WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH?
My style and approach is a generous mix of photojournalism and lifestyle portrait techniques. For the majority of the day, I stay very hands off, focusing 100% on the story. You won’t find me asking you or your friends to stage or recreate moments, but you will find me ready to capture those moments before they even happen. During portraits, it’s a little different. I give plenty of direction, working to bring creative ideas and poses to make images that are as unique as the people in them. Though I do direct during portraits my intentions are to capture the candid moments in between the poses to give you honest, natural photos.
WHAT’S YOUR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
I hold an Associate of Arts in Photography and have over thirty years of varied and unique experience behind the camera that includes twelve years primarily photographing weddings. I’m humbled to say that I have documented well over one hundred weddings - ranging in size from just a few guests to more than five hundred and have been blessed with the opportunity to shoot at many of Chicagoland’s most sought after venues. However, what really matters is that you love the work you see here and want something like it for yourself.
WHAT VENUES HAVE YOU SHOT AT?
Here’s a list of just some of the Chicago area venues I’ve had the opportunity to photograph weddings at: The Signature Room, The Ivy, The Hyatt Lodge, River Roast, Danada House, Jacob Henry Mansion, Fishermen’s Inn, Hotel Arista, Royal Fox, Cantigny, Company 251, Heritage Prairie Farm, NorthFork Farm, Morton Arboretum, County Line Orchard, Hotel Baker, The Paramount Ballroom, Drury Lane, St. Charles Country Club, and many more…
WHAT ARE THE DELIVERABLES?
You get all the photographer select, edited files in high resolution JPEG format. Easily downloadable with no watermarks via an online gallery. Prints and albums are available (but not required) to be purchased. Image files are typically delivered within 6-8 weeks after your event. The online gallery is up for 90 days and you can extend that time if needed.
DO I NEED A SHOT LIST?
No! However, I will be getting in touch with you in advance of the wedding day to ask for any groupings of formal family photos you may want. Other than the family formals and bride & groom portraits, I will be capturing your day with a truly documentary style and approach. Your job is to enjoy the day with family and friends. My job is to capture it!
WHAT ARE THE COSTS FOR TRAVEL?
Most of my weddings are shot in the greater Chicago area and have no associated travel fees. If your wedding is out of state or will require a hotel stay than we can discuss that as needed.
DO YOU CARRY LIABILITY INSURANCE?
Yes. I can provide documentation to your venues if needed.
WHAT’S THE DEPOSIT?
$400 non refundable retainer to own the date.
HOW DO WE BOOK?
After we’ve talked and agreed we’re a good fit along with which collection works best for your wedding I will send along a formal proposal with the contract and payment information. I should mention most couples book 12-18 months in advance and I encourage couples to be prepared to secure their date with a deposit at the consultation. I hate telling couples their date is no longer available; especially after we’ve hit it off!