the entire family. Everyone is looking at the camera. Everyone is smiling. We want something that serves as a beautiful record of our existence. Truthfully, there is something to be said for great portrait photography that is both classic and natural. Done well, with beautiful lighting and posing, it should stand the test of time.

That said, some people are uncomfortable with the idea of hanging a huge family portrait on the wall. All those smiling, giant faces looking back at us in bold color. Frozen in time. Instantly dated.

But what about art? How does the personal transcend its ordinary place in our world? How does a portrait become a piece of art? I would hang the above photo of a gorgeous bride checking out her makeup in a tiny cosmetic mirror on my own wall. Would you? Some of my favorite portraits don’t have a single face in them. It is really exciting when a client sees such a photo for the first time and gets it. *Here.* Where it matters. They are experiencing that same fearlessness that I felt when I shot it. It gives me goosebumps every time.

What would happen if people allowed their photographers to create personal artwork — instead of mere facsimiles? Another blogger has addressed this beautifully here. Photographers all over the country are convincing their clients to *trust* them. I believe it can happen here in Springfield.

If you are willing to take a chance on a fearless portrait, I’m your photographer. Fearless portraits can be done at any time of year, in just about any location — including your own home. We can collaborate on ideas — or you can simply allow me to do my thing. You don’t need to wear special clothes or bring anything to the session — with the possible exception of an open mind.


Autumn Joy ~ Springfield IL Wedding Photographer

Karen and Phil were married at beautiful Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois. Here are a few of my favorites from their gorgeous fall wedding!

Introducing Courtney: Class of 2012 Model Rep

People call me cbusch.
I’m a captain of the cheerleading squad at shg and I <3 ♥ it.
I’m the next nicki minaj.
I’ve eaten a cake from the cake boss.
People think I’m shy but I’m outrageously crazy.
I was blonde as a child.
I read at night and rarely sleep.
I couldn’t live with out my best friends.
I have all too many purses.
I can walk in heels like most people can walk in flip flops.

Springfield IL Photographer – Congratulations, Brianna and Andy!

Happy wedding tomorrow, you two! Can’t wait! Looking forward to working with Rikeesha Phelon from Flair for Events, as well!

Introducing Kate: Class of 2012 Model Rep

I love country music more than any other genre of music.
I want to pursue a career in Athletic Training.
I want to go to college somewhere in the South.
I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan, and baseball is my favorite sport.
I am obsessed with the books and TV series, Pretty Little Liars (the books are way better).
I love my friends and family more than anything.
Siesta Key, Florida is my favorite place to be.
I am going to host a German student for 4 weeks in the fall, and next summer I will live with her for 5 weeks
I sleep with a bear every night. His name is McArther and I’ve had him forever.
I believe everything happens for a reason.