My main focus is wedding and engagement stories, but I also photograph all forms of love including maternity, newborn, and family sessions! Please note though, I do not have a studio and I do not pose infants or put babies in baskets. All sessions with me are either outdoor or in home candid lifestyle sessions.
This number fully depends on the amount of couples in which I truly feel a connection with. I do however like to keep my numbers between 20-25 per season. This allows me enough time to dedicate and focus on getting to know my couples and be with them every step of the way.
Five years and counting! I also worked for a company for 4 years prior to going solo.
My roots are planted in Chicago IL but I travel anywhere you are wiling to take me.
I offer genuine, emotional photography. No stiff poses and no set up, just you interacting and being you. If you are afraid to get your dress dirty, worried about the wind messing up your hair, only looking to spare 30 minutes for photos on your wedding day, looking for cookie cutter poses or all flash photography, then maybe we aren’t the best fit. I pride myself on keeping my work honest and geared towards each individual couple while still staying true to my creative vision.
No. When booking me, you trust me to curate the best of the best images from your day. I promise I do not withhold any images of value or importance. Images with eyes closed or unflattering positions/expressions are deleted immediately. As for the rest, they are all edited, organized and thoughtfully incorporated into your unique gallery so you can relive your moments from start to finish.
I do not put a cap on the amount of photos my couples receive. Memories are so important and I do not believe in leaving out an image purely for the sake of cutting down on editing time. Your memories will be documented and given to you in exactly the way they unfold. Speaking honestly though, I do overshoot so believe me when I tell you that you will receive more images than your bargained for!
For weddings, you can expect to receive your images within 4-6 weeks after the day. All other sessions expect 1-2 weeks. Turn around time is completely dependent on the season and my current work load.
I require a signed contract and deposit for every wedding and smaller session. Once the contract is signed and deposit received, your date will be reserved in my calendar. Deposits are half of the package price and come directly out of your total. The remainder of the total is due a week before your wedding date at the latest. If you would like to pay in installments, just let me know and we can work this out. For all smaller sessions, the deposit is half of the total and a signed contract is required. The remainder of the total is due on the date of the session at the latest.
Travel expenses can vary greatly. Because of this, payment for travel expenses are invoiced separately and due within one week of receiving the invoice. I always confirm the price with you before booking to ensure there are no surprises. I am open to staying with you, your family or in an airb&b to help you save money. Should it be possible, I am also willing to get picked up and dropped off at an airport to save on rental car costs.
Right here on my website! I can’t wait to hear from you!
My business is the love of my life but my parents, niece, nephew and Mike are my world. While I take more time to be present in my daily life, I do not answer emails outside of my listed work hours (Mon – Thur, 10am – 3pm). My attention on the weekends (Fri – Sun) is 100% reserved for weddings, engagements and quality time with my own family. You can expect a response from me within 24 hours of inquiry unless inquired after 3pm on Thursday when you can then expect to hear from me first thing Monday morning.
Of course! I would never leave you hanging! From the very beginning I am here to make the entire wedding process easier by meeting to discuss timelines, locations, lighting and so much more. Upon booking with me, you even receive a welcome packet filled with tips and tricks on how we can get the best of the best photos on your wedding day.
I do understand life happens and the unexpected can occur. All I ask is that you let me know at the absolute earliest convenience. Should you have to reschedule your wedding, I am more than willing to do everything I can to clear up my schedule for the new date but please understand I have prior commitments to other couples who also booked me for their big day. Should I be unavailable for your new wedding date, you would be responsible for finding a new photographer and the deposit that was paid upon booking would remain non-refundable. The remaining balance would no longer be paid and a cancellation contract would need to be signed. Should your wedding be cancelled for any reason, the deposit that was paid upon booking would remain non-refundable and a cancellation contract would need to be signed.
The only time I would ever miss a wedding date would be due to severe illness of a close family member or myself. I pride myself on always being upfront and honest with all my couples, so should I be unable to make it to your wedding for any reason, I would let you know at the earliest convenience and already have a back up photographer ready for your day. He/She would have a shooting style that closely resembles my own. He/She would be there to photograph your day andI would be responsible for all the editing. This way, your wedding portfolio still reflects the work you hired me for.
So the weather is raining on our parade. Now what? Fear not! I come stacked with clear plastic umbrellas and my handy dandy grocery bag camera protector. Rainy sessions are some of my all time favorites. The mood and atmosphere that rain creates is to die for! Instead of shying away, let's take full advantage! But, if all else fails and it's monsooning outside, rescheduling is no problem at all. We would choose the next best available date for the session based on my availability.
The decision is yours, but I will say that a major benefit to booking an engagement session is that you get an insight into how I shoot and what it will be like with me photographing you on your wedding day. This gives us the opportunity to get fully comfortable with one another as well as in front of the camera.
This is entirely up to you based on your wedding day needs. I encourage you to think about the number of guests invited, the venue, and the timeframe of your day. A second photographer is a very popular option for larger weddings because he/she can capture even more of those small candid moments through out the day. If you are unsure, let's chat further and I can tell you all about when a second shooter would best come in handy.
Early morning sunrise or late evening sunset is the best and prime time to shoot. This is when the sun is at it’s prettiest! You want to avoid high noon sunlight and instead soak up some golden glows and warm fuzzy rays.
These photos are about who the two of YOU are. Dress like your going out on your favorite date. Be sure to feel comfortable and confident. You want to compliment one another but never match. Stay away from bright neon colors for they don’t photograph well and can cast weird light. Consider your surroundings. You are the main focus. If you are unsure about what to wear, you can always send me pictures of your potential clothing options. In fact, I love when couples do this! I am willing to give my input and make the wardrobe process a little less stressful.
Absolutely not. I have always based my business off of one core belief; "Come as you are, be who you are.” I super pinky swear promise to showcase all your beauty. If needed, I will do some light skin retouching but anything past the temporary things, the answer is no. If you are super self conscious about something, please let me know in advance and I can keep that in mind while posing you.