Austin Mansion | Southern IL Wedding Photographer

Southern IL Wedding Photographer | Austin Mansion | Avery + Devin | June 11, 2016 – What a beautiful wedding day these two had!! Sunshine, warm weather, stunning venue, friendly guests and a gorgeous couple; everything a wedding photographer dreams of! Built in 1892, the Austin Mansion is a historic, beautifully crafted venue. The details inside and out are stunning, and it’s obvious why this couple chose to get married here. If you’re interested in booking a wedding here, I have a link to their site below.

The bride and bridesmaids all had on personalized robes at the start of their day. I love the robes; it’s always a nice keepsake! The room that the girls got ready in was the most gorgeous bride’s room I’ve ever photographed; absolutely stunning! Outside, by the garden,¬†was beautifully decorated by Shari Hamilton and her team. Every detail was taken care of, and was absolutely perfect. The entire day was filled with sweet, sentimental touches. From the first look with the bride + her father, to the personalized wedding vows during the ceremony, love and laughter completely filled the air. After the ceremony, the bridal party stopped in at the Gabby Goat for a drink on their way to the wedding reception at the Flora Elks. If you haven’t been to the Gabby Goat, you need to stop in there! The atmosphere, drinks and food makes for a fun, casual experience. Once the bridal party arrived at the Elks, the theme of love and laughter continued on throughout the bridal party toasts and into the couple’s first dance, which included dancing to gangam style and watch me whip ūüôā What a FANTASTIC wedding and couple!¬†Thank you so much to Devin + Avery for choosing to work with me!! It was an honor to photograph your wedding, and I loved every minute of it!

Wedding Day Vendors:

Venue: Austin Mansion

Ceremony Decor: Complete Occasions by Shari

DJ/Entertainment: L4M Entertainment

Hair: The Hair Garage

Florist: Memorial Lane Flowers

Caterer:¬†Martin’s IGA

Cake: Sandy Thomas

Transportation: Livin’ It Up Transportation

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austin mansion southern il wedding photographerJulie Pottorff is based in Flora and photographs clients from the Southern Illinois area, including Olney, Fairfield, Effingham, Dieterich, Newton, West Salem, Mattoon, Charleston, Champaign, Carbondale, Marion, Centralia and Carlyle. She is currently booking sessions for maternity, newborn, family + senior sessions. In addition, she also photographs a few select weddings each year. If you have any questions about booking a session or wedding with her, please email her at julie@juliepottorff.com.

For the most up to date information, feel free to “Like” her Facebook fan page HERE¬†or follow her on INSTAGRAM!

St. Stephens on the Hill | Southern IL Wedding Photographer

Brown + Morrison Wedding | St. Stephens on the Hill | Southern IL Wedding Photographer | June 4, 2016 РCONGRATS to this beautiful newlywed couple! From the first message I received from Shawna, I knew that this wedding was going to be nothing short of amazing and gorgeous. I had looked up their wedding venue, St. Stephens on the Hill, online, and it was stunning! What a beautiful property it is! And, as you will see, it has a lot of potential for beautiful wedding photography. Shawna and I just clicked from the beginning, so it was so great to finally meet her and Charles during their engagement session last year. The two of them were so sweet to watch together, and they were so much fun to work with! The three of us laughed, joked around and enjoyed our time together, so I was beyond excited to photograph their wedding. Not only was it going to be gorgeous, but I would be working with some really great people!

The day of the wedding, we all woke up to the sky pouring buckets of rain for hours. As usual, I had been watching the forecast like a hawk, so I knew this was a possibility; as a photographer, you have to be prepared to work your magic in any and every type of weather element that’s thrown at you on a wedding day. So, I came prepared with some fun ideas that I had hoped would cheer up my couple, and give them hope that not all was lost, due to the rain. Roughly an hour before the ceremony started, the skies cleared, the sun came out, and we had bright sunshine throughout most of the ¬†rest of the day! Charles and Shawna ended up with perfect weather for the rest of the night, and we were even blessed with a rainbow! The bride’s sister saw the rainbow outside, during the dollar dance, and we ran out to capture a photo before it faded away. While we started our day with rain, we finished it with dancing outside with an umbrella. Thank you so much to Charles + Shawna for choosing me to photograph their wedding. It is truly an honor, and I’m so thankful for my wonderful clients!!

Wedding Day Vendors:

Venue: St. Stephens on the Hill

DJ/Entertainment: 618 Entertainment 

Florist: Kelsa Kreations

Videographer: Southern Illinois Wedding Videography

Caterer: BBQ Barn

Cake: Haleigh Claire’s Cupcakery

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Julie Pottorff is based in Flora and photographs clients from the Southern Illinois area, including Olney, Fairfield, Effingham, Dieterich, Newton, West Salem, Mattoon, Charleston, Champaign, Carbondale, Marion, Centralia and Carlyle. She is currently booking sessions for maternity, newborn, family + senior sessions. In addition, she also photographs a few select weddings each year. If you have any questions about booking a session or wedding with her, please email her at julie@juliepottorff.com.

For the most up to date information, feel free to “Like” her Facebook fan page HERE¬†or follow her on INSTAGRAM!

Baylie – Class of 2016 RCHS | Olney Senior Photographer

Olney Senior Photographer – Meet Baylie!! She is a 2016 graduate of Richland County¬†High School, she chose to have a¬†Fall¬†senior session! Baylie got the ULTIMATE experience with her Timeless Senior session. She was pampered by both my professional hair + makeup artists. It’s always so much fun to watch the transformation with my senior clients! Everyone walks in feeling a bit shy and anxious or nervous. By the time they walk out of the salon, my clients feel beautiful and self-confident. So amazing!! Baylie¬†is a member of the dance team and marching band, and is looking forward to attending college next year with a career path of becoming a nurse. I’m so glad she gave me the opportunity to photograph her senior pictures for her. She and her mom were both so great to work with!

Baylie was so very sweet throughout her session! She was so great to work with, and was up for any ideas I had. I really enjoyed working with you!¬†Thank you so very much for choosing to work with me Baylie!! I’m so honored to have been given the opportunity to photograph your senior pictures for you.

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Julie Pottorff is based in Flora and photographs clients from the Southern Illinois area, including Olney, Fairfield, Effingham, Dieterich, Newton, West Salem, Mattoon, Charleston, Champaign, Carbondale, Marion, Centralia and Carlyle. She is currently booking sessions for maternity, newborn, family + senior sessions. If you have any questions about booking a session with her, please email her at julie@juliepottorff.com.

For the most up to date information, feel free to “Like” her Facebook fan page HERE¬†or follow her on INSTAGRAM!

 

Carson – Class of 2016 | Olney Senior Photographer

Olney Senior Photographer – Meet Carson!! She is a 2016 graduate of Richland County¬†High School, and we had a fun Fall¬†senior session! She opted for my Timeless Senior experience, in which she received PROFESSIONAL hair + makeup before her session. Carson stays busy as a member of the dance team, marching band and soccer teams! She has such a busy schedule!! I’m so glad she gave me the opportunity to photograph her senior pictures for her. She and her mom were both so great to work with! And, her mom absolutely LOVED it when Carson had her hair pulled to one side – it really highlighted her face and she just looked so GORGEOUS in all of her outfits ūüôā

Carson is a bright young lady – she has plans to go into biochemical medicine and pursue a career as an oncologist. I think she has such great potential in whatever career choice she ends up with. Thank you so very much for choosing to work with me Carson!! I’m so honored to have been given the opportunity to photograph your senior pictures for you.

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Julie Pottorff is based in Flora and photographs clients from the Southern Illinois area, including Olney, Fairfield, Effingham, Dieterich, Newton, West Salem, Mattoon, Charleston, Champaign, Carbondale, Marion, Centralia and Carlyle. She is currently booking sessions for maternity, newborn, family + senior sessions. If you have any questions about booking a session with her, please email her at julie@juliepottorff.com.

For the most up to date information, feel free to “Like” her Facebook fan page HERE¬†or follow her on INSTAGRAM!

Meet Carter | Southern Illinois Newborn Photographer

Southern Illinois Newborn Photographer – Meet Mr. Carter! He is the firstborn for the proud new parents of his. It was so cute to watch the new parents interact with him; you could tell how excited they were about him and how proud they were of him. His dad could hardly contain his excitement throughout the entire session! And, since his dad is very into football, we had to do at least one football picture ūüôā And, his mom could barely take her eyes off of him. The love they have for him is just so apparent. They were all very sweet and so great to work with! The new family of three resides here in Southern Illinois with me, and I’m so glad they chose me to photograph their son’s newborn pictures!

Julie Pottorff is proud to serve the Southern Illinois area, and is based in Flora, IL. She serves the Flora area, as well as Effingham, Olney, Salem, Centralia, Mt. Vernon, Mattoon and Carlyle. Julie is a portrait photographer who specializes in maternity + newborn, children, family and senior photography. Professional newborn photography sessions can be scheduled are typically scheduled 3-6 months in advance. However, there are times in which Julie can fit in a last minute appointment. If you’re interested in scheduling your session or for more information about Julie’s sessions, please email her at julie@juliepottorff.com. Her work has won awards at international photography competitions (Shutterfest, 2015), has been published in a Best of Images magazine (Denim + Grace Best of Images 2014), and has been featured on blogs such as Inspire Me Baby, Senior Style Guide (multiple times), The Twelfth Year, Animoto and Mozi Magazine.

For the most up to date information, “Like” her Facebook Fan page HERE.

Instagram: @juliepottorff

Twitter: @jgal84

Snapchat: @jpottorff

Blanket Backdrops: Roses and Ruffles

Backgrounds: Serendipity Backgrounds

Banner: Birdie Baby Boutique

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