A Deep Dive into My Client Experience as a Chicago Elopement Photographer

So you’re looking to elope in Chicago but you don’t know where to start. Where should you have your ceremony, where should you take your photos, and how exactly do you plan an elopement day? As an elopement photographer in Chicago that’s where I come in! In this article we’re going to go over everything that makes my elopement client experience what it is. From location scouting and planning assistance to the stunning photos you’ll receive from your day. We’re covering it all so you can see exactly what makes an elopement with me as your photographer a special experience from start to finish.

A couple in wedding attire kiss in front of a forest

Why Elope in Chicago

Before we really dig into what my client experience is like as an elopement photographer in Chicago, let’s take a look at why eloping in Chicago is definitely THE way to go! Chicago is a city filled to the brim with diverse and unique experiences. No matter what sort of feel you are looking for for your elopement day, Chicago has something for you. Looking for the full urban feel of the city? Look into an elopement at the Cook County Courthouse or one of the many bars and restaurants in the city! Want something a little more natural and secluded? How about one of the many gorgeous parks and beaches the city has to offer! Chicago really does spoil people for choice in terms of incredible elopement experiences. But where do you start in terms of location and planning? That’s where I come in.

Black and white photo of a couple kissing during their elopement with the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan behind them

A Look at My Client Experience

As a Chicago elopement photographer my priority aside from capturing all of your favorite moments from your day is to create an experience you love. From the moment you send an inquiry to when your final gallery is delivered. I’m there every step of the way to help ensure that your special day is exactly what you envision it to be. My documentary-style photography captures your elopement day experience as it happens, meaning this isn’t just a photoshoot for your day. Each little moment and action that makes your day and your relationship special is what I look to capture throughout your elopement.

Black and white photo of a couple in their wedding attire embracing in front of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. The couple is out of focus while the background is in focus
A couple reads their vows to one another during their elopement in an arboretum

Location Scouting

Like I mentioned earlier Chicago is a city that spoils couples with choices, especially in terms of location! Whether it’s the location for your elopement ceremony, or the locations for your elopement portraits there’s a ton of options to choose from. As a Chicago elopement photographer my expertise in the city and its different environments lets me scout and recommend a wide range of locations that fit your vision perfectly! When booking your elopement with me we’ll discuss the elopement day you’re looking to experience. With that in mind I’ll walk you through some location options that best fit the day you’re looking for. For a deeper look into some of my favorite elopement locations in Chicago check out my past blog here!

A couple exchanges wedding rings during their elopement in one of Chicago's arboretums

Planning Assistance

When it comes to your elopement it’s very likely that this is the first time you’ve done something like this. In terms of planning that creates an interesting challenge as elopements being as intimate as they are mean you haven’t likely experienced one as a guest either, so how do you know what an elopement typically looks like? Having my expertise as a Chicago elopement photographer comes in extremely handy here. I’ll be able to help walk you through all the aspects of your day. We’ll talk about what you want to include, whether anything will need to be altered and whether we’ll need any help in terms of other vendors to make your day happen. And yes you can have other vendors involved in your elopement! Elopements offer a ton of flexibility for what you want your day to look like.

A couple stand in the street and laugh at the camera as they celebrate their elopement
Black and white photo of a couple smiling and toasting their champagne glasses together during their elopement

Permit Assistance

Some locations in Chicago require special permits to make your day happen, whether it’s a photography permit or a permit for the ceremony itself. As your Chicago elopement photographer, my goal is to keep things as simple and stress-free as possible for you. Once we have our locations set and planned out I’ll be able to let you know the permit requirements of each location. That way we can get the permits sorted and out of the way early and you can focus on the more important stuff, like enjoying yourself and getting excited for your elopement!

A couple kiss in a garden underneath an archway of leaves while in their wedding attire

Gorgeous Photos

It almost goes without saying, but as your Chicago elopement photographer one of the main parts of my client experience is the photos that I provide. My documentary photography style specializes in capturing your day as it happens. All those little moments throughout your elopement day, the way you look at one another, and the emotions you feel throughout the day are all things I work to capture for the two of you. These are the moments that you’ll look back on together for years and years to come. Being able to capture and deliver images of these moments and memories as they happened is something I pride myself on as your elopement photographer. 

A Seamless Experience

Being an elopement photographer in Chicago is SO much more than just the photos you receive in my opinion. My client experience is built on giving you an incredible and seamless experience from start to finish. With consultation calls, the planning assistance mentioned earlier, and general help anytime you have questions, my goal is to help you create the elopement of your dreams every step of the way. 

A couple smile at one another as the man carries the woman in his arms as they walk through a cornfield

A Look at My Elopement Packages

Being a Chicago elopement photographer I know that each and every elopement is different just like every couple! While my starting elopement package is $1600 for 6 hours of coverage and delivers a minimum of 400 high-resolution images, I do offer custom packages as well. Once you inquire with me we’ll discuss your day and exactly what you’re looking for to determine if a custom package would be better suited for you and what exactly the custom package would include.

Now that you have a full look into my client experience as a Chicago elopement photographer I bet you’re beyond excited to book so we can start planning your day together! If that is the case I would LOVE to hear from you so we can get to work on your day. Send me an inquiry through my contact page so we can reserve your date today!

A couple embrace and smile as they dance together while celebrating their elopement
A couple embrace, look at the flowers above them, and smile during their elopement

July 14, 2023

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