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Brigitte and Scott’s Oakbrook, IL Wedding

Brigitte and Scott were some of the nicest people I have ever met, and were an absolute JOY to work with. They met 10 years ago, while in school, and their love has grown and grown since they were “just friends,” all that time ago. At their reception, I couldn’t wipe the smile from my […]

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When to Book Your Wedding Professionals

So you’re engaged!!! This is one of the most exciting times to cherish in your life, and you are all set to get started on all of those planning details. I have organized a list of the order in which to book your wedding professionals with some recommendations of my favorite trusted vendors, too! 1. […]

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Becca’s West Loop Chicago Photo Excursion

It’s only natural that when your friend takes your photo for promotional photos, you grab a few of her too! See our session below for lots of laughs, model poses, and candid memories! 🙂 Model: Becca Waterloo 

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When the Photographer Becomes the Subject

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to photograph a photographer? Or on the other side of the same coin, have you ever modeled when you have only been the one behind the camera before? I decided that as a graduation gift to myself, I would pay Becca Waterloo at oolretaw.com take my […]

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Golden Light with Kristin

As Golden hour struck at 6:30 PM on a GORGEOUS sunny June night, Kristin and I hit the field at McGuane Park in Bridgeport, Chicago. As the main motivation for this session was to get tacos afterwards, Kristin and I had so much fun laughing and sharing jokes as the gleaming beams of light danced […]

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My Gear | Chicago Wedding Photographer

I frequently get asked what kind of gear I use, so I thought it might be nice to put it into words on a page! When I first picked up photography as a hobby, I’d see posts about gear and be so intimidated by all of the nice tools that other photographers used. This has […]

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Holly and Sage’s Indiana Engagement | Chicago Wedding Photographer

When Holly and Sage contacted me to photograph their engagement, I was beyond thrilled! The cutest couple ever asked for my style guide, came dressed to impress, and were such great sports through the cloudy, gloomy and cold weather. I couldn’t be happier with their photos, and we had SO much fun!! 

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