Hey friend, I'm so glad you're here! On this space you will find little pieces of my life, my favorite imagess and some of my photography tutorials! Take a cup or coffee or glass of wine and enjoy exploring around! Love, Kristin

welcome to my journal

Hey there, welcome


Back in January, I decided to enroll in Sandra Coan Certification. It’s a course that focuses on consistency in all areas of my photography business from lighting to posing to editing, website, social media, etc… I’ve known Sandra for a really long time first being introduced to her teaching on CreativeLive and then when I […]

Why I’m a Photographer | Champaign – Urbana, IL

Babies, Best Friends, Business - null, Childbirth, Children, Connection, Education, Family, Film Photography, Love, Newborns, Photography, Portraits, Pregnancy


One of my fondest childhood memories is picking up or developed photos/prints from our local dime store. There was just something so magical about all that anticipation to hold those prints and see your memories come back to life. Some people say – don’t you worry that you can’t “see” what you’ve captured? Quite the […]

Why I Choose Film | Central IL Photographer

Babies, Champaign, Children, Family, Film Photography, High School, Illinois, Light, Newborns, Photography, Portraits, Seniors, Toddlers, Tweens


As your senior embarks on the exciting journey towards graduation, there’s one timeless tradition that should not be overlooked – scheduling cap and gown pictures. Capturing this significant milestone is not just a photo opportunity; it’s a cherished memory that will last a lifetime. Cap & Gown Sessions will be offered on various dates between […]

Cap & Gown Graduation Pictures | Champaign, IL



Imagine bottling up your family’s fleeting moments — not only what they look like, but what they feel like. Imagine your family in true-to-life, joyful, connected imagery — and being able to hold those timeless moments in your hands 20 years from now. The Newborn Experience is a wonderful and miraculous time that presents itself […]

What to expect at your Newborn Session | Champaign Urbana Photographer

Babies, Champaign, Childbirth, Children, Family, Film Photography, Illinois, Maternity, Newborns, Photography, Portraits, Pregnancy, Uncategorized


So, you know how people usually say “cheese” to make kids smile in photos? Some folks, like me, prefer not to use that line. Why?

How I get natural smiles in photos | Central IL Family Photographer

Babies, Best Friends, Champaign, Children, Connection, Family, Illinois, Light, Love, Natural Light, Newborns, Photography, Portraits, Toddlers, Tweens


The bond between a mother and daughter is a relationship like no other. It is a connection that transcends time, intertwining generations with a tapestry of love, tenderness, and understanding. The bond between mothers and daughters can be described as romantic, timeless, and joyful, as it is a profound connection that evolves and flourishes throughout a lifetime.

Mothers & Daughters | Champaign, IL

Babies, Champaign, Children, Connection, Family, Film Photography, Illinois, Love, Marriage, Photography, Portraits


Hey there, let me tell you about the beautiful fall wedding of Niki and Evan that I had the honor of capturing. The venue was The Cannery in Eureka, IL and it couldn’t have been a more perfect spot for this gorgeous family-centered wedding. The couple had so many personal touches throughout the day, including handmade wooden signs and rustic details that added to the overall charm of the wedding.

Romantic Black Tie Wedding | The Cannery | Eureka, IL

Film Photography, Love, Marriage, Natural Light, Photography, Wedding Planners, Wedding Venues, Weddings


The Fisher Fair is finally here! Each year the entire Fisher community looks forward to the fair! This little community fair in Champaign county packs a big punch! the festivities kick off tonight with the Miss Fisher Fair Pageant.

Fisher Community Fair | Champaign County, IL

Best Friends, Champaign, Children, Film Photography, High School, Illinois, Natural Light, Photography, Portraits, Seniors, Tweens

Fair Queens at the Fisher Fair


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

Education, Film Photography, Photography

©2024 kristin darling photography

serving families in Champaign - urbana & all of central illinois