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I'm Sara Johnson, a free-spirited, travel seeking, Birkenstock wearing Wedding and Senior Portrait Photographer based in Rockford, IL! I'm also addicted to Mid Century Modern design, the host of the Living For It Podcast  and am a strong believer in creating something bigger than myself. 

Last June, I photographed a gorgeous wedding for the lovely Kevin + Jennie Goss…Christine, who just so happened to be Jennie’s MOH and best friend, asked me right then and there if I would email her with information on shooting her wedding a few months later in November. There’s nothing better than clicking with someone […]

Matt + Christine | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

March 11, 2015

I don’t even know where to begin with this one!!!! I have known Courtney for over a decade and a half!!! We grew up together, went to the same school, and our parents even knew each other “back in the day”. Courtney has been a good friend for years, so when she asked me to […]

Jason + Courtney | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Bride and Groom's Disney's UP themed wedding at Lombardi Club and Sinnissippi in Rockford Illinois | Sara Anne Johnson

February 17, 2015

Sara + Trevor told me, months before their wedding, that the photos were the most important part of their day. Sara couldn’t have enough photos. This is what I like to hear! Photography is literally the most important part of a wedding (aside from the couple!) because without it, the gorgeous flowers, priceless moments, and […]

Trevor + Sara | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Summer pink and green wedding at Kilbuck Creek in Monroe Center, Illinois | Rockford Illinois wedding photographer Sara Anne Johnson

February 16, 2015

There’s nothing like a 4th of July wedding! Dave + Jen’s wedding literally went off with a BANG! I shot their engagement photos in the winter…we wanted to try something a little interesting, so Dave bought a bunch of fireworks (legally, of course…) and we ventured out into the prairie at Kilbuck Creek Resort, the […]

Dave + Jen | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Kilbuck Creek Monroe Center, Illinois Fourth of July summer wedding | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer Sara Anne Johnson

February 12, 2015

Let me just start by saying that these two are some of my favorite people in the whole world. Kevin + Jennie Goss are unbelievable people. First off, they’re HILARIOUS…both amazing actors (uh hmm, actress to you, Jennie!) who love to goof off and let their personalities shine brighter than everyone else in the room! […]

Kevin + Jennie | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Chicago Suburbs summer wedding | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer Sara Anne Johnson

February 11, 2015

Aly + Ryan…these two are totally adorable! When Aly asked me to photograph her engagement and wedding photos, I was completely flattered. I worked with her and the other art students from Stillman Valley’s graduating class of 2014 over the past year, and have gotten to know them very well. Aly is into art and […]

Aly + Ryan | Rockford, Illinois Engagement Photographer

Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, Illinois Fall Engagement Photography | Sara Anne Johnson

December 8, 2014

Michaelee!! One word: adorable. She’s full of life and laughter, and has unbelievable eyes!! I mean, come on! Share some of those “baby blues” with the rest of us, Michaelee! She’s an absolute doll, what more can I say? Enjoy the photos, and Congratulations Michaelee!! It was a pleasure! Love, Sara

Michaelee | Rockford, Illinois Senior Portrait Photographer

Downtown, Rockford, Illinois High School Senior Photography | Sara Anne Johnson

December 6, 2014

Meet Whitney! This girl is amazing. She’s hilarious, adorable, and super genuine!! We hit it off like old friends immediately! I couldn’t get enough of her spunky, urban, laidback shoot. Plus she’s a natural in front of the camera! AND THOSE EYES! OH MY GOSH! I hope you love these photos as much as I […]

Whitney | Rockford, Illinois Senior Portrait Photographer

Downtown, Rockford, Illinois High School Senior Photography | Sara Anne Johnson

December 3, 2014

Liz was one of my very first friends waaayyy back in third grade. I had moved to a new school district and Liz was in my class. We immediately became friends. It’s always a joy seeing my friends happy, and photographing Liz + Josh’s engagement photos (and next year, their wedding!) was and will be […]

Liz + Josh | Rockford, Illinois Engagement Photographer

Downtown Rockford, Illinois fall engagement photography | Sara Anne Johnson

November 12, 2014

Molly’s session turned out lovely! The colors, the leaves, and her laugh completely make these images. This early morning shoot was packed with perfect weather (we got lucky because the rain came later that afternoon!). A lovely day for a lovely senior. On an inside joke side note, Molly, you now have made me love […]

Molly | Rockford, Illinois Senior Portrait Photographer

Rockford, Illinois Byron High School Senior Portrait photography, Sinnissippi Park | Sara Anne Johnson

October 31, 2014