If it's one thing I hate doing, it's talking about myself. But I know perspective brides are thinking, "who the heck is this guy wanting to photograph my wedding?”. So, I jotted down a few bullet points that should help you get to know me just a bit. Please excuse all the "I's". It was either that or write in the third person, which sounded even more pretentious. Anyway here we go...

To start, I am a fifty something year old husband, father and dog dad living in the western suburbs of Chicago with a rather large blended family of seven and our Siberian Husky, Juno. 

While I have been a photographer for most of my life, I wasn’t always shooting weddings. Before I was taking photos of happy couples tying the knot, I was practicing my craft in more challenging circumstances.

My photography journey began over thirty years ago while serving as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division and taking photographs of the other soldiers in the unit. Following my military service I earned an Associate of Arts in Photography from the College of DuPage, a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Benedictine University and worked for over twenty-eight years in law enforcement while holding an ancillary position as a Crime Scene Investigator / Forensic Photographer; including six years at the DuPage County Coroner’s Office and over twenty years with a local police agency and county major crimes task force in the western suburbs of Chicago (yes, I've shot some crazy stuff).

I spent quite a few years shooting portraits on the side and even had my try at some celebrity work. Turns out I am more a man of the people kind of photographer.

Along the way I picked-up a couple professional photography certifications and did a little bit of teaching.

I photographed my first wedding in 2006 and it has been my passion ever since. In addition to my own clients I enjoyed five seasons working as a wedding photographer with one of the most popular studios in Chicago.

I have documented over one hundred weddings ranging in size from just a few guests to well over five hundred and have been blessed with the opportunity to shoot in some of Chicagoland’s most sought after venues.

My camera and I have been around the block a few times and it wasn't always pretty. Regardless I have appreciated each and every step of this journey.

I don't sugar coat shit. Sorry, you're not going to read any fluffy blog posts where I gush over couples or wedding details. I don't talk that way in real life and I can't fake it here. I let my pictures tell the story. After all "a picture is worth a thousand words".

I love photographing weddings. I hate the wedding industry. If you're more then two days into planning your wedding you likely already hate the wedding industry too.

I don't believe to have an awesome wedding you need to spend a ton of money. Some of my favorite weddings were held in a backyard. Just marry the right person and don't invite any guests that are assholes and I promise your wedding day will rock.

Sometimes I drop an F-bomb. My entire adult life was spent around soldiers and cops and occasionally a bad word slips out here and there. Let me get my apologies out of the way now.

You won't see me much on social media. Going back to me having five kids and a dog to take care of; if I sit for to long staring at a screen one of them will most certainly call me away. It's usually the dog. And to be honest at this stage of my life if I have a few spare minutes it would be best spent on the treadmill.

Getting back to where I started. I take pictures of people at weddings because I love telling stories that matter.

Photographing weddings is more than a profession. Quite simply, this is my passion and my art...

My life is consumed – in the best possible way – by photography. It’s not just a ‘passion’, it’s a way of life, it’s a philosophy. At times it’s the most difficult thing I’ve ever encountered and has made me question, and adjust, my own perspective on life, who I am, what I do and why I do it. It has unexpectedly given me confidence beyond any expectation and has clarified my relationships with others.
— Ian Weldon