PHOTOGRAPHERS – ILLINOIS

Kristen Winkler Photography

I’m Kristen! I am a wife, mother, lover of nature, good books, wind blown hair and the beach! I didn’t discover photography until my mid 20’s, but dabbled in many art mediums before that. But I finally felt at home with my art when I bought my first big girl camera about 7 years ago.

I was born and raised in Central Illinois, and my heart longs to live by the coast. Maybe one day! When I’m not photographing my sweet clients, you can find me spending time with my husband Joe, 5 year old Colin and our pup Gizmo, and also spending lots of time with our extended family that we love more than anything! I have an amazing second shooter, Ashley, who is with me for almost every wedding adventure and was actually the reason I became a wedding photographer – when she made me photograph hers!

One of my absolute favorite things about photographing weddings is that I most of the time end up making great new friends! I love going on adventures with our couples, with lots of laughs and getting a little dirty along the way! Who said your wedding dress had to stay perfectly clean the entire day?!?!

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Samantha Elizabeth Creative

Hey, I’m Sam! I’m a fast-talking, music-blasting, pizza-loving photographer based in Chicago. I’ve been photographing weddings on and off for about 9 years until June of 2018 when I decided to take the leap and make this my full-time gig. And now, there is truly nothing that makes me happier than providing my couples with an experience that makes the entire process, from planning to the last dance, that much sweeter.

I live for the couples that are okay with getting a little messy, windblown hair, a little (okay maybe a lot of) PDA, and if we’re traveling somewhere epic to make some imperfect magic…that’s even better. I’m not here to over-pose you or try to make you something you aren’t. I’m here to tell your love story as it is, because that’s freakin’ beautiful. I’m also here to make real connections. I truly care about each and every one of my couples as if they were my best friends, because after it’s all said and done, they are.

So if you want someone to laugh with you, dance with you and cry with you (I am guaranteed to cry at least once on your big day), hit me up and then let’s do damn thing!

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