Hey guys! 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. While Iowa has kept me pretty busy, I am also expanding my business to Hawaii (where my husband and I met) in 2018!
Pour yourself a drink and pull up a chair - let's get cozy, let's get acquainted!
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 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.
Short answer: it completely depends on what you are wanting! We offer everything from a couple of hours to complete full-day collections, associate photographers, as well as smaller ceremony & elopement coverage.
→ weddings 2950.00 +
→ engagement sessions 500.00 +
→ elopements (M-F) 1950.00 +
→ by the hour (3 hour min Fri-Sun) 500.00
I do my best to work with a variety of budgets and have tailored my collections to the most in-demand services and products. However, sometimes you might want something different! I am happy to customize a collection just for you.
Send any questions regarding pricing along with your wedding details in the contact form below.
Every engagement session and wedding collection comes with high resolution digital images, an online gallery for easy print & canvas ordering, and the print release to make unlimited copies for the rest of forever.
I'm not interested in booking you 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 love for the rest of forever.
Join our bride tribe on Facebook once you've booked, so we can best stay in touch! Grooms, you can come, too :)
A signed contract and a retainer fee (1200.00) is required to book the date
We book on a first-come, first-serve basis.
I cannot guarantee courtesy calls if someone else inquires for your date. (I don't ever want to pressure someone to book before they're ready!)
Most couples are booking
12-18 months out
It is never too early to reach out!
Engagement sessions are scheduled M-F during the "on" season (May - October), and can be scheduled on Sundays (or an available Saturday) on the off season (Nov - April)
We'll spend about an hour getting you both comfortable in front of the camera. There will be lots of snuggles, nose wrestling, and silly games happening. Not a lot of super strict posing.
Adventure sessions last up to two hours and are perfect for couples who like to get outdoors and explore! They give us the time we'd need to venture out in multiple outfits, too :) You'll get a chance to practice your moves for your first dance, as well as learn how to do an aesthetically pleasing dip or twirl :)
Love stories are why I do what I do - Lets get your story out for the world to see!
(and if you have a dog - you'd better believe they're allowed to come be a part of the journey!)