Wedding +Engagement

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forest park wedding photos
forest park wedding photos
Windows on Washington
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Haue-Valley
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Haue-Valley
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Fainting-goat-vineyards
Fainting-goat-vineyards
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renaissance wine garden wedding
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renaissance- wine garden- wedding
Romantic bride and groom portraits at Hilton Hotel in Collinsville IL
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Romantic couple portraits at Hilton Hotel in Collinsville IL
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renaissance- wine garden- wedding
same sex couple portrait at Celebrations Event Center in Marion IL
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The Wedding Experience

Because you deserve the best

The experience you have on your wedding day means everything. I will be your guide from start to finish. I want you to be smiling, laughing, and feeling at ease throughout the entire process, and I want us to be friends. I'll be celebrating with you, crying and laughing with you.

Don't worry about looking stiff in photos or knowing what to do. I'll be right there by your side. I totally understand how a camera shy person feels in front of the camera. I take a photojournalistic approach,while perfectly and seamlessly blending that approach with those posed portraits. But I promise you, they're anything but "stiff" or awkward. They're true to you, in the moment, and curated with intention.

I know that budget is a factor when planning your wedding, and that's exactly why I offer a fully customized packaging. You'll get everything you want, and nothing you don't. Start with the basics, then feel free to add options for a second shooter, engagement session and so much more! Everything is easy, straight-forward, and designed with you in mind.

As a St Louis & Southern Illinois wedding photographer who serves destinations around the world, everything I do is to help you achieve your dreams. I'll be there to photograph details throughout your wedding day, capturing the raw emotions, and documenting the events as they naturally unfold. And everything will be amazing, incredible, gorgeous, and fun. That's my promise to you.

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Investment

An investment into wedding photography is something you will cherish for your lifetime and the generations beyond. After you've stored your dress, the cake has been eaten, the flowers have wilted, the guests have left, and all that's left are memories -- your photographs will forever remain. And it's those photographs that will tell your story.


Investment

An investment into wedding photography is something you will cherish for your lifetime and the generations beyond. After you've stored your dress, the cake has been eaten, the flowers have wilted, the guests have left, and all that's left are memories -- your photographs will forever remain. And it's those photographs that will tell your story.


About ~~~~~

1.  I am interested in booking with you. What is the next step?

During the initial consultation via emails or phone, I will understand what you need and I will also gather some information from you, such as how many people you have in your wedding party, where the getting ready, ceremony, and reception are taken places. Then we will draft a timeline for your big day together. I usually suggest at least 6-8 hours of coverage. I will send you a contract to review. After I receive the retainer and contract back, then we are all set! I will check with you for more details periodically. 2-3 weeks before your wedding, we will finalize the schedule and details.   

2. How many hours of coverage should I book for my wedding day?

Most couples end up choosing all day long coverage for their wedding day! If you are not traveling between different locations on your wedding day (i.e., getting ready somewhere, then driving to the ceremony, then driving to the reception), 6 may be enough to get you through. If you are traveling between locations on your wedding day, I would suggest to choose my whole day coverage.

3. How long will it take to get my full wedding gallery?

You will have your final gallery within 4-6 weeks after your wedding day. But you will have a few “sneak peeks” within just a few days!

4. Do you retouch my photos?

Yes! All of your photos will be individually edited, as well as color corrected. In addition, small blemishes will be removed in portraits!

5. Will you have any other events going on the day of my wedding?

Nope! Your event is the main event ☺️ I actually only take one wedding per weekend to ensure optimal quality!

6. How do I receive my photos?

Your final gallery will be delivered via a custom designed USB drive along with the print release. 

7. Do I have to print my photos through you?

Absolutely not! When your finally gallery is delivered, you will also receive a digital PDF “print release,” which means you can print your photos wherever and whenever you would like! Some print labs will ask to see this print release when you order, so be sure to keep it somewhere safe! You will, however, have the option to order professional print products, such as a designed album, prints, or canvas from me to ensure the best quality.  

8.What other services do you provide for my wedding?

Great question! My add on services include engagement session, providing another photographer for you wedding, bridal portraits, highlight slideshow, album and prints through a professional lab.

9. What type of gear do you use?

All of my gear is professional Sony equipment. For weddings, I bring backup gear (extra cameras, lenses, and batteries), as well as lighting to light dark reception spaces.




Interested? Or have any questions?

Contact me!