Everytime I pick up my camera, my heart starts beating a little faster. I am a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), which is not that common…that test nearly kicked my butt. I am also a proud member of Professional Photographer of America (PPA), Professional Photographers of America – Northern Illinois (PPANI) and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). I offically opened my proverbial “doors” for business in 2007. That was when I was trying to be a mom, a wife, a paralegal and a photographer…and doing none of them well. Today, as a mom of four, it is a daily struggle to balance it all, but it is a way of life I have learned to embrace. I am a hugger. I am shorter than people think. I try keeping life simple. I love home improvement projects. I love a spontaneous dance party and I keep music playing in our home 24/7. I eat more cereal than Jerry Seinfeld. I call Geneva, Illinois home. Check my website and drop me a line if you see something that makes you smile. Also, my Vander Blog is filled with some great weddings.
I am lucky enough to shoot all my weddings with my BFF, Faye, so, when you book me to shoot your wedding, you get her as a little bonus (unless you are having a smaller wedding and just need one photog — in which case, we can chat). We have both been brides and also stood up in each other’s weddings. We have seven kids between the two of us, including two sets of boy twins, so we are prepared for anything and are anxious to get out of the house. The fast pace hustle & bustle of a wedding day gets our creative juices flowing and makes our hearts flutter. We dress in black and are ninja-like…seriously, you may not even know we are there at times. Ironically, we both speak Spanish (truth be told, I am more fluent after a few margaritas), but we also speak perfect “wedding”. This is a non-verbal language spoken with the eyes in which fluency increases after shooting weddings together for so many years. We are there to capture your day as it unfolds…we are not there to run the show, but are ready to direct traffic when the time comes. And I can not guarantee you won’t find us on your dancefloor…it might have been known to happen…just sayin’. Vendor Spotlight Kelly Vanderploeg Photography.