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...

Kate and Aaron | Wedding

In late February this year I received a message from an old friend (Aaron) that kicked off a rekindling our or friendship, photographing his amazing proposal to Kate during this years St. Patrick’s Day Parade and then their wedding this past weekend.  Yes you...

Sarah and Ezio | Chicago Engagement Session

After spending the evening with Sarah and Ezio, I learned one thing about them both. They are genuine. They are both exactly who they present themselves as and they are both very comfortable with they are, as they both should be. One way I figured this out is where...

Lauren and Mike | Wedding

One thing I will always value above all else when it comes to couples are when they are invested into understanding what they wedding is about. Sure, every couple wants to have a beautiful wedding, full of personal details and be surrounded by friends and a party.  At...

Stephanie and Brad | Wedding

For once I am going to start off a blog and not talk about the couple I just photographed but rather, just me. I have a pretty unique family and one of the quirks I have experienced growing up is I did not get to meet my oldest sister until I was 28 and she was 19. I...

Stephanie and Austin | Wedding

………… I do not know even where to begin ……….. I could start at one of the, what feels like, 18 meetings I had with Stephanie and her mother. Or I could start with how I am surprised that all the groomsmen have all their fingers...

Chelsea and Trevor | Wedding at Barnacopia in Polo IL

Chelsea and Trevor are a couple that have spent their education and their adult lives in the service of others. Their choices of career are not for the weak of heart and not for the uncommitted, what they do is tough work. However, I can proudly tell you that the...

Chrissy and Chad | Rockford IL Wedding

I remember meeting Chrissy and Chad for the first time, it was actually at their engagement session. I immediately witnessed just how well these two come together. It does not seem to matter what is happening around them or what distraction is near. No matter what,...

Brooke and David | Crossfitters get Engaged

Not Pinterest’s story. Not what is currently trendy’s story. Your Story. I want to chase unique, I want to chase creative. But doing those things just for the sake of doing them is boring to me. Look at it this way, if someone were to tell your story, what...

Jenna and Kevin | A Handmade Country Inspired Wedding

I am a little upset I sit at my keyboard. Jenna and Kevin’s Officiant, Jason, stole my idea for how I can start off my blog. Oh well, I am just going to run with it anyway. Jenna’s laugh. Then Kevin’s disapproving but also at the same time, proud...

Kaitlyn and Chuck | Wedding at Rockford Country Club

I first met Kaitlyn and Chuck over a year ago and during this time I feel like I have had the chance to get to know them pretty well, both as couple and as individuals. I have learned that while both Kaitlyn and Chuck have so much going for them, they will never wear...

Stacy and Brad | Wedding at the Bel Mar Country Club

So there was this couple I met, for posterity sakes, let’s call them Stacy and Brad. Stacy and Brad hired this guy to be the photographer at their wedding. THEIR wedding. Yet they both spent so much of the day asking said photographer if he needed anything. For...

Lauren and Ben | Wedding at the Pavilion

So I am sitting at my desk, staring at my keyboard. I must have brought my hands to my keys to begin typing twelve times now. Every time I think I have a cohesive thought and start to wrap my head around Lo and Ben’s wedding, I remember something else. I...

Kerry and Chino | Wedding in Elgin, IL

Ahhhh the memories of both Kerry and Chino’s wedding and Engagement session, they are some great ones! Kerry singing “Push it”… a lot. Chino’s fabulous smile. A mustache tattoo that was used correctly. Chains and knives. Not only a...

Elizabeth and Lincoln | Wedding at the Pavilion

I first met Elizabeth almost 4 years ago when she was hired at the company I was working for. At the time, a bunch of new hires were brought in and I will be honest, I really didn’t even try to learn their names as most of them would be gone in a few weeks. Well...

Brittany and Spencer | Wedding at Orchard Ridge Farms

Genuine. Sometimes as people, we find ourselves only showing others what we want them to see and not who we really are. I have found that through the course of the entire wedding process, from planning, to preparing, to the actual wedding… you tend to find out...

Carrie Lynn’s Club Blue | Rockford IL Event Photography

In just 3 short years, Club Blue has turned into one the biggest single night events in Northern Illinois and this year was bigger than ever. Before you scroll down and check out the photographs from the actual event PLEASE take a couple of minutes and watch this...

Kiki and Greg | A Pavilion Wedding at Orchard Ridge Farms

There are farmers and then there are farmers. I have met both and an easy way to tell the  difference between the former and later is their hands. I can tell you that every time I shook Greg or any of his groomsmen’s hands, I knew without a doubt they were the...

Mer and Jay | Wedding at the Prairie Street Brewhouse

I remember sitting at a booth at Meg’s Daily Grind, across from me was Mer, Jay and cute little boy, Max. Who even though he was just a wee little guy, he was the most well mannered child you could ask for. As time went along, I photographed their engagement...

Haiti 2014 part II | The Team, the Talent and the Timing

Yesterday I was telling some of our team’s stories and I was asked if the trip was overwhelming. It was question that caused me to pause and think. I didn’t answer right away and as I thought about it more, that is not a word I would use to describe this trip. The...

Haiti 2014 part I | A River Shapes Rock

I love to people watch. Especially at airports. I was sitting at my terminal in Charlotte NC and I am watching people walking around. I almost feel like Haley Joel Osment in “The Sixth Sense”. My eyes have been opened and now when I look at people I see things I never...

Real Estate Photography | Rockford IL

C. Tyson Photography knows just how important the power of a photograph can be in selling a house. Using a variety of perspective correcting lenses, High Dynamic Range editing and custom lighting, C. Tyson Photography will give you a portfolio of photographs that will...

July 2013 and why I am proud of zero

It has been a few weeks since I have updated my blog, ok, over a month but I have real good reason why! I have been crazy busy this month but not with just photographing couples and their ridiculous but amazing bridal parties either. I have been busy grinding and...