Photography FAQ &

Wedding Planning Tips

I’ve been photographing weddings in Chicago for over 10 years. My clients hire me for my natural, candid style of photography, but LOVE ME for my organization, attention to detail and calm demeanor. Yes, I make a to-do list every morning. And yes, it makes me happy.

If you are interested in working together, please read through this FAQ to help decide if we'd be a good fit. Don't miss out on the bonus timeline content at the bottom of the page!

QUESTIONS

frequently asked

My wedding photography packages are customized to your event and budget. That being said, my Chicago clients typically spend between $5,000 to $8,000 on their photography experience. Prices can vary depending on hours of coverage needed, engagement sessions, boudoir services, albums, digital files and other deliverables. Please reach out with your wish list and we'll set up a time to discuss from there.

What is your pricing?

Yes, I always work with a second photographer on the wedding day. I love my team! For most weddings, I will be with the bride and bridesmaids for getting ready photos and my second photographer will be with the groom and groomsmen. From there, we work together to capture every moment, being extremely intentional with our angles to maximize the ways you can remember your wedding day.

Do You Work with a second shooter?

Because my photography packages are customized to you, I have options available with and without an engagement session. Most of my wedding clients chose to take engagement photos, and it’s always a fun way to get to know each other better before your wedding day and capture stunning images of the two of you. The majority of my engagement sessions take place in the Chicago area, but I'm always available for travel shoots (hint: I'd love to do more shoots in various national parks and state parks throughout the country). 

Is an engagement session included in your package? 

We’ll start things off with a phone call to make sure we are a good fit to work together for your wedding. From there, we’ll set up a time to meet, either virtually or in person, to review a customized Photography Proposal with 3 package options for your wedding day. During our meeting, we’ll pick your wedding photography package and book your date from there. To reserve your wedding date, I require a 40% deposit and signed letter of Agreement.

I’d love to work with you! How do I book my date? 

My wedding photography packages are customized to your event and we will include however many hours of coverage you need. Most of my clients book somewhere between 8-10 hours of coverage for their wedding days. When you inquire, we’ll set up a phone call to discuss the details of your day to make sure I can create a photography package perfect for you.

How many hours of coverage are included in your packages? 

There are so many! A few of my favorites and most frequented include Cafe Brauer, The Ivy Room, The Rookery, Galleria Marchetti, Rockwell on the River, Chicago Cultural Center, Gallery 1028, Artifact Events, Chicago Illuminating Company and Bridgeport Skyline Loft. My current bucket list of dream venues include: The Art Institute (historic and modern wings), Chicago Botanic Garden, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bridgeport Sculpture Garden, Theater on the Lake and Columbus Park Refectory.

What are your favorite wedding venues in Chicago? 

On average, my wedding clients receive approximately 100 edited photos per hour of coverage. A 10 hour wedding day may yield around 1,000 finished photos. Engagement sessions yield about 100-150 total edited photos.

How many pictures will I receive?

Yes! While most of my work takes place in Chicago, I take on a handful of travel and destination weddings each year throughout the midwest, country and world (I'll be traveling to Belgium later this year for my first European wedding!). When photographing weddings that require airfare, my team and I arrive at least 2 days prior to your event to location-scout and be available for your rehearsal. Destination wedding packages also include a complimentary bonus portrait session that can be done either the day prior or after your wedding. 

Will you travel for my wedding? 

At this time, I do not offer video, but I love to recommend Mirar Weddings and Old North Film Company.

Do you offer video services? 

In my opinion, a wedding album is a MUST and my clients agree. I’ll be honest, if you think printed photos and albums are a waste of time, I’m probably not the photographer for you. I strongly believe that my job isn’t done until I can hand you something tangible (have you seen my albums and wall art portfolio yet?). Because I can design them in a way that tells a story, albums are my favorite way to showcase your wedding photos.

Most of my clients will include an album in their packages, but you don’t have to commit to one today. We can revisit albums before or after your wedding. Because I understand an album can be an investment, custom payment plans are available upon request. 

Why do I need a wedding album? 

I hear this a lot. The truth is, the digital files and devices we use today may not be available in the future. For example: wedding photos used to be delivered on CDs, and now CDs are a thing of the past. Up until last year I was still mailing out USB Drives, but now most new computers are USB-C only. Some people don’t have a personal computer anymore; they only use their phones or tablets. Technology changes FAST and at some point those digital files will become obsolete. Is it worth investing all that money in photography if you can’t even look at your photos someday? 

Because of this, I work with my clients to design and deliver one-of-a-kind wedding albums and wall art that will last forever. Most of my clients do still receive the digital files, but my mission as a photographer is to focus on the printed, lasting work.

Can I just have the files?

A thousand times yes! I am honored to work with brave, amazing, compassionate women who inspire me with their confidence daily. As women, we spend too much time picking apart our flaws and not enough embracing what we love. Every time I photograph a boudoir session, I fall more and more in love with the art form. Boudoir allows me to capture the inner and outer beauty of my clients, but in a way they’ve never seen before. That beauty is there, inside everyone one of you, and it’s my joy to interpret that into a one-of-a-kind set of photographs. Yes, it can make a great gift for that significant other, but the reward to yourself is so much more.

Interested? Visit my Boudoir Page here.

Can I hire you for my boudoir session?

TIPS

wedding timeline

While I love planning the photography elements for your wedding day, there’s nothing that can replace the benefits of a dedicated wedding planner. I’m listing my favorite wedding planners below. I hope this helps your search!

HIRE An experienced WEDDING PLANNER

TIP NO. 1

I’ve seen wedding timelines become totally unhinged simply because couples didn’t plan for the unexpected. I’ve experienced the stress of hair and makeup wrapping HOURS later than planned. I’ve felt the anxiety of trying to get to every listed portrait location only to get stuck in city traffic. Despite the best intentions, weddings rarely go according to plan, so my best advice is to plan for more time than you think for each step of the day. Remember, you want to enjoy your wedding, not barely get through it. 

Plan for More Time Than You Think

TIP NO. 2

When planning your wedding, take a glance at the sunset time for that specific time of year in your wedding city. I’ve found this to be especially important for clients planning Chicago weddings in the fall and winter where the sun can set as early as 4:00pm. From a photo stand point, it’s important to plan your day around the daylight, especially if you envision naturally lit, outdoor portraits. Regardless of your plans, the best portrait lighting always occurs during the hour before sunset. If you are able to schedule time for golden hour portraits, your photographer will love you, and you’ll love the results.

Observe Daylight Hours

TIP NO. 3

11:30AM — Hair & Makeup Appointments Conclude, Final Touch Ups Begin
12:30PM — Photographers Arrive to Capture Details + Getting Ready 
1:00PM — Bridesmaids + Parents Dress, Groom + Groomsmen Dress
1:30PM — Bride Dresses
2:30PM — First Look
3:00PM — Wedding Party Portraits
4:30PM — Family Portraits at Venue
5:00PM — Posed Portraits Conclude
6:00PM — Ceremony Begins
6:30PM — Cocktail Hour
7:30PM — Reception Begins
10:30PM — Photography Concludes

I recommended this  approximate timeline to couples who are hosting their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at the same venue. Schedule your portraits before the ceremony to give yourself ample time to mingle and celebrate with your loved ones throughout your reception.

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TIMELINE

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IN THE MEANTIME

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