Wedding Photographers of Illinois, United States
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Illinois Elopement Photographers
YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our North America photographer vendors have expressed their desire to accommodate couples who don’t want to wait to be married and are rushing the ceremony.
Many brides and grooms around the globe are planning to elope and deciding to reschedule their original ideas for a big event because of current wedding size restrictions, social distancing, and mask requirements. They are getting wed on a whim, but dispensing with or postponing all else.
The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, documentary-style elopement photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings can’t wait. Find yours today!
Elopement Photographers for Small United States Weddings
Shooting an elopement or small Illinois wedding event is a wedding photojournalist’s dream: a fairly open schedule with lots of breathing space for creativity – it’s just the photographer, the couple, the officiant, and perhaps a few select companions.
Members are ready to document any themed, fast, quick, or elopement wedding, even if it is a Monday-Thursday ceremony. Search for the “Can Shoot Weddings on Short Notice!” message on the listings below.
We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your unique, casual, outdoor, small wedding from beginning to end. In this sense, it is no different from any other event that we have covered. The emphasis is on documenting key moments, capturing spontaneous displays of emotion, telling your real love story, as well as creating artistic portraits and details.
Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving Illinois Couples
27 Documentary Wedding Photographers...
She’s lived her whole life in and around the Chicago area and can easily suggest photoshoot locations ranging from elegant rooftops, the perfect skyline shot, the diviest of dive bars and most artfully-graffitied walls. She works hard to make the most of her time with you, incorporating unique touches that convey personality and depth. She could tell you she got her start 11 years ago when she bought her first DSLR (a Canon Digital Rebel) and started photographing anything and everything. However, the truth is that her passion for documenting the most profound moments started years ago, with a 35 mm point and shoot camera that she would never leave the house without for fear of missing a moment with the important people in her life at the time. For Nicole, a sense of urgency was ignited around artfully documenting proof a person’s journey, capturing a family’s transition from one of two people into one of three, four, five and beyond. But lifestyle photography in Nicole’s world isn’t simply about styling a perfectly posed moment, it’s about truth (and no, that doesn’t mean an album full of double chins). The truth in your story might be the quiet baby, posing still in a carefully selected headband, but it might be those first few days at the hospital when new life was messy and sometimes complicated. Your story is just as much marching into your reception to Soul Train as it is wearing your great-great-grandmother’s earrings down the aisle. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
As a documentary-style photographer, I love to emphasize connection, texture, and authentic emotion. Being a former actor who found a deep love and passion for wedding photography, I'm most drawn to the art of storytelling while creating honest and original work. I strive to make my images fully represent my couples in every way possible. From smaller, unconventional elopements to traditional full-day events, I love to capture everything from the big kiss to the secret "I love you's" shared in a whisper. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
I’m Victoria, and I dislike 3rd person bio pages. I’m a Photographer, Filmmaker, and Educator based in Chicago, traveling worldwide. I specialize in low light, high contrast, bold color, and in-camera effects. I love documenting real moments (at weddings, of live productions, or just in regular life), and I especially love taking creative portraits. I am a full-time photographer and have been involved with the art form professionally for over 20 years. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Milan Lazic is a principal photographer and the owner of WS photography. Milan discovered his love for photography in high school. He actually shot his first wedding at age 18 with an analog camera! Since then he never stopped exploring and learning, especially about lighting techniques which is his specialty. Milan always loved art photography and transferred that influence to his wedding photography work. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Hi y'all!! I'm one half of a husband and wife photography team based in Chicago, IL. With the experience of photographing over 300 weddings, I have come to understand that a wedding day is not about the must have backdrop or the latest Pinterest trend, and it’s definitely not about those perfect laid out details. For me, the priority will always be the couple, the emotions, and the story of their day. Real moments made by real people in love. That’s what matters. I specialize in wedding photojournalism through creatively using natural and artificial lighting. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Chicago-based photographer Allison Williams specializes in modern, documentary wedding photography. Allison worked as a staff photojournalist for Sun-Times Media before starting her own company in 2010. She continues to photograph news and events and uses the same approach for weddings as she does in her newspaper and magazine work. Allison’s style comes out of a unique background–a mix of fine art, documentary, and journalistic photography define her particular approach. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
I started my award-winning photojournalism career in Boston shooting for The Boston Herald, Boston Red Sox, and Harvard University and have been shooting weddings and events here in Chicago since 2011. I love photographing weddings because I love telling stories. Few events lend themselves such an obvious beginning, middle, and end as weddings and fewer still feature wily grandmothers teaching The Wobble to their grandchildren or the quiet smile of a proud father. I capture great moments and tell unforgettable stories. Let me tell yours. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Hello! I'm a Chicago-based wedding and commercial photographer, available for assignments both locally and abroad. I help my clients relive their day, share their story, and keep a piece of the experience. Whether your wedding is traditional or quirky, epic or intimate, local or halfway across the world, my role is to be the calm within the storm, and guarantee that your photos will serve as a gateway to that moment in time. I accomplish this by searching for moments and capturing the day as it happens. This comes from my years as a full-time news photographer, and that experience shapes my approach to each and every wedding. Together with your personality, vision and creativity, I will ensure that your wedding is captured, printed, and beautifully expressed for generations to come. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Travis began shooting weddings while working as a newspaper photojournalist in the Chicago suburbs. Travis continues to shoot news and sports throughout the Chicago area. He currently lives in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood with his wife and their terrier pup, Bella. His work has been recognized by the Michigan and Illinois Press Photographers Associations and the Associated Collegiate Press. He was named 2005 College Photographer of the Year by the MPPA. His photos have appeared in major publications throughout the Midwest, including the Chicago Sun-Times, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Detroit Free Press. Travis is a graduate of Michigan State University and still points to the back of his hand to show people where he grew up. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Photography has been a passion of mine throughout my entire life. As an inquisitive child, my grandfather instilled in me the basics of photography. When I turned 12, he put a camera in my hands and encouraged my creativity by taking me on expeditions to capture my surroundings on film. As I honed my skills and interests more formally through my studies, I became most intrigued by and excited about finding the subtle moments that told intricate stories about the people I would meet. Over the past 20 years as a photojournalist, I've been privileged to have the opportunity to be invited into incredible peoples lives and to tell their stories. From a mother's first embrace with her newborn child to a stroke victim taking his first steps during recovery, or a community honoring one of its own fallen soldiers, finding moments that make you smile, bring a tear to your eye, or move one to action has always been at the heart of my work. After receiving his Bachelors of Science in Journalism from Ohio University's School of Visual Communication in 1994, I began working as a photojournalist at various smaller newspapers in the midwest. In 1998, I moved to suburban Chicago to work at the Elgin Courier News and then onto its sister paper, the Aurora Beacon News, as both chief photographer and photo editor. In the spring of 2005, I started my current position as a photo editor for the Chicago Tribune. My work has been recognized by numerous prestigious organizations including the University of Missouri Pictures of the Year competition, National Press Photographers Association, and the Illinois and Ohio Press Photographer Pictures of the Year competitions. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Mark Black uses his over 25 years of photojournalistic experience to capture the precious and sometimes fleeting moments of your wedding day. Mark's fascination with photography began with the discovery of an old camera in his grandmother's basement at the age of 10. While attending Columbia College he interned and freelanced with several area newspapers. After graduating with a B.A. in Photojournalism, Mark continued to freelance for several area newspapers before accepting a staff photographer's position at the Daily Herald. Since starting with the Daily Herald in 1993 he has advanced to the position of Senior Staff Photographer. Mark has received numerous awards for his images from the Wedding Photojournalist Association, National Press Photographers Association, Inland Press Association, Illinois Press Photographers Association, Chicago Headline Club and Associated Press just to name a few. Mark has had his images published in newspapers and magazines around the world including the main images on the cover of "People Magazine". Mark has been intricately involved in the photojournalism industry in Illinois, acting at the Vice President of the Illinois Press Photographers Association from 1999-2009. Mark and his wife live in St. Charles, Illinois, where they are raising their two young sons. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
I am a Chicago-based photographer living in the Bucktown neighborhood in Chicago with my husband, and closest friend, Shawn. When I was thirteen I picked up my mother's camera and started documenting our lives. The one hour photo lab down the street turned into hours and hours in the b&w darkroom in undergrad, then the color darkroom, then a Masters in photography. Today I still find myself in the darkroom every day with my students at New Trier High School. Photography is more than what I do, it is who I am. I teach so that I may pass that passion onto future generations. I am at home and at ease when I am working with and photographing people; it has always made complete sense to me. I take pride in making my clients feel comfortable during our shoots, even the most camera shy. I have an admiration for beauty, peculiarity, and the everyday stuff of life. I let my intuition lead me and I do not force situations to occur. I allow moments to unfold and adjust myself to the situation. I am humbled and honored to photograph the memories and milestones in people's lives. I know that I will always do my best to document people as they are, so they will look back on the moments and still feel all the love and warmth that went into creating those memories. , [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Raw emotion is what drives my photography. As a visual storyteller my goal is to capture the raw, spontaneous moments that make up a wedding day and to show your unique love story through photos. My goal is not just to make incredible photographs, but to make images that truly capture the relationship between two people in love. I feel honored to document a couple's love story on the most important and intimate day of their lives. The comment I hear the most from people about my wedding photography is, “I feel like I was there.” I love hearing that because I know I have captured the essence of a wedding through my photos. After my own wedding, I realized how much the photos and video meant to us and I decided I wanted to document love stories for other couples. My husband and I got married on a beach in Captiva Island, Florida. We decided not to see each other until I was walking down the aisle with my Dad. As I stepped out of the trolley to start the ceremony, I wondered what my husband-to-be was thinking at that same moment. It wasn't until we saw our wedding photos that I could see the tears in his eyes when he saw me for the first time. The image of him wiping away tears as I walked down the aisle is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. My background started in graphic design. I owned a boutique design studio specializing in art direction, motion graphics and website design for about 14 years. Working and designing with photographs, I developed a passion for photography. While I will always love design, my heart was pulling me more and more towards photography I slowly developed my photographic style over years of walking around the city looking for interesting people and moments to capture. When I decided to become a full time photographer, I wanted to have good foundation and really understand art and photography. I went back to school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for photography and I studied with National Geographic. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Steve is a WPJA and AG-WPJA award winning wedding photographer. Before discovering his love for wedding photojournalism, Steve pursued fine art photography with a passion, and it influences his work even today. Steve wants to capture all the fun and excitement of the wedding day with vibrant, timeless images. But at the heart of his photography is the love, joy and emotion that makes every wedding day unique and memorable. Steve is based in Chicago, Illinois but serves clients worldwide. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
I started out with a Kodak Easy shoot taking pictures of nature and random objects around the house… I didn’t really get good until I started shooting with a photographer named Shelby Lewis in Nashville back in 2008. He was amazing support who allowed me to be his consistent second shooter at a couple of his weddings. When I moved back to Chicago I began shooting a lot of music and entertainment events. My favorite was a large televised gospel concert in 2012 with literally ALL of my favorite artists in one place including Yolanda Adams, Donald Lawrence, and Fred Hammond! What made that moment even more amazing was that my shots were all published in a major magazine and they sent me a couple of copies! That moment really stands out because not only was it a good time, I also got to showcase my talent to an even larger audience and since then I have done even more destination events and weddings! Creativity is my passion and one of my favorite quotes is “Creativity is intelligence having fun”. Looking forward to getting creative and talking with you soon :) [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Brad spends his weekdays as an Art Director for a major advertising agency in Chicago and his weekends photographing every kind of wedding imaginable. With a decade's worth of storytelling experience, his favorite part about being a wedding photographer is the ability to capture and preserve every emotion and detail of one of the most important days of your lives. With the unique eye of a graphic designer and previous career of shooting for several news publications, Brad is able to craft your wedding photos into an amazing visual story for you to remember well after you say, "I do". [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
I am a photojournalist with over 13 years experience (250+ weddings), and now I nearly exclusively work on weddings because I love the work and my clients. It is an honor and privilege to memorialize the events of a couple’s most important day. I am a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in English literature, but have been working in journalism since my freshman year on the copy desk at the Daily Northwestern. By sophomore year, I took to photography, and a new passion was born, leading me to work with Agence-France Presse in Chicago during my college years and as chief photographer at the Budapest Business Journal in Hungary immediately after graduation. I made Budapest my home from 1998-2003 before returning to the US in late fall & to pursue wedding photojournalism. My journalism work has appeared in many major publications (New York Times, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Car and Driver, etc.), and I have won several awards for my wedding photography from the Wedding Photojournalism Association, including placing in the Top 20 for 2007 Photographer of the Year. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Hey there! I am one half of a husband and wife photography team based in Chicago, IL. And we capture moments made by people madly in love all over the world. We strongly believe that life shouldn't be taken too seriously. After all, we're on this Earth for such a short period of time, and in the end, the only thing that matters is the story we leave behind. I specialize in documenting wedding stories through a photojournalistic approach. Even after having the privilege of photographing more than 300 weddings, nothing excites me more than celebrating with couples who want to document their wedding day through candid moments. After all, the photo you’ll be framing won’t be of your monogrammed hanger or shoes, instead, it’s going to be the one of you belly laughing with your friends or wiping away those happy tears. Forget those stiff, awkward poses and Pinterest-perfect details - let’s just be real and spontaneous together. I have been featured in Junebug Weddings, The Knot Magazine, Brides Magazine, Inside Weddings, Rock 'n Roll Bride, RuffledBlog, Martha Stewart Weddings, Offbeat Bride, and more! [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
I'm an award-winning wedding photographer and wedding photojournalist from Chicago, Illinois. I was raised in the Chicago suburbs but now call Lincoln Square home with my husband and our two Golden Retrievers, Missy and Felony. When the dogs aren't keeping me busy I love traveling all over the world, cooking amazing meals, jumping on my Peloton and eating Thai food while binging Netflix. With a background in photojournalism, I am a moment-driven photographer, with an eye for the romantic. That means you’ll see authenticity and real emotion in my photos. While I spend a small portion of the wedding day creating the necessary portraits, my passion lies in pursuing the moments that will be meaningful to look back on throughout the years. Capturing true, authentic joy is what I love most about photographing weddings! [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
Working as a photojournalist for the past 13 years for clients like Getty Images, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Major League Baseball, Upper Deck, NASCAR and The Denver Post, to name a few, I've had the opportunity to document stories, events and people all over the country. I bring that level of experience, problem-solving and hard work to each and every wedding that I photograph. I've shot more than 130 weddings and elopements in my career which is something I can admit that I didn't see coming as a business student at the University of Denver, CO. I definitely thought I would end up in the advertising industry but I picked up a camera while studying abroad in Rome, Italy and haven't put it down since. I love spending time with my fianceé, Amy, and our families. When I have some free time I can usually be found on the golf course, riding one of my three bikes or snowboarding. I am passionate about cooking and craft beer, having tried more than 2,000 unique beers to date. [Denver Wedding Photographer]
Leah Moyers is a traveling wedding and elopement photographer with a fine arts background located in East Tennessee. Her style is unobtrusive, candid, inclusive and thoughtfully captured. She creates relationships with clients that allow her to capture them authentically and truly enjoys producing beautiful and unique work. [Knoxville Wedding Photographer]
Since 1999, I have been a professional photographer serving in Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA and international destinations. While weddings are my first love, I also apply my style to portraits, promotional images, live music, commercial and editorial work for a number of clients and publications. I regularly travel for weddings, and have been commissioned to photograph weddings all over the world. Over the past 18 years, I have photographed over 600 weddings, from as few as 6 guests in Seattle to 600 in Seoul. My work has been featured in ad campaigns for Amazon.com and Sony Ericsson mobile phones, album cover art for musicians: Pete Droge, Downpilot, Fauna, February, Kim Field and The Mighty Titans of Tone, Rachel Harrington, Sugartown, Brother Sun Sister Moon, Visqueen, Truckstop Souvenir, Declining Winter, Memory Drawings, and Broadcast Oblivion. My images and quotes have been printed in local and national magazines, including Minnesota Monthly, Rolling Stone (Germany), Fuji Love Magazine, Fuji X Passion Magazine, Olympus Passion Magazine, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Times, Seattle Sound, Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, Photo District News (PDN), MSNBC.com, ROCKRGRL, The Big Takeover, Three Imaginary Girls, Washington Free Press, Local Planet, Seattle Police Annual Report, Seattle Police Foundation Calendar, Lutheran Brotherhood "Leader" Magazine, Women's Health Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Seattle Bride, Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom, The Knot, Conde Nast's Brides Magazine, Wedding Pages Magazine, Wedding Expo, Herban Feast's wedding brochure and Banquet & Event's promotional literature and billboards. My images have been used in websites for the Arc School of Ballet in Seattle, Seattle Police Foundation, Daniel Boen Law Office, Bel Canto audiophile stereo equipment and Jai Healing chiropractic office. I have been interviewed in Martha Stewart Weddings, Seattle Bride, Minnesota Bride, Junebug Weddings, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, InMyBag.net, ShutterStock, Photography Live and Uncut with Paul Griffiths, X100C, Photo Business XPosed, Fuji MIrrorlessPro, Fuji X Passion Magazine, Olympus Passion Magazine and MirrorLessons. Every Wednesday I do a podcast called Outerfocus with UK photographer Ian Weldon about the history of photography. Each week we discuss a photographer in history while interviewing a current photographer about his/her work. You can find Outerfocus podcast on iTunes. [St. Paul Wedding Photographer]
Brad Walters is an internationally acclaimed wedding photographer and fine art oil painter who fuses his photography with oil painting, creating a truly unique genre in wedding art. Brad's painting style is heavily influenced by Edwardian-era master portrait painter John Singer Sargent, among others. Fascinated with humanity, his paintings center on human potential. His photography has been published in the Los Angeles Times, BRIDES magazine, BRIDES.com, Coastal Weddings Magazine, Emerald Coast Brides Magazine, Chocolate Zoom Magazine New York, and M.D. NEWS to name a few. His clients range from authors to international gourmet chocolatiers. [Greenville Wedding Photographer]
At 39, Morgan Davis has been documenting weddings since 2014. She remains inspired by the work of Cari Mae Weems, Marilyn Nance, and Gordon Parks. With a passion for international humanitarian photojournalism, she shoots a limited amount of weddings to be available to travel abroad to, in her own words, "tell the stories that often go untold." When Morgan is not shooting weddings or other lifestyle portraiture concepts, she can be found working out at the gym, listening to 40's jazz, by the ocean, or enjoying her family. She has been married to the love of her life Chris for 20 years and together they have 3 children. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]
I have been a wedding photographer for over 9 years, inspired by my father's photography career in photojournalism. I grew up in the tropical lands of Costa Rica, where I met the love of my life, and we... [Minneapolis Wedding Photographer]
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Oh my god - they are perfect!!! We haven’t been able to stop looking at them!! You captured all the love and joy from that day perfectly and we cannot thank you enough. Thank you for making our entire year by helping us celebrate. Thank you so much, we seriously love them all!!
We met with other photographers about a year ago, but they were either too aggressive or too passive and all fairly cliche. Not so with you. It's true that when we met you, we appreciated your laid-back vibe and promise that you wouldn't ask Sarah to stare plaintively out a window. But we didn't know you were masterful until we saw our engagement photos. We love the candidness and joy, even silliness, and the art. The shot of us standing in the Logan Square train vestibule, our illuminated backs to the lens, slightly elevated, with our reflection catching the opposite Plexiglas wall, behind which a sea of blues and purples bathe us is still Charles' desktop background. Your reconnaissance and eye for perfect light combined with your ease in assembling children and adults, we're sure, proved the right balance to allow us to enjoy the celebration while documenting it for perpetuity. Thank you for visiting parks weeks beforehand and getting in the mix - whether in a hot glass-blowing studio or nearly crushed in the center of the Hora - the day of. You're a trooper.
You were the best wedding vendor decision we made! You were always prompt, responsive to my suggestions and questions, and I never worried that he would fail to catch a critical moment. I have received countless compliments on our wedding and engagement photos. I wouldn't hesitate to use you in the future or recommend you to anyone in need of a photographer.,
I can't thank you enough for your hard work! So many happy tears when I saw the photos. You captured the emotion behind the happiest, most beautiful day of my life. I just love the candid shots of the kids and my friends and family having fun. I was able to see the events that unfolded while I was busy throughout the day. Oh my goodness! There were so many shots that were surprises and we were just thrilled! And the details so carefully captured will help us remember the day that went by too too fast.
Dear Justin, Thank you so much for all your hard work in August! We are so grateful for the photos that captured our wedding day perfectly and will help us remember it forever. Your advice and experience was so valuable and we can't thank you enough.
I finally saw the video today and, I have to admit, I cried my eyes out when I finally watched it at home! You captured the day so perfectly, and everyone looks so happy. I completely re-lived the day (and have watched it several times) and cannot tell you how delighted I am with the final product. I can't wait to see all of the other photo files. You are AMAZING!!!!
We LOVE our wedding photos!!! And so does our family!! A million thank yous are not enough! You two are absolutely amazing, and we feel so lucky that you captured our wedding! All the photos are so special and so beautiful and just so so good! Thank you!!!
Geoff and I had the absolute best day ever in large part to you. Aileen, you are seriously incredible at what you do. You can command a crowd when needed and then set up the most romantic shot seconds later. You were so calming, especially in the morning when I started to get a bit worried about the timeline. You know what it takes to get the job done and you're able to get everyone's attention and focus without being rude. You were a miracle worker with my nephews (they are quite the handful). I was so anxious the week of the wedding about being able to do our first look outdoors and take a couple pictures outside and you were so reassuring leading up to the day. And lo and behold - the weather ended up working out so well. Aileen, you were one of the first vendors we booked and we are so glad we did. Our wedding day was seriously the most special day of my life and it was great having you be such a huge part of it. It's incredible that you get to be part of people's most special day weekend after weekend. You and Ed run a fantastic business, you're able to be so professional and on top of everything and yet be so fun and natural to be around. Thanks again for all your work. You and Ed and your team are just so fantastic and we are so so thankful we had you as our photographer.