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Weddings, Wedding VenuesMaypole Studios, Best Wedding Photographers in Chicago - 2014 Couples' Choice Award Winner

I am Bethany and yep, it’s totally true. I’m a wedding photographer who absolutely loves her job!


Maybe my schedule is a little different than most… I spend my weekends attending elaborate parties with groovy brides and grooms, documenting all the awesome moments of their day. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is watching sports on TV and having a beer with their buddies. I stay up really late every night, making dinner with my hubby, listening to my favorites tunes, and editing lots and lots of wedding photos. I love the thrill of rediscovery as I import my memory cards from the day before, I laugh out loud as the best man does the worm on the dance floor, and I get teary eyed when Dad sees his little girl all dressed up (Yes, I cried when Jim and Pam got married on The Office – it was great!). And there is no greater reward than the squeal of pleasure when a bride or groom sees the finished product. I’m the one that gets to say “I did that.” I’m a memory maker.Why do I call it Maypole Studios? Well, when I thought about decorations, festivities, laughter, and family – I thought about the maypole. As a little girl growing up in Snohomish county outside of Seattle, all my friends lived on dairy farms, and my family would go to the fair. The real kind, where blue ribbons are awarded to giant pigs, handmade quilts are on display, and ribbons are tied around a maypole. It’s a long-forgotten tradition of welcoming Spring, just as a wedding welcomes a new chapter in life. Send me a message about your wedding day; I would love to be a part of it.

I currently reside in Chicago, IL, and am a former resident of NYC. Destination weddings are awesome, so if you’re traveling somewhere special to exchange your vows, please take me with you! Have passport, will travel. (Wedding photography packages begin at $4500, please email me for a complete list of my packages.)

Weddings are for everyone, because love is for everyone. I am a firm supporter of marriage equality, after all – marriage is all about the love. Rock on, boys and girls!

Do I photograph families, personal projects and other stuff? Absolutely! I love it all! My portrait sessions are usually 2 hours and start at $450. Please contact me for more details.

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