Elsie Jo Photography

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MEET elsie

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Welcome to the Website!

 wedding & Portrait  photographer serving central Illinois & beyond 

I love hot tea, summertime, laughing my head off at cat videos on youtube, and lazy evenings on my couch watching Netflix.

what I'm known for:

My name is Elsie, Els to my friends (and that means you)! I am a small town girl with big dreams. I am in love with a boy named Derek and I am lucky enough to call him my husband. Derek makes me laugh more than anyone I know! He is my everyday adventure and together we are stumbling through, and loving the journey of, learning to be married! To say that I love love might be an understatement and I am passionate about capturing love for my clients. Whether it's those little mommy daughter giggles or that moment he sees his bride for the first time, these are moments that we want to cherish forever. To be able to share in these precious moments and preserve them in a tangible way, for my clients, is priceless for me. I am passionate about the relationships I make in business and I would absolutely love to know you. I wish we could sit down over a cup of tea and chat about this crazy thing we call life! So go ahead and contact me, whether you just want to chat or have a photo need I can't wait to talk to you!
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Hello! I am so glad you stopped by the website and I hope you stay a while. 

MEET Elsie

Photography has always been a passion of mine. I am dedicated to capturing every meaningful moment. From the little giggles to quiet hugs, I want to make sure your memories last a lifetime. 

"We love because He First Loved Us" -1 John 4:19

Capture love

what makes me different

The most important thing to me when creating a photo experience for my clients is making and capturing memories that will last a life time. From that evening spent in a sun drenched field with family to the little moments that make your wedding day uniquely yours. I cherish the opportunity to capture the moments that my clients will treasure generations to come. 

Create Memories

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It is an honor to walk with brides through the process of planning a wedding. To be able to capture memories from the engagement photos to the big day. To be able to share advice that comes from years of experience in the wedding industry. I am committed to keeping my clients, both portrait and wedding, informed and making their photo experience as enjoyable as possible. I am beyond thankful for the amazing people I get to call clients and friends! 

"i am passionate about the amazing relationships i have the privilege of making in this business"

Build Relationships

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hello there, and congratulations on your engagement! I am so excited that you are here.

Being a wedding photographer is an absolute privilege. It is an honor to get to share in so many special days. I have over 7 years of experience in the wedding industry. I adore meeting new couples and working with them to create a memorable photo experience. I can't wait to meet you and hear more about your love story. Feel free to leave me a note. I would love to chat!

inquire about your date

Wedding coverage begins at $3200

All packages include at least 6 hours of coverage, professional editing, wedding day digital images, and a luxury wedding album.

For more detailed information about wedding coverage and packages please shoot me an email. I can't wait to hear from you!!

It is a joy to be able to share in so many precious love stories!

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My husband and I loved working with Elsie for our engagement and wedding photos! We bought the package from her for both sessions and it was definitely worth booking both! It was so comfortable to work with her and she made it so easy to be natural for our pictures.
Elsie is a great communicator not only with my husband and me, but she was also great with our family photos and the kids that we had there. We were extremely happy with our photos and the photo book we got! She was able to take a good setting and make it look amazing in pictures through some sort of photographer-magic. I 100% recommend using her for your engagement/wedding pictures! 

"It was so comfortable to work with her."

Matt & Rachel

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Elsie went above and beyond to make our engagement shoot special to us. She was so personal which made the wedding pictures much less stressful and the wedding party raved about how fun it was to work with her. She’s efficient and gets you your edits in a very timely manner. So thankful I have such amazing pictures to treasure forever! 

"So thankful I have such amazing pictures to treasure forever! "

Nathaniel & Brooke

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My experience with Elsie Jo Photography was wonderful! I booked her for my wedding and I could not be more in love with the results. Not only did she listen to my concerns and suggestions, but she also tweaked her normal timeline to fit my wedding for a flawless experience. I seriously LOVE my photos! They are definitely what I always dreamed and I look forward to sharing them with the world for the next 50 years.

"I look forward to sharing my photos with the world for the next 50 years."

Nick & Sheryl

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One of the best decisions we could have made during the entire wedding planning process was booking Elsie. Not only did our pictures turn out beautifully - but she was patient and incredibly easy to work with. She made everyone feel very comfortable and was very professional. We love our engagement and wedding photos so much! I seriously cannot recommend her enough! 

"One of the best decisions we could have made."

Nick & Charolette

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We hired Elsie Jo Photography to capture our wedding day. We absolutely loved the staged and candid pictures that were taken! We were amazed at how well the photographers stayed behind the scenes, yet captured all of the important moments! Elsie made us feel so comfortable and relaxed which isn’t easy to do on your wedding day, so we really appreciated having her there. I would definitely recommend Elsie Jo Photography for anyone’s wedding or special occasion! 

"Elsie made us feel comfortable and relaxed."

Tanner & Chelsea

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I always enjoyed Elsie style that was filled with natural light and warm colors! She did a great job capturing my husband and I and I wouldn't of wanted anyone else taking our pictures! We will have our pictures displayed all over our house and they are absolutely beautiful! If you think ordering your own photo album is better, think again! The photo album we received from Elsie is so beautiful! The pages lay nice and flat and have no seam whatsoever! Elsie is so professional and does a wonderful job!

"I wouldn't have wanted anyone else taking our pictures!"

David & Sadie

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Since our wedding day, I have already recommended Elsie to some of my friends! Her shoots were always full of fun and laughter, which made for authentic smiles and beautiful pictures. Elsie is fun and super talented, and now she is the person I would choose for any photo shoot! I can’t thank her enough for the wonderful memories she captured for us!

"I can't thank her enough for the wonderful memories she captured for us"

Andrew & Kaitlyn

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Hi friends! I am glad you are here. I would absolutely love to hear from you.

I have been serving portrait clients for over 7 years. It is an absolute joy to be able to meet new people and capture each special stage of life. The best part of the job is watching clients become close friends and being able to share in the joy that comes with changing seasons of life.

inquire about your Session

Portrait Sessions begin at $550

Portraits are outdoor natural light sessions and last roughly 90 minutes. Sessions take place at a location of the clients choosing. After the session 40-60 fully edited images will be delivered to the client in a password protected online viewing gallery.

Packages are available but not required. Clients are welcome to order prints and product a la carte. Print prices start at $15.

For more detailed information on the Elsie Jo Senior or Family Experience please shoot me an email. I would love to chat with you.

It is an absolute honor to be trusted to capture your special memories

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I loved my experience and I am so thankful that I got my senior pictures done by Elsie Jo Photography! Elsie makes you feel so comfortable and she is truly so talented! I had a great time!

"I am so thankful that I got my senior pictures done with Elsie"

Emily | THS

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Elsie took our family photos in the fall & we worked with her again this May for my brother's wedding...she was fabulous! She worked fast, which is important with little kids that don't last long! And she was able to get all 3 kids looking & smiling at the same time....amazing!

"She worked fast, which is important with little kids"

The Stoller Family

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Thanks to Elsie, my senior picture experience was amazing! She is so sweet, super fun, and made me feel comfortable and confident during my session. I couldn't be more thrilled with the quality of the pictures. I highly recommend Elsie Jo Photography.

"She made me feel comfortable and confident."

Selah | U-High

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Working with Elsie for senior pictures was incredible! She’s so sweet and fun to shoot with. The pictures turned out so pretty, I couldn’t be happier.

"I couldn't be happier"

Audrey | CCA

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Working with Elsie multiple times for family and children (high school) photos has been amazing! She makes everyone feel at ease at the photo sessions and has a great eye for detail. Most of all she responds quickly in getting proofs back. Elsie is a wonderfully talented photographer and we are thrilled with the pictures she has captured for us!

"She makes everyone feel at ease."

The Sumer Family

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Central Illinois

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