forever & happily in love

As your wedding photographer, my goal for our time together is to give you photos that actually make you FEEL the love when you show them to your grandkids someday.

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Let me share a little secret

Finding the right photographer for you is more important than you think. I can prove that to be true because you have probably already been on 100 different photography websites by now & you still haven't found the right photographer for your big day. If finding that perfect person wasn't so important, you would have went with the first person you found that was within your budget & available on your wedding date. Right?


Now, I want to be honest with you. I will not be the right photographer for everyone AND that is perfectly okay.

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So why me?


I am all about candid moments &  real emotions. I will capture those nervous jitters before the ceremony, your dad wiping that tear from your mom's cheek, all the way to photographing  that embarrassing uncle who is dancing his heart out on the dance floor! Because to me, THOSE are the memories you are going to want to remember years later. Not the ones of you fake smiling at the camera. Don't you agree?


I'm NOT about posing you in prom-like poses that make you feel stiff & awkward or shoving a camera in you face & telling you to say "cheese". Instead, we are going to start off as friends. I am going to get to know you as a couple & your story. Then, I am going to use what I learned about you to easily create moments that are authentically you. I am going to capture your laughs & your tears & to be honest, I will probably be laughing & crying with you. I am all about serving you with an INCREDIBLE experience because that is how I am able to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. You will feel prepared, knowing exactly what to expect & trusting in me to make your day all about you & your loved one.


"I started to cry when I received my wedding photos from Summer. Every time I look through the gallery, I feel like I am re-living each & every moment. She served us so well & made us feel so valued! The day was ALL about us & she supported us through every step & every decision."

Jessica

I've got your back


I want to be so much more than your photographer or just another vendor that you are working with. From the minute you book with me to after the delivery of your gallery, I am in your corner. I will help you with your timeline, I'll suggest photo locations, I'll even let you know what emergency items you should have with you on your wedding day (but don't worry, I'll have emergency kit in my car just in case).


If you need coffee in the morning, I'll go grab your favorite. If your grandma needs her lipstick touched up before family photos, I'll help her out. I will even gladly fluff your dress for all the pictures making it look perfect just like you!


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Let's discuss the investment


Every single couple, love story & adventure is different. So I have made it easy for you to customize exactly what you need for your day because not everyone is going to need or want everything that is included in typical packages. And honestly, that just isn't fair for you to pay for something that you don't want or need.


The investment includes sneak peeks delivered within 48 hours (who wouldn't want to get some of their wedding photos back this quick!), being able to download ALL of your professionally edited photos, social media sharing rights, a digital wedding guide booklet, an online interactive wedding tracker, and the access to me to help you customize your wedding timeline. There will be the option for add-ons, but that is 100% up to you if you want them or not.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

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Where are you located?

I am based in Robinson, Illinois. But do not let that stop you.

How does payment work?

You will receive an email with a link to your customized proposal. The link will include a contract and your invoice. The contract must be signed and the deposit must be paid for me to hold your date. A 50% deposit is required. You will make the payment online with a debit or credit card. All payments are safe using Stripe.

How many images are included?

You will receive ALL of your professionally edited photos in your digital online gallery. I do not believe in image limits.

Can we download our photos?

Yes, you will have access to download all of your photos.

Can we print our photos?

Yes, you can use the store attached to your online gallery to easily print your photos. You can do basic prints or large customized prints. Mpix (high quality printing lab) will fulfill your photos and ship them right to your doorstep.

Can we share the photos on social media?

Of course you can! But PLEASE be respectful and tag me/mention me.

Do you give out the unedited or RAW images?

I do not.

What happens if we need to reschedule or cancel.

Refunds are not given, but you can reschedule for free on a date that we are both available.

What happens if you (the photographer) needs to cancel?

If the date cannot be moved, I will refund you and I will help you find another photographer.

How will you edit our photos?

The editing style on my website & social media will be how I edit your photos. I will always include black and white photos in your gallery. You cannot request a different editing style.

What editing software do you use?

I use Lightroom Classic. I do not use photoshop (meaning that I will not editing out extra chins, make you appear smaller, or add people to the photos that they were not present for).

What gear will you bring with you?

I will bring my two camera bodies (both have dual memory card slots meaning that your photos are automatically backed up twice), I will bring my two flashes, and 3 different lenses (35mm f/1.4, 55mm f/1.8, and 24-70mm f/2.8), along with multiple batteries and memory cards.

How do you back up our photos?

You photos are automatically backed up to two memory cards since I shoot with camera bodies that have dual memory card slots. I will then immediately back for photos up to two different hard drives. And lastly your photos will be on your online gallery for six months (you are responsible for downloading and saving them yourself if you do not purchase prints). They are saved and backed up 5 different ways on my end.

Do you photography just weddings?

Nope, visit my "Sessions" page for pricing of newborns, families, maternity, etc.

Do you offer discounts?

I do not. My pricing is firm and is set where it is to cover all of my photography expenses (gear, service charges, taxes, business and licensing fees, insurance, subscriptions to software, etc.).

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"For my daughter's wedding, Summer was the photographer and it was a class-act experience. She was recommended by a colleague and to him, I am forever thankful. My daughter, her husband and everyone that was there and who has seen the photographs is truly impressed with the beauty and professionalism exhibited. I downloaded the photos and created a memory book for my daughter and son-in-law to be able to share with others and it gets compliments EVERY time it is shared. I can't say enough!"

Leslie

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"Summer made our time together easy and relaxed. She had plenty of ideas and kept things rolling so smooth. The prompts and poses felt natural!"

Cierra