Elsie Jo Photography Blog

I love late nights, belly laughs, love stories, the smell of fresh cut grass, and the kind of dream clients that want to invest in capturing life as it is. A little messy and full of color. If you're into photos that are authentic, full of snuggles, and sunshine, keep scrolling, I can't wait to meet you. 


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The Schafer’s, where do I even begin with this couple and this day?! These are some of the kindest, most fun-loving, genuine people that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Their wedding day was a celebration filled with love, laughter, and a hopping dance floor. I seriously did not want the day […]

These two sweethearts tie the knot in a few weeks and I couldn’t be more excited! I can not think of a better way to kick off my 2019 wedding season. To celebrate their upcoming nuptials I am sharing their engagement session with all of you. There is definitely no shortage of giggles when these […]

I wrapped my 2018 weddings last weekend with the most beautiful, genuine, fun-loving couple. Parker and Jennifer’s day was jam packed with joy, laughter, and Jesus!! My cheeks hurt from endless amounts of smiling. I ¬†just can NOT get enough of the way Parker looked at his bride and the constant way he kept Jenn […]

Karl and Janet tied the knot on the last Sunday in September. Per usually, Illinois showed up with some pretty funky weather for their wedding weekend. But these two (and their extensive crew) were troopers!! The chilly September morning was easily solved by excessive amounts of snuggling ūüôā I’ve known Janet for years and I […]

Cooper and Shania tied the knot on the most gorgeous September Sunday. I have been looking forward to these two sweethearts wedding day for months!! And the day definitely did not disappoint. Their wedding day was filled with so much love and laughter it was infectious. ¬†There was never a dull moment with these two […]

As a creative there is nothing better than watching an idea you have had bouncing around in your brain come to life. That’s exactly what this styled shoot started as, a crazy idea. The thought came to me “how cute would it be to put flower necklaces on alpacas?” The answer was a resounding “TOO […]

When Janet told me that she and Karl wanted to do their engagement photos at Matthiessen State Park I was thrilled. I’ve been many times and love every chance I get to visit but surprisingly I have never taken pictures here. These two were such troopers hiking mile in their dress clothes, changing behind rocks, […]

In honor of the 4th I am excited to share this special wedding day with all of you. Sheryl is in love with the color blue (just keep scrolling it will become very obvious). She drives a bright blue car, her engagement ring has a blue stone in it, and she even rocked a blue […]

Where do I begin with this sweet couple?? When Shania emailed me to tell me that she was engaged I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to meet the¬†guy that had stole¬†this spunky girls heart! I patiently awaited their Missouri engagement session and the evening did NOT disappoint.¬†I seriously had the best time capturing these two. […]

I’m excited to be sharing another glimpse into my adventure out west! On one of the last legs of our trip we visited gorgeous Page, AZ. We spent the night on a working sheep ranch¬†and slept¬†in a traditional Navajo Hogan. To see more of that adventure check out my previous blog post, http://elsiejophotography.com/best-roadtrip-ever/ The next […]

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