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"Picking Kristen to photograph our wedding day and the moments leading up to it was one of the first and best decisions I made regarding our wedding"

"Picking Kristen to photograph our wedding day and the moments leading up to it was one of the first and best decisions I made regarding our wedding. The minute I met with Kristen I KNEW she was the one we wanted to be a part of our wedding! She was so relaxed but focused, and was more than a photographer. She was a friend, a fresh eye to give wedding thoughts, someone I could count on and trust. When Kristen took our engagement photos we instantly felt so comfortable, she didn't make us do weird or cheesy photos. She simply captured us in our element, just loving and interacting with each other. Leading up to the wedding she created our timeline, helped me decide times for ceremony, pictures, sunset pictures, everything. She was never pushy or bossy, always very loving and encouraging with her advice. The best part was I fully trusted her, because of that I felt no stress going into the big day, because I knew she would take that on for me. I am so thankful we chose her and now I have a lifelong photography friend, which always comes in handy! Even looking back at our photos a year later - I am in awe of how she captured our special day and will remember it beautifully forever."
Devyn & Brian

"Choosing Kristen was the best decision we made by far throughout the whole wedding process."

"First and most importantly, Kristen is just an amazing human. She’s so responsive and professional plus she just genuinely cares about what matters to you on your day. We really felt taken care of and had no worries with her helping us.
Secondly, her photos are just astonishing. I’ve had so many people ask who our photographer was for our engagement session/wedding, I’m always happy to direct them to Kristen because I know they would be 150% satisfied if they went to her. It was the best decision we made by far throughout the whole wedding process."
Chelsie & Reid

"Our wedding day photographs are a treasure"

“Everyone desires to have their story told in a way that truly portrays the value + emotion of their life at a given time – and ours, in this season, happens to be a story of redemption, freedom + love. The way Kristen tells stories through her lens is remarkably captivating + there was no question that we wanted our day to be captured + shared through her perspective. We knew we weren't just 'hiring' Kristen, but choosing to make an investment... in us, for our day.Our wedding day photographs are a treasure. Now those precious once-in-a-lifetime moments aren't just memories running through our minds but moments captured. Tangible reminders of… redemption, freedom, + love. Our story was a story well told.”
Ali & Cam

"her genuinely warm and caring spirit was shone through in every email"

“When my husband and I decided to elope in Chicago, I felt completely lost booking a photographer because there are so many to choose from and I lived in a different country! I enlisted my wedding photographer friends to find someone for me, and they raved about Kristen’s work. Even though all of our correspondence before the big day was through email, I felt like I had already met her and made a new friend because her genuinely warm and caring spirit was shone through in every email. When it came to the day of our elopement, Kristen was FLAWLESS! I was worried that having a photographer might put a damper on our elopement because my husband dislikes having his picture taken, but Kristen reassured me that she loves authentic moments, and we’d never hear, “look at the camera and smile.” She was right!! Kristen’s playful yet relaxed and professional vibe was just perfect for us to stay in the moment and not be distracted by having our pictures taken. We adore the final photos. Kristen’s work precisely captured the excitement and happiness of the day!”
Barbara & Chris

"We love our photos so much!! I’m also so obsessed with our wedding album that we will cherish for years to come! I literally can’t say enough good things about her!"

Kristen was by far the perfect photographer for our wedding day (s!) When Covid happened, she was so amazing with helping us deal with the stress and was seriously such a gem. She shot our “micro” wedding and our BIG celebration, one year anniversary! Both extremely hot hot days and she was such a pleasure to work with, helping us forget about the heat! Our family and friends loved her and all made a point to mention how wonderful they thought she was. We love our photos from both days so much!! I’m also so obsessed with our wedding album that we will cherish for years to come! I literally can’t say enough good things about her!! <3
Alexis & Matthew

"In the end, you HAVE to pick a photographer whose work moves you. Speaks to you. Someone you can get along with. Someone who will be a friend. I couldn't have found a more perfect soul to accompany us on the beginning of this adventure."

“When it came to the actual day of the photos, Kristen was amazing. The last thing you want to be on such a special day is stressed, and with her there, my fiancé and I spent the whole time laughing, joking, and reminiscing on our love for one another. And now, actually having the photos in my hands to look at, I am in so much awe of what an amazing job she did. Every time I look at our photographs, I feel everything from that day all over. Which is a truly amazing feeling. The cold air, the nerves, and all the love. In the end, you HAVE to pick a photographer whose work moves you. Speaks to you. Someone you can get along with. Someone who will be a friend. And I know that person will be different for everyone. But for me, I couldn't have found a more perfect soul to accompany us on the beginning of this adventure. I will be forever grateful. Thank you a million.”
Sarah & Joe

Investment:

Destination weddings start at 7k

Average Michigan wedding investment is 5-7k

Couple's sessions from 800

Wedding day investment includes a consultation, timeline assistance, online viewing/download gallery, reprint rights, and all film processing/scanning. Contact me for full collection info based on location/needs. Custom collections available.

What is your style?

How long have you been photographing weddings?

I blend both editorial and documentary styles to give wedding images a unique style and feel. A modern twist inspired by vintage film photography, if you will.

This is my 9th year full time as a career wedding photographer. I quit my day job in public relations in 2015 when I shot my first wedding and I've never looked back! I truly and completely have fallen in love with weddings & my couples.

What kind of gear do you use?

How many weddings have you photographed?

I stopped counting after 200... a LOT.

I use a mix of vintage film cameras (mostly 35mm point & shoot) as well as professional Sony bodies & lenses.

I love the film look, but how does that work with our galleries? Is film included?

Do you back up your images?

Yep! All film processing & scanning is included in all wedding and elopement collections. If it's been awhile since you've been to a 1-hour photo, film processing & scanning means your film negatives being processed and developed by my professional film lab and then scanned into a digital format that flows seamlessly into your final wedding gallery. I shoot both digital and film so you'll have a good mix of both.

Yes & yes & YES. All your images are backed up onto multiple external drives as well as cloud drives. All film rolls are overnighted to my professional film lab and memory cards are not cleared until wedding delivery.

Where are you based? Do you travel?

How many images do you deliver?

A lot! Depending on how many hours of coverage, events, etc., you can expect 300+ images for weddings, 200+ for elopements/micro weddings, and 60+ for couples sessions.

I live in Holland, Michigan on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. I love local weddings but my bags are always packed, passport always updated, and I travel for about 80% of my weddings. When you reach out, I'll give you a custom travel quote based on where your nuptials are being held. I book all my own travel to make things super easy.

What is included in your collections?

How do we book you?

Every collection includes a consultation, timeline assistance, coverage by yours truly, an online viewing/download gallery, film processing/scanning, and reprint rights.

Fill out the contact page (or email me directly kristen@maudlinco.com) and I'll respond with my availability and schedule a phone consult if I'm open on your date. I require a 50% retainer and signed agreement in order to reserve your date. I receive new inquiries every day so I'll need both of these in order to block off your date. The remaining 50% is due 1 month prior to your wedding date.

we love your work but we're really awkward in front of the camera and are worried we might not get great photos!

Can we meet you before our wedding day?

Sure thing! It's so important that you feel comfortable with me (I'll be spending the whole wedding day with you!) so I set up a video consult with all my couples prior to booking. Photographers all have different vibes they bring to your day, and you'll want to make sure you have one that resonates with you. I don't have a large presence on your wedding day. The day is about you and your loved ones, not about me! Everyone approaches this differently, so let's set up a chance to meet and see if we're the right fit!

Unless you come from a modeling background, it's completely normal to have this fear! 99% of my couples have brought this concern up at one point or another, and it's okay to feel this way. I can absolutely assure you there is no need to be worried! Every couple in images you've seen on my website, instagram, or features, has shared this exact fear. But I make the whole process so comfortable for you! Portraits feel less like a photo shoot and more like a relaxed hangout. I promise you the worries will melt away once we get started!

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS?

Nope. My wedding photography career is how I pay my bills. My pricing reflects my decade of experience in the luxury wedding industry market, my expertise, talent, and cost of goods/time spent in order to bring an incredible experience for each and every one of my couples.

Formal reviews can be found from planners & wedding websites, but these texts from my couples are my absolute favorite 3