Central/Peoria Illinois Destination Wedding and Elopement Film Photographer, Kristen Kaiser

Kristen is a nationally published wedding photographer based in Holland, Michigan, Wedding travels include Santorini, Greece, Kobe, Japan, Paris, France, Seattle, Dallas, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Sedona, Chicago, Traverse City and more. Her work can be seen in BRIDES, Junebug Weddings, Looks Like Film and dozens of other publications.

WEDDINGS

I believe the in-between, unposed, moments during your wedding day are what truly tells the story of your day. I focus on all the imperfect moments and details throughout the day that make your wedding uniquely yours. There is a special magic that lies in the unscripted. I photograph on a mix of digital and film that captures the unique feeling of your wedding day. Your wedding day shouldn't feel like a photo shoot, so my approach is hands-off, documentary, that allows you to truly enjoy every beautiful moment of your day.

INSPIRATION

I grew up with a mom who constantly had a camera in her hands. She went through dozens of film rolls every handful of days and my favorite part of the week was taking a trip to our 1-hour photo shop to pick up prints. We couldn't wait to get home, sit on the floor in the living room, and relive our adventures that week through the images. There is something beautifully nostalgic about film and I carry the inspiration from those film days into my work today.

ABOUT ME

Sarcastic to a fault. Trivia lover. Vintage everything. Music too loud. Barefoot always. Wanna-be sommelier. Aesthetic creator. A bad joke at the wrong time. I graduated with a degree in Public Relations, but the world had different plans for me. I stumbled into this job by chance 8 years ago and I've never looked back. Preserving memories for couples has absolutely been one of my greatest joys in life and I'm so grateful for it.

MEET MY PARENTS

One of my biggest inspirations for my wedding work is my parent's wedding photos. They just celebrated 38 years of marriage, and I've loved their wedding & honeymoon images for decades now. There's something so raw and authentic about the beautiful imperfection of film. This kind of nostalgia and feeling is what I capture for my couples, with a modern take. So they can look back at their wedding images decades later and relieve those feelings all over again.