Photographer In Normal, IL

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Normal's #1 Photographer

Whatever kind of photography you're looking for, Haley A. Photography is up for the challenge. I specialize in wedding photography, but I also do family photography, including portraits, newborns, and lifestyle shoots.


My passion sets me apart from other photographers in the Bloomington-Normal area. My passion for photography is what gets me out of bed in the morning, and I can't wait to work with you and your family. If you're looking for a photographer in Normal, you've come to the right place.


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I call the Bloomington-Normal area home because it continues to impress me, as do the beautiful couples I get to meet. It’s my honor to be part of the sweetest moments of their lives, and I'm humbled to be a trusted photographer in the Normal area.


No matter what type of shoot you want done, before you hire a photographer in Normal IL, the first thing you need to do is take a long look at the photographer’s portfolio. This is a showcase of a photographer’s best work, so you need to feel comfortable that their best is good enough for you.


"Her natural, God-given talent is obvious with every single shot she captured of our day. We couldn't have been more blessed by the opportunity to work with Haley" 

- Sarah H

Learn more about photography

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.


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Haley A. Photography brings years of photography experience to each photo shoot, and the goal is always to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Because I want to provide the best possible experience for my clients, I’m in communication with my clients before, during, and after the photo shoot to make sure every detail is accounted for. I strive to be the best photographer in the Normal area, and so I won't settle for average photos.


As a photographer, I’ve always had an eye for the natural moments. 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. I aim to please, which has helped me become the trusted photographer in Normal IL. 


Family Photography In Normal, IL

The kind of photographers you want will be willing to push the envelope to some extent. They’re more willing to let kids be kids (within reason) because they know that making the shoot too serious may leave the kids disappointed, scared, or unwilling to smile.


When hiring a photographer in Normal, 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.



My career as a wedding photographer in Normal IL 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 Normal 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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