Hey, hi! I'm Chelsea,
thanks so much for being here!
I'm a wedding photographer, based in heart of the Cedar Valley, located in Janesville, IA. I shoot mainly throughout the state of Iowa (occasionally beyond that, too)!
I love working with sweet, down-to-earth couples and capturing raw, in-between moments.
I first picked up a camera when my oldest daughter was about 6 months old. I was a new mom, head-over-heels in love with this tiny, magnificent little human. Time was flying by. so. fast. I was desperate to slow it down. I never mastered the art of actually stopping time, so I settled for the next best thing - memorializing milestones and moments through photographs :)
I began to fall in love with photography. I loved it SO much, that I spent every second I wasn't working or sleeping on learning the craft.
I photographed my first wedding in 2012 - and I've been evolving and growing both my business and artistry ever since! I launched Chelsea Dawn Weddings, a full-service wedding photography experience, in June 2015.
I am a HUGE introvert (INFP, to be specific) who weirdly LOVES to be around extroverts!
I believe in equality, not just in marriage, but in life. Love = love <3 CDW is LGBTQ friendly
I am a US veteran. Happy to be done with my time in the service, but still pretty dang proud of it
Don't let my soft spoken nature fool you - I was a sailor for nearly 7 years. These ears have heard it all! Rowdy weddings are totally welcome :)
I'm really into streaming shows. My favs are currently: Lost, The Leftovers, The Handmaid's Tale, The Office, Parks & Rec, The Good Place, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Grey's Anatomy, Westworld, GOT, Big Little Lies, Haunting of Hill House. If you're a fan of even one of the above, I'm a fan of you <3
I recently began volunteering for a non-profit organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. We give the gift of lifelong memories through photographs to bereaved parents of infants who have passed before, during, or shortly after childbirth. Please check out the organization below if you feel at all called to do so. We hope to bring as much awareness to their mission as possible! If you're a Cedar Valley photographer (or maybe you know someone who is), please consider joining us! We are very short-handed and would be grateful for the help.
Love stories are why we do what we do - Lets get your story out for the world to see!
All you need to do is show up and be ready to play!
We'll take it from there!
How do we book?!
A signed contract and a retainer fee of $1200 is required to officially reserve a date. Some are comfortable booking over email, but if you aren't, we can schedule a phone call or a FaceTime visit first!
Can you hold our date until xx date?
I book on a first-come, first-served basis. Because I prefer a zero-pressure environment for all of my couples, I do not offer courtesy nudges if someone else inquires for the same date. I believe people will book when and if they are ready, and it's not my place to tell a couple when that should be :)
What happens after we book?
I am not at all interested in booking my clients and immediately falling off the face of the Earth. I want to get to know you - a) because you're awesome and worth knowing, and b) because I want to know what's important to you, so I can best deliver photographs you'll deeply love.
Most of my couples get in touch about 12-18 months in advance (usually right after they've booked their ceremony & reception venues!)
It is never too early to reach out so
get in touch as soon as you can!