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Lindsey & Jake – Steator Wedding Photos

14 Nov

It is high time this blog got caught up! Who wants to see a wedding?!

Lindsey and Jake got married in early October (my most favorite wedding month) and had a perfect outdoor ceremony followed by a reception with the craziest, most awesome dance floor ever! But we’ll get to that… We started the day with a trip to the salon:


Part of our wedding packages – food delivery as needed! That’s right ladies, he’s handsome, he shoots a mean photograph and he delivers double cheese burgers to brides who are short on time and big on hunger!


I’d like to show you a photo or two of the bride eating her double cheese burger while getting her hair done, but I’d like to stay in business. So instead I will show you this photo…


With the hair done it was back to Lindsey’s for the girls to finish getting dolled up and have a bit of fun.


Love that one! Everyone should have a crazy amount of fun on their wedding day!! Below – more fun. The photo on the left was taken when these ladies were at a grade school sleep over. The photo on the right, is the bride busting out the nostalgia and I think the bottom shot speaks for itself : )

Something to be said for having friends that long.  Love this next one – just hanging out in the living room, getting ready for her wedding, no big deal : )

Meanwhile, the guys were hanging out and having a few laughs of their own.

Lindsey and Jake’s ceremony was hosted by close friends who not only let them use their property, but went above and beyond to create an amazing ceremony space. The wedding had a baseball theme, so the tent was set up right over the infield of this backyard baseball diamond, how amazing is that?!


They even had homemade valet parking! Are you kidding me?!

A few shots of the bride all ready to go…

And then we were ready for some couples shots – but – they didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony so we got creative and made it happen!

A few from the ceremony. But just a few cus I know you’re itchin’ to see the purdy posed ones : )

Love this next one. Jake and Lindsey got engaged on this home plate so it was only fitting that they got married at it too!

After the vows it was time for some more couple shots (sans blindfold) and a few with the bridal party.

Seriously, Lindsey – wow – gorgeous!

I love these next 3 big much. They’re all my favorites because I can’t pick just one!

Before calling it done we stopped by the Woodland High School football field to help ourselves to some football photos. Let me just say that I am obsessed with the next photo. I love it. I was really just checking my settings to get the light right but the way Lindsey is standing makes this photo. Love love love.

To the bleachers! Big shout out to this bridal party for making these photos amazing. All I said was “go sit in the bleachers and pretend like you’re at a game!” and bam, perfection!

Time to load up the Party Bus. And oh what a party it was. There is a lot of happy in these photos!

The bridal party put up a baseball bat arch a la A League of their Own for their entrance!!

A little first dance…

A little toast…

A few dances with the parents…

And then it was time to daaaance!! And did they ever. But as mentioned previously, I would like to remain in business so I won’t be sharing the truly amazing photos that resulted from this dance floor. No, I’ll just keep those to myself in case I ever need to blackmail a bridesmaid.

To kick off the dancing, Lindsey requested a special song and gathered all her mom’s girlfriends to put together a special surprise dance for her mama. She picked a song they’d loved to dance to when she was little. The song? Going Out Dancin by Rod Stewart! As you might infer by…you know…my name…I’m inclined to love me some Rod Stewart. Her mom was obviously surprised, love this:

And from there all dancing hell just broke loose…

For future bride’s I’d like to remind you to consider a few important things when selecting your bridesmaids. You need girls who will really be there for you in a pinch.

For example, will she put out the imaginary fire on your dad’s pant leg??


Will she mop the dance floor mid-song when someone spills a beer?

Such responsibility should not be taken lightly.

Typically when I’m shooting dancing photos I just try to move through the crowd and snag some actions shots. Usually I go unnoticed. But some strange phenomenon was taking place at this reception and I kept getting pointed at. I would sneak into the middle of the floor, snag a few shots, turn around and someone would point at me! The first few times I thought it was a coincidence. After that I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on, so I just went with it. That said… Ladies and Gentlemen my favorite pointing pictures from the evening…

See?! I have no idea. But I know I had a real good time!

Lindsey and Jake – Thanks for letting Zac and I be a part of your big day! Every part of it was beautiful and you are very blessed to have such wonderful (and fun!) family and friends. Cheers to you!

Psst…Planning a 2012 wedding? Give us a holler soon if you’re interested in wedding photography. We have great packages for 2012 but the schedule is filling fast and there’s only room for a few more weddings on the 2012 calendar!

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Holiday Card Sale!

19 Oct

What better way to make your holidays happy and personal than by making great use of your favorite photos! As the holiday season approaches Maggie Medema Photography will be offering a series of sales to help you send happy wishes, deck your halls and put fabulous gifts in the hands of your favorite people.

Keep an eye on the blog and the Facebook fan page for the latest!

We’ll begin with some casual . natural . happy holiday cards!

This offer gets you 50 5×7 flat cards, printed front and back for $60. That’s a $20 saves off the regular price!

Sale ends October 31, 2011 – so don’t wait!!
Offer available to anyone who has had a session/wedding in 2011.
Photo session not planned until after that – get in touch for details on pre-ordering and locking in the sale price.

You’ll select from five fun designs, all featuring an awesome chalkboard design made to compliment your photos. We can customize the greeting with your names and alter the colors to match your photos. Some may say Merry Christmas but we can customize messages to fit your personal celebrations. Festivus cards anyone?

Check out all 5 designs. Fronts are on the left, backs are on the right. You can even mix and match the various fronts and backs to make the perfect card!

Click to view larger!!

Sneak Peek: Adam + Sheena = Amazingness

3 Oct

Do you know what happens when I really love a photo? My chest tightens up and my eyes sting and I feel like I’m going to hyperventilate. (Yes, I am the most dramatic person you know.)

I may or may not have been breathing into a paper sack while preparing these photos…

Hope you love them as much as I do : )

The next 2 are my favorite. Ever. In life.

And just to prove that my randomness knows no bounds…I give you…a dog on a chair:

Dogs are people too. And people need portraits.

There will be many more where those came from…

Holiday Card Mini Sessions!!

26 Sep

Tis the season to start thinking about photos for Holiday cards (and holiday gifts)!

It’s one of those things you always say you’re going to do next year, right? You get a holiday card in the mail of the beautiful, smiling, family next door or your cousin sends a card with her gorgeous kids on the front. This, of course, is just days after you hastily stamped the envelopes of some mass produced cards with snowmen on the front. Snowmen no one even knows. Instead of the beautiful faces of your family. Sigh.

But this is the year to make it happen!

I’ve put together a great little package to make it all tidy and easy for you. I’ll be offering a full day of Holiday Card mini sessions in the Edwardsville area. You’ll get a nice selection of photos of you and yours, a set of awesome Holiday Cards (pick from 5 designs), and a bit of print credit too.

Check out the details below and then contact me ASAP to sign up! There’s only room for 5 sessions so act fast. Samples of the card designs follow. Be sure to check out the Things to Know and Fine Print at the bottom of the post : )

Holiday cards are also available for any client who has had a photo session since April 2011. You’ll just select from your finished photos. Rate is $40 per set of 25 cards/envelopes, $50 per set of the tri-fold.

Cards are printed on a flat 5×7 card, front and back. Front is shown on the left, back on the right. Colors can be customized!

(Click to view larger!!)

(Tri-fold, outside on top, inside on bottom.)

Don’t forget that beautiful framed photos make wonderful (and affordable) holiday gifts for your family members!

Things to know:
It will be late October, so dress appropriately and take advantage of the chance to show off great chunky sweaters or tailored pea coats, hats, scarves, etc. Rock those layers baby!

You’ll be able to select 1 of the 5 pre-made holiday card designs to be personalized with your names and selected photos for the included set of 25 cards. Additional sets will be available for $40 (may choose different design for each set purchased if you like). There is a 6th design option which is a tri-fold card. Add $10 for this option.

Fine Print: Rate applies to groups or 5 of less. Email for details on larger groups, additional fees will apply. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to hold a spot, the remaining balance is due at the session. A rain date has been set in case of inclement weather. Due to the “mini” nature of the sessions, DVDs of all finished, high-res files with print release will be sold for the “mini” price of $80.

Email maggie@maggiemedemaphoto.com to secure a spot!

Baby Jack & Family ~ O’Fallon Newborn Photography

25 Sep

Whoa buddy have I gotten behind on full blog posts! Time to play catch up and we’re starting with a teeny tiny redhead…

and everyone’s favorite blond…

That’s right! Mya is back! And she has a baby brother and she loves him. Actually, while I was doing the photos, Mya looked at Jack and then told me “He really loves me.” No comment on her feelings about Jack : )

Little Mister Jack was wide awake for most of the session. I know people love them some sleeping baby photos but I have to say I love them either way. You’ll agree when you see these expressions…

Bebe faux hawk : )

Jack was the star of the show for this session but you know I couldn’t leave without getting a few of Mya : ) We spent a few minutes playing the backyard and here’s what we came up with…

These next two are favorites. Not like – favorites from this session – but favorites in life. They’re similar but I love them so you get both…

There’s still time to get fabulous photos of you and yours before the weather changes! Get in touch now to get on the fall schedule, or take a look at the special below to see if you can take advantage of some discounted dates.

And remember…gift certificates for photo sessions are available and make a wonderful gifts for adult children, expectant parents, or for your own parents. Nothing says Happy Holidays like a gift they’ll cherish for generations. (Whoa. I’m sending my resume to Hallmark right now.) Contact me for details.

Oh hey, while I’m promoting things… Baby Jack’s family got a great deal on this newborn session because they took advantage of the Oh Baby! Package. If you’ve got a bun in the oven or a stork on your doorstep or….um…you’re pregnant, you might think about doing the same : )

Tay & Dan’s Preview ~ Streator, IL Wedding

31 Aug

Time for another beautiful wedding! I was very excited for this wedding because Tay and Dan’s engagement shoot was such a blast. They are completely relaxed and perfect together and it’s easy to see that they instantly bring out the best in one another.

I was going to go only with formal shots and save the details and dancing business for later. But I didn’t. It’s my blog and I’m the decider so that’s that.

Here we go…we begin with one of my favorites. The bride waiting as her mom does up the back of her gown…

And we’ll skip to the marriage part… I promise to fill in the gaps of this story later!

And to give credit where it is most certainly due…that’s the husband’s shot : )

Gorgeous, gorgeous bouquet! Had to include this shot because I know the mama of the bride was excited to see it : ) That lovely rosary was a gift to the bride from her dad when she was a little girl. Perfect.

Big shout out to Flowers Plus in Streator for rocking these flowers!!

Love that shot of the guys! See that laughing guy the far back right? I called him Mary all day, and he put up with it. Just so you know.

And skipping to a very happy first dance photo…

And a sweet shot from the father-daughter dance…

And that will do it for sentimental and appropriate…moving on to the hilarious…

So, we’re all chillin’ at Starved Rock, I’m doin my thang, taking some pics. Whatev. And Tay says she would like a photo first with her brother alone, then with her brother and her sister.

So I take this photo:

I look down to check the screen on my camera and the next thing I know, there’s a commotion. Apparently, the brother of the bride, attempting to be kind to his sister on her wedding day, turned and kissed her on the cheek.

Except….the bride turned to say something to her brother and…well…

oh yeah…

…for future reference folks, “You may kiss the bride” only applies to the groom.

Holler at me if you need some ridiculously fun and fabulous wedding photos in 2012!

Joe & Sarah’s Preview ~ Streator, IL Wedding

30 Aug

It’s preview time for Joe & Sarah! I’m only sharing the more posed photos for now…I’ll be back later will a full post dedicated to their whole wedding day, so you’ll have to wait until then for the details and story-telling shots.

So here we go….

Loved the color of those nasty old garage doors!!

After the ceremony, we made a visit to Twin Creeks where I saw this structure and said “What the hell is that??” (Apparently, it’s a scoreboard of sorts.) And then someone else said, “Can we get up on it?” Well, why not?!

This bridal party was a blast! It’s a very unique, very cool thing to photograph weddings. But it adds a whole different level when the you’ve known the bride and groom and most of the bridal party since high school. Then it’s just kind of surreal.

Check those studs out! Love it!!

Getting some attitude from the ladies : )

Love! They’re so easy to be around and to photography because they’re so easy together. It isn’t hard to tell when a couple has been together for-ev-er, and Joe and Sarah have. I – not surprisingly – am a big fan of high school sweet hearts : ) there is something to be said for a relationship when people grow up together and not apart.

Gorgeous!! That dress was perfect for her!

And one more of the bride because I’m loving this picture…

Stick around, lots more to come in the next several weeks.

Now is the time to book 2012 weddings! Packages are all inclusive, include not one but two fabulous photographers and the guarantee of having a kick ass time while you get your photo taken. Email for pricing and availability!