“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 only a week later and Brooke was the easiest decision (and quickest) I made. I didn’t even consider another photographer. Luckily, she was available for our date. Leading up to the 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 having their picture taken. The second shooter was awesome too! I’m so glad we opted for that.
Brooke gave us a time frame for when we could expect our edited photos and we (im)patiently waited. We saw photos from weddings that occurred weeks after ours being shared and were so jealous! We kept telling ourselves that our photos would be worth the wait but we both admitted that we were nervous to see the pictures. 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.
Thank you for giving us everlasting memories of our best day. We couldn’t be more grateful. But also, damn you for giving us so many that it will be impossible to narrow down!”
– Laney and Casey
“Currently going through hundreds of our 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 for us! 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 absolutely 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
“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 that 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. After the ceremony, Brooke knew the best locations to take pictures in the park. We forgot all about the weather and then it was time for the reception. The reception was so much fun (and a lot more dry!). Brooke photographed all our guests dancing, talking, and having a good time. These are photographs we will never forget and will likely use for a wedding scrapbook!
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
“If I could add 100 stars to the review I would! Brooke was such a rockstar photographer. She was always up for anything and totally committed to making our vision come true. Everything from traipsing all over downtown Chicago for our engagement session to braving our cold and rainy wedding day to get the perfect outdoor shots – Brooke’s passion for people and beautiful things makes her the perfect person to be behind the lens capturing your special day.”
– Amanda and Terry
“My husband and I will never be able to say enough good things about Brooke! She has a great talent and uses it to make people’s dreams come true. We had somewhat of a crazy wedding party and she wrangled them better than anyone else while staying professional and entertaining. My stress level was at an all time high on the day of our wedding and Brooke kept me cool, calm, and collected. She captured shots that took my breath away when I opened the online gallery – and I can be hard to please at times! My husband, who hates to have his picture taken, actually liked the pictures he was in (that’s no easy task)!
After meeting with Brooke to talk about what I was looking for, I knew she was the right person to capture our wedding. She showed me pictures of another wedding she did and thought it was what I was looking for. She was right! The way she uses natural light is nothing short of amazing! We had an outside wedding in the middle of a walnut grove. I’m not a photographer AT ALL, but was hoping our location would allow the sun to shine through to provide the whimsical feel I was going for. The sun did its job, but Brooke was the one who perfected the shots and put us in the right places during pictures.
If natural light, professionalism, easy going, and ohhh and ahhh moments are your thing, then Brooke is who you need to reach out to for capturing your special day. I am saying all of this before even seeing our full album! Just the sneak peek alone was enough to make me jump for joy!”
– Rachel and Cody
“I was in a wedding Brooke photographed and she was great! She is a very fun spirit to have around to capture every moment and little detail. She helped keep the day structured, which we were very thankful for! This helped keep the pressure off of the bride. It was nice having someone looking at the clock making sure we were where we needed to be. It was very obvious that she found every part of the day’s agenda important and not just the portion of the day that was cut out specifically for posed pictures. Another thing that stood out with Brooke was she made sure her pictures were going to be perfect by fixing hair, directing the guys when to button and unbutton their suits, when to lean in more, etc. And by the looks of the sneak peek (that she had up within 24 hours), the pictures are going to turn out exactly how the bride envisioned them! Great photographer, she does her job very well with an obvious passion for what she is doing!”
– Elli, friend + bridesmaid of Taran and Michael
“Wow, where to begin…Brooke is incredible! She captured the most special of moments and emotions from our perfect day! She helped everything run smoothly and helped keep me calm through a few hiccups during the day. I could not imagine saying “I do” without her, she is the full package!!!”
– Kayla and Ben
“My husband and I had maternity photos taken with Brooke. We did an in-home session complete with a busy dog and an indifferent cat. I can’t say enough about how wonderful she was and how relaxed and perfectly the session flowed. She was so sweet and organized everything so well. From the first sneak peek photo she released from our session, I knew she was not just a photographer but an artist. If you are looking for someone to snap a few fancy photos on a nice camera, she is not your girl. Brooke’s work is truly something much more special and unique. This special time in our lives was so beautifully captured and I will cherish these photos forever. I can’t say enough about her or her work, amazing!”
– Shelby and Ray
“Brooke was so great to work with during both our engagement and wedding photography sessions. She definitely has a creative gift, and really listens to what you want. I especially loved her ability to keep everyone in the wedding party in line and on task during pictures, and it was definitely a huge relief to have someone so organized and time oriented doing our photography. We loved our engagement pictures and are so excited to see the end result of our wedding! Highly recommend!”
– Amanda and Joey
“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 girl’s 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