I'm Joelle, an international Lifestyle and Wedding Photographer based in Chicago + Southwest Michigan. I'm also an educator and Photo Editor for photographers!


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Was College Worth It? How College Influenced My Career

Every once in awhile someone will ask me if majoring in Photography during college made a positive difference for my career. The answer is a big YES! I didn’t fully realize just how much it impacted my career until a couple of months ago. It dawned on me that the majority of my clients have […]

February 6, 2018

Education, personal

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Indoor Location Ideas for Winter Photoshoots

Winter time, while it can be absolutely beautiful, isn’t always ideal for photoshoots. You can capture some gorgeous shots in the snow with your clients, but not everyone will be able to brave the cold for your standard length of shoot time. If you’re stumped on indoor options for your winter shoots, here are some […]

January 23, 2018

Education, Lifestyle

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How I Became a Photographer

I began taking photos when I was in high school, 8 years ago. This all began when one of my childhood friends, Sara, began posting photos on Facebook as part of a 365 Day Challenge. The more she posted, the more I became fascinated with her project. After a few weeks, I decided to start […]

December 18, 2017

Education, personal

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My Preparation Process for Weddings

Weddings are a ton of fun, but they require a substantial amount of work. Not only for the couple, but for vendors too. For things to run smoothly on both ends, it’s necessary for us as photographers to do our part in making sure things are organized and efficient! Now, it can be a little […]

November 20, 2017

Education, Wedding

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What’s In My Bag

Hey friends! I’m so excited to finally share what’s inside my camera bag for a wedding day. These are my go-to’s for every single wedding, and I’m going to break down why for you. Don’t feel like you have to use the same exact gear as me (I suggest renting or borrowing pieces of equipment […]

November 13, 2017

Education, Wedding

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