Engagement at Ballard Nature Center {Photographer, Altamont, Illinois}

I'm dreadfully far behind on blogging sessions, events, fine art work and even personal stuff.  What can I say, spring makes me not want to sit behind a computer.  It's the only reason (excuse) I can think of. This lovely couple traveled from Minot, ND for their engagement photos and I'm glad they did!  What an interesting and down to earth couple.  And she has the cutest smile ever!

We went to Ballard Nature Center near Altamont, Illinois for the session.  It's the perfect location, but a certain goose wasn't too happy with us being there.  She let us know, not too subtly, that we needed to move along, and quickly.

Next week I'll be shooting another engagement session at Lake Sara, and very much looking forward to it!2014-05-30_00052014-05-30_00062014-05-30_00072014-05-30_00082014-05-30_00092014-05-30_00102014-05-30_00112014-05-30_00122014-05-30_00202014-05-30_00132014-05-30_00142014-05-30_00152014-05-30_00162014-05-30_00172014-05-30_00182014-05-30_0019

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.