THE WEDDING EXPERIENCE
I have been a professional photographer for 15 years, and have photographed close to 400 weddings. My experience in commercial/fashion photography and my love of art and music are a huge influence on who I am and my style of shooting. I am addicted to personalities and every individual - every couple - is unique, so the photos I take may belight hearted and easy going, or they may be silly and wild and fun, or they may be dramatic, romantic and elegant.
The one thing that is common to all the photographs I take is that I am in love with beautiful light. Your photos will be carefully composed and exposed and edited in my unique style that is rich, warm and timeless.
For most of the wedding day, I am a "fly on the wall", capturing you as you are, interacting with your loved ones, in a creative unobtrusive way. When it comes time for portraits, I tell everyone I meet I will give you as much direction as you need. What that means is if you are a couple (or individual or family) who is used to getting photographed (professionally or just for fun), you are outgoing, smiley, full of fun and laughter or have a natural ability to look like a model in your every day movement - that's great! I probably won't be directing you as much, but I will give you feedback on how great you look and try to capture you as you are and how you feel about the people you are being photographed with. If you are a little less comfortable in front of a camera, I may provide you with some gentle direction, but I do so with a big smile and zero attitude. I have been where you have been and I know how you feel, so you can trust me to make you look great but still get those shots that show off the real you. :)
You are beautiful.
Coverage can be hourly or half day/all day packages (include 2nd photographers, and credit for engagement and/or albums) are available. Please inquire for more details or to set up an appointment. Include your wedding date, budget, locations if determined, and approximate number of guests. My couples usually invest between $3000-5000 for their wedding photography.
Every wedding that books 8 or more hours gets you not just me, but also a 2nd, experienced photographer - someone I have worked with for a long time and whose style and personality mesh perfectly with mine. All of my awesome photographers have worked with me for years and love weddings as much as I do! We have shot hundreds of weddings and are more in love with them today than ever! My prices not only include our time and lovely photos, but also our full time dedication to our clients, genuine excitement for your wedding day and the experience of 2 long time, educated and passionate photographers.
We are available for weddings in the Chicago Suburban area, but are willing and love to travel! Please ask for a custom quote for multi day and out of town events.
THE PORTRAIT EXPERIENCE
The same passion for my weddings goes into portrait sessions. Families, children, newborns, seniors are all welcome, either in my traveling studio or on location. I offer 3 levels of portraits to accommodate your needs. I emphasize a photojournalistic style (or "lifestyle") in my portrait sessions, but do combine that with posed photos and direct you as needed. I LOVE kids and want them to be comfortable and happy, so I base the session around the best time of day for them, however sunset and early morning get the prettiest light. I also encourage all of my clients to bring along your child's "favorite things" -- either to entertain them during the shoot or to be photographed with them. Books, toys, snacks, or even favorite people are welcome!
Mini-Sessions are 30 minutes and on location in Geneva, Illinois (or surrounding area). I will take mostly posed photos, but may take a few shots of playing/laughing, etc. I recommend this session for holiday portraits, couples/maternity, small families (2 or less kids) or families with 3 months or older. All images are edited and delivered as a digital download about 2 weeks after the session.
Full Lifestyle Sessions are about 1 hour and on location only. Locations outside of 25 miles from Geneva, IL may incur an additional fee. We meet at the location on the day of the shoot, and take a mix of posed photos (everyone together, and individually, looking at me and smiling or not smiling, as the case may be :)), and some "candid" (capturing expressions, activities (playing, walking, running, laughing, etc.)). All images are edited and uploaded to an online gallery for you to view about 4 weeks after the session. You may purchase prints or albums a la carte, but this session also includes a high resolution download of files.
Newborn/Home Sessions are up to 3 hours and take place on location or in your home. Locations outside of 25 miles from Geneva, IL may incur an additional fee. We meet at the location on the day of the shoot. Photos at Newborn/Home Lifestyle sessions are mostly candid, with only a minimum of posed photos. They focus on the activity or activities we choose prior to the shoot, as well as your interactions and relationships among family members. Emphasis is creative photography, capturing personalities and remembering special traditions with your family at this time in your life. These are also ideal for small events such as showers, birthday parties or reunions. For Newborn sessions (for babies 1-4 weeks old), these happen on in your home. A mix of posed (if desired) and lifestyle (holding baby, interacting, laying in bed, in baby's room, etc) will be taken. Props, backdrops and posers are provided, but I recommend adding in personal items as well. All images are edited and uploaded to an online gallery for you to view about 4 weeks after the session. You may purchase prints or albums a la carte, but it also includes a high resolution download of files.
Sessions start at $250 and include a digital download of all your high resolution, printable files. Please inquire for details.
Professional lustre gallery prints, prints on canvas, custom albums and images on disk are all available. Please contact me for a complete price list.
I love capturing your love story. <3