Graduation is here!

Graduation Day.

It’s the day all of your hard work is honored and celebrated. It’s the day  you remember all of those sleepless nights, all or nothing projects that required your undivided attention, and those papers… all of those papers that were your keys to the Emerald City.
Well, this is what your hard work looks like in the end.

Sort of.

But no matter what your hard work looks like, you deserve to be honored. Studying, cramming, etc. is no easy task (speaking as a recent graduate myself). It’s planning, writing, not sleeping, eating junk food, crying… I got off point. What I’m trying to say is, no matter what you do during your educational career, graduation is the day where you get to reflect on what you have done and what you are going to do.

So grab that diploma, hug your loved one, snap a selfie.

Do what you gotta do to celebrate you.

From all of us at Image Group, congratulations!

You deserve it.

Introducing: Bert and Ernie

Yes, you read that right, but the two additions to Image Group are not puppets who live on Sesame Street. They are state of the art photobooths we recently acquired and already fallen in love with. Seriously, we can’t get enough of them!

Thanks to Nick at Open Air, Bert and Ernie (a joke I made that seemed to stick) arrived, and after some building, programming, and playing the two are now up and running. They are ready for dances, weddings, corporate events– anything!

They even had their first appearance at Reed Custer High School’s Prom, and they were a blast!

The photobooth is back! Let us know if you are having an event and want Bert and Ernie there to capture the moments you want to relive again and again.

We supply tools, you supply the smiles.

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A Moment to Remember (ft. Christina and Derek)

Get ready to fall in love with Christina and Derek… because we did!


What started as a family session turned into a surprise engagement that made the entire studio burst into tears and smiles.

It all began when Oachia Irvin—Christina’s mother—contacted the studio about a family photo session…with a twist. Her daughter’s boyfriend was going to pop in and pop the question, so being the savvy woman she is, Oachia looked to us to catch Christina off guard…and on camera.

Come March 29th.

While Derek, Christina’s boyfriend, hid in one of our offices, Oachia, Tyrone, and Christina were being photographed by BJ. To Christina, it was a typical family session—until the man of her dreams asked her to be his wife.

She said yes.

It’s moments like these that we live to capture—these moments of pure happiness, pure love, and joy.

Thank you to Oachia for letting us be involved in this wonderful day.

And many congratulations to Christina and Derek.
We all wish you a beautiful, blissful future!

A Year in Review (AKA The Blog is Back!)

Hello again from the groupies!

The past year has been one of our busiest yet—so busy, in fact, that we’ve neglected to update our blog in almost exactly a year (whoops!). We promise we’re still here, though, and we’ve got plenty to fill you all in on, including weddings, babies, and new additions to the groupie family!

This year, the studio has seen plenty of changes. We’ve had tons of fun shooting for several new schools, like BBCHS. It’s always a pleasure to get to know the students and share in their moments of school pride.

The groupies also welcomed two new members to our staff. Hannah (left) and Taylor (right) are both graduates of Olivet and former students of BJ. Hannah has filled the role of Project Manager, and Taylor is one of IG’s photographers. We’ll get to know them a bit more in future blog posts.

Family has always been important here, and ours has expanded quite a bit recently. Last March, BJ’s second grandson, Caden, was born...

...and he just had his first birthday!

In September, we had the privilege of photographing Meredith’s wedding.

And then, in November, our very own Brittany got married!

This winter, we saw little Bennett enter the world.

And Beckett turned two!

Life has certainly kept us all busy, and we look forward to whatever new adventures await us! More to come soon!

TTMMH- Round Two

I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been terribly caught up in the hustle and bustle of life lately- the busy at work, house hunting, puppy loving, errand running, family shenanigan hustle and bustle. I’m really bad at slowing down, even for a second, to appreciate all of the small pieces that come together and make my life so wonderful (especially since giving up caffeine for lent- only 27 more days!).

There’s a trend scooting around the interwebs over the past couple of years that I’ve been too lazy to jump onto that focuses on happy things or things we’re thankful for everyday. I tried (and failed) once before, but once again I’ve decided that I’m going to collect a weekly list of the little smiles and warm fuzzy nuggets I encounter and while I might not always share them here, I thought you guys might enjoy so of my recent Things That Make Me Happy:

Homemade Sunday Brunch:

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Happy Baby Outtakes:

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Dinners out with Family:

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Unorthodox Words of Encouragement:

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Twinning:

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Snapchats from friends that know you all too well:

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Puppy Lovins:

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Suprise 12-Egg Omelettes:

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Relevant Birthday Presents:

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I challenge all of y’all to pay closer attention the little goodies- making an even $20.00 at the gas pump or an extra cherry in your shamrock shake. See how it changes your outlook and general disposition.

xoxo-Jacqueline

A Day With Frankie

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Frankie the Russian Tortoise is bored today. Oh look! There he goes scuttling away to explore the studio.

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He comes across a camera case with a hard shell. No, it’s not a giant tortoise. Nonetheless, Frankie wants to be a photographer too.

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Frankie gets distracted by a warm vent. Heat is good for his complexion.

He makes his way to the backdrop and tucks his head in.
Frankie thinks he can blend into the background. But he can’t.

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Miraculously, he climbs a wooden stool and sits. Frankie is waiting for his family so they can get a group shot. But his family lives in Russia. They didn’t get the memo.

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He descends the stool and continues on his journey. He sees Bj’s office with the door open. Frankie knows he’s not supposed to go into his dad’s office.

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But he does it anyway.

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Frankie heads up front when he hears someone come in. Frankie is good at greeting customers, but he keeps his distance so he doesn’t get stepped on.

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Frankie hops back into his tank to relax. His little legs can only take so much travel in one day.

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It’s time for a nap. Perhaps more fun will come tomorrow!

Happy Christmas!!

We’ve been blessed again this year with a fantastic staff, loyal customers (who are also our friends), and a full calendar!

Each Christmas, we try to find time in our busy schedule to all be off at the same time for some fun.

This year, we had dinner at Dwight’s Station 343. A beautiful restaurant with FABULOUS food- we had a ball being together outside of the work environment (though we love being at work also!) and doing a Secret Santa gift exchange.

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Merry Christmas from your Image Group Family!

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Exciting Things are Happening

It’s been an INSANE few months here in Groupieville! We’ve been extremely blessed to be very busy.

In the midst of our school season, something pretty amazing happened…

I ADOPTED A PUPPY!!

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Everyone…meet Remi!

Miss Remi is a rescue from a local shelter who became part of our crazy family in October.

She is a 9 month old Terrier-Schnauzer mix – with a sprinkle of Chewbacca and Yoda. (I mean look at those ears!)

She joins big sisters Angel & Lucy.

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Shortly after Remi joined the family, excitement found us again…

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I GOT ENGAGED!!

Here’s how it all went down…

About 2 weeks after we started dating, Josh took me to Starved Rock. I had never been. I knew that this place would be special to us. Something in my gut told me so..

When our trip to Starved Rock came up in conversation a year later, I didn’t give it much thought. We had been trying to plan it for awhile. It was such a memorable trip the year before and I really couldn’t wait to go back. With our work schedules, the only time that worked was a weekend. The day before, I came home from work sick with a cold. Josh kept asking if I wanted to cancel the trip but I refused. It was such a special place for us and I wanted to go. Sick or not. I woke up Saturday feeling much worse, but I got up and got ready anyway. It was a normal Saturday. The weather was slightly chilly. We were dodging kids left and right. I was a little perturbed that our serene peaceful getaway was turning out to be less than enjoyable. After a couple hour hike, we had lunch. My boys had text to tell us that they had won state for marching band (GO HHS Marching Tigers!!). I was a pretty excited mama and started texting everyone to share the news. I got a cryptic message back from my dad that I shrugged off as “Dad’s being goofy today”. We bought our traditional Starved Rock ornament from the gift shop and decided to head to the other side of the park. This side was beautiful and very yellow. Not as pretty as the other side though. We hit a point where I was just done. It was a long way back – twists, turns, and uphill climbs. But Josh remembered that there was a short cut. Josh said “We can walk all the way back or we can climb up that hill.” I looked back. Then looked up. When I tell you it was a steep stupid hill, I am not exaggerating. Straight up. I looked back again and I chose the hill. Mid climb I stopped to catch my breath. And me, being the eternal child, got excited to see a caterpillar crawling on the ground – so I photographed him. When we finally made it up to the top, I collapsed over a railing and was trying to catch my breath. Looking back now, seconds felt like minutes. I heard Josh ask me if I was going to make it and I said “Yes, just give me a second.” When I could finally breathe, I turned around and Josh was on one knee. I was still a little light headed and very confused. Honestly, I thought he was tying his shoe. I asked him “What are you doing?” And then…out of the blue it clicked and I instantly started sobbing. He smiled and I saw a box in his hand. He asked “Do you love me?” And I said “Yes!” And then he asked “Do you want to spend the rest of your life with me?” And through snotty sobs, I said “Yes!”

It was one of the most incredible moments in my life.

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It’s definitely been a crazy exciting time. And now…it’s time to PLAN!

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Summer Shenanigans

This summer has given us a multitude of rain and yucky weather. Yet, in between the raindrops and waterfalls, the Groupies come out to play.

We all have spent some wonderful days recently and wanted to share our summertime shenanigans with you!

We have had some trips to the Beach, Chicago, the Zoo, Tennessee, and many more!

Here are some of the photographs we took along the way!

Jacqueline went to Silver Beach-

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The Fourth of July was fun for all of us-

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Jacqueline killed it at The Taste of Joliet-

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Brittany got some Momma and puppy lovin’ in Tennessee-

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Brittany also attended a wonderful wedding in Michigan-

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I (Meredith) got to spend some time in Chicago with Cj-

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I also got to take some adorable photos of my 15 year old Puppy-

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Annie, Nancy, and Jamie enjoyed The Color Run-

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And Bj had some Fun Adventures with Puppies, Children, and Grandchildren-

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This icky weather summer is not holding us back from having a fun time! 🙂

What are some of the fun shenanigans that you guys have been up to this rainy summer?

-Meredith

Testing 1… 2 … 3

The Groupies are ALWAYS on the go!
County to county, school to school, event to event- everywhere we go, with everything we do, we take test shots to make sure everything is golden (light ratios, color balance, etc.)

Due to the sheer awesomeness of our staff (with a little sense of silly self-preservation thrown in,) we quite often come back home with fun images. These “tells” show our different moods, hair color phases, and the special interoffice comradery.

These are our favorite and most common test photo go-to’s.

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