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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How to Become a Wedding Photographer

So you’ve decided that you’re interested in pursuing wedding photography, but you have no experience and you’re not sure where the right place is to begin. How do you get your foot in the door? What’s the key to attracting brides when you’ve never photographed a wedding before? Well first of all, welcome to the […]

March 8, 2018


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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 to Excel at Client Consultations

With engagement season upon us, I thought it would be beneficial for a lot of photographers if I shared a blog post about consultations. I know that it can be a little nerve-wracking at times if you haven’t met the couple before, especially if you’re new to the consultation game. Personally, I love consultations. And […]

January 2, 2018


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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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