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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. 

  >>>><<<< Heather + Freddy When Heather told me that she had really wanted something unique for her engagement photos, I was 110% on board with her! I LOVE couples who want to venture out and try new things; the more fun we have while taking photos, the more genuine the photos will be and […]

Heather + Freddy | Rockford, Illinois Engagement Session

February 25, 2019

>>>><<<< Erik + Valerie If I’m being completely honest, this wedding has been in the works since the first time I met Erik when Val introduced me to him at our part time job. He would come in and sit at the bar as Val cleaned, waiting for her to be off work. This happened […]

Erik + Valerie | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

August 20, 2017

>>>><<<< Ray + Amanda I absolutely love that these two have been engaged for years (yes, literally years!)… the dedication and commitment that Ray shows for Amanda is just priceless. He’s so taken with her, and it really shows! (I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there still hasn’t been a wedding that […]

Ray + Amanda | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

July 2, 2017

>>>><<<< Haley This lady right here did a PHENOMENAL job modeling for her Senior photos! Dress: adorable. Smile: perfect. Laugh: CONTAGIOUS! There’s just something spontaneously freeing about scheduling a session less than 24 hours before shooting it, and that’s exactly what Haley and I did. We had such a blast running around downtown, Rockford and […]

Haley | Rockford, Illinois Senior Portrait Photographer

May 24, 2017

>>>><<<< Sean + Renae Renae and I had spent the week prior to the wedding talking about how much we hoped for great weather because with April weddings, one never knows! Sean + Renae’s wedding day weather was absolutely perfect in every way… the sun was out and there was a cool breeze in the […]

Sean + Renae | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

April 21, 2017

>>>><<<< Garrett + Savannah Savannah + I go WAY back to our college days… Rock Valley College first, followed by Northern Illinois University. I love this girl. She is such a sweetheart! I remember our chats over Chipotle while attending NIU in DeKalb, IL… good memories, lady!! When Savannah asked me to be her wedding […]

Garrett + Savannah | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

September 29, 2016

>>>><<<< Taylor This girl was such a joy to photograph! First off, I love my Seniors, there’s no doubt about that, but there was something refreshing about Taylor that was obvious the second we started shooting. Her personality came out in her photographs RIGHT AWAY. She’s spunky, fierce, focused, + driven (future Graphic Design + […]

Taylor | Rockford, Illinois Senior Portrait Photographer

September 9, 2016

>>><<<< Valerie + Erik People are constantly placed into + removed from our lives for reasons beyond our comprehension. Valerie (who I call Vali) was one of those people who was placed into my life as a new co-worker when we both started working at LongHorn Steakhouse as servers. I am so thankful that I […]

Valerie + Erik | Rockford, Illinois Engagement Photographer

August 26, 2016

    >>>><<<< Nate + Kelsey First off, I’d like to start by saying that Nate + Kelsey are awesome. They’re free spirited souls who love adventure + aren’t afraid of making their own traditions. These two Californians live in such a beautiful area of the country + are always “adventuring” (for lack of a […]

Nate + Kelsey | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

August 24, 2016

>>>><<<< May 28th was “the day”… my first wedding of the 2016 season!! And I couldn’t be more excited that my first couple of the year was Christian + Kailey. Christian is so sweet and caring and completely all about Kailey, and Kailey is one of the most genuine people that I have ever met. […]

Christian + Kailey | Rockford, Illinois Wedding Photographer

June 1, 2016