Elsie Jo Photography Blog

I love late nights, belly laughs, love stories, the smell of fresh cut grass, and the kind of dream clients that want to invest in capturing life as it is. A little messy and full of color. If you're into photos that are authentic, full of snuggles, and sunshine, keep scrolling, I can't wait to meet you. 


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When Janet told me that she and Karl wanted to do their engagement photos at Matthiessen State Park I was thrilled. I’ve been many times and love every chance I get to visit but surprisingly I have never taken pictures here. These two were such troopers hiking mile in their dress clothes, changing behind rocks, […]

In honor of the 4th I am excited to share this special wedding day with all of you. Sheryl is in love with the color blue (just keep scrolling it will become very obvious). She drives a bright blue car, her engagement ring has a blue stone in it, and she even rocked a blue […]

Where do I begin with this sweet couple?? When Shania emailed me to tell me that she was engaged I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to meet the guy that had stole this spunky girls heart! I patiently awaited their Missouri engagement session and the evening did NOT disappoint. I seriously had the best time capturing these two. […]

Jeff and Elizabeth tied the knot on a perfect day in May. Every detail about their day come together right down to the bow-tie wearing lama on top of their wedding cake. Congratulations Jeff and Elizabeth!! Thanks so much for allowing me the honor of capturing your big day. I am so happy for the […]

One of the absolute best parts of my job is the chance I get to uniquely share in the joy of a couples engagement. It is such a pleasure to get to peek into a couples relationship and it is an honor to capture the love they share. I can’t even count the number of times couples have comes […]

I can’t believe that this sweet couple ties the knot in less than two weeks! I am so excited to celebrate with them at their June wedding. In honor of their big day being right around the corner I am sharing a sneak peek from their engagement session. The evening was filled with lots of […]

I had the pleasure of traveling down to Quincy, IL last week to shoot some engagement pictures for Clayton and Whitney. They opted for a sunrise session and even though I am not a morning person it was DEFINITELY worth the early wake up call. These two just absolutely radiate joy when they are together […]

It’s back to reality for me after a week of fun in the sun, exploring the west. I can’t wait to show you all photos from my trip but first I want to share the sweetest central Illinois engagement session with all of you. Jeff and Elizabeth are perfect for each other and there was never […]

How sweet are these two?!? I had so much fun capturing Tim and Katie’s engagement pictures. They made my job so easy. They couldn’t keep their eyes off of each other. We laughed and talked our way through the evening. These two are a rockstar couple. They are both in med school and raising the […]

I have been looking forward to Matt and Rachel’s wedding day for months! At our first meeting Rachel showed me a picture of this dress and I immediately fell in love. I couldn’t wait to get it (and her) in front of my camera. It has been such a pleasure getting to know this sweet […]

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