Congratulations are in order! You’ve found your person. Now it’s time to celebrate your love.

the experience

On Christmas day over 10 years ago, my cousin’s partner surprised her with a tiny little black lab mix puppy with a huge red bow tied around his neck. It was that day that everyone in our family knew for certain they would one day get married.

On the morning of their special day, everybody was nervous, anxious, & most of all excited for the day’s events to unfold.

This was the first wedding I attended, and I remember being in awe of everything during that day. I saw the photographer document the gorgeous bridal gown + shoes and instantly knew I wanted to photograph every part of a wedding day and the couple’s love story.

I have carried this experience close to my heart ever since. I am thrilled to be able to document couples’ love so their grandchildren may one day witness how love transcends time.

My Philosophy

550

With your spouse you’ve enjoyed all the milestones leading up to and including your wedding. Now you’re enjoying married life and want to document your family at this equally important stage of life.

anniversary

04

550

With your partner you have declared your love for one another & made the decision to grow old together. Celebrate this momentous time of your lives; it is a chance for you to slow down and enjoy being a soon-to-be spouse.

engagements

03

Beginning at 800

The most important part of a wedding is to be with the one you love and begin a new adventure together. This collection is for the free-spirited, non-traditional couple who want an intimate celebration of love.

elopements

02

Beginning at 3,000

Your wedding day is only the beginning of your new life with your partner by your side. This is the day that you celebrate your love, surrounded by all of your favorite people. Documenting this joy means you have heirlooms to keep close to your heart.

weddings

01

The Collections

First of all, congratulations! You’re getting married to your best friend and that is such a wonderful thing.

Please fill out the contact form to let me know where, when, and with whom you’ll be celebrating your love.

1. places

I'll email you to set up our initial video call so we can meet each other and talk about your wedding plans.

I love to virtually meet all potential couples before we truly begin your photography experience.

2. overture

It was so nice to virtually meet you! I will email you an Investment Magazine full of details including collections, FAQs, wedding day tips, & more.

I'll be in touch via email to answer all of your questions!

3. Start of Act 1

If you decide you'd like to have me for your day, (first of all thank you!) I will email you a contract, your new Client Portal, & you'll send your 50% retainer.

Your contract and retainer can both be done online and is super user-friendly.

4. Act 1 Finale

Now it's time to schedule your engagement session.

I love it when my couples choose a meaningful location -- it could be the place you had your first date, where one of you proposed, or it could be an entirely new adventure for you both.

5. Intermission

Your wedding day is less than a month away which is when I'll touch base to go over all the details including vendors, final timeline, & more for your day.

This ensures you get the most beautiful photos of your celebration. 

6. Act 2

The day is finally here, you're really getting married!

This is a new chapter in your love story and I'll be here to commemorate your day. I'll also be here for you throughout your day to lend a helping hand.

7. Grand Finale

You're full of love and three days after your wedding you'll receive sneak previews from your celebration!

Be sure to follow along on Instagram so you don't miss out.

8. Standing Ovation

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You'll receive your custom blogpost a week after your wedding which includes extended sneak previews! This is a great way to share a highlight of your wedding photos to friends & family.

9. Curtain Call

Finally, you'll receive your full wedding gallery.

This is the moment when you'll receive 500+ gorgeous wedding photos to reminisce and relive a momentous occasion in your love story.

10. Exit Music

The show-stopping experience

Erin, Jeff, & rescue dog Princess, wedding & engagement

"Mei Lin did a fantastic job on our engagement and wedding photos. The candid photos taken during preparation, the ceremony and reception were truly amazing and captured the spirit of our wedding wonderfully. We cannot recommend Mei Lin enough."

Sarah & David, wedding/anniversary session

"I'm so pleased with the photos [Mei Lin] took; not only are they beautiful, but they so successfully capture the essence of our relationship in all of its quirky glory that one friend of mine said, 'These are the best wedding photos ever.'"

Missy, Tom, & rescue dog Marigold, elopement & anniversary session

“Our dog is very anxious and Mei Lin took all the necessary steps to help her feel more comfortable. Mei Lin is professional, kind, thoughtful, and produces gorgeous photos. I cannot recommend her highly enough!”

Paige & Chris, wedding

"Our wedding was so personal. Mei Lin was actually the only person involved with the day of event that wasn't an old family friend. There were so many small touches and Mei Lin highlighted all of them. Our wedding was VERY dog friendly and she did a great job showcasing all of their personalities."

Danielle & rescue dog Milo, portrait session with dog

"After the day was done, all I could think was that I wanted to schedule another one... It will definitely not be my last! And I recommend Mei Lin to all my friends and family. She is kind, professional, highly skilled, and gets great results."

Don’t Just Take My Word For It

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve never hired a wedding photographer before, how do we do this?

I completely understand! Start by filling out the contact form and let’s talk about your vision for your day and get to know each other. We’ll start with the date and location of your wedding, budget, and what you’re looking for (engagement session, full day coverage, etc) and go from there. Contracts are all done online and a 50% retainer reserves me for your date!

Should we have an engagement session? What do you recommend for a location?

Most of my couples ask for an engagement session! They're a perfect time for you to take a minute, snuggle and kiss your spouse-to-be, and commemorate this time in your lives. Plus, we get to know each other, so by the time the wedding day rolls around, we're totally comfortable and already have a great relationship.

The location is totally up to you - I want you to show off who you are as a couple and individuals at a place that means something to the two of you. I'll help brainstorm places if you get stuck - I have so many hidden gems to show you!
 
Alternatively, if you’re incredibly busy before the wedding, an anniversary session is a lovely way to reflect on your first year of marriage together and celebrate!

How many photos should we expect? How long until we get to see them?

For a traditional length wedding, you'll have a stunning gallery of 500+ wedding photos in 6-8 weeks. But don't worry, you’ll receive sneak previews on Instagram 3 days after your wedding and you’ll receive a custom blogpost featuring extended sneak previews a week after your wedding!

Speaking of — can we see a full gallery?

Of course you can! Please email me and I will send you wedding galleries that fit perfectly with your wedding style.

Will you travel for our wedding?

I would be thrilled to travel for your wedding. From Chicago to New England, and beyond. (I do have my passport updated + ready to go for destination weddings!) Wedding collections are subject to an additional travel fee.
Email me and we'll start talking about where you'll be celebrating.

We’re not having a big traditional wedding, do you photograph elopements and/or intimate weddings?

Yes, of course! I specialize in small weddings because the intimate and unique ones have a soft spot in my heart. If you’ve decided to have an intimate wedding, email me and let’s talk about it!

Can we bring our dog?

Absolutely! (Please do!!) I recommend that all of my couples include their dog in their wedding and/or portrait sessions. I adore animals and it’s not every day that you get to have a formal portrait with your four-legged family.

Our dog is a rescue and gets nervous/anxious in new environments and experiences. Are you experienced in working with nervous pups?

99% of the dogs I’m lucky enough to photograph are rescues! I love every dog I meet and I’ll always ask ahead of time what your four-legged family needs to feel safe and confident for their session. We’ll take our time and go at their pace.

What’s a print release and why do you provide one?

I always provide you with a print release no matter what collection or photography experience you choose. This means you have the rights to print your photos to frame and hang on your wall or even print a photo of yourselves on a mug for a loved one. They’re your photos to use as you’d like!

Are the couples and dogs on your website models?

I am happy to say that all of the couples featured on my website are really together & really in love. There's no faking real love & real emotion, and I'm an expert at bringing out the best in you. (For most, it was their first time properly in front of a camera!)

We’ve decided we’d love to have you as our photographer. What’s the next step?

First of all, thank you for choosing me!
I can't wait to be there to witness & document your love. Email me and we’ll set up a video call so we can virtually meet one another. From there, I’ll send you a contract and you can pay a 50% retainer online to reserve me for your day! 

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Now it’s time to view the galleries!