WEDDINGS

Select dates for 2022 available.

2023 weddings collections in central Illinois & Michigan start at $4,000 and include coverage by yours truly, a phone consultation, timeline assistance, location scouting, online download/viewing gallery, and reprint rights.

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TRAVEL

All travel is included for weddings, elopements, and sessions for central Illinois, Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven, South Haven, and Saugatuck Michigan. Destinations are available and travel varies by locations.

I’ve photographed weddings all over, from small farm weddings in Iowa, to adventurous elopements in Olympic National Park, to coastal nuptials on the coast of Santorini Greece. No wedding is too big or too small. Too fancy or too casual. Too near or too far.

I value connection above all.

ELOPEMENTS

Select dates for 2022 available.

2023 elopement collections in central Illinois & Michigan start at $2,000. Whether you’re planning on a short and sweet courthouse ceremony, or an all day adventure session in the mountains, we’ll capture every moment.

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Collection prices are valid for central Illinois & western Michigan – please reach out for a custom quote if your wedding is outside the Peoria or western Michigan areas!

All wedding collections include a phone consultation, timeline assistance,  location scouting, online download/viewing gallery, reprint rights, and film processing/scanning.

Second photographers are $600 for the day. Adding hours of coverage is $500 per additional hour. I cap coverage at 9 hours though because I’m over 30 and mama cashes out after 9 hours on her feet. Engagement & family sessions in central Illinois & western Michigan are $500.

Signed agreement and 50% retainer payment to book me for your day. Bada-boom.

If you’re having a unique wedding or something that doesn’t fit into the collections, contact me and we’ll chat about what will work best for you!

FAQ
Background & Style
Investment & Booking
Delivery
Travel
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What is your shooting background?

I went to college for public relations at Illinois State University and worked in agency communications as well as corporate communications for several years before starting my photography business. I bought a DSLR on a whim before a camping trip in Colorado. I fell in love with photographing beautiful landscapes and that initial inspiration still is apparent in my wedding work. I was asked to photograph a friend's wedding shortly after and things started very quickly from there!

What gear do you use?

I primarily shoot with professional Sony mirrorless cameras as well as professional Sony lenses. My film cameras/stocks vary but I'm partial to my Contax and Olympus point & shoot and Portra 400. I bring backup gear to every wedding and portrait session.

I noticed above you said you take a documentary style approach. Do you still take family and bridal party portraits?

While my primary approach to the day is documentary, I also know how important family and bridal party portraits are. I absolutely offer posed family and bridal party photos in every wedding collection.

We're very awkward in front of the camera. I'm worried this will affect the images!

With exception to a slim few, the majority of people are extremely camera shy! And I understand! I'm uncomfortable in front of the camera myself (odd, I know, just keep me behind the camera!). One of the reasons why I take such a relaxed approach when it comes to posing and directing is so you feel comfortable! Rather than specific poses (like put your hand here and look this way), I'll give you cues (like snuggle up together or walk towards me). That way, you have some direction but your focus remains on your connection, rather than, "are we doing this right?" I also play music during my sessions and you're free to bring whatever liquid courage to help ease the nerves!

How would you describe your style?

My style is heavily influenced by the overall feel of the day. I photograph a variety of different weddings from intimate elopements in the desert to large, elegant affairs. I aim to capture the mood of whatever kind of celebration you envision for your day. Whether that be a moody forest wedding or a bright morning garden wedding. Every wedding is different and I don't limit myself to a specific style for each wedding, but rather capture the feel of the day and highlight the emotion in my editing. This allows me to deliver timeless wedding images no matter your wedding style.

How much are your wedding collections?

Every wedding and couple is different which is why I like to allow for flexibility in my collections! My collections start with base coverage of 5 hours and you're free to add on additional hours, another photographer, and other add ons from there! If you're planning something a little different, I also offer custom quotes with careful consideration based on your specific needs and priorities!

How do we book you?

Relationships are the heart and soul of my business. More than delivering beautiful wedding photographs, I want you to have an incredible experience and that only happens when we have a chance to get to know each other better! If things are clicking with us both, I'll send you a proposal. In order to reserve your date, I'll need a signed agreement and 50% retainer payment. The remaining 50% is due one month before your wedding (three months for international commissions). For portrait sessions, a 50% retainer payment is required to reserve your session date and the remaining balance is due one week prior to your session.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! A 50% retainer is required to reserve your date, however, we can build out a payment plan for the remaining 50%. Some couples prefer to go month-to-month, others prefer every few. We can customize it to what works best for you! I also have automated payment plans available.

How far in advance do we need to book you?

Weekends during popular wedding months fill up very quickly. As soon as you have a date and venue booked, I recommend contacting me! I've also had many couples inquire about my availability prior to booking their venue to ensure I was open for their date. Feel free to contact me about my open dates prior to booking a venue!

Can we meet you before we book or before the wedding?

I am more than happy to set up a time to meet/chat with you via FaceTime or Skype! While I'd love to be able to meet face-to-face with all my clients, my busy schedule simply doesn't allow for it and I reserve nights and weekends (when I'm not working) to spend time with family + friends and rest. However, I meet with couples all the time via FaceTime so if you'd like to set something up, just ask!

When can we expect image delivery?

Portrait sessions are typically between 4-6 weeks and elopements and weddings 8-12. My aim is to deliver galleries as soon as possible without compromising quality!

Will we be able to download our images?

Yes! Every portrait and wedding collection comes with access to a personalized online gallery where you can view and download all your images. You will have reprint rights to all delivered images meaning you are free to download and print wherever you choose.

Do you offer prints or albums?

Absolutely! I wholeheartedly believe in the power of print. You will have options within your gallery to purchase prints. Albums are a huge piece of your wedding experience and are offered as an add on to any wedding collection. We can also set up a consultation after your wedding or session to chat more about framed print and album options. I've had some couples who are not clients ask about purchasing albums through me, and I don't blame them! They're stunning! But I reserve albums as an exclusive option only for my clients.

How many images can we expect?

I don't guarantee a number of images for portrait or wedding collections simple because there's so many variables due to light, location, coverage, and events. Typically you can expect at least 40 images for portrait sessions and 350 for full wedding collections.

Do you edit our images?

Of course! Every image will be fully edited by myself in the style you see on my website and sent to you as a finished jpeg image. For film images, I use a professional developing + processing lab. Final images will vary depending on film stock but will be similar to the images you see on my website!

Do you blog every wedding?

While I wish I could blog every wedding and session I photograph, I simply don't have the time! I pour so much time into creating an incredible experience for my couples and while that's my main priority, I try to blog new weddings as much as I can, depending on the season.

We've seen your photos online and we love your work. But for celebrities or those with privacy concerns, is there a way we can opt out of you posting our images online?

I'm so glad the images you've seen online have resonated with you! While having images online is the primary way I secure new work, I often work with high profile clients and understand privacy concerns. For this reason, I offer a $5,000 loss of revenue add on to your wedding or elopement to keep your images completely offline for your privacy. If this is a service you need, please let me know when initially contacting me.

Do you travel for weddings?

I love to travel! The majority of my weddings are destination and exploring new locations feeds my creative soul. There's no location too remote. I can't wait to adventure with you!

Do we need to book your travel?

I offer custom collections with all travel included. This means I book all my own travel and you don't have to worry about a thing! Making this process as easy as possible for you is my goal.

Do you only travel for weddings in beautiful locations?

I believe there's beauty in every location no matter the venue or city. I also wholeheartedly believe that weddings are about the people first and foremost. Whether you're saying I Do in a chateau in France or a small park in Central Illinois, I am ALL IN.

What are your travel costs?

Travel is included in my custom collections. Get in touch and let me know what your vision is for your celebration and I'll make things easy for you by providing collection options with everything included.

What services do you offer?

I primarily offer portrait, elopement, wedding, maternity and boudoir photography. Branding/photos for small businesses are also available.

Do you photograph families?

While my primary focus is on couples, I sometimes take on family lifestyle commissions, depending on my availability.

What is a family lifestyle session?

A lifestyle session is focused on moments, rather than poses. It celebrates the natural connection between the humans you love rather than forcing emotion. This means I don't make everyone look at the camera and smile, but rather capture you as you are. Playing with your children and sharing snuggles on the floor. All the REAL stuff that makes your family your family. When you and those you love are free to be yourselves, that's when true emotion and beautiful moments are captured.

What about newborn sessions?

Depending on availability, I also take on newborn lifestyle commissions if my schedule allows, with priority for past clients.

Do you offer mentoring?

I do! Send me an email and we'll be in touch.

Can you help us with a timeline?

Absolutely!! Consider me your guide throughout your engagement. I have your best interest 100% at heart and I want your photos to come out incredibly. We'll work together to create a timeline that makes the most out of the time we have together and beautiful light for your photos.