Best wedding photographers in Illinois
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Creative documentary Wedding Photographer based in Chicago, but definitely available for travel.
My goal is to tell the story of your day, from the morning preparations through the dance party. That means I'll have my eyes open for your details, because they're an important part of the story. And we'll get all the "formal groups," because I think everyone should have timeless family portraits. But as a photojournalist, my real passion is for moments. I love documenting all the emotions of the day - the joy, the laughter and even the tears.
Regardless of what kind of celebration you're planning, I love working with couples that trust me and my approach. The most successful weddings I've photographed are memorable, not because of the venue or the details, but because I connected with my clients, and they trusted my vision.
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 love the whole flow of the wedding day, from the excitement of a bride getting her hair and makeup done with her closest friends and family, the moment that she puts on the dress and her dad sees her for the first time, the moment her nervous groom sees her walking down the aisle. That is my favorite moment of the day. I feel honored to document a couple's love story on the most important and intimate day of their lives.
I offer packages with photography and some video. Using photos from the day, music, audio and video footage, I create a wedding trailer that tells the story of the day.
Why do I include video? Photography freezes a moment in time that you want to remember for the rest of your life. Video brings you right back to that moment and allows you to relive those moments. Bringing in all the elements of photography, video, audio and music together, I create a complete emotional story.
Photography was and always will be our passion. Our style is artistic, documentary wedding photography. We are always trying to pick locations that are original, fun and exclusive for every wedding following our clients wishes and sensibilities. We are trying to be inspiring and positive so that your wedding shooting isn't just one of the obligations but the fun part of your wedding day.
When I'm not photographing rad folks in love, you can find me making music, playing DND, obsessing over someone's dog (please, let me meet your dog), or engaged as an activist in my community. I have made the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago my home for the last 8 years. I think marriage is amazing.
A long struggle with severe depression and anxiety caused me to see the world, especially love and happiness, in a much, much different light. Thankfully, that has defined what I do: I get to document the tears, the laughter, the love, and every other beautiful emotion a wedding day brings, and everything in between. I tell stories through my lens and watch two people take one of the most incredible steps together to begin their life's greatest adventure. And I don't know about you, but I love a good adventure.
Let's make some memories together.
I started photographing professionally in 2011 and have since photographed hundreds of weddings, families, and events worldwide. I studied photography under a few world-renowned photographers. However, everyone I met in my life has a little bit of influence on my work and it is ever evolving. I would describe my style as timeless, vibrant and full of life. These are the photos that won't look dated even if you look at them 20 or 50 years later.
I've worked as a photojournalist for 15 years including ten years for the Chicago Tribune. My goal is to search for and capture moments that go beyond the posed portrait to show not only how you look, but what you feel.
Your life is full of moments... it's my job to document them.
From scouting the most interesting photo spots, to lighting for the best shots, to post-production, Allison ensures her clients walk away with exceptional and individual photographs of this most special day. She's most excited by her client's unique traits and ideas, and always has a blast building the most creative, interesting shoots for her brides and grooms.
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 '03 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.
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A little about Me!
Being a mother, I would always capture photos of my son not wanting to miss a moment of him growing up. As they were called "shots" by me, my husband called them something else.....real moments, memories! And the journey began, as my husband started to support me, although he was jealous in the beginning that my photos came out better. But, happy at the same time since both of us were competing to photograph our life...our son! As he grew, I was jokingly told that I should start taking professional photographs. After repeatedly hearing this suggestion, I decided to give it a shot and start thinking creatively and artistically. The photos came out really live and sharp. The weather turned sunny all of a sudden around me. In pursuit of perfection when it comes to photography, I decided to get some high-end gear and give it a whirl. Some of my close friends showed support by booking a fine portrait session. I was also given a chance to photograph a wedding, but for free since I had to prove myself first. It was a big day for me, a day to photograph a Chicago wedding, an Indian wedding. The wedding day of the beautiful couple turned up very prismatic for all of us. Wedding photography became a passion and obsession thereafter and my goal to capture timeless images of husband and wife solidified instantly. I was excited to make each couple's big day uniquely personal by sweeping each perfect moment.
First one went superbly well and it gave me extended motivation. After watching many youtube videos successively and taking certain key online classes, I learned all the techniques that professional photographers use to bring each image to life. I also shadowed professional photographers, videographers, and cinematographers who have been photographing for 20+ years. Their years of experience and style of fine art photography inspired me to work harder and make each wedding day just perfect! My husband says that the amount of work that is involved in professional photography is really tedious and boring, but I absolutely love it. My passion is to make sure each of my pictures tell a story, seize the moment and make it resplendent and theatrical. I am a big fan of love stories. I aim to translate language of your emotions into photos, bring them out and freeze in time to be cherished forever. Only then, I feel like I have succeeded or made my clients happy, in an amicably photojournalistic way. My ultimate goal is to become your photographer for all your events, especially a wedding photographer. My ambition is to capture photos of your beautiful wedding in a documentary style, as an ultimate photojournalistic wedding. With your help and support from friends and family, I also want to turn DARS Photography into an award winning photographer. I have lived in Chicago all my life and would love to incorporate Chicago style photography by collaborating with all the wonderful wedding vendors. My objective is to make your wedding album stunning and breathtaking. I review brides magazine routinely to get new inspiring ideas and offer free engagement session on some of my wedding packages. There are many top Chicago wedding photographers and I learn something new from all of them, hoping to become the best wedding photographer.
As Chicago Wedding photographers, we're lucky to be able to shoot in one of the most beautiful and artistic cities in the world. If you're interested in wedding photography that is artistic, modern, and bold, we'd love to hear from you!
I love the tears of a dad seeing his baby girl as a stunning bride. I love the friends and family that have traveled hours (sometimes days) just to let their hair down and celebrate this incredible day with those getting married. Of course I love the two people at the center of it all, dancing and in love and soaking it all in.
I'm honored that I get chosen to tell the story that my couples and their children (and maybe even grandchildren) will revisit for the rest of their lives.
Weddings are crazy. Let's make some art, y'all.
It's these experiences as a photojournalist that are the foundation of my philosophy to tell the story of your wedding day. Your story will be not only be about what happened during your special day, but also how you felt throughout, capturing real, powerful moments that will last a lifetime.
I'm grateful to have been recognized at International Print Competitions and have been featured in numerous local + national magazines and wedding blog posts. Destination weddings have brought me to Thailand, Italy, Mexico, and all over the US.
Locally I love Do-Rite Donuts, Molly's Cupcakes, Smoque BBQ, Kuma's Corner, Pequod's...and the list goes on and on!
She feels lucky to meet so many memorable people, and feels honored to capture the events they will never forget. She would love to tell your story.
Monika Labbe Sommerfeldt
Your wedding day is an unforgettable experience, your photos should show that joy and bring either a tear or chuckle every time you look at them for years to come.
Laetitia Patezour is an International Award-winning French photographer, and "her work is a fit for a French Fashion Magazine" (Milwaukee Magazine). Tres Jolie Photo brings Fine Art inspired cutting-edge wedding photography to USA.
In the World TOP 100 of the "Wedding Photographer Society" in 2015, World TOP 20 by "Wedding Photography Select" in 2015, and World Top 50 by the Italian Magazine "just Married" in 2015. "I just looked at the pictures! So in love! I have worked with great photographers, but none of them capture the emotions and feelings like you do! Thank you so much!" McKey Sullivan ANTM - America Next Top Model Winner - cycle 11