Cookie cutters are great for making cookies, not so great for making photographs. My goal is simple  - I want to creatively reveal the energy, passion, unscripted moments, vibrant personalities and quirkiness that make you uniquely you and life worth recording.I want you to celebrate life, and I want to be there to capture it. I pride myself on capturing the magic of the day and the people between the poses, with the confidence to let you live your wedding day.  This kind of approach can't be faked with buzzwords. Experience matters and so I've honed my skills at over 200 weddings over 9 years in preparation for yours.

You are not a prop.

You've likely spent months planning for your wedding day. Be a part of it. Soak it in. Live it up. Those human relationships and moments of joy encompass much of what makes your wedding day memorable.  The little details that go into a wedding are great because they are a reflection of your personal touches, but you are so much more than your shoes. So I vow not to miss the laughs, tears, whispers, or embraces because I'm off spending 30 minutes of your wedding day photographing those shoes from fourteen angles. I believe you deserve a photographer who encourages you to enjoy your day instead of forcing you to spend hours away from your own wedding, shuffled about  like a prop for one stiff, staged portrait after another.Oh, and hey I just happen to think that person might be me.

Little moments create the big picture.

They may be brief, but these moments matter. And the only way to get those moments is to be there for them. Luckily for you, I can't seem to sit still for more than 30 seconds at a time. It's true...people get tired just watching me. I'm always on the move.  And with my approach to photography my feet are just as important as my eyes, ensuring that I'm there as your moments unfold, and not after they've happened.

A bit about me.

I'm a dad who spends most my free time adventuring with a 7-year-old. (Just see my personal Instagram for proof).  I can be easily swayed by good coffee and pizza of pretty much any quality. I'm easy-going and don't take myself too seriously and because of that people tend to let their guard down when they're around me. And that makes it easy for me to find the authentic person who too often gets lost behind cheesy grins and uncomfortable poses in most "typical" photo sessions.

Having photographed hundreds of weddings over the past 9 years, if it can happen at a wedding you can bet that I've seen it happen and I've captured amazing moments right through it. Dimly lit churches, freak rainstorms, even a sub-zero degree outdoor winter wedding after dark. I've been through it and I haven't missed a beat. There simply is no substitute for experience.

I love to photograph real people - regardless of age, race, sexual preference, religion  or body type. All I ask is that you relax and be yourself.

Be you.

Be comfortable.

I'll bring the camera.

Let's have some fun.

To inquire about pricing, availability, or just to say hello, fill out my contact form, email me at or give me a call at 815.988.1593. Home is Rockford, IL but I am available for travel worldwide. -R

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