"Brooke is simply the BEST. Honestly - I'm not sure how my day would've been without her. We referred to Brooke from some close friends that "SWORE by their photographer" - my husband and I were in the market, so we checked her out.
After an old fashioned and a wonderful meeting, I didn't just want her to be our photographer, but a friend too! She's a professional that has an eye for ALL OF THE THINGS. She doesn't just snap her "regular textbook photos" but really gets to know the couple and sees specific photos that complement them. Our engagement shoot was a bit out of the norm - think bourbon shots and PBRs - but she captured it all with a smile on her face from ear to ear with laughter you can't forget.
Our wedding day was no different. I'm SO glad she was there. Brooke is a pleasure to work with, wants to make sure she's with you for the long haul and to capture every moment necessary. I LOVE YOU BROOKE!"
- Kari and Greg
"When I started wedding planning, I knew one of the most important things I was going to spend my money on was the photography. After putting in all the time, effort, and money into planning a wedding, you want to make sure you have amazing pictures to look back at! I also knew I didn't want the "cookie cutter" wedding shots; I wanted a documentary style of photography that captured the real and raw moments of the day. Brooke was actually the third photographer my husband and I met with. The first two were good, they had the sort of style I was looking for, but I just wasn't clicking with them on a personal level. I wanted someone who was just as excited as I was about my day, someone who just intuitively understood my vision, and someone who I trusted to take charge and get their job done. We met with Brooke at a cute little bar near our apartment, had a few drinks, and talked excitedly for over an hour about our day, what we envisioned, and whether or not we should hire the Big Star food truck to cater our wedding. (we did, it was amazing, and Brooke definitely nudged us in the right direction!). We hired Brooke that night. We had our engagement photos done a few months after, which was so fun. Brooke made us feel so comfortable, and hanging out and having a beer with her afterward was awesome. In the weeks leading up to our wedding, she was so helpful as we narrowed down our timeline, and she researched the best places and times to do photos so things would run as smoothly as possible. Having Brooke with us on our wedding day was one of the best decisions we made. She was energetic, organized, friendly, and calm the entire day. When my husband and I would get a little stressed about things, she was quick to reassure us and do whatever she could to help. All of our guests loved her, especially our bridal party! Brooke fit right in with all of us and it really just felt like we were all just hanging out with a friend who happened to be a photographer. Our photos are exactly what we wanted, and I'm so so grateful that we found Brooke!"
- Kristina and Brad
"Book Brooke NOW! Seriously. I found Brooke through a friend in college who also used her on her wedding day. Her pictures were so perfect that I knew I needed Brooke to do mine... I was right. When we met Brooke for the first time at our engagement session, we knew we picked the right photographer because she was just as excited about our bottle of champagne as we were. The best part about Brooke is her warm, welcoming and instantly comfortable in her presence vibe. Our bridal party and family kept talking about how wonderful and professional Brooke was all day and the weeks that followed. My husband and I have talked about how we wish she was our real life friend - multiple times. Both of our photo galleries turned out perfect and we have them framed all over our home. We will treasure them forever. Needless to say, Brooke was the best vendor decision we made and I recommend her to everyone that will listen. She won't let you down. We love you Brooke!"
- Megan and Scott
"I'm not sure where to start, other than Brooke is HANDS DOWN the most amazing person and photographer. I first met Brooke when she photographed a wedding I was a bridesmaid in. I thought she was so great and the pictures turned out unbelievably beautiful. We got engaged a week later and Brooke was the easiest decision (and quickest) I made. I didn't even consider another photographer. Leading up to our wedding, she was so sweet and answered all our questions quickly and thoroughly. The day of the wedding, she walked right in the house and started snapping photos of our dog Henry. Brooke genuinely makes you feel like you've known her for years. It was a pleasure having her there the day of the wedding. She felt more like an old friend than someone we paid to be there. She made the picture taking experience fun and relatively painless for everyone, even those who aren't fond of getting their picture taken.
Brooke gave us a time frame for when we could expect our edited photos and we (im)patiently waited. Our expectations were high! We were scared after our wait, we might be disappointed. That couldn't be further from the truth. The photos were more amazing than I ever could have imagined. The day was captured beautifully. I was in tears seeing photos that were captured of hugs, love and laughter. She caught pictures of me with some of my favorite people, I didn't even know there was a camera on me when they were taken. There are so many pictures that I can immediately tell will be cherished forever."
- Laney and Casey
"If you're looking for the best wedding photographer - look no further, Brooke is your girl! We used Brooke for our engagement and wedding pictures and she was hands down one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Throughout the entire year of working together, Brooke was extremely responsive and organized. On our wedding day Brooke was professional, focused on capturing the best moments, and SO easy and fun to work with. She made sure that we had every photo that we had envisioned, and she used her creativity to really capture the emotions of the day. Brooke is upbeat, energetic, and the kind of person that you want to work with on your big day - our families and bridal party made many comments throughout about how awesome Brooke is. Our wedding pictures far exceeded our expectations - I was blown away by the details and emotions that Brooke was able to capture through her camera."
- Karie and Ryan
"Brooke is one of the most geniune professionals I have ever met. My husband and I were planning our Bloomington, IL wedding from AZ and had been reaching out to photographers a year in advance. We were finding that several of the people we had in mind were already booked. I would later be thankful for this! I was on Facebook one day and came across some friends who had family pictures done by Brooke and I remembered she does weddings as well. I went to her website, looked through her galleries, and immediately reached out to her. It helped knowing that we both had mutual friends with her, so we knew she was good people. Brooke and I e-mailed back and forth a few times discussing her style, experience and packages and without meeting her in person I was comfortable booking with her.
I had planned a trip back home a few months before the wedding and met with Brooke for the first time in person (and was welcomed with a hug); we sat down for a little over an hour and Brooke created our wedding day timeline right there. She gave her recommendations and provided different scenarios, so we could work together to determine what would be best for our day. We discussed the scenery we were looking for and Brooke said she would research areas and I was comfortable leaving the exact location for pictures up to her.
Our wedding day came and we could not be happier with Brooke's professionalism and work. She was with us from around 9:30am to 8:30pm (I was having too much fun, so not exactly sure on the time but we have pictures of dancing at the reception) and gave 100% the entire time. Our wedding party couldn't stop talking about how awesome she was as well. She was calm, but demanding, which was needed to keep us on track while still having fun. We also had flower girls that she was great with and got them to laugh and smile when they weren't really feeling it. I can honestly say that I don't think I would have been as calm as I was on my wedding day without Brooke. All of our pictures turned out AMAZING and it is going to be difficult to pick favorites. I would recommend Brooke to anyone! She is professional, hard working, affordable, responsive and I feel I can now call her a friend."
- Amy and Robert
"Currently going through hundreds of wedding photos tearing up with gratitude and feeling so incredibly lucky to have had Brooke as a photographer. She captured the most special times of the day, times we now have on film. There wasn't a moment of the day she wasn't finding some special moment to capture. From the moment we met, Brooke was professional, straightforward, happy, knowledgable, and seemed genuinely excited for our wedding experience and to spend the day taking our wedding photos. From carrying a ladder in downtown Chicago to get the best angle, helping get guests in the right place at the right time, to delivering the most beautiful, professional photos, Brooke knocked everything out of the park. The quality of the images is breathtaking. We would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer, and are already looking for an excuse to get photos again!"
- Katie and James
"Brooke was hands down the BEST decision we made on our wedding day. Planning our wedding in downtown Chicago from out of town, Brooke helped us figure out a workable timeline for photos, which locations would work with our timeline and time of day, and she even went to the hotel where we would be getting ready to scout out possible areas for our first look. Brooke made family photos so easy, and made sure everything was running smoothly day of and getting people to where they needed to be. Plus the photos are AMAZING. Brooke's photography style absolutelu captures the feeling of the day, and we are so thankful we could have her as our wedding photographer. Hire her and you will not regret it!"
- Beth and Brock
"Brooke...Brooke...Brooke!!!! This little wisp of a lovely woman is a talented, energetic, bright light that you will GLADLY welcome to photograph ANY event! We hired Brooke to capture our wedding on St. Patrick's Day this year, and it felt like she was instantly one of the family. If you're looking for slice-of-life moments that will surprise you, make you laugh, make you cry, melt your heart, make you want to relive the moment over and over again, then Brooke is the hands-down best choice. Seeing our wedding through her eyes was an amazing experience. She was calm and relaxed yet in polite control, she set a picture-taking schedule that was easy to follow (which was a HUGE relief to an overstressed couple who didn't have the energy to have to plan yet one more thing!), she rallied large groups, and she said the perfect things to capture magical moments. I am not embellishing here... some moments were absolutely priceless. I cannot say enough about how wonderful it was to have her with us. Stop looking around for other photographers. You've found the absolute best."
- Peg and Martin
"Looking at these pictures is a constant bear hug of life. Thank you Brooke for your generous gift of laughter and love, all captured in a timeless manner. We couldn't have asked for a better day, and we definitely got a Memory Catcher who was way out of our league, and for that we are forever thankful."
- Jamie and Frank
"Brooke was my best friend's wedding photographer last weekend. Brooke was without a doubt the most present and hard working photographer I have ever seen at work. She maintained an energetic, calm essence about her and carried her attention throughout each important minute of the entire day. She was like a ninja, everywhere at once! She was fully invested in her wedding couple and made sure that she gave it her all. I even got to have a great conversation with her and get to know her a bit - something she could have easily overlooked. She inspired me as a wedding photographer myself to be more engaging, attentive, and have a lasting energy from sunrise to that last crazy dance.
Relational, present, over-achieving standards; Brooke is hands down one of my go-to recommendations for future friend's wedding, or weddings I am not able to shoot myself. She's magnificent!"
- Brittany, friend + bridesmaid of Meg and Andy
"My husband and I got married at Starved Rock State Park on October 6, 2017. We contracted Brooke to photograph our wedding at the suggestion of a close friend. This decision was the most important, and the best, decision we made for our wedding. The morning of our wedding day it was overcast, slightly chilly, and was raining intermittently. However, Brooke arrived excited, cheerful, and ready to shoot. Brooke photographed me and my bridesmaids getting ready and was a welcome addition to the pre-ceremony celebrations. She then photographed the groomsmen (outdoors!) and my husband later told me it was the most fun part of the whole morning.
Now for the ceremony. It began to rain the worst right before the ceremony. However, Brooke was outside with everyone and while everyone was clutching an umbrella, she was clutching her camera. Brooke took so many photographs of the ceremony that we now look back on with affection and awe. At the time the rain seemed unwelcome and unfortunate, but it soon became one of our favorite parts of the wedding. The photographs Brooke took were perfect and we would not have changed anything, even deciding to have the wedding in the rain.
The photographs that were taken captured our wedding, the love that surrounded all of us, and all the little moments in between. I will never forget Brooke, her passion for making others happy, and the joy that her pictures will continue to bring us for the rest of our lives. Brooke, thank you for all your hard work, your joyful spirit, and most importantly….for getting wet in the rain! You gave us the greatest wedding gift of all, these beautiful memories captured in time."
- Hannah and Steve
"Engagement pictures: From the Gentleman's Perspective.
I was NOT looking forward to doing this. I was not looking forward to any of it because I hate with a passion my picture being taken. I'm not a photogenic guy. It's just something you come to terms with over time and, eventually, you stay away from cameras altogether. Well, this day, FORTUNATELY, I had no choice. And fortunately, my fiance and I had the great privilege of getting our pictures taken by Brooke. Words cannot describe this girls eye for great pictures, her professionalism, and personality. She made, me specifically, feel like a damn GQ model. And she made me look like one, too. I'm even starting to wonder why I didn't go into modeling in the first place - she's THAT GOOD. Long story short - this is the person you want to take your photos. You will certainly not regret it!"
- Andy and Kara