Hello! My name is Andrea Godfrey and I am a portrait and wedding photographer based in Central Illinois + the greater Peoria area.
I became interested in photography when I was a senior in high school and had my senior pictures taken only to be devastated when they turned out horrible. I thought, I can do better than that, so that's exactly what I did. Soon, I fell in love with photographing people; capturing raw emotion, telling a story, having someone trust you with the most important events of their life.
This is one my favorite sessions with one of my favorite families, the Howards. The first time I had the pleasure of working with this family of three they were a family of two, and we, myself included, were all patiently waiting for Grayson's arrival. I adore working with families that I get to grow with and watch them grow at the same time. Building relationships and friendships with those you intend to tell a story with is the reason why I love my job so much – because it doesn't feel like a job at all (just a really well-dressed get-together).
This is one of my favorite locations for many reasons: the golden fields that radiate so much warmth, the rolling hills, the naked tree forest – it's a photographer's dream! The sun wasn't out for more than a few minutes on this particular day so I was thrilled when we got a quick peek of those golden rays right as the session started. Grayson was having a hard time waking up from his nap that I so conveniently scheduled their session during, so I decided that instead of waking him we could snap a few quick pictures of him sleeping first (because, precious!) and I know how much Sam loves unconventional, candid shots. These two are always so trusting of my location selections and understanding of my it-feels-awkward-now-but-looks-cool-later posing ideas that I tend to ask (make) them to do that I'm literally over the moon the have them as clients.
If you're ever in the area, stop by, say hi, and let's get coffee.
COMPANY: Andrea Godfrey Photography