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  • Galena Oktoberfest 2021

    Galena Oktoberfest 2021 It’s not often that I get a Saturday off with nothing scheduled. Friends suggested I volunteer a few hours to the Galena Lions Club during their annual Oktoberfest.  I immediately called and was put on the volunteer list for the day.   This year’s crowd was amazing; dare I say the largest crowd yet?  If you didn’t attend PLEASE save the date for next year; scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2022.  You will not be disappointed! If you would like to attend as a volunteer please contact the Galena Lions Club. Click to view entire gallery Amy May Photography is an innovative & contemporary portrait studio offering…

  • Galena Living windows and LUMINARY 2021

    Galena Living Windows & Luminary 2021 If you haven’t been to Galena for their Annual Living Windows and Luminary, you’ve missed the spirit of the holiday season.  Galena celebrates with such passion and hometown cheer; everyone is welcome.  Businesses host living windows from 4pm-7pm while the hundreds of volunteers line the streets, walkways, and bridges with luminaries which are lit at dusk.  Plan your next holiday in Galena!

  • Galena Halloween Parade

    Galena Halloween Parade 2021

    The 2021 Galena Halloween Parade didn’t disappoint!  The 42nd annual event was presented by the Galena Chamber.    The annual event brings in over 30,000 people to Galena’s historic downtown and is one of Illinois’ largest!  Many families dress up, bring their children, and line the streets for the 90 minute parade.  Numerous local high school bands perform along with business floats and the warmth of the hot air balloons (minus the balloons). I was very fortunate to have a wonderful vantage point to photograph the parade.  The new owners of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory let me sit in their second floor window.  Lu Lu’s and Galena Candle & Bath Company…

  • Galena Territory VRBO | Real Estate Photography

    Sprawling 5 Bedroom Home on The General Golf Course!! Enjoy all that Galena Territory/Eagle Ridge Resort and Jo Daviess County has to offer! Nearly 5k sq ft with 5 bdrm/5.5 baths and located on the number one handicap hole on The General golf course with views of holes 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16! A one-of-a-kind location on over 2 acres of land. About 20 min from Downtown and Chestnut Mtn! Minutes from golf, hiking, horseback riding, boat rentals, fishing, indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center and game room at the Owner’s Club! Welcome to some of the most beautiful land in Illinois. The Galena Territory is a semi-private, 6,800-acre private recreational…

  • Tony + Michelle | Eagle Ridge Resort | Galena Wedding Photography

    Eagle Ridge Resort was the perfect backdrop for this wonderful couple’s wedding & reception on a warm July afternoon.  They brought their families and close friends to witness their nuptials on the Pointe Patio mid afternoon officiated by Paul Fasano of I Do Weddings. Late morning the girls had hair & makeup done by the fabulous team at Eagle Ridge while enjoying mimosas at one of the many rentals in the Galena Territory.  The guys were next door for their own style of pre-wedding entertainment.  After everyone was dressed it was time for the “first look” with both dad and the groom.  The arbor was adorned with flowers from Pigley…

  • Scarlett

    We love children!  They are always unpredictable and lots of fun.  Within moments I have dozens of images of her expressions!  Scarlett modeled two outfits for me. Scarlett showed up in these adorable overalls and loved posing with her mother with her grandmother looking on.  At 9 months of age a child will follow people they know, not the photographer!  I always have a special feeling with I can capture a infant’s eyes looking straight into my camera.   Previous Next Previous Next Previous Next We’d love to capture your family! Innovative | Compelling | Authentic

  • Wedding Timeline Checklist

    The question is popped, the ring is on, stars are in your eyes…but now what? With so many tasks to take care of and details to arrange, planning a wedding can seem overwhelming. But, if you give yourself enough time to plan and sort the tasks month by month with a Wedding Planning Checklist and wedding timeline, the job becomes more fun and less stressful. By breaking down the tasks into a calendar month by month, you are taking on the planning process in bite-size pieces and it will be far less overwhelming.  Check out our Wedding Resource tab for more help planning your wedding.  Check out our full article for…

  • Wedding Planning Checklist

    The question is popped, the ring is on, stars are in your eyes…but now what? With so many tasks to take care of and details to arrange, planning a wedding can seem overwhelming. But, if you give yourself enough time to plan and sort the tasks month by month with a Wedding Planning Checklist and wedding timeline, the job becomes more fun and less stressful.   By breaking down the tasks into a calendar month by month, you are taking on the planning process in bite-size pieces and it will be far less overwhelming. 12 Months Out Determine Your budget It’s time to do the math and crunch some numbers. …

  • How to Properly Hire Your Wedding Vendors

    This is what today’s couples actually do to find and hire vendors for their wedding. Step 1 – Gather recommendations from friends, family and wedding vendors they trust. Your family and friends are a great resource for discovering great businesses to work with.  They may have used some great businesses they have worked with and recommend.  Find out what they liked about working with each business and what they would have like to see improved (get the good and bad).  Your tastes and styles may not be the same but their recommendation on service & quality may help you get started. Couples also turn to their “friends” in the social…