timeless. romantic. joyful

By building a friendship with you from day one, we can most effectively tell your love story focusing on the moments that mean the most to you.

weddings

let's meet

Wedding photographs should tell the full story: the candid joy; the family photos grandma loves; the dance photos that leave everyone feeling connected long after “Shout!” stops playing…we get to know each other throughout the planning process - that’s why every package comes with engagement photos as well. So by your wedding day we're old friends, you're comfortable with my camera, and your moments are genuine and never forced.

Romance is timeless

engagements • weddings • elopements • civil ceremonies • destination weddings

Don’t you agree? 

Let's be completely honest here. Wedding planning can be stressful. But your photography experience 
DOESN'T HAVE TO BE!

From the first time we chat until long after the confetti has settled, my ultimate goal is for you to rest easy knowing the memories you are about to create with the people you love more than life itself are in the BEST of hands. 

My approach is simple: I'll have your back throughout the entire experience. Those dreamy images you want? Done and done! But more than that I will build a genuine friendship with you, take your stress away, and make sure you're having FUN. 

Most of all I will allow you be truly present in each and every moment of your wedding day.



ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS BE RIDICULOUSLY IN LOVE.
easy peasy

I cannot begin to tell you what an honor it is that you are considering having me be behind the camera telling the story your wedding day!! 

Being invited into your lives to get to know the two of you, as well as your favorite people in the world, and getting you dreamy photos while still allowing you to be fully present on your wedding day is what gets me out of bed in the morning (along with two alarm clocks and a lot of Diet Coke). 

There is nothing that means more to me than providing an unforgettable experience rooted in friendship for my couples and making sure when you flip through the pages of your album you are able to relive all the moments of the best day of your life and fall in love all over again. 

romantic • timeless • joyful

joyfully yours,

Kristin

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it all started with my camera.

about us

Yay!! You've got the ring on your hand, so now it's time to dream up those big big plans. We'll start by chatting over coffee, a cocktail or Zoom (your choice!), so I can get to know all about the two of you! I want to know all about how you started dating, got the proposal, and your dreams for your big day.

Because this experience is about more than just pretty photos. I believe genuine relationships create the most magical photos, everything I do as a photographer centers around getting to know YOU! By building a friendship with you from day one, I can most effectively tell your love story and focus on the moments that mean the most to you.

real
connection

the start of your experience

genuine

collections

With three simple collections to choose from, I will be able to provide you with an unparalleled experience to fit exactly what you are looking for to capture all the moments you'll want to relive.

collections

the essential

The keepsake

the heirloom

PERFECT FOR: Couples looking for enhanced wedding day coverage with a separate ceremony and reception location and/or those who are looking to gift their parents special tokens of appreciation

includes:

• Complete Wedding Day Coverage Up to 9 Hours
• Two Photographers Capturing Your Day
• Shareable Online Wedding Viewing Gallery 
• Downloadable, High Resolution Wedding Day Files With Printing Rights

My gifts to you:
 • A complimentary engagement session
• 20-page 10 x 10 Heirloom Wedding Album

PERFECT FOR:  Couples looking for enhanced wedding day coverage at one location or nearby locations and a desire for a professionally designed album
*MOST POPULAR COLLECTION*

includes:

• Complete Wedding Day Coverage Up to 8 Hours
• Two Photographers Capturing Your Day
• Shareable Online Wedding Viewing Gallery 
• Downloadable, High Resolution Wedding Day Files With Printing Rights

My gifts to you:
• A Complimentary Engagement Session
• 20-page 6 x 6 Heirloom Wedding Album

your investment $4500

PERFECT FOR: Couples looking for enhanced wedding day coverage with a separate ceremony and reception location and/or those who are looking to gift their parents special tokens of appreciation

includes:

your investment $6000

PERFECT FOR: Couples looking for full wedding day coverage ideally at one location

includes:

• Complete Wedding Day Coverage Up to 6 Hours
• Shareable Online Wedding Gallery 
• Downloadable, High Resolution Wedding Day Files With Printing Rights

My gift to you:
• A Complimentary Engagement Session

your investment $3750

your investment $3750

• Complete Wedding Day Coverage Up to 6 Hours
• Shareable Online Wedding Gallery 
• Downloadable, High Resolution Wedding Day Files With Printing Rights

My gift to you:
• A Complimentary Engagement Session

the essential

Couples looking for full wedding day coverage ideally at one location

includes:

Any collection booked within 7 days of the initial inquiry will receive 1 hour of complimentary photography coverage ($550 value) added to their wedding day timeline. 

booking bonus

your investment $4500

• Complete Wedding Day Coverage Up to 8 Hours
• Two Photographers Capturing Your Day
• Shareable Online Wedding Viewing Gallery 
• Downloadable, High Resolution Wedding Day Files With Printing Rights

My gifts to you:
• A Complimentary Engagement Session
• 20-page 8x8 Heirloom Wedding Album

the keepsake

Couples looking for enhanced wedding day coverage at one location or nearby locations and a desire for a professionally designed album
*MOST POPULAR COLLECTION*

includes:

your investment $4500

the heirloom

PERFECT FOR: Couples looking for enhanced wedding day coverage with a separate ceremony and reception location and/or those who are looking to gift their parents special tokens of appreciation

• Complete Wedding Day Coverage Up to 9 Hours
• Two Photographers Capturing Your Day
• Shareable Online Wedding Viewing Gallery 
• Downloadable, High Resolution Wedding Day Files With Printing Rights

My gifts to you:
 • A complimentary engagement session
• 20-page 12 x 12 Heirloom Wedding Album

includes:

your investment $6000

A LA CARTE OPTIONS

Extra Hour of Coverage | 350
Heirloom Albums | Beginning at 400

TO NOTE:  Custom Collections are available upon request.*

Travel fees may apply to locations over 90 miles (round trip) outside of 61843. 

A $1000 non-refundable retainer + signed contract secures your wedding date.

A $500 non-refundable retainer + signed contract secures your wedding date.

engagement session

elopements/
courthouse weddings

Full digital collection delivered via an online gallery and 2 clothing changes included.
$775

*A complimentary engagement session is included with each full-day wedding package.
A small travel fee will be charged for all sessions over 60 miles from 61843.

Elopement & courthouse weekday** weddings are $600 for an hour of coverage, including the final edited images with printing rights delivered via an online gallery. Additional hours are $350/hour and must be agreed upon beforehand.***

**Friday & Saturday non-courthouse hourly weddings & events may have different tes. 
***Engagement sessions are not included in elopement/courthouse pacakges

*An engagement session is included in most wedding packages.

ready to take the leap?

Full-day wedding coverage begins at $3,750 with an average investment of $5500.

For detailed rates and availability, please contact me directly! I'd love to hear from you! Please fill out the form below or send a note directly to kdarlingphotography@gmail.com. Messages are responded to within 48 hours Monday through Friday.

A: For weddings of 8+ hours, I always have another photographer to assist me on the day of your wedding. That way we can assure that multiple angles of your event are captured, as well as all the candid in between moments that will mean so much to you. Shorter wedding days, elopements and courthouse weddings are easy to shoot myself, but there is also an option to add a second photographer on to your collection.

Q: How many photographers will be at my wedding?

A: My collections begin at 6 hours of coverage, as I have found this to be the minimum amount of time needed to best serve my couples. 8 hours is the ideal amount of time to capture the finishing touches of a glam squad making you look your best through the two of you dancing the night away on the dance floor! You can always add additional coverage if needed at any time, but know I will never leave your wedding without checking in on the two of you to make sure we’ve taken every last photo you were dreaming of.

Q: How many hours of coverage do I need?

A: As a photographer, I recognize the importance of print. I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t make sure that you had a tangible heirloom from the most momentous day of your life and the start of your legacy together. Not to mention, your images deserve a more beautiful place to live than the cloud. This is why I include an album as my gift to you in collections and I don’t remove it or swap it out for other services/value. 

Q: We don’t want/need an album. Can we remove it from the collection or trade it for something else?

A: Absolutely! I’ve been so blessed to build amazing relationships with so many creative and professional vendors over the years. I only point my couples in the direction of other creatives who I know will take the absolute best care of you, and can send you a list of these names once we’ve made it official! 

Q: Are there other vendors you can recommend to me?

A: I do not charge any travel fees if the wedding is within 90 miles of zip code 61843. Travel fees are assessed on a case by case basis. This also applies to engagement sessions scheduled outside the same radius. Additionally, if the event is beyond a 2 hour drive (based on Google Maps), hotel accommodations will be required for the night of the event and is the responsibility of the client to book.

Q: Do you charge travel fees?

A: Yay! I’m SO excited you’re ready to call yourself a kDarling Couple. However, I never book any couples without first meeting in person or via Zoom/phone call. I wholeheartedly believe you should feel there is no better person to capture your day than me, and in order to 100% know that, you’ll want to get to know me and my personality to ensure it’s a good fit for you before booking. Once we’ve done that, a completed contract and a $1000 ($200 for elopements/courthouse weddings) non-refundable retainer is required to secure your date. 

Q: We Love You and We’re Ready to Book! What’s the next step?

A: Galleries typically include about 75 to 100 photos per hour of coverage, though the exact amount varies from wedding to wedding. You are absolutely more than welcome to print the photos yourself, as your gallery comes complete with fully edited, high resolution images. I also provide an online print shop through your gallery which ensures professional printing through one of my preferred professional print labs.

Q: How many photos are typically included in our collection and can we print them ourselves?

A: I wholeheartedly believe in the importance of shooting an engagement session with all of my #kDarlingCouple family, and that it is a vital part of your experience. It not only helps us get to know one another better, but it helps me to get some insight into your natural chemistry before your big day! The friendships I build with my couples is why I’m able to get the images that I do, which is why I highly encourage every couple to take advantage of them if at all possible. For these reasons, I include the engagement session as my complimentary gift to you.

Q: We’ve already had an engagement session or aren’t going to be in central Il before the wedding. Can we take that off of the Collection?

A: I love connecting with my couples so much! You can find more about us on my main website, or, you can also hop over to my instagram, where I am always actively posting both to my feed and my stories!

Q: Where can we learn more about you?

frequently asked questions