Photographer in Bloomington, IL
Professional Photography Sessions Bloomington
When I decided to embark on a career in photography, I wasn't sure what to expect. I simply let my passion and my faith guide the way, and Haley A. Photography was the result. My primary focus is engagement & wedding photography, and I love the chance to get away for a destination or intimate wedding.
- Engagement photo shoots
- Wedding day photo shoots
- Lover of destination weddings
BLOOMINGTON'S BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
I'll admit, when I first started considering working full-time in the wedding photography business, I was hesitant. Doing so meant leaving a job I loved at Cybernautic, and it meant taking a step out in faith that things would work out.
So far, the journey has been more memorable and more humbling than I've ever thought possible. When Bloomington's long-standing newspaper, The Pantagraph, declared Haley A as Bloomington-Normal's "best photographer" in 2017, I couldn't believe my eyes (at least partially because my vision was a little blurred from tears).
One of my favorite wedding photography shoots happened at Illinois Wesleyan University's Ames Library, as I captured the wedding of Erica and Corey, who have become dear friends of mine.
I first met Erica during their maternity session in winter of 2016. Corey and I are third cousins and went to high school together. Their beautiful daughter, Aria, was a blessing to behold.
Their gorgeous wedding day was filled with love and laughter from their large bridal party, wonderful family, and sweet little girl. It was an honor to photograph such a beautiful union, and it made me love my job as a wedding photographer in Bloomington IL all the more.
Working with Haley A: What You Need To Know
My goal as a wedding photographer in Bloomington IL is to take as much of the stress of wedding planning off of your shoulders as possible. I want to meet you where you're at in the process so that you can get on with enjoying your special day without getting hung up on the details.
If that means running through some wedding picture ideas, crafting a wedding photo checklist, or taking a look at the wedding photo packages I have to offer, I'm more than willing to do that with you.
A photography session with me includes an initial meeting, production of images, digital editing and ordering prints. I’m in communication with my clients for close to a year before the actual wedding day. Months before, I will send you a questionnaire so that I can find out some specifics about you and strategically plan your day - one less thing for you to worry about. As part of your photography session, I will organize appointments, supply all necessary equipment and lighting, and edit every file from a photoshoot to enhance the quality of the images.
Engagement Photos: Deciding to spend the rest of your life with someone is an incredible moment! Of course, you want to have that joy captured so you can relive that moment and over again. I'm proud to offer engagement photography sessions in Bloomington IL.
Wedding Day Photos: Come wedding day, I will do my best to stay out of your hair as I capture the day's special moments. I can cover rehearsal dinners, pre-ceremony, as well as the reception.
Destination weddings are a unique adventure, one where I get to tag along. Because of that, my clients over time become friends. The close relationship we build means that I want to invest in both their wedding day and their future together. Not to mention, there’s just something special about watching the world stop around a couple in love.
Haley A is also flexible to travel within the surrounding areas of Bloomington-Normal, IL and meet clients at their home. Haley A is committed to giving you the attention to detail that you need, all the while producing great photographs of your family.
I'm constantly humbled and honored by the opportunity to be a wedding photographer in Bloomington, IL. It's a special place, one I'm happy to call home. That said, I don’t do this for me - I do this for you, so that you can relive that precious moment over, and over, and over, relishing that perfect moment as if for the first time… every time.
Offering Professional Photography Sessions In Bloomington IL
Haley A focuses on making memories for local residents. Whether you are looking for a senior photoshoot, an unconventional family portrait, or an experienced wedding photographer, Haley A is determined to make your session unique and tasteful.
My passion sets me apart from other photographers in Bloomington-Normal IL. It also propels me to continue to improve and master my craft.
I prioritize close communication and quick turnaround. I'm in close communication with my clients before, during, and after our photo shoot in order to ensure that every detail is accounted for.
"Haley, you captured every moment in the most beautiful, creative, unique way. Your talent and eye for photos is such an AMAZING gift."
- Sara M.
Get the most out of the happiest moments in your life.
12 QUESTIONS TO ASK your wedding photographer
How far in advance do I need to book with you?
What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?
What type of equipment do you use?
Can you put together a slideshow of the engagement session (along with other photos the couple provides) and show it during the cocktail hour? What about an "instant" slideshow of the ceremony?
May I have a list of references?
Is it okay if other people take photos while you're taking photos?
What packages do you offer?
How long after I order my photos/album will I get them?
When will I receive a written contract?
Have you ever shot at my venue(s) before?
Do you shoot mostly in black and white or color?
What do you love most about photographing weddings?
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL IL
I’ve always had an eye for the natural moments, and I've always sought to create something unique in every single shoot I do. I don't want to be "just another" photographer - I want to be the #1 Bloomington photographer.
Poses and artificial candids are nice and all, but you can’t quite get the same sincerity - the same glimmer in her eyes, the same warmth in his smile. I love to watch the day unfold organically, which allows me to capture otherwise forgettable moments - the innocent laughs, the silly faces couples make when they think no one is watching, the moments that make a couple unique - in addition to the big, “gotta have ‘em” moments.
My three words: authentic, intimate, timeless. If I can make my clients forget I’m there, I’ve succeeded.
My career as has been a blessing. I’ve experienced ineffable beauty and love. I’ve seen the beginnings of many happy marriages, many of them in an intimate setting or an exotic destination.
Who better to capture your special moments than someone local, someone who knows the hidden gems that only the Bloomington area has to offer? I’ve lived in the area for my whole life, and this area continues to impress me.
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Photographer In Bloomington IL
When hiring a photographer in Bloomington, you want one that can get along with your family and find a way to make your children smile even when that's the last thing they want. You need a photographer who will go above and beyond, which is what Haley A. Photography is known for.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY: 3 Variables to A proper photo shoot
As a client or an aspiring photographer, I hope you find this page of use. If you're a client, I hope the below section will give you a better grasp of what goes into the wedding photography process. I'll walk through some popular techniques and the necessary equipment for every photography shoot.
It's imperative that a modern photographer have a DSLR. Upper-tier, full-frame DSLRs such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Nikon D810, and Nikon D750 are the cameras of choice for most experienced wedding photographers.
Almost as important as the type of camera used is its backup. Part of photography is being foolproof, meaning nothing can go wrong that would stop us from recording that day.
For lenses, especially in wedding photography, they need to do two different things: enable the photographer to shoot wide and shoot far. The usual choice photographers have to make is whether to go with zoom lenses or prime lenses (fixed focal-length lenses).
Wide-aperture lenses allow you to shoot in low light at lower ISOs and higher shutter speeds for better image quality, but they also deliver shallower depth of field. Fast zooms and prime lenses are the mainstays of veteran wedding photographers and emerging pros.
Some call the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens the "Wedding Lens" as its effective for capturing the entire wedding party as its members witness the event, the bride and groom at the altar, close-ups, detail shots, and formal full-length portraits. Its wide aperture provides brighter viewing in darker environments and allows you to create artistic effects with beautiful bokeh.
Wide-angle zooms are crucial for shooting groups, the chapel setting with all the guests in attendance, and capturing important moments on the dance floor including the first dance.
Macro lenses are great for capturing telling details in rings, dresses, couture, and floral arrangements. Telephoto macro lenses in the range can also do double duty as portrait lenses.
Fisheye lenses let you capture unique images that set your work apart. You may not use them for more than a few shots, but a surprising percentage of them wind up in the wedding albums or portfolios.
Photographers won't always have ideal lighting. Not every wedding is going to have the perfect outdoor ceremony followed by the perfectly lit reception. Basically, if a photographer walks out the door without any lighting, then he cannot shoot in any situation.
Ideally, a photographer should have two or three flashes and be able to shoot off-camera using a light stand, umbrella, and flash triggers. Just pointing the flash straight at your subject is not going to cut it. A photographer will have to bounce in multiple directions (left, right, up, back) and use the flash as a subtle fill in certain situations.
Using an external flash can be a lifesaver when it's getting too dark to get the perfect shot. I have to use speedlight photography techniques for nighttime weddings and dark churches. The alternative is dark or grainy images.
At the end of the day, even the best equipment cannot make up for a lack of skill. That's why you pay for professional photographers, and that's why you often get what you pay for.