Blog - Kdarling Photography

Photographing fireworks on film – I want to pass on what I have learned over the years to you! No crazy technical terms, no formulas or calculations to make. Just plain Jane easy to understand terms.

How to Photograph Fireworks

Sait Joseph Illinois High School Senior Girl Pictures wearing a hat in parking garage

Oh my goodness, this year was filled with so many awesome senior sessions with unbelievably cool high school seniors. Man are these kids going places. Seniors have it together way more than I did at 18 years old. They know what they want their major to be in college, or what trade they plan to […]


Spring wedding pictures at Japan House Arboretum Urbana University of IL flowering trees

Laura and Yeoh had a beautiful day in April for their “mini-mony” – that’s what I’m choosing to call these small intimate ceremonies that have become popular in the post-COVID world. Twin City Bible Church in Urbana was the setting for saying their vows in front of loved ones and friends that were able to […]

Laura + Yeoh | University of IL | Arboretum

Blush and blue spring wedding at Pear Tree Estate champaign illinois

Not even COVID-19 could stop these lovebirds from having their dream wedding at Pear Tree Estate – even if they had to wait an entire year.

Brendan + Jordan | Pear Tree Estate

Newborn baby with parents mom in floral dress

I have always wanted to look forward to the new adventure that is on its way. That is how I approach each new phase and stage of my children’s lives.

The Best is Yet to Come | Champaign, IL

I know this past couple of months have been tough on everyone. But more than anything this crisis has clarified what is most important in life.


Many small businesses have been deemed non-essential during the current COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic…


What will be said in the history books about this global pandemic? Will it be a brief mention like the Spanish Flu of 1918…


I’ve been asked more than once what makes this different from summer vacation. The difference, for me, is that I know summer vacation is coming and I know when it will end. I don’t take on big changes/projects in the summer, just my normal photography sessions + editing. Also, in the summer, I can leave the kids home for a couple of hours and go to the library and work without interruptions or they can go to friends or grandparent’s houses. The difference is, that during “normal” breaks from school we aren’t also experiencing the uncertainties that this pandemic brings. We aren’t all on edge all. of. the. time.

Shelter In Place is NOT Summer Vacation

How we respond to this time is totally on us. What we make of this gift of time is totally on us. Will we get stressed and emotional? Yes. Will we get stir crazy? Heck yes! Will we value the power of a hug when this is all over? Never again. Will we regret extra time with our loved ones? Absolutely not.

Safe at Home | Mahomet, IL