Millennium Park wedding couple laughing.

Timing is everything

Great photos take time! The key to amazing photos is a wedding day planning schedule. The more time I have to take photos, the better they will be. There is a huge difference of the mood of the wedding day when we have allowed enough time for photos. We can relax and have fun taking photos. I get better photos because I have time to work with you. If we are stressing over time, it will be reflected in the photos.

Bride and her sister laughing at Walden.

The adventure begins

What should I wear while I'm getting ready?

Beautiful photos are all in the details. Wear something cute to get ready, like a silk robe or similar. If you are sporting a spaghetti stained t-shirt, you will not want these photos in the album.

Does is matter where we get ready?

Select a place that will photograph well. Hotels are decorated beautifully and usually have large windows that provide great natural light.

What should we do if we are getting ready at home?

Do a little prep work for the best images. Select the room with the best light and get cleaning. Nothing looks worse in photos than clutter. I will do my best to tidy up, but that's time I won't be photographing.

Wedding dress hanging at Walden Chicago wedding.

The little details

Real moments are definitely the best part of the wedding day. But it's important to get some fun detail shots. These are always the first images I take on the wedding day. You spent a lot of time selecting all the little details of your wedding, so they should be remembered!

Wedding ring in fall color flowers.
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Have your details ready to be photographed. Details include an invitation/save-the-date card, shoes, jewels, rings and the dress of course!

Bride reading letter from groom at University Club of Chicago wedding..


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Wedding couple posing for photos at the Millennium Park Garden.

Work with your photographer to have a solid schedule in place before the wedding. Plan the spots you would like to shoot and create a detailed schedule. Also have a backup plan in place in case of unfortunate weather.

The more time I have to shoot the photos, the better they will be. I can finesse all of the little elements that make an image wonderful, like genuine emotion. It takes time for me to work with a couple and get you to be in the moment having fun.

An ideal estimate for timing is 2.5 hours for bride/groom and bridal party photos around town. We'll be able to go to 2-3 different spots for photos so you are getting a variety of images.

Must have wedding moment Indian couple first look. bridesmaids in purple dresses having fun at Chicago Board of Trade Wedding
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Make one to two stops for bridal party photos and then let the bridal party chill out on the trolley. They won't care about photos as much as you, so let them have some fun!

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Trust me, I call the shots

Trust your photographer! A great photographer will know how to shoot in any lighting condition. When shooting outdoors, we have to work with the sun and make snap decisions about how to shoot to get the most beautiful, flattering image. Your photographer has a vision to create the most beautiful photographs.

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Enjoy every moment

I know you've heard it before, but your wedding day goes by so fast. Months and years of planning fly by so fast. Enjoy every little moment. You don't want to look back on your wedding memories and think about how you stressed over this detail or that one. In the end, the details don't matter. It's the tearful moments with your mom as you put on your dress. That feeling of finally walking down the aisle to the love of your life as your Dad gives you away. Saying your vows as you start the most amazing journey of your life together. These are the moments that matter.

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