My team and I photograph weddings of all sizes and can travel anywhere you’d like! I aim to give each couple a fun, easy experience and deliver them a gorgeous gallery that highlights the beauty, authenticity, and intimate memories of your most special day.
Engagement sessions are the best way for us to get to know each other! I love doing unique engagement shoots (vintage Chicago, anyone?) as well as timeless skyline sessions. Photos are delivered in an online gallery, from which you can also order Save the Dates directly.
Though you never need a reason for a boudoir shoot, an upcoming wedding is certainly a good one! My boudoir shoots are fun, comfortable, and emphasize all things glamorous. I strive to provide the safest, sexiest experience I can, booking shoots either in my studio or on-site in a
hotel/AirBnb. You can provide your own makeup/hair/styling, or I can source it for you–either way, I promise you’ll feel like a total bombshell!
Pre-wedding sessions are a wonderful, flexible option to consider. Some couples book them so they can do bridal and/or couples portraits in advance, allowing them to spend more time with wedding guests on the big day. Other couples like the ability to have wedding photos in a different location than their actual wedding! I particularly love this option for couples having out-of-town weddings that still want photos in Chicago.
Post-Wedding/"Trash the Dress"
A post-wedding or “Trash the Dress” session is a great way to get more beautiful photos and another wear out of your wedding outfits! You can treat it like a pre-wedding shoot, or lean into the “Trash the Dress” name by taking photos at the beach, in water, or someplace else awesome where you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Personally, I’m a fan of Lake Michigan at sunrise! Many couples do these the morning after their wedding, but I 100% get if that’s not your thing, so you can also do them anytime afterward.
Personalized Gallery & Print Store
Hi-res photos from every session will be delivered in a personalized online gallery, which you can share with others and even add your own photos to! You'll have the ability to mark favorites and photos you'd like to keep private, and both you and those you share the gallery with will be able to preview and order prints, albums, wall art, cards, and more directly from the gallery's print store.
Alaura Creative's print store sources a wide variety of prints and products from the best photo labs in both the United States and Europe, ensuring your photos are printed true-to-color using the highest quality materials.
A top-selling and most-requested product, I'm proud to offer clients a variety of album and album alternatives at a range of price points. In addition to our luxurious fine art albums, the Alaura Creative store also offers a gorgeous line of lay-flat albums and elegant hardcover books (which start as low as $50!) to ensure every couple finds a product they love within their budget.
Booking two photographers is a great way to maximize your wedding coverage. When you do so, one of my talented associates will join me to help capture every second–resulting in more angles, more moments, and more photos. While it's a unique decision for every couple, I highly encourage two photographers for couples who have large weddings/wedding parties, couples with tight timelines, or those who simply want as many photos as possible.
As you might note from my portfolio, I shoot many other types of projects in addition to weddings and couples! From lifestyle and blogger sessions to newborn, family, editorial, and more, I'm open to a variety of creative and photographic endeavors and am eager to hear what your project entails. Contact me to discuss!
How do you photograph weddings?
As you can likely tell from my portfolio, I like to focus on both the big moments and the little details. My years spent working for a luxury wedding designer give me a special appreciation for all of the oft-overlooked elements that go into a beautiful wedding, and I do my best to appreciate them from start to end, giving you as many memories as possible in your final gallery.
Where are you based and do you travel?
I'm based in Chicago and yes, I love to travel! I will go anywhere in the world you want me to. The first 30 miles roundtrip (from my studio) of travel is included for every event/wedding, with travel up to 100 miles roundtrip charged at $1.50 per mile. All miles in excess of that are charged by a flat travel fee to cover my travel and boarding, which is pre-approved by you. Don't worry though! I get a thrill out of travel deals, so I'll find a way to come affordably.
When will we receive our wedding photos and how many can we expect?
You will receive previews within 48 hours (yay!) and an online gallery link with all your photos within a maximum of 8 weeks–sometimes less depending on the season. I love to provide a lot of photos, so you can expect anywhere from 50-80 photos per hour booked with me and more if you book a second shooter as well! You can download all photos from the gallery but also share them, choose your favorites, and order prints, canvases, and more easily.
What is the booking and pre-wedding process like?
If you'd like to proceed with a consultation video/phone call and booking, simply fill out the form on the "Contact" page and I'll get back to you within 48 hours. I require a 20% non-refundable deposit and signed contract to secure your booking. I'll also send you a questionnaire and some other info to help you prep before your wedding!