September 07, 2015 in Uncategorized 0 comments
Chicago Wedding Photographer | Morris Wedding Slideshow
Jeremy & Karley had the most beautiful wedding day! They had their ceremony on the grounds of Hornbaker Gardens and their reception at the new “Barn” on the property. We hope the slideshow highlights the scenic location, as well as, the gorgeous newlyweds.
February 02, 2015 in Weddings 0 comments
Chicago Wedding Photographer | Hitched
Last year, I attended my first WPPI conference held in Las Vegas, NV annually. The conference was a great learning experience, as well as, networking event. I especially enjoyed it because I was able to spend the week with my fellow photog friend from Seattle, Rachelle. Rachelle encouraged me to join a “shoot out” to continue to build my portfolio. I should have blogged about the experience when I returned but never got around to it. Since I’ve been snowed-in for the last couple of days, I thought I’d finally spend some time editing the images from the shoot. The stylized shoot took place at Legends Ranch in Las Vegas, NV. The theme of the day was rustic elegance and it was topped off with horses. The details of the day were just as beautiful as the ranch. For this Chicago based wedding photographer, it was great to have a different perspective on the rustic wedding theme. Enjoy! Concept Design | Chelsea LaVere | www.orchestratedshoots.com / Event Coordination | Green Orchid Events | www.greenorchidevents.com / Venue | Legends Ranch  | www.legendsranchlasvegasevents.com / Florals | Enchanted Florist | www.lasvegasfloral.com / Stationery | Paper and Home | www.paperandhome.com / Cake | Peridot […]
October 08, 2014 in Babies 0 comments
Chicago Baby Photography | Baby Richard
Baby Richard definitely surprised his parents since arrived a months early. We were so excited to have Richard in the studio because he was a dream. He was such a good baby and slept almost the entire session. I could have kept him there all day! Since he was an early baby, he was also such a peanut and super adorable. I hope you agree!
September 06, 2014 in Weddings 0 comments
Chicago Same-Sex Wedding Photographer | Wilkinson Wedding
Emilee & Kandice met in high school and Kandice told me as she was getting ready that she knew she wanted to marry Emilee when they were just teenagers (high school sweetheart stories gets me every time). Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Illinois, they didn’t want to wait a moment longer – and who can blame them. Their setting was at Emilee’s family farmhouse just north of Ottawa, Illinois. They had a perfect casual country wedding including the most beautiful sunset. Emilee did a lot of the details herself and both of their families really helped with the planning to make their day special. Emilee & Kandice wore matching wedding dresses in opposing colors and brought out their casual style by wearing Converse tennis shoes. They even wanted their wedding party to keep comfy so they wore Converse too! I hope you can agree… they had an absolutely gorgeous day!
August 31, 2014 in Personal 0 comments
Chicago Wedding Photographer | Personal Project
About a year ago my husband asked me for some photos to hang in his office (I love that he is a fan of my art!) but time got away from me and it’s taken me this long to put some images together. As a photographer, you would probably expect me to take my camera everywhere. Well, to be honest, I don’t. I do, however, have it with me whenever I travel. My favorite personal photos to take are architectural images and that is reflected below. Left: Seattle Space Needle | Right: Chicago building taken from the Hancock Observatory Top: El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | Bottom: U.S. Capitol Building, D.C. Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
August 30, 2014 in Babies 0 comments
Chicago Baby Photography | Christina’s Maternity Session
I had a vision for Christina’s maternity session and she didn’t doubt me for second (at least I don’t think she did). I am so glad she didn’t because her photos came out amazing! On a recent scouting trip, I found a secluded creek that I knew would look great with one of my new flowy maternity gowns. Christina pulled the look off flawlessly. She didn’t even bat an eye when I asked her to get waist deep in the water! We also had to make a stop at my favorite barn for some photos. This barn has been part of their engagement and wedding photos so it was only fitting to capture this milestone there too. I hope you enjoy our absolutely perfect sunset creek and farm maternity session.    
February 25, 2014 in Babies, Portraits 0 comments
Chicago Baby Photographer | Baby Autumn
I know I am going to get some questions on how I got this image. So I wanted to take some time to educate my friends on how this image came to be. I had been waiting to use this new prop for quite some time. You have to have the perfectly sleepy baby for it because their is some difficulty involved and Baby Autumn was so good. This is what we call a “composite shot.” As you can tell, the original image is much different than the finished image. It is so important to ALWAYS have the safety of the newborn in mind. This is why Autumn’s dad is supporting her in the original image. During post production, I remove Dad and add some effects and “voila” – we have peaceful Autumn in the hammock alone. ***Side note… Do not try this is on your own. There is so much that goes into an image like this.*** And a special shout-out to my dad for making me this cute hammock stand. I find it so fitting that my dad made this for me and Autumn’s dad is helping make this beautiful image for her. Awww!  
February 10, 2014 in Weddings 0 comments
Chicago Wedding Photographer | Jay + Nevada Engagement Photos
Jay & Nevada came to me with such an awesome idea for their engagement photos. They wanted them taken in a cozy little pub, Fritz’s Poor House, where Jay loves to hang out. The pub has a beautiful bar and was decorated for Christmas. In addition to the pub, we were able to sneak some gorgeous afternoon sun photos in Hammel Woods.
January 09, 2014 in Business, Weddings 0 comments
Chicago Wedding Photographer | Chicago Engagement Photos Featured
We’ve Been Featured! I don’t know if you saw on our Facebook page BUT… I had two images featured in a leading photography resource magazine. I know most of you aren’t big enough dorks to read photography magazines so I wanted to share with you. The images were in the January edition of Shutter Magazine which is part of a world-wide online learning community with over 70,000 users. This is my first time being published and it feels so awesome. The article featured Engagements and the two images below were selected!
November 10, 2013 in Weddings 0 comments
Chicago Wedding Photographer | Olbrot
Brian & Katie Date | 09.14.2013 Florist | Mann’s Greenhouse Ceremony | Immaculate Conception Reception | Celebrations 150 DJ | Dance Flow Control Chicago Wedding Photographers | Sarah Peterson & Lonna Janel & Megan Quigley Beautiful flowers crafted by Mann’s Greenhouse in Morris. Inside the new Immaculate Conception Church in Morris. Gorgeous uplighting by Dance Flow Control DJs.   Dutch Girl Photography | Chicago Wedding Photographers – Enjoy this Chicago wedding photography provided by Dutch Girl Photography offering Chicago wedding photography in the Chicago area. Dutch Girl Photography are the best Chicago wedding photographers. Each wedding is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago wedding photographers. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area. This is the best Chicago wedding photography. Dutch Girl Photography is based in the Chicago area offering wedding coverage in Chicago and destination weddings worldwide. We are located conveniently in the Chicago area at 1802 N Division Street, Suite 209, Morris, IL, 60450.
August 20, 2013 in Newsletter 0 comments
Dutch Girl Photography | Professional Prints
Why Print With A Professional? Are professional prints really better? This is a great question and one that we hear quite often. So what’s the big deal about getting prints from a professional? Well, here are a few reasons why professional prints are better. 1. Better skin tones. The look of skin tones on your images is very important to the picture. We’ve found that many times images printed on lower quality machines can make the skin look either too orange-y or too ash-y. However, when you’re getting your images from a professional, your skin tones will look exactly like we edited them. Healthy, alive and real! This is because professionals calibrate their machines multiple times per day to make sure the colors are just right. 2. Better paper. When ordering professional prints, the paper your images are printed on is a much higher quality paper and professional labs do everything they can to get the most color out of the paper they can. This results in more vibrant true colors in your prints. 3. More options. When working with a professional, you will find that we offer many different types of products and sizes (our personal favorite is the […]
August 13, 2013 in Newsletter 0 comments
Dutch Girl Photography | School Photos
Improve Your Kid’s School Pictures Whether it’s the first day of school picture, the mid-year or last day, parents often pose their child in front of their home, back pack and smiles on! We wanted to share with you a few quick tips to help make the best of those memories!  1.  Pull your child away from the wall! Lining up against the wall for a picture isn’t always the best composition. Instead, try having your child step forward from the wall quite a bit. This helps put the focus more on the child, and the wall is not so much a part of the picture any more.  2.  Shoot in the shade. Many people think to get a well lit picture, their photos should be taken with the subject in the sunlight. But the sunlight can be very harsh, create deep shadows and make your subject squint too much. Instead, find a great patch of shade and have your subject stand there. Article courtesy of Photo Business Tools Dutch Girl Photography is a Chicago wedding photographer located in Morris, IL serving all of Chicago specializing in wedding photography, senior pictures, and baby photography.
August 06, 2013 in Newsletter 0 comments
Dutch Girl Photography | Where to Hang Photos
Go Big or Go Small Many times clients want advice on where to hang big pictures and where to hang smaller images.  Here are some quick rules of thumb to help you decide. If you are hanging the images in an area where people will be standing right next to them when they are viewing them, such as a hallway or entryway, then it is the perfect place to hang smaller pictures.  These can be anything from 16×20’s, 8×10’s, and even 5×7’s.  Anything bigger will cause the viewer to back way up to be able to take it all in. When designing a wall that is across the room and not as accessible, then it is better to print big images like 16×24’s and even up to 36×48’s.  That way, when guests walk into the room, they can easily see the pictures from far away and feel the energy and emotion that comes from the image. If you choose to hang small images on a far away wall, then your guests will have to walk all the way across the room and sometimes really strain to see what is in the picture. Picking your image size by the space it […]
February 28, 2013 in Newsletter 0 comments
Chicagoland Wedding Photographer | Shooting in the Rain
  Shoot in the Rain With spring showers just around the corner, our weather can jump from sunny skies to cloudy and overcast from week to week.   And contrary to common belief, you don’t have to have a sunny day to create the best images.  In fact, a little cloud coverage can actually provide more even lighting on your subject, while help eliminating squinty eyes and harsh shadows.  So what do you do on a rainy day to still capture memories?  Here are a few ideas just for you. Shoot under an awning or patio covering.  The indirect light that you will have when you are outside, but still under some shade can actually create some of the best lighting for your subject.  Watch your subjects face and see how the light hits them. When you see they have the best lighting on their faces is the best time to shoot. Shoot next to a window.  When your child is looking absolutely adorable in their dress ups and its pouring rain outside, take them to the closest window and turn your flash off for some beautiful naturally lit shots.  That subtle and soft lighting can make for the best images! […]
January 31, 2013 in Newsletter 1 comments
Chicagoland Wedding Photographer | Capturing Emotion In Your Photos
  Capturing Emotion In Your Photos Does it seem like everyone but you can get the fun shots that they want?  Ever feel like your kids just pull the cheesiest smiles when the camera comes out? With Valentine’s Day coming up this month, I thought it would be fun to share a few quick tips on how to capture emotion in your photos.  Many times it can be hard to get that natural smile, especially from your own kids.  So I have a couple of quick tips to help you get that emotional magic from the hardest of subjects! Here are 3 top ways to get emotion from your subjects: 1.  “Snuggle”.  This can be an easy way to coach your subjects whether they are best friends, siblings, or lovers.  Just telling your subjects to “snuggle” can get them closer and more into each other. 2.  Scream, jump, run.  Having your subjects do any emotion can get them to relax, have fun and in the mean time, you are capturing an emotion. 3.  Don’t pull your camera down.  Once you have your subjects doing something fun like screaming, jumping, or running, leave your camera ready to shoot.   Shooting the fun […]