I’m sooo excited to recap Bespoke 2.0 for you all today! Lindsey and I shared the greatest honor of hosting 16 sweet, driven + talented photographers at our second workshop, this time at the Chicago History Museum! It was a jam-packed day of education centered around building successful wedding photography businesses, followed by a beautiful […]

Bespoke Workshop 2.0 at Chicago History Museum

This is one of the most common questions I get asked from other photographers! (It makes sense right… getting started is always the hardest part!) In today’s blog post, I’m sharing 3 tips for those who are interested in entering the world of wedding photography!

1. Start as an assistant, then second shoot.
The world of wedding photography is fast-paced and complex, and it takes time to learn the ins and outs. Unlike portrait sessions, there is no room for error on a wedding day. You don’t want to be learning for the first time, on the job!!
Booking work as an assistant or second shooter is an amazing place to start. Find a local photographer who you like and respect, who’s a step or two ahead of where you’d like to be. Offer to work for them for free, or help carry their gear. Put their needs + clients first, and be a sponge to absorb all the knowledge they have to share!

2. Practice with low-risk clients
Whether it’s family or a close friend, or someone who can’t afford a super experienced professional, booking low-risk clients at first helps alleviate some of the pressure of a wedding day.
My first wedding clients were college friends who I’d recently graduated with, who didn’t have huge budgets for their weddings. It was much more laidback working with people I knew, and it and allowed me to gain confidence all while building up my portfolio!!

3. Refine with education
It’s amazing what skills you can learn on the internet!!! From lighting to posing, marketing to pricing, there is loads of online education at your disposal. I recommend investing in a combination of digital courses as well as in-person workshops to build up your knowledge. Or, if you’re on a tight budget, YouTube is a great resource too!!

How to start shooting weddings

After their first date over tacos and beer, these two knew they were endgame!! As Katie + Brad graduated college and navigated life together, they always remained on the same page and their love grew stronger and stronger. In 2019, Brad planned a surprise proposal at Monet’s garden in Giverney, France… talk about a DREAM!!! Katie’s whole family was there to witness and celebrate the occasion!

Katie + Brad’s Chicago Illuminating Company Wedding

After some frustrating postponements (thanks Covid!), I FINALLY got to host my dream 30th birthday celebration last month!! Anyone who knows me knows that I love all things witchy, so I decided to throw a nontraditional Crystal Visions party downtown Chicago.

My crystal boho birthday party

From prom dates to husband and wife, Julianna and Mitch have a classic high school sweethearts type love story!! These two have been together for TEN YEARS… so when Mitch proposed around the holidays in 2018, it was an instant, no-brainer YES for Julianna! These two have so much in common. They’re from the same home town, they both love ice cream + traveling, oh! And they even share the same birthday!!!

Julianna + Mitch’s Heritage Prairie Farm Wedding

I LOVE this time of year. Late August comes with less humidity, cooler temps, + the return of the Starbucks fall menu. But most of all, I love this time of year because it’s SUNFLOWER SEASON!!! Christina + Jack had a blast frolicking through the sunflower fields at their engagement session, sharing lots of smiles […]

Christina + Jack’s Engagement Sesssion

As we navigate our early 30’s and approach 5 years of marriage, Keith and I often get asked when we’re planning on having kids. I sometimes joke that my baby has four legs + lots of yellow fur… but in all seriousness, the desire to be a mom isn’t currently on my heart. There are obvious reasons why I don’t feel ready… I love to sleep in, I’m busy chasing career goals, I spend almost every second of my free time traveling, and the list goes on!

I’m not sure if I want kids

One of the things I love about photography is that no two shoots are ever the same. Even here in Chicago, where I work most often, my couples are always bringing me to new and fun places. Amber + Ryan’s engagement session was no exception!

Amber and Ryan’s North Ave Beach Engagement Session

What do you get when you combine pastels, puppies, and lots of petals?? THE CUTEST WEDDING EVER. This was a very special shoot for me, because my sweet puppy Camper got to participate alongside his brother Stanley!! (And between wrestling and trying to chew each other’s floral collars off, we even managed to get a handful of ADORABLE photos!)

The Treasury / Wedding Inspiration with Puppies

Allow me to introduce one of the kindest + most fun-loving couples I’ve met… Lily and Cody!! These two met at a party in college while both attending Purdue University, and were inseparable ever since. Even through long distance when Lily moved to Austin, they always found ways to balance work, responsibilities, and most importantly – time together.

Lily and Cody’s Olive Park Engagement Session