For more than 12 years I’ve been photographing weddings. I’ve captured weddings in modestly priced banquet halls all the way up to luxury wedding venues. I’ve photographed DIY wedding decor to lavishly designed events. I’ve captured weddings with only 2 guests up to weddings with more than 600 guests. I’ve photographed in dark Gothic churches, dimly lit night time receptions, sunny outdoor ceremonies and weddings bathed in simply candlelight. I’ve photographed weddings in rain, snow, scorching sun and sub-zero temperatures. I’ve captured weddings in the remote desert of northern Nevada to the sandy beaches of southern California and South Florida. I’ve photographed weddings aboard small 6 passenger boats and large luxury yachts that hold hundreds. I’ve worked with many of the top wedding planners in the world and have also helped brides plan their intimate elopements. These opportunities have provided me the experience to become a well-rounded photographer capable of capturing weddings of any size, in any venue, in any climate and in any lighting conditions without trepidation or hesitation.
I began my career as a wedding photographer working for several wedding photography studios capturing upwards of 50 weddings per year. Opportunely, I made all my mistakes working for these commercial chain studios before ever risking my own client’s memories.
I’ve captured nearly 600 weddings around the world and have been named one of the top wedding photographers in Chicago by numerous websites, publications and professional organizations.
Value is in my experience.
I specialize in capturing powerful moments and transforming them into stunning works of art unlike anything you’ve ever seen. I believe the relationships with your family and friends are the most important aspect of your wedding which is what I will constantly look to capture. I will blend bold dynamic lighting with rich saturated colors while photographing unseen moments to craft compelling images from your wedding that will leave you in awe.
I believe printed photos directly invoke very powerful emotions which is why I deliver stunning handcrafted wedding albums with each Collection to elegantly showcase your wedding images. These exquisite albums are elegantly designed to tell the narrative story of your day from start to finish with a mix of gripping emotional moments interspersed with timeless, classic portraits and dynamic, captivating photojournalism that will become your first family heirloom.
Each wedding I photograph is unique and is always approached with a fresh eye and reflection of my client’s personality in mind.
After photographing hundreds of weddings, I’ve seen many styles come and go. What may seem trendy now may look awful in just a few years. These trends started with the popularity of color selecting photos, sepia tones, soft glows, heavy vignettes, skin smoothing, pupil shrinking, deep color burns and progressed into pee colored skies, desaturated colors, adding noise (grain) to imitate film, faux wood flooring studio portraits and couples holding giant balloons, carrying vintage suitcases or riding antique bicycles. Whether it was capturing portraits perched on a bed in the middle of grassy meadow or holding hands while balancing on an abandoned railroad track, these trends became fads and a fad is something that has only short term popularity. A fad in photography might be known as a pose, a prop or a style of photographing or editing that might be popular for a brief period of time. Will your photos speak to you the same way years down the road or will you look back and laugh at how ridiculous that style was as you roll your eyes? Not too long ago it was cool to have part of a photo in color (such as a bride’s bouquet) and the remainder of the image in black and white. Look at that same style of photo processing now and it just seems dated and tacky.
Whenever I showcase my album selections to a potential client, I always sneak in an album I created over 10 years ago and ask them to tell me what year these photos were captured. Many assume each album was created recently. The fact that these potential clients can’t identify what year these albums were created is a testament to the timeless nature of my photography.
I believe the relationships with your family and friends are the most beautiful, important aspect of your wedding and that is what my team and I will strive to capture and deliver to you. I endeavor to pay close attention and take pride in my post-processing. I always deliver a clean composition with an emphasis on framing my subjects to create an aesthetically appealing work of art. My aim is always quality over quantity.