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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. 

  >>>><<<< Drew + Megan There’s just something about Fall weddings. The chill in the air, the lovely color palettes, the promise of perfectly overcast days… I’m not sure which part I like the best! Aside from fall weddings, there’s just something about Drew + Megan as well. Their love for one another is so, […]

Drew + Megan | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

October 5, 2016

Does this gorgeous girl remind you of someone? Maybe…a past bride named Deisy (who’s wedding was featured on Refinery29 because she’s THAT cool!)…ring a bell? Well if so, behold her stunningly rad sister, Jacqui! These two lovely ladies are two of my favorite people in the whole world. Deisy has been there for me (and […]

Jacqui | Rockford, Illinois Senior Portrait Photographer

December 19, 2015

It’s really all in the family with these two. Taylor’s parents have known my parents forever, so that practically makes us related! So when she asked me to shoot their engagement session (and their wedding, eeeckk!!) I was ecstatic! Umm, YES! Of course! I would love to! Taylor + Chas’ wedding date is hidden in […]

Taylor + Chas | Rockford, Illinois Engagement Photographer

December 11, 2015

Let me tell you…it is one of the hardest (if not THE HARDEST) things in the world to tell your bride that you already have her date booked with someone else. And let me tell you another thing…it never gets any easier. Nicole was referred to me by yet another amazing gal pal of mine, […]

Nicole + Brad | Rockford, Illinois Engagement Photographer

December 9, 2015

Where to begin with these two… Well let’s see, I’ve known Courtney for YEARS, I worked with her at the Rockford Park District at the Carlson Ice Arena. She was into hockey, and I figure skated, so when she asked me to shoot her engagement photos, I was instantly like “ummmm YES!” Courtney + Michael […]

Courtney + Michael | Rockford, Illinois Engagement Photographer

December 5, 2015

Samira has a charm about her that is truly captivating. She’s always smiling and joking around. There was literally never a dull moment during her shoot. She’s a riot! Her sense of humor and laidback style really shine through in her images…AND we can not forget about her love for Target and Starbucks (scroll down […]

Samira | Rockford, Illinois Senior Portrait Photographer

December 1, 2015

Paityn has been “in the family” for almost a year now…she’s my younger brother’s girlfriend and she is absolutely adorable. I was so glad when she asked me to shoot her senior session; I knew we would have a blast and make an evening out of it, and that’s exactly what we did. On the […]

Paityn | Rockford, Illinois Senior Portrait Photographer

December 1, 2015

Remember the adorable engagement session with the sassy pooch, Jackson? Well, his parents got married! Liz + Josh tied the knot on a GORGEOUS day in May…it was picture perfect. Liz has been my friend since the day we met in third grade, so when she asked me to photograph her wedding (like, years ago…she […]

Josh + Liz | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

June 24, 2015

We had an absolutely perfect day for Cassie’s senior photos! It was amazing!! The sun was shining and gave this amazing glowing haze over every single shot…pure perfection. As for Cassie, well, she’s adorable. I’ve known Cassie pretty much since she could walk. Cassie grew up skating at the ice rink with me…so I have […]

Cassie | Rockford, Illinois Senior Portrait Photographer

May 19, 2015

Kirsten and I have been friends since third grade. In fact, we met in a very interesting way; running in intersecting paths across the playground at recess and ultimately slamming into each other, face first, destroying her pink glasses and leaving bruises where my new “invisible glasses” then graced my face. It was a painful […]

Gad + Kirsten | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

May 11, 2015