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B. Adams Photography

Rockton, IL 61072
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Business Description

B. Adams Photography's wedding coverage includes eight or more hours of coverage, multiple photographers, edited images in an online gallery, and discounts on prints. The business offers add-on items such as hardcover books, albums, and gallery wraps. The photography studio also shoots engagement portraits, newborn photos, maternity portraits, family portraits, and high school seniors. Clients have praised B. Adams Photography for its friendly, talented, and fun photographer.

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C. Tyson Photography

Rockford, IL 61108
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C. Tyson Photography has been serving Rockford clients since 2008. The studio's work has been featured by Wedding Vibe, HuffPost Weddings, Trendy Bride, Style Me Pretty, Bridal Guide, The Knot, Brideside, Quarterly Northwest, and other publications. The business' wedding package includes all-day coverage, a second photographer, edited photos in an online gallery, an engagement photo session, and a 30-page album.

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Catalyst Design & Photography

Rockford, IL 61108
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Catalyst Design and Photography is a professional photography business co-owned by photographers Jesse and Jen. Located in Rockford, Illinois, Catalyst Design & Photography specializes in weddings, but also offers portraits (families, children, or maternity), baby’s first year packages, senior photos, and commercial photography. Clients praise Jesse and Jen’s relaxed style, natural photos, photogenic results, and fun-to-work-with personalities.

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David C. Olson Photography

Rockford, IL 61108
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David C. Olson Photography has been serving the Rockford area for more than 20 years. The business won Best of Rockford 2016 in Commercial Art & Photography Schools. The company shoots wedding photos as well as children's portraits, family portraits, professional headshots, high school senior portraits, and other types of portraits. The studio has 1500 square feet of sets and an outdoor setting with waterfalls, swimming pools, and gardens. Clients have praised the photographer for his kind, considerate attitude and beautiful photos.

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ellAdele Photography

211 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61104

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Located near Rockford, ellAdele Photography was established by Elizabeth, a wedding photographer who emphasizes building relationships with the couples she photographs. Elizabeth offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and The White Label boudoir photoshoot sessions. ellAdele Photography coverage packages can be customized to fit couples' needs. Elizabeth provides true all-day coverage, from the wedding preparation to final exit. Alternatively, couples can choose 4, 6, or even 8 hours of wedding coverage.

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Forest City Photographs

Rockford, IL 61107
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Forest City Photographs is a photography company that offers wedding photography packages in Rockford. The company comprises three professional photographers who specialize in providing their clients with creative and timeless image outputs. The trio believes that delivering real and honest photographs is the best way to connect with people and capture moments that actually matter. Their services include packages for couples, weddings, and elopement. Lastly, they flatter themselves in getting featured on SLR Lounge, Steel & Flint, and Lookslikefilm.

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Hillside Studio

Freeport, IL 61032
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Hillside Studio provides a mix of photojournalistic, artistic, formal, and detailed shots in its wedding coverage. The business also shoots high school seniors, fashion shots, family portraits, and baby photos. The studio is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, Association of Professional Photographers of Illinois, and Professional Photographers of Northern Illinois. Clients have given positive feedback for Hillside Studio's thorough, creative, professional, and knowledgeable photographer.

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Indigo Photography

Rockford, IL 61114
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Indigo Photography is made of a husband and wife team based in Rockford. The photography studio has been serving clients for more than 10 years. The business has been featured on Bride Meets Wedding, Wisconsin Bride, and The Knot. The studio takes 10 weddings a year and will travel for destination weddings. Indigo Photography also shoots senior portraits, engagement photos, and headshots. Clients have praised the business for its professional, outgoing, and flexible photographers.

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Janderson Photography

Dekalb, IL 60115
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Janderson Photography has been serving the Rockford area for more than 10 years. Based in DeKalb, the studio is a member of Professional Photographers of America and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating. The business photographs weddings as well as business headshots, school photos, and lifestyle portraits. Clients have praised the studio for its quality work.

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Jay Bryant

Rockford, IL 61107
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Jay Bryant is an award-winning photographer with more than 30 years of photography experience. The photographer has worked for the White House, the Associated Press, Gannett Newspapers, and The Orange County Register. The studio captures weddings, portraits, and family photos. Clients have given positive feedback for Jay Bryant's beautiful, timeless photos.

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Jen Sacia Photography

Pecatonica, IL 61063
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The photographer behind Jen Sacia Photography has been capturing photos since she was a child. The studio, based in Pecatonica, photographs weddings and engagements as well as family portraits, high school senior portraits, newborn portraits, and kids' portraits. The business also offers mini sessions at discounted prices. Clients have given positive feedback for Jen Sacia's open communication, patience, and fast work.

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Leif and Christine Photography

207 West Winnebago Street, Winnebago, IL 61088
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Leif and Christine Photography is a husband and wife duo of wedding photographers servicing the Rockford metro and other surrounding areas. Passionate about capturing moments from their clients' lives, Leif and Christine cater to weddings, senior photos, family portraits, and other special occasions. Aiming to capture the beauty and essence of every life event, the duo aims to retell their clients' stories using the photos and images they take during their shoots.

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Luis Hermosillo

Rockford, IL 61107
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Luis Hermosillo captures elopements, local Rockford weddings, and destination weddings. The business' wedding packages include all-day coverage, an engagement session, an online gallery, an assistant photographer, print release, and photos on a flash drive. The photography studio also captures family, senior, and couples' portraits. Clients have praised the photographer for his organization and classic, timeless photos.

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Meg Dunn Photography

Rockford, IL 61114
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The owner of Meg Dunn Photography has been working in the field for more than 10 years. The Rockford studio photographs weddings, engagements, baby photos, home interior photos, and family portraits. Clients have praised Meg Dunn Photography for its passionate, professional, fun, and organized photographer.

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Melissa’s Photography

126 Birch Drive Southwest, Poplar Grove, IL 61065
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Melissa's Photography is a Rockford-based studio offering wedding photography services and prints. Its photography sessions typically include six to eight hours of shooting and a personal gallery of digital images. Wedding photography sessions can be customized by adding a second photographer or booking sessions by the hour. The wedding photographer also captures newborns, kids, senior graduations, families, engagements, and other life events. The studio also offers headshots and sports photography. Its print services include large print and canvas print packages.

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Ryan Davis Photography

Rockford, IL 61103
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Ryan Davis Photography has photographed hundreds of weddings in the Rockford area. The photography studio's wedding package includes up to nine hours of wedding coverage, edited images in an online gallery, online photo backup, and a print release. The business' add-on items include a 40-page album and canvas wraps. Clients have praised Ryan Davis for his quality photos and reasonable prices.

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5.0 / 5 (7)
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Stephanie Hulthen Photography

Lee, IL 60530
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Stephanie Hulthen Photography is an award-winning business that has been seen in Evoking You, Senior Style Guide, The Knot, Sweet Violet Bride, Wedding Guide Chicago, and Chicago Style Weddings. The photography studio photographs weddings, engagements, high school senior portraits, commercial photos, and family portraits. Stephanie Hulthen provides photography mentoring and holds workshops for aspiring photographers.

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Vanessa Yoss Photography

Rockford, IL 61072
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Vanessa Yoss Photography serves clients in and around the Rockford area. The studio shoots weddings, engagements, and boudoir photos. The business also captures maternity portraits, newborn photos, classic portraits, and high school senior portraits. The studio gives discounts to active military members. Vanessa Yoss Photography prints gift sizes, wall portraits, and fine art canvases, and offers albums and keepsake photo boxes. Clients have praised the business for its attentive, professional photographer who communicates well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Because of the sheer number of weddings that happen each year, wedding photography is a booming industry. Couples engaged to be married should take great care in finding a wedding photographer before their big day that suits their style.

Many people think all wedding photographers are virtually the same, but this is incorrect. Some photographers prefer unusual arrangements, angles, and uses of light in their images. They may also have unique styles and filters when editing wedding photos. This makes it very important if you're planning on getting married and looking for a photographer to take the time to find one whose style aligns with what you're looking for.

What does a wedding photographer do?

Wedding photographers take pictures of the wedding ceremony, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and the families of the bride and groom. They also often photograph the major events of the reception and the guests to help preserve memories of the entire affair.

What makes a good wedding photographer?

A good wedding photographer can faithfully recreate special memories, taking care to capture the most important moments of the wedding and reception. They're able to fulfill the requests of the couple getting married and help them choose the best images from the event.

How do I pick a wedding photographer?

Couples can find their wedding photographer by asking friends and family for recommendations or checking out local listings. It's important to review portfolios, pricing, and availability. When you've picked a few that pique your interest, speak to them in person to make sure they're a good fit.

What should I ask a wedding photographer?

Before you make a final decision about your wedding photographer, you'll want to ask several important questions, such as:

  • Can we see your portfolio?
  • How many weddings have you shot?
  • How much do require for a deposit?
  • What packages are available in our price range?
  • What is your editing style?

How much does a wedding photographer cost?

The cost of a wedding photographer depends on various factors, including their experience, photo packages, and the length of time you need them. According to Brides.com, a wedding photographer can charge anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for their services.

Why are wedding photographers so expensive?

A wedding photographer's fee reflects their experience, training, and ability to fulfill your vision and requests. The time needed to complete the process for a single wedding makes a difference as well. For a standard eight to 10 hour wedding, a photographer may spend as much as double that culling and editing photos.

Do I need a wedding photographer?

Technically, you don't need a wedding photographer. Some people prefer a simpler occasion with a few photos taken by friends. However, hiring a wedding photographer ensures that you have professional, high-quality photographs of your wedding that preserve memories for generations.

How long do I need a photographer for my wedding?

Most wedding photographers are hired for eight to 10 hours to set up, travel between venues for the ceremony and reception, and capture events, including the wedding party getting ready, the ceremony, and occasions during the reception. In rare cases, a wedding photographer may be hired for multiple days.

How many photographers do I need for a wedding?

The number of photographers for a wedding is a matter of the organizers' preferences. Sometimes, a couple may feel that having two gives them more coverage of the event, but beware that many photographers include an exclusivity clause in their contracts, so they'll usually arrange a second of their choice.

How many pictures do wedding photographers give?

If you hire a single photographer, they'll usually take 50 images per hour on average with time spent setting up, positioning wedding party members, and transporting equipment to and from venues. The average wedding has between 400 and 800 images total.

What do photographers wear to weddings?

Many photographers choose to match the wedding theme and attendees or wear all black so they don't stand out. If the wedding organizers or couple getting married have specific requests for the photographer's attire, they'll usually do their best to comply.

Do you feed your wedding photographer?

Since most weddings are all-day events and the photographer is expected to be working before, during, and after the festivities, it's polite to make sure an extra plate at the reception is reserved for them. Many photographers do bring their own food to feed themselves over the course of the day.

How do I become a wedding photographer?

Helping a more experienced photographer as their "second" is a good way to learn the industry and get the experience you need to shoot weddings on your own. Many wedding photographers are classically trained and educated in the art of photography before they serve weddings.

What do I need to get started as a wedding photographer?

In terms of physical equipment, all you need to shoot your first wedding is a couple of high-quality lenses, a camera body, a flash setup, and film or memory cards to store images, if you're shooting digital. You'll also want to bring backup equipment and make sure your gear is insured in case anything happens.

How do I become a great wedding photographer?

To develop your skills as a wedding photographer, you need to know your equipment and its capabilities. Seek training from a professional, take courses in photography, or find a mentor to assist — experience is key. Networking is important when you start out. Research, experiment, and practice with lighting and different styles to broaden your skills.

How much do wedding photographers make?

According to Salary.com, the median annual income of a wedding photographer is just under $50,000. Many wedding photographers are independent contractors and either have another part-time profession or take photos of other events, such as baby showers and engagements.

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