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Wedding during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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We will get through this

I have so much empathy for couples that are mourning changes to their own wedding plans. I would like to be a worry-free resource to those in need. What's become clear to so many is what is ultimately most important about weddings: it's the union of two people that love each other so intensely and the commitment they make to each other. While we adapt and try to help each other through these evolving times, I urge you to take things day by day. When the time comes where small wedding ceremonies are allowed, its important not forget how great your celebration will be once this is all over and its safe to party!

Photography Choices for Small Weddings

Planning a wedding in a pandemic has many couples and their families worried. Photography options in the age of coronavirus need to be flexible, considerate, and practical. Let’s find the best way for you to celebrate your marriage with those closest to you.

Special Photography Rates for Those Planning Weddings During the Pandemic

ENGAGEMENT $300

1 hour of photography for couples
Flexible scheduling due regulations surrounding the pandemic

ELOPE / MICRO WEDDING $600

2 hours of coverage for up to 20 people
Flexible scheduling due regulations surrounding the pandemic
Convert time into future portrait session if you decide to cancel

SIMPLE + FLEXIBLE $3900

2 hours of coverage for your small wedding on one date
Flexible scheduling due regulations surrounding the pandemic
6 hours of coverage for your future celebration in 2021 or 2022

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY DURING THE CORONVIRUS PANDEMIC

What if we need to change the date due to COVID-19?

The dates are entirely flexible - the only constraint is our schedules. If you move your date due to a local, state or federal order related to coronavirus, the deposit moves with you and all other aspects remain the same.

When the shelter-in-place order is lifted, we still don't know if we need our ceremony photographed. What are your thoughts?

The value of personal connection has never been more clear than during this crisis - celebrating that personal connection between you and your partner is an awesome way that we celebrate humanity. Photos can share that moment, and they can also be beautiful in their own right. You will undoubtedly want to have a photographer for your celebration when guests can safely attend, but when wedding ceremonies resume, even if at a smaller scale, the photos you reflect on years later will be so cherished.

Is there any way around the shelter in place rule?

It can seem like a huge blow to have to pause your wedding day plans in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Unless you have been granted an exception from your jurisdiction due to extreme hardship (hospice wedding is an example) I recommend erring on the side of caution when it comes to the health and safety of their loved ones — especially if you have guests who are elderly or have suppressed immune systems. I am closely following when marriage licenses will begin to be issued and the conditions under which I can legally work.

Are you currently booking weddings and engagements?

Yes! In the interest of everybody’s safety, I have worked with couples to postpone March and April sessions to a later date. I am currently booking ceremonies, engagement sessions and weddings for future months though. For couples sessions, I have been penciling in dates for late May but note on our contract that we need to be respectful of the governor's orders about essential businesses. Unfortunately photographers that are not working for the government or news media are unable to legally photograph right now.

Why should book you during a pandemic?

Even for dates we may have to postpone, committing to working with a photographer helps small businesses like myself carry on and deliver my best to you and to all other clients. Another reason is the special pricing I am offering right now.

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\"a wonderful creative spirit\"

Brigham Hyde + Katie Spina | Devil's Thumb Ranch wedding, Tabernash, Colorado

We were so thrilled with her work, that we asked her to photograph our wedding in Colorado. Given her level of talent and quality of work, we hired her as the the sole photographer at our wedding, without assistants, etc. We were interested in a digestible number of very high quality photographs, instead of thousands of photographs to sort through – many of which we would never use. We were absolutely thrilled with the wedding photo portfolio that Heather created. I would highly recommend her based on her quality of work and flexible, easy-going personality. She is a true expert and a wonderful creative spirit to work with.

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Sarah and Ryan Kingery | University Club of Chicago wedding, Chicago, IL

We interviewed several other photographers and once we met with Heather, we knew she was the perfect fit. Her knowledge of the University Club and the several tips that no one else had shared with us gave us the certainty that we made the right decision. I've never seen anyone move more quickly to get the perfect photo. Heather didn't hesitate to tell people where to go and what to do to keep us on schedule. We enjoyed working with Heather, but never expected both our engagement photos and wedding pictures could turn out as well as they did! We have so many amazing photos to remember such a special day.

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Kristen Oziemkowski|Greenhouse Loft wedding, Chicago, IL

Heather Parker is an amazing photographer and she took absolutely beautiful pictures at our September wedding at the Greenhouse Loft. She was the first photographer that we set up an appointment with and her pictures blew me away. I was nervous to book the first photographer I had met with and wanted to make sure I did my due diligence - especially with something as important as photography. Your pictures are the only things you really walk away with at the end of your wedding day! Choosing a photographer is such a big decision and I wanted to make sure I gave it appropriate time and attention. My husband and I met with a total of 7 photographers after Heather - some of the best and most reputable in the city - and after all that, we ended up booking Heather.

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Halley Bonoma Winer|Gallery 1028 wedding, Chicago, IL

Once we got in front of the camera, with her direction and expertise, it was so much fun! She has a way of making you feel completely comfortable which makes the photos turn out GREAT! We are in love with the photos. Heather gave awesome suggestions on where to go around the city for the best and most unique shots. The candids from the wedding are fantastic. We didn't use a videographer, so we knew that an amazing photographer would make or break the wedding memories. Heather certainly did not let us down! We loved every minute while working with her. If you want beautiful, photojournalistic style photography for your wedding, Heather is your girl.

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\"amazing at capturing the mood, energy and feeling\"

Carolyn Jannace|Garfield Park Conservatory wedding, Chicago, IL

The images are crisp and beautifully saturated with color and life. Heather is amazing at capturing the mood, energy and feeling of your wedding day.

My dad commented on the fact that throughout the wedding, you never knew that Heather was there, but she got such great shots she was clearly everywhere she needed to be.

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For my Illinois and Massachusetts couples who may have plans being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, I am staying up to date on the latest CDC recommendations as well as orders from the State of Illinois and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. While wedding celebrations bring joy to so many people, it is important to be mindful of latest social distancing guidelines to protect those vulnerable and to help lift the burden on our front line workers.

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