Christmas Mini Sessions for our Trip to Chile

What happens when Elizabeth from ellAdele Photography and I are stuck on airplane for over 10 hours? Well, we are going to find out as we are headed off to Chile to support the local youth of along with our local friends Brad and Eli Williams!   Since is the slow...

Kate and Brandon | Wedding

For the first time in my photography travels, I photographed a wedding on Halloween. When Kate sent me a message asking if I would be available to shoot her wedding, I did hesitate a little. I really do enjoy spending Halloween with my family and this year we had some...

Liz and Mike | Wedding

This couple. Yeeeaaahhhhhh, I am having trouble starting out this blog. Not because I do not have any ideas on what I can write, it is more of the problem of what I *should* write. There are a bunch of crazy memories from this classy group that I should probably keep...

Alexis and Joe | Wedding

So there they are, sitting on the couch in my studio. Alexis and Joe are telling me about their engagement and the stories are not quit matching up. Alexis seems to a have specific memories of Joe and the walk up to their engagement and Joe is adamant that “it...

Sarah and Chris | Wedding

Sarah and Chris were referred to by a previous couple of mine, which is not too unusual. What if I told you Sarah and Chris never met this couple before that conversation? Now what if I told you this meeting and conversation took place at a garage sale? Yes, that is...

Brenda and Steve | Wedding

Ohhhhhhhh Brenda and Steve….. Remember that wedding where I got fired at least four times? Yeah, that wedding, also the one where I got cussed out (in fun). Oh that was also the wedding where the big, tough, football player Steve turned to mush the moment he got...

Christine and Shaun | Fall Wedding in Illinois

I think when Christine and Shaun got married, someone forgot to give them the wedding “rulebook”. They had this crazy idea where they did not do things they did not want to. In fact, I think they actually said to themselves they were just going to simply...

Jessica and Cory | Wedding at Prairie St Brewhouse

Jessica and Cory are your typical couple. Except that they really, really like to laugh more than the typical couple. Except that their family treated me so much nicer than the typical couple. Except that their friends were more ridiculous (in a good way) than they...

Erin and Mike | Wedding and Rockford Country Club

I always remind my couples that sometimes planning a wedding is almost like wedding counseling. You have to make all kinds of decisions and sort through all kinds of ideas and work to a resolution that both love. Add in pressure from family and friends, deadlines,...

Rebecca and Paul | Wedding in Freeport IL

Rebecca and her mother were one of the first clients I ever had in my studio. When they asked to come by and meet me because they were in town, I had not quite officially opened the studio yet. I remember having to stop painting when they came by. Wearing my grubby...

Tina and Auddie | Wedding

The first time I met Tina and Auddie, we were in a Starbucks near Chicago. We we are all running round with crazy schedules at the time, so when we had the chance to actually have a few moments together it was really great. I remember meeting this couple who very...

Erin and Josh | Wedding

I met Erin a loonnnnggggg time ago when she was just youngin. She was hired as a cashier back when I was managing, also know as when I was losing my hair and going gray. Lucky for us we had a mutual dislike for a people that we were stuck with and nothing bonds you...

Rachel and Steve | Rustic Barn Wedding in Wisconsin

Ohhhhhh the Sparkettes… where do I begin with these two? I could take this blog post in so many directions. What I will always remember about these two is just how real and genuine they were. If you spend 3 minutes with them, you now know just who they are....

Sara and Chris | Wedding at the Prairie Street Brewhouse

Sara and Chris are an unique couple for me in that I have the chance to spend a decent amount of time with them before their wedding, especially Chris. What I found out about them is that they both really do serve the people close to them in many different ways. It...

Courtney and Jonathan | Wedding

I have photographed many different events and the people within those events over the years. The photographs of those events are almost like mini time capsules, they freeze the emotions of the moment and permanently preserve them. What may be a fleeting moment in...

Morgan and Michael | Milwaukee WI Wedding Photography

It was kind of a lucky accident how I ended up working Morgan and Michael. We do not have any mutual friends, no real connections, we were just both looking for something unique. In the end I knew it was going to be a great wedding because lets face it, when Packer...

Jolynn and Mike | Wedding

When Jolynn and Mike told me their plans for getting married, which as at the Warrior Dash, I did know if I was fully on board with the idea. I mean it would take a pretty unique couple to make that really come together. Then I got to really spend sometime with them...

Lauren and Adam | Wedding

I can explain everything you need to know about Lauren and Adam in this sentence. Lauren said if she didn’t pay me soon, she was going to buy a French Bulldog with her money and Adam  wore a hoodie to their engagement session (which was the perfect choice for...

Sarah and Brian | Wedding

A long, long time ago I was a 3rd grader. Some of my friends will try and tel you that I stopped maturing right then there but that is not for this blog. While I was a 3rd grader, I was invited over to my classmates house to spend the night, along with a few others,...

Cassi and Rob | Wedding

Cassi and Rob….. wow …. where do I go with this blog…. A few months ago I finally got to meet Cassi and Rob in person, we had exchanged all kinds of emails and messages but because they lived out of state, we never got to sit down with each other....

Megan and John | Wedding

What does a wedding on the 4th of July need to have? Fireworks… check, Pig Roast… check, Smores… check. Watermelon eating contest… check. Megan and John’s wedding had the perfect blend of a traditional Ukrainian Orthodox wedding and good...

Emma and Tyler | Wedding

So where or where do I begin with Emma and Tyler? I am at my keyboard just kind of chuckling to myself. Not out of spite or making fun of Emma and Tyler in one bit but more of just who to put words on this blog that would really explain what I experienced...

Jessica and Cory Engagement

I love asking couples how they met and only partly because of the story they are about to tell me. Every couple has a unique story how they met and it almost always has some twists and turns they never thought would happen to them. It is so common in our media to hear...

Becky and Brad | Wedding at Fisherman’s Inn Elburn IL

My hands are hovering over my keyboard but they just don’t quite start typing. I have all these great memories from Becky and Brad’s wedding day but I am having trouble sorting them all out. I can say that I am sitting here hesitating away, I am smirking...

Katie and Kevin | Wedding

Katie and Kevin were one of the very first couples that I had in my studio last summer. In fact we had their first meeting there before I even announced it to the world. In the middle of dust and paint, they sat on the couch across and we just talked. I remember that...

Rachel and Brad | Wedding

One of my favorite parts of photographing couples is actually getting to meet AND know the couples. After all the emails and phone calls and then the engagement session, I feel like I have a pretty good handle on who they are. Usually by the day of the wedding I know...

Netali and Landon | Wedding

One of my favorite parts of my job as a photographer is meeting the couples. I feel like I get a chance to really dig into their lives and see them for who they really are, rather than just for an hour twice a year for a portrait session. Chasing couples and seeing...

Rachel and Ryan | Wedding

I remember when I shot my first wedding in 2009. I remember feeling the nerves of not knowing what to expect, the uncertainty of not knowing the real flow of the day. Rachel and Ryan’s wedding brought me back to all those feelings once again. This was the first...

Ann and Mike | Wedding

You can always tell what matters to a Bride and Groom by how they handle the bumps that always come on a wedding day, so when it rained all morning, Ann only asked for an umbrella when she was leaving the salon. She then tried to give it back to me and say I needed...

Cira and Romero | Wedding

I have been lucky enough to photograph some big, crazy weddings and I have been lucky enough to photograph small intimate weddings that took place in couple’s backyard. People usually assume I would always enjoy shooting the big crazy weddings more than the...

Tara and Dan | Wedding

The first time I got meet Tara and Dan, they strolled into my studio with big smiles, deep laughs and a their horse Great Dane. Yes you read that right, they brought their Great Dane to our first meeting. That first meeting then turned into their engagement session....

Liz and Mike | Engagement Session at Rock Cut State Park

Liz and Mike’s Engagement session had it all. We laughed, we talked about life, we talked Seinfeld, we had a beautiful evening, a makeshift teeter totter, we had my old stomping grounds of Rock Cut State Park as backdrop and I even got a side eyed untrusting...

Alexa and Evan | Madison WI Engagement

The trees are turning green, the days are longer, the birds and signing and after this long winter, I am finally thawing out and spending time with couples outside of my studio. Alexa and Evan took me up to Madison WI a few days ago and gave me a preview of what their...

Club Blue 2015 | Rockford IL

Wow. What. A. Night. I have been a part of Club Blue for a few years now and ever year I am blown away by with the event itself. This past year I was able to dig into the background of Club Blue much and I can tell you, I am more impressed with the people behind the...

Erin and Mike | Rockford IL Engagement

Every couple has a story and when they come to the studio, sit on the couch and sip some coffee, sometimes that story seems a little polished to me. I love nothing more than poke and prod a little bit and see what comes to the surface. When I do that, almost every...

Engagement | Gina and Ian

Just before this snow and -15 degree weather rolled in I was able to hang out with Gina and Ian in St Charles IL for their engagement session. I have said it on this blog many times but I will say it again now. I absolutely enjoy engagement sessions with my couples...

Farrah and Adam | New Year Wedding at Cliffbreakers Rockford IL

One of my favorite parts of Bridal Shows, and very underrated by my peers, is just talking with the fellow vendors. I do not mean the standard chit chat, how is business going talk either. I mean real talk, laugh out loud, tease each other talking.  A few years I ago...

Sarah and Ezio | Wedding

This was my first time photographing a wedding of a truly Italian family. Which means, I had the experience of  being kissed by so many people I have never met. And I was threatened with my life to sit and eat, which is something I rarely do at a wedding. And I had...

Erin and Josh | Engagement

Every couple I meet is planning on getting married, which means they always have something mutually in common. They always some overlap and come together as a couple very easily. One of things I love to watch my couples is HOW they come together. Look at it like this,...

Samantha and Matt | Wedding

So there I was, sitting at the dining room table at Samantha’s parent’s house, trying to wrap my head around Samantha and Matt. I did not have a lot of interaction with them before they booked me, so I fully admit I was a little nervous. I really go out of...

Kelly and Don | Wedding

One of the greatest compliments any person can give my photographs is when they know the couple and they say “These photographs are so them!”. That is when I know I met the standard I try and achieve every time I pick a camera. I spent some time with Kelly...

Shelby and Ricardo | Wedding

Every couple has a story and it seems almost every couple tries and tell me their story is boring and lacks anything intriguing. I have found that when you truly dig into a couple, who they were, what they are now and what they going to become, you will always find a...

Ro and Jason | Wedding

I spend much more time watching than I do shooting on a wedding day. My camera is always close but I have found that the only way I can photograph a couple’s unique story is to just watch. I look for the little things, the laughs, the smiles, the tears, the...

Amanda and Chris | Wedding at Williams Tree Farm

Amanda and Chris were one of my couples this year where we did not do an engagement session so as their wedding day unfolded in front of me, I was learning who they were on the fly. After spending most of the day with them, here is what I have learned. If Amanda and...

Jennifer and Jered | Wedding

Ohhhhhhh where do I begin with Jennifer and Jered? I think I am going to have to start with how Jennifer and Jered made their wedding special. It is no secret I am a sucker for couple that put their unique touches on as many things as possible. Jennifer and Jered did...

Lauren and Robby | Wedding

Make it your own. I tell every couple this when planning your wedding, in fact it is one of the things I look for when I am talking to a couple. Well Lauren and Robby did exactly that and then some! Almost every bit of food came from one of their family’s farm,...

Kylie and Sean | Wedding at Orchard Ridge Farms

When I photographed Kylie and Sean’s engagement session I learned so much about them but there was one thing that I remember more than all the others. I photographed their engagement session in downtown Chicago near where they live and when I pulled up into the...

Sandy and Ryan | Wedding

Sandy and Ryan are some of the most authentic people I have ever met. After you have spent 30 seconds with them, they are exactly who you think they are…. and I absolutely loved that about them. Not only are the authentic, they will both give you the shirt of...

Prosser’s Chop House | Commercial Photography

Whew its been a crazy few weeks! In the craziness of opening the studio and being in the middle of wedding season, I did not have the chance to share this amazing commercial shoot I did at one of the Rockford area newest restaurants. After seeing these photographs,...

Brooke and David | Wedding

I really do not know where to even start with Brooke and David. …… I can tell you this though, I have the biggest, broadest smile on my face right now. I am pretty sure if you have met Brooke and David before, you know what I am feeling. I remember Brooke...

Laura and Ricky | Wedding at Forest Hills Country Club

I am going to do something I normally do not do when I write a blog about a couple. I am going to totally steal the words and thoughts of another person. Do not worry though, they will have nothing to do with the horoscope I am going to take the words from...

Kelly and Don | Engagement

Every couple has a story waiting to be told. Sometimes the story is right there in front for everyone to see and sometimes you have to dig a little. I think Kelly and Don’s story began when Don said “But I can’t see her.”. It is these moments,...

Becky and Brad | Engagement

When I asked Becky and Brad what we could do for the engagement session that could start to tell their story, at first they were a little stumped on what to do. After we talked through a few of places and things I have done on previous engagement sessions, I soon...

Rachel and Brad | Engagement

When I first met Rachel and Brad, I was … well … meeting them for their engagement session! Rachel and Brad live out of state but I was lucky enough to catch up with them on a stop off on the their way home. We took a few minutes to get acquainted and then...

Ashley and Travis | Wedding

I sometimes struggle to define couples, not so much in the way of labels but more in distinctive traits. Such as when I come home from a meeting or wedding or engagement session and my wife asks me about the couple I just spend a decent amount of time with. Most of...

Shelby and Ricardo Engagement

There we are, behind Rosati’s Pizza in Belvidere Illinois. We were actually sneaking in through the back door of the restaurant. We were able to sneak into the back door because both Shelby and Ricardo have worked there for quite a few years. In fact this is...

C. Tyson Photography’s Studio in Rockford IL is Now Open!

I am tired. Very tired. I am also very proud and full of gratitude. Today I am officially announcing the opening of C. Tyson Photography’s Studio. It has been a long 3 months of construction, painting, asking for help, getting a tremendous amount of help and right now...

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