imagery that evokes emotion

the Philosophy.

Your day is more than just a pose. A wedding is full of life and love, a weekend dedicated to celebrating two stories melting into one.


Documentary wedding style photography isn't a style being applied to your photos in post processing, it's a whole mindset. Images that come to mind when describing this style are candid, joyful, emotional, elements of storytelling, with moments being genuine and unscripted. Everly Collective was founded with the intent to create emotional elicitation through artful documentation. Inspired by light, movement, emotion, and love. You shouldn't receive a gallery that feels like any old Instagram post, I want to deliver art that you crave to frame and hang your walls.


So, if you value the honest nature of a photojournalistic approach with an editorial feel, this is the route for you.

a love note

a love note

MORGAN + MITCHELL

MORGAN + MITCHELL

Sami has captured so many treasured moments throughout our love story and I am forever grateful to the Lord for having our paths cross. She is a creative at heart. She understands the preciousness a single moment can hold and is able to freeze it in time so beautifully. We cherish each session with her and are forever grateful for her fun spirit and incredibly generous heart!

THE EVERLY COLLECTIVE ASSOCIATE PROGRAM


I have associates who shoot weddings on my behalf when I am booked or unavailable. It’s a great way to get the EC experience on a tighter budget. My associates will photograph the wedding day, but I do the communication, planning, and photo editing so you still get the Everly Collective look and feel along the way. The EC associate program contains a small, talented team of photographers who I have personally worked with on:

  • techniques and process
  • locations, lighting and backdrops
  • shooting techniques

Having a documentary approach to the day isn't something you can directly train, as I have mentioned, it is a mindset. That being said, I only hire photographers who I believe have the same creative mindset about a wedding day.


 When you choose you hire an EC associate for your wedding, you can rest assured that you are going to receive a similar gallery to my own work, and also an extremely comparable experience along the way.

HI, I'M SAMI

nice to meet you.


I am passionate about storytelling through images that elicit an emotional response. I consider myself to be a artful documentary photographer— leaving out the cold forced poses, to focus on the beauty of those authentic in-between moments. I combine both digital and film, to produce modern storytelling for nostalgic hearts.


A blurb about me— I was born again in 2015, I married the hottest human in 2017, gave birth to my beautiful boy in 2018, welcomed our darling daughter in 2021, and joyfully brought into the world our second son this June. I love ocean waves, little feet, and anything with a motor.

MEET KRYSTA

Associate Photographer

When she's not shooting, she is most likely chasing after her three girls, catching up on a true crime podcast, or searching Facebook marketplace for the next vintage thrift find. Behind the camera, her goal is to preserve your authentic connections and intimate details, leaving you with an heirloom to cherish for generations.


Krysta isn't one to toot her own horn so I will for her — she is incredibly gifted at what she does and how she perceives the day. I am constantly in awe of what she captures.



MEET SYDNEY

Associate Photographer

If she's not working, you can catch her cooking new recipes or searching fashion styles (Jo West is her new obsession). She is a lover of the coast, 70's super 8 film cameras, being barefoot, shadows, golden light, the color green & blue, road trips to somewhere new, sunrises & sunsets, long conversations with friends, beach days, wild hair, boat rides, dancing, fish tacos, and good music.


Syd incorporates a documentary approach to capturing destination, intimate, and outdoor weddings.

FAQ

How long have the associates been working with me?

I met Krysta and Syd in 2020 and have been working with them since. From styled shoots, to second shooting, to associate shooting we've come to work together quite seamlessly, delivering clients the best experience!

What made you hire them as an associate? Why are they a good fit for my team?

I am fortunate to work with to girls who have a very similar approach and philosophy to the wedding day as me. Because of this I haven't needed to "train" them since they are naturally what I need them be. Krysta has second shot for me for many, many weddings and really understands how to storytelling in an artful manor. Sydney has such a creative eye and knows how to help navigate the day when needed and also when to sit back and let things unfold. Before the wedding day I work closely with them on the back end to specify key details. We share inspiration pictures and creative ideas and walk through the timeline/all important aspects of the day.

Can I see an example gallery shot by them?

Of course! I would be happy to share a gallery with you. Just reach out and request to see one and I can send you a link to view a full wedding day.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH AN ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHER?

My associate photographers often work closing with me. Over the years I've worked with them how to navigate the day and what kind of backdrops to use in order to get images that look and feel true to my own style. Krysta and Sydney both shoot digital mirrorless cameras and film just like me. Additionally, I offer discounts for hiring my associates in my place. Therefore, you can get the experience, images, and editing style of me at a lower price.

WHAT ARE THE DRAWBACKS TO WORKING WITH AN ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHER?

The experience of working with an associate photographer can often feel slightly less personal. While I'll be the one doing all the communication, I am not the one there on the actual day of your shoot. Therefore, the process can feel more transactional. Also, photography is an artistic, subjective activity. Despite me working closing with both gurls, an associate is a unique human being with a unique personality, so no one can exactly replicate someone else’s experience.

pricing & Details

COLLECTION 01


This is the most exclusive collection, providing you with all the bests — full day coverage to capture your morning prep all the way into dancing the night away. A second shooter to help capture your day from another perspective. Authentic 35mm film is included to further intertwine emotive art, as well a complementary 60 minute engagement session. We will custom tailor your engagement session to tell your love story intentionally and authentically.


Full day coverage allows us to tell the story of your day on a deeper level, and also allows plenty of time in between formalities. Your job is to be fully present and soak in all the fleeting moments, while we capture how it felt in a stunning fashion.


COLLECTION 01


This is the most exclusive collection, providing you with all the bests — full day coverage to capture your morning prep all the way into dancing the night away. A second shooter to help capture your day from another perspective. Authentic 35mm film is included to further intertwine emotive art, as well a complementary 60 minute engagement session. We will custom tailor your engagement session to tell your love story intentionally and authentically.


Full day coverage allows us to tell the story of your day on a deeper level, and also allows plenty of time in between formalities. Your job is to be fully present and soak in all the fleeting moments, while we capture how it felt in a stunning fashion.


COLLECTION DETAILS

+ 10 hours of coverage

+ second photographer

+ authentic 35mm film

+ 60 minute engagement session

+ luxe client gift box

+ access to wedding guide

+ photography timeline planning

+ variety of in color and in b&w

+ sneak peek gallery delivered with 72 hours

+ print rights

+ private online gallery where you can download, order prints, and share

+ travel within the Chicago, Milwaukee, Rockford area included

starting at $7250

Collection 01

COLLECTION 02


If you're looking for full day coverage, striving for a more relaxed day, anticipate a smaller guest count (under 125) and/or plan to have everyone getting ready at the same location, then this might be the right collection for you!


We will put in all the hard work ahead of time, so come the day of your wedding you'll be able to fully immerse yourself into the events as they unfold.


COLLECTION 02


If you're looking for full day coverage, striving for a more relaxed day, anticipate a smaller guest count (under 125) and/or plan to have everyone getting ready at the same location, then this might be the right collection for you!


We will put in all the hard work ahead of time, so come the day of your wedding you'll be able to fully immerse yourself into the events as they unfold.


COLLECTION DETAILS

+ 10 hours of coverage

+ authentic 35mm film

+ 60 minute engagement session

+ luxe client gift box

+ access to wedding guide

+ photography timeline planning

+ variety of in color and in b&w

+ sneak peek gallery delivered with 72 hours

+ print rights

+ private online gallery where you can download, order prints, and share

+ travel within the Chicago, Milwaukee, Rockford area included

starting at $6250

Collection 02

COLLECTION 03


The most popular collection. You would be surprised how fast time flies when you're truly present and embrace the beauty of your love with your nearest and dearest. Having a second shooter is ideal for when the bride/groom are getting ready at different locations. This also provides another perspective of your day. We can work together on a day of timeline to make sure we have adequate time for all the formalities, plus time to just soak in the fleeting moments.


COLLECTION 03


The most popular collection. You would be surprised how fast time flies when you're truly present and embrace the beauty of your love with your nearest and dearest. Having a second shooter is ideal for when the bride/groom are getting ready at different locations. This also provides another perspective of your day. We can work together on a day of timeline to make sure we have adequate time for all the formalities, plus time to just soak in the fleeting moments.


COLLECTION DETAILS

+ 8 hours of coverage

+ second photographer

+ authentic 35mm film

+ 60 minute engagement session

+ standard client gift box

+ photography timeline planning

+ access to my wedding guide

+ variety of in color and in b&w

+ sneak peek gallery delivered with 48 hours

+ print rights

+ private online gallery where you can download, order prints, and share

+ travel within the Chicago, Milwaukee, Rockford area included

starting at $5800

Collection 03

COLLECTION 04


Is the vibe of your day more relaxed, with everything taking place at the same location, and you're looking to keep the guest count down? This might be the collection for you. I typically recommend a second shooter if the bride/groom are getting ready at separate locations, if the guest count is more than 100, or if you have a very large wedding party. However if this isn't the vision you have for your day, then having a solo shooter is a perfect fit. You get all the benefits of the above collection, while saving a little extra to put towards another area of your day.


COLLECTION 04


Is the vibe of your day more relaxed, with everything taking place at the same location, and you're looking to keep the guest count down? This might be the collection for you. I typically recommend a second shooter if the bride/groom are getting ready at separate locations, if the guest count is more than 100, or if you have a very large wedding party. However if this isn't the vision you have for your day, then having a solo shooter is a perfect fit. You get all the benefits of the above collection, while saving a little extra to put towards another area of your day.


COLLECTION DETAILS

+ 8 hours of coverage

+ authentic 35mm film

+ 60 minute engagement session

+ standard client gift box

+ photography timeline planning

+ access to my wedding guide

+ variety of in color and in b&w

+ sneak peek gallery delivered with 48 hours

+ print rights

+ private online gallery where you can download, order prints, and share

+ travel within the Chicago, Milwaukee, Rockford area included

starting at $5000

Collection 04

COMPARE COLLECTIONS

 

 

COLLECTION 01


+ 10 hours of coverage

+ second shooter

+ authentic 35mm film

+ 90 minute engagement session

+ luxe client gift box



starting at

$7,250

 

 

 

 

COLLECTION 02


+ 10 hours of coverage

+ authentic 35mm film

+ 90 minute engagement session

+ luxe client gift box




starting at

$6,250

 

 

 

 

COLLECTION 03


+ 8 hours of coverage

+ second shooter

+ authentic 35mm film

+ 60 minute engagement session

+ standard client gift box



starting at

$5,800

 

 

 

 

COLLECTION 04


+ 8 hours of coverage

+ authentic 35mm film

+ 60 minute engagement session

+ standard client gift box




starting at

$5,000

 

 

ten hour sample timeline


12:00pm — Photography coverage begins / Getting ready details

1:00pm — Hair and makeup complete

1:15pm — Get dress on

1:30pm — Couple 'first look' and portraits

2:00pm — Wedding party photos

3:00pm — Family Photos

4:00pm — Family photographs finish, couple into hiding for guest arrival

4:30pm — Ceremony Begins

5:00pm — Cocktail Hour Begins

6:00pm — Ask guests to be seated for dinner 

6:15pm — Grand Entrance and Cake Cutting

6:30pm — Dinner Service Begins

7:00pm — Speeches

8:00pm — First dances

8:30pm — Dance floor opens

9:00pm — Bride's outfit change

9:45pm — Sparkler exit

10:00pm — Photography coverage ends

11:00 — Reception finishes

eight hour sample timeline


12:30pm — Photography coverage begins / Getting ready details

1:30pm — Hair and makeup complete

1:45pm — Bride into dress

2:00pm — Couple 'first look' and portraits

2:30pm — Wedding party photos

3:15pm — Family photographs

4:00pm — Family photographs finish, couple into hiding for guest arrival

4:30pm — Ceremony begins

5:00pm — Cocktail hour

6:00pm — Ask guests to be seated for dinner 

6:15 — Grand Entrance and Cake Cutting

6:30pm — Dinner Service Begins

7:00pm — Speeches

7:30pm — First dances

8:00 — Dance floor opens

8:30pm — Photography coverage ends

10:00pm — Reception finishes



 

we don't want your day to feel like a photoshoot. instead i look integrate myself into the folds so that I can catch the honest connections and they present themselves.

 


THE PROCESS AND HOW IT WORKS

01


You've read the philosophy and reviewed the details, and believe this is a good fit for you! We will schedule a FaceTime to "meet" and talk through a few details.

02


We make it official! We will work together to choose the best collection for you. Then, I will send over access to your client portal. Within the portal you will be able to sign your contract, pay your invoice, and access my EC Wedding Guide.

03


We will work together to finalize all the little details of your day. I have a questionnaire within your client portal that you can update as you go. I am always here to help with ideas, location scouting, or even offer vendor recommendations.

04


It's wedding day! Come ready to be open and vulnerable. We've put in all the scheduling work ahead of time so day of place no expectations and just let everything unfold as it is organically presented to us.

HOW TO BOOK



I am so honored to be considered to document a part of your story. If you align with the philosophy and connect with the work, then let's make it official.


After our FaceTime call we can both confirm this is a perfect match. A 50% non-refundable retainer fee and custom contract will then be sent to secure your wedding date. Once that's all locked in, the fun of planning your engagement session begins!


HOW TO BOOK



I am so honored to be considered to document a part of your story. If you align with the philosophy and connect with the work, then let's make it official.


After our FaceTime call we can both confirm this is a perfect match. A 50% non-refundable retainer fee and custom contract will then be sent to secure your wedding date. Once that's all locked in, the fun of planning your engagement session begins!


The FAQ

Can I pick my associate?

In short, no. I base who will cover your wedding on location and availability. I will however let you know who is covering your wedding and we will do a video call so you can "meet" before your wedding day!

Where are you based?

We are located in the Chicagoland, Southern WI, and Eastern MN area —serving all over the Midwest. We have also been called to Nevada, California, Florida, and Mexico.

Do you travel? Is there a fee?

Yes we travel! Travel is included as long at your wedding/engagement takes place within the Chicago, Rockford, Milwaukee radius. Anything outside of that will acquire a travel fee. This fee will vary depending on where you would like me to travel to! Sometimes we require flight/hotel accommodations depending on the circumstances. This is something we can discuss more!

Do you create custom packages?

You bet! If don't see a collection that has what you're looking for, let's work together to tailor a package that fits your needs. For example, we can have a second shooter for just part of the day to save a little $.

Do you pose us?

While we prefer to capture moments as they are presented to us, we can help direct you with actions and provide verbal cues, but don't necessarily line you up and then yell "say cheese". Except when it comes to formal family and formal bride/groom portraits, then we are happy to provide direction.

How many photos do we get?

I guarantee a minimum of 75 photos per hour.

What's your turn around time?

Engagement sessions are delivered within 4-6 weeks. Weddings are delivered 7-10 weeks depending on the collection book.

How do we get our photos?

You will receive all of your photos through a private, online gallery. Your gallery is emailed to you and images are easy to download and share!

Can you help us with planning/conceptualization?

Of course! If you have a base concept for the kind of vibe you are going for, we can work together to create a Pinterest board of ideas. I am also happy to recommend any locations or vendors needed — bridal shop, florist, hair and makeup etc. I love to get creative so please don't feel like you have to hold back!

What is your cancelation/reschedule policy?

I get it, uncontrollable things come up, life happens. I am happy to accommodate one reschedule date. We would work together to confirm a new date. After that you may be subject to booking my current rate of the rebooking time. If you need to cancel our time completely, while there is a non-refundable retainer, you would be released from the remainder of your contracted amount upon receiving your signed cancelation contract.

A NOTE ON AVAILABILITY

I am beyond grateful you are here and interested in working together. If you still have questions before taking the next step, please don't hesitate to reach out, I am here to help! I only take on limited and select associate opportunities. Please note that I do get multiple inquires for dates, and so does Krysta/Sydney, so it's best to get in touch with me sooner, rather than later, to avoid any disappointment.


Thanks so much for reaching out and we look forward to potentially documenting your love story!