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Moment-Driven Photography is what I do best.

I love spontaneous, non-scripted, wonderful moments during a wedding day! I crave all the nuanced happenings that occur that narrate a couple’s fantastical day. So full of so many emotions and with so many loved ones’ around. My wedding photography services cover the entire day of capturing every moment to narrate your unique story.

Documenting moments is the essence of my style.

My goal is simple – to narrate the story of your wedding day. As a photojournalist, that means I start shooting in the early morning during hair and makeup and stay into the night to capture all your crazy dancing friends! And I keep shooting during all beautiful in-between moments when no one else is looking. I love delivering a heartfelt collection of photos that narrates your unique wedding story. And, the feeling is only amplified when I get to create heirloom, coffee table books and art prints for my couples.

Making everyone feel comfortable is so important.

I love getting to know couples during an engagement session and I will often attend rehearsals or venue visits when possible. That way I’m a familiar face by the time I arrive at your hotel suite on the wedding day. And, I am able to become part of the background so I can capture all those wonderful spontaneous moments. Also, I work closely with my couples’ throughout the entire wedding process so that I become a trusted resource. I send preparation emails before the wedding, and schedule as many consultations as you need to get us ready.

Rain, snow, wind- I am prepared for anything.

As a wedding photojournalist, I cover all kinds of events in every type of weather event or situation. No matter what wedding day curve-balls come my way, I will make the most of any situation.  I can, and have made portfolio pictures in the covered entrance of a hotel, underneath viaducts or in a dark room. You can feel confident in my absolute ability to handle the unique challenges of any venue or location, even if I haven’t shot there before.

 

“In long, Dawn is an expert professional who will take care of you emotionally and photographically for whatever big day you hire her. If she’s available, hire her. Hire her right now. If you have to, change the date just so you can work with her.” Kristina P.

EA

Real weddings don’t fit perfectly into six, eight or even 10-hour packages. My collections are totally customized to suit your personal wedding day.

 

After I learn more about your wedding, I create a personalized collection based on exactly what you need for your beautiful day. My client relationships are extremely important as we help you with your timeline and collaborate with you on memorable locations for our couple session together. Please know that I often shoot intimate weddings, weddings with less than 6 hours of coverage, along with Elopements and Micro-Weddings!

Use the Contact form to send me all your information so we can get started!

 

All Collections Include:

  • Light retouching of all photos.
  • Online gallery of your wedding images to share with family and friends.
  • Digital download of edited JPEG images sized in high-resolution, with complete printing and web rights.
  • Unlimited consultations and phone calls to help with timing, locations, and coordination with vendors.
  • Engagement Sessions, Rehearsal Dinners and After-Party events are available as add-ons.
  • Album credits are included to purchase beautiful, heirloom albums from Finao and Madera.

 

 

The Process, Step-by-step

  • Reach out to me on my Contact form.

  • We will schedule a quick phone or Zoom chat, get to know each other, talk a few details and work on your schedule.

  • After I learn about all the specifics, I send you a personalized collection based on exactly what you need for your wonderful day. We can schedule another call and answer any questions you have, or just to talk to other members of your family!
  • As soon as you’ve signed our contract and paid your deposit, I send over an email confirmation and we talk about your upcoming engagement session, or any upcoming venue visits or details.

  • We will spend the days, weeks, months before your wedding day messaging when necessary. About 3 months before your wedding, I start sending out preparation emails so we can plan the perfect, customized wedding day for you!

  • About two weeks before the wedding, we meet in person or on a Zoom call to go over all your wedding details.
  • On your wedding day, your adventure finally happens- and it’ll be even better than you imagined!

  • You’ll go home with incredible memories, and I go home with incredible photos. We’ll edit them to perfection, and then deliver them in an online gallery that will have re-living your incredible day.

  • A couple of months after the wedding, we schedule a follow-up call to talk about my album process and creating a totally unique, heirloom piece for you!

See our latest Weddings!

Tennessee Mountain Bridal Session

Tennessee Mountain Bridal Session

Tennessee Mountain Bridal Session   This Tennessee Mountain bridal session was truly a magical experience and one I will never forget! Within the two hours of photographing in the mountains near the Appalachian Trail in Erwin, TN, we had rain clouds, an actual rainbow...

Country Club Wedding| Emmy and Mat

Country Club Wedding| Emmy and Mat

Couple: Emmy and Mat Wedding Style: Modern and relaxed elegance at old-school country club Emmy and Mat's Country Club wedding was chock full of close family and friends, at an old-school golf club in a neighborhood where Mat grew up. Like many weddings in the past...

Old Post Office Chicago Wedding

Old Post Office Chicago Wedding

Couple: Kim and AdamVenue: Old Post Office Chicago WeddingWedding Style: Simple,elegant, modern How you both met: At Flamingo Rum Club in River North out with mutual friends. Your proposal: In our condo Friday after work. I came home to the apartment lit up by...