hey there!

After being a hobbyist photographer for several years, I finally turned my passion for capturing life’s moments into a career I have grown to love more and more, over the past 9 years.

My goal is to create timeless photos for couples and families capturing all the joyful moments and the tiniest of details. When you look at your photos you should get a nostalgic romantic feeling and fall in love all over again with your loved ones.

Educating my fellow photographers on how to use off-camera flash to create a natural light look in a simple and easy-to-understand way makes my heart happy.

When I’m not behind the camera, I can be found spending time with my kiddos, Payton & Mackenzie, and my hubby of 20+ years Darin. We live in the small town of Fisher located in central Illinois just minutes from Champaign Urbana where our school mascot is The Bunnies - seriously, you can't make this stuff up!



let's meet

session info

family is everything

Kristin Darling Photography

headshot + family pictures by Holly Birch Photography

Bon Jovi - I've had a couple opportunities, but I swear the universe is conspiring against me.

What's your dream concert?

Let's get to know each other

A McDonald's Diet Coke - bring me one and we'll be friends for life.

Guiltiest pleasure?

Sex & The City coupled with And Just Like That

Current binge watch?

newborn, fresh 48 + milestone

-justin + kristi coy

Kristin is nothing short of the full package! Upon, meeting her she was so friendly and treated us like family. She immediately put us at ease and was patient and gentle with our new little one.  I wouldn’t go to anyone else. Her natural look and attention to detail sets her apart. I will cherish these photos for years and years to come.

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What People

newborn + baby's 1st year

-sarah jane shorthose

Friends are very shocked to find out I hire a photographer for the girls’ portraits, because I’m a photographer. I always say: abso-freaking-lutely! I've never once regretted spending the money to hire a photographer for our family portraits and yes, even the portraits of just the girls which I could easily take myself. While the end goal is a photo, the experience is such a part of it too

are saying

What People

As the bride, I felt extremely comfortable around Kristin… she ensured that we (wedding party and guests included) stuck to a timeline the day of so that everything went smoothly for my destination wedding. [She made us] feel as if we’ve known [her] for years! THE PHOTOGRAPHS WERE BREATHTAKING. It’s been over two months now and I still can’t stop looking at the photos. It’s as if you’re reliving the day over and over.

destination wedding

What People

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-laura + jake casper

| Cold weather and snow, give me the desert any day
| Avocado, I know I'm in the minority here
| Set schedules, I'm a free spirit through and through
| Shopping in a store, online shopping for the win
| Action movies, how many times can I watch an explosion?


| Strolls in the mountains, feeling the sun on my back
| Dresses that are flowy and white or long with a crazy pattern
| Red wine after a long day
| Swimming each morning at the local gym to boost my mood
| Watering my many plants at home and playing classical music