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Film-inspired photography with a strong focus on organic moments, natural environments, and photographs with a touch of mood

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 I mostly shoot in Iowa, I occasionally photograph destination weddings, too! I am available to travel for a small number of couples throughout the U.S. every year (extra fond of the Hawaiian islands :))

Pour yourself a drink and pull up a chair - let's get cozy, let's get acquainted!

ABOUT

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...


MY JOURNEY AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

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.

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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 photographer local to the Cedar Valley, please consider joining us!

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Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most important wedding decisions you will make.

Quality wedding photographs help preserve those happy memories for years and years.  By choosing a professional who 'gets you', 
you can rest easy
that your precious memories are in
loving and capable hands.

I offer several full day collections, as well as smaller ceremony & elopement coverage:
full day weddings start at 3200.00
elopements start at 1650.00

Send any questions regarding pricing along with your wedding details at any time!  Customized collections are also available.

INVESTMENT

I like to meet people in person prior to booking, when possible (FaceTime works in a pinch, too!)

A signed contract and a retainer fee (1200.00) is required to book the date 

Most couples are booking
12-18 months out (pretty early!)

It is never too early to reach out!

Flat rate travel systems for both the continental U.S. and International destination weddings.

BOOKING INFO


Bridal & Engagement
Sessions

Bridal Sessions

The wedding day goes by so fast and sometimes we don't get the time take all the portraits we want! Why wait until the day of the wedding?! Scheduling a bridal session can help me help YOU!
Here are a few reasons why you may want to schedule a bridal session:

It gives you the opportunity to see exactly how you’ll look and allows you the opportunity to make desired changes
to your hair and make up prior to the big day.

It gives me the chance to know what poses work for you in your dress.

Finally, you can order your favorite print and have it next to the guest book when your guests sign in!
(your planner will have this turned around until after the ceremony)

So let's get this party started and book your bridal session today!

ENGAGEMENTS

Engagement Sessions are all about documenting this exciting (and super underrated!) time in your lives.  They give us (you guys + me) the chance to get to know one another a little bit!  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 :) While I get to ask funny questions about your relationship like,
"Who made the first move?" 

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!)

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CONTACT

HELLO@CHELSEADAWNWEDDINGS.ORG