If you’re planning on marrying in Illinois…congratulations! The state is packed with ornate architecture and scenic green spaces, making picking the perfect venue super easy.
After you’ve secured your location, it’ll be time to book the perfect photographer to capture your wedding planning efforts (like your gorgeous dress and decor).
In a perfect world, you’ll pick someone that has top-notch skills, a unique flair eye for editing, and who cares enough to take the time to learn your and your partner’s love story.
Of course, it takes time to find quality (and you’re probably busy enough with your last-minute wedding details), so we’ve done the leg work for you and compiled a list of the 13 best wedding photographers in Illinois.
Nicole Babiez Photography
Nicole of Nicole Babiez Photography is a professional photographer with seven years of experience. She specializes in capturing a couple’s “true personality, quirks, and all things in-between,” per her website.
If you book Nicole, you can guarantee that they’ll be no one more dedicated to capturing the sweet, intimate moments of your big day.
Lauren Ashley Studios
With the help of a team of talented and sophisticated photographers and videographers, Lauren Ashley Studios is able to produce a collection of classic, elegant images that capture the heart of your love.
Founded by the talented Lauren Ashley and based in Chicago, the studio travels worldwide doing wedding photography and videography.
Determined to create a record that is distinctly you, Lauren Ashley Studios will take all the time needed to get to know you and your story. And when the big day comes, they will be ready to capture every moment effortlessly.
Husband and wife team Kristen and Pavel are the brilliant talents behind The Adamkovi photographers.
Nominated for Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars, Pavel creates a fun yet elevated photos that capture the real you. Afterward, Kristen works her editing magic to give the collection a journalistic polish.
The result is a wedding album you’ll cherish for years to come.
Caitlin And Luke Photography
If you’re looking for classic, timeless photography, you’ll want to consider Bloomington-based couple Caitlin and Luke of Caitlin & Luke photography.
Newly married, Caitlin & Luke strive for authenticity when capturing a couple’s love story on film. This means they take a little time to connect with you and learn what’s most important to you.
By the time your wedding arrives, they’ll be like old friends capturing the most intimate important moments of your life.
Caitlin & Luke work in the midwest primarily but are happy to travel for their clients.
Teresa Williams Photography
Teresa Williams is the founder of Teresa Williams Photography. This Chicago-based photographer works globally, traveling worldwide to connect with clients and immortalize their weddings.
With a goal to commemorate the emotion imbued in small moments like your mom fixing your hair or the gaze every couple shares during their first dance, Teresa will create a treasure trove of memories for your family to look back on for years to come.
Tolman Media Illinois
Founded by Brennan & Jelica Tolman, Tolman Media connects couples to talented photographers across the U.S. for high-quality, low-cost photos.
Tolman Media works locally with the best photographers in every state and will work with you one-on-one to create the photo package of your dreams.
With a portfolio full of crisp, magazine-quality images rich with emotion, you can’t go wrong looking at Tolma Media.
Erin B photography
With a slew of brilliant, colorful images, Erin B’s photography stands out for its rich hues and the warmth radiating from her photos.
Based out of Lake Bloomington, IL, Erin B. does wedding photography throughout the state and can travel upon request. As a photographer, she brings a background of theater and fine art to every image.
With an eye to capture the spirit and heart of every couple she photographs, Erin connects with her clients to create a record of the most memorable and emotional moments of your big day.
Jermaine Horton Photography
Jermaine Horton’s Photography speaks for itself with a collection of rich, luminous images of couples in unique, memorable poses immortalized on their wedding day.
Based in Naperville, IL, Jermaine Horton has been featured on CNN, in Chicago Tribune, and many other outlets.
Horton blends years of expertise and style to create timeless images your family will cherish for generations.
The Ridge Photography
With a focus on service and natural light, Annie Banton is the founder of The Ridge Photography.
Annie uses props to elicit an authentic reaction in her subjects rather than create a selection of artificial poses.
With a knack for capturing candid moments, Annie will fill your wedding album with heartfelt, memorable images that your loved ones will hold dear for generations.
Photos by Ariel
Based out of central Illinois, best friends Ariel & Jacob are the creative team behind Photos by Ariel. Ariel is on a mission to see the beauty of every moment, capture it on film for all time, and, most importantly, help us slow down and see it too.
With this approach, Ariel and Jacob will take the time to get to know you, ensuring your values align. Making certain they can connect with you is one of the most critical elements of good photography.
Ariel and Jacob work primarily in Illinois but are happy to do just about any event, from destination weddings to backyard elopements.
La Vita Photography
Vita is the creative mind behind La Vita Photography. Bringing years of experience and passion to every session, her goal is to take a perfect photo each and every time. She’ll use a journalistic approach to bring that experience, passion, and perfection to your wedding.
Your first steps will be getting to know her and shooting engagement photos. This allows Vita to get comfortable with you and for you to get comfortable with her.
When the time comes working together will feel natural and relaxed, ready to work together to capture all those precious moments.
La Vita Photography primarily serves the Great Lakes Region based out of Lake Zurich. However, she is willing to travel, so if you like what you see, don’t hesitate to reach out.
With over 20 years of experience, Chicago-based TWA Photography has won multiple awards from The Knot and Wedding Wire. They also have an A+ rating with the Better Business Beaurea.
Your story…your love…they’re different from everyone else’s, and TWA takes a unique approach to every client. They aim to capture and build your family’s first heirloom, your wedding album.
Working with a team with decades of experience, award-winning photographer Victoria Sprung has photographed over 600 weddings.
Victoria and her team of quirky, creative individuals work primarily in Chicago and specialize in smaller weddings and elopements. Described as a lighting guru, Victoria will work side-by-side with you, creating effortless photos that will make friends and family feel as if they were truly there.