before we get into the nitty gritty
— HEAR ME OUT
Documentary style photography isn't a style being applied to your photos in post processing, it's a whole mindset. Words that come to mind when describing this style are candid, joyful, emotional, elements of storytelling, with moments being genuine and unscripted.
If you're looking for someone who will just take your pictures and scoot, then I am not the right photographer for you. Did I really just say that? You bet. There is intimacy behind every season of life. From finding the one who captivates your heart, mind and soul, to saying yes to your forever, to bringing new life into the world. You don't want to just share these moments with anyone.
Everly Collective was founded with the intent to create emotional elicitation through artful documentation. Inspired by light, movement, emotion, and love. My style is characterized by my ability to create honest connection while timelessly preserving your memories. My unobtrusive presence allows me to capture fleeting moments with intentionality, and an artful eye. You shouldn't receive a gallery that looks like any old Instagram post, I want to deliver art that makes you feel something.
So, if you value connection and honest nature of a photojournalistic approach with an editorial take, then I am the girl for you.
INTIMATE WEDDING FILMS
I do things a bit differently. My packages aren't based on hours of coverage. I want to be there for the whole day, not skipping a beat. My collections are based on what's included. Now let's make some art.
— Only available for intimate weddings under 125 guests
starting at $3000
SUPER 8 WEDDING FILMS
+ approximately 100ft of film (about 4 minutes) of super 8 footage, artfully pieced together, professionally processed and color graded
+ can be intertwined into main video or delivered on its own
starting at $1500
I personally will no longer be offering photo and video for the same wedding but.....
documenting your day, artfully and intentionally — as team
I am happy to announce that I have partnered with Nikki Erin Films to bring potential clients both photo and video coverage with artful eyes. If you book me for photo, and Nikki for video, you can expect deep emotive coverage of your day told from both perspectives. There is also the benefit of a cost savings on both sides —
- Receive a complimentary hour of coverage with Sami
- Receive a complimentary hour of coverage with Nikki
Get to know more about Nikki and her process here.
Where are you based?
I am located in Crystal Lake, IL but I am often traveling to Chicago, MKE, and Madison. I have also been called to Las Vegas and Florida — I am always looking to explore more places!
Do you travel? Is there a fee?
Yes I travel! Travel is included as long as the location is within the Chicago, Lake Geneva, Rockford, & Aurora radius. Anything outside of that with acquire a travel fee. This fee will vary depending on where you would like me to travel to! Sometimes I require hotel accommodations depending on the circumstances. This is something we can discuss more!
Do you offer mini sessions?
I offer 30 min local sessions (Crystal Lake area) and I do a Women's Studio Day (open to all women during all seasons of life) once a year. Outside of that I do not offer mini sessions. To get the full EC experience I highly recommend booking a 60+ minute session. A full sessions allow us the proper time to get aquatinted and for me to become fully immersed in your environment.
Do you pose us?
I thrive in an environment where I can be a gentle fly on the wall. I am happy to provide verbal cues to help direct movements, but I don't line you up and have you say "cheese".
Do you create custom packages?
You bet! If yon't see a package that has what you're looking for, let's work together to tailor a package that fits your needs.
How many photos do we get?
I guarantee a minimum of 60 photos per hour.
Can you help us with our wardrobe?
You bet! After booking you will received access to my style guide! Included are different styles to fit every family as well as a list of places to shop. This guide will help you find the right outfits for everyone, all while making it feel like you.
Whats your turn around time?
Couples, engagement, and lifestyle sessions are delivered within 4-6 weeks. Wedding galleries are delivered within 6-8 weeks.
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?
While I am not a planner, I have learned a thing or two after planning my own wedding and working in this industry. That being said, I am happy to share my advice with you! You will also receive a FREE wedding guide upon booking. This includes pages of tips, tricks and ideas to help make your day stress free.
How do we book you?
Please visit my contact page!
What is your cancelation/reschedule policy?
I get it, things come up, weather changes, life happens. I am happy to accommodate one reschedule date. After that a reschedule fee would apply. If you need to cancel our time completely, there is a non-refundable retainer, but you would be released from the remainder of your invoice upon receiving your signed cancelation contract.